Category: character meet and greets

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH OLAF. DON’T WORRY HE WON’T MELT WHEN YOU GIVE HIM WARM HUGS!!!

You won’t have to climb a mountain of snow to find Olaf. In fact, you won’t have to even layer up. He is surrounded by special powers, remember? So he won’t ever melt! Not even if you throw a bucket of water on him.


When Elsa left Arendelle, she started playing with the very magic she had been forced to hide, she “let it go”. The magic she created had to do with happy memories – and one of those involved childhood activities with her sister and a snowman who loved warm hugs. Her favorite memories were of the fun games she used to play as a child.


Seasons came and changed the time. But thankfully, Elsa and Anna came along and protected Olaf from his otherwise “wet” fate. He permanently resides in Elsa and Anna’s castle.
Olaf’s lair can be found in Hollywood Studios, to the left of the Frozen Spectacular. We were a bit worried, because when we walked in, there was a huge puddle in front of the doorway. And it had not been raining that day!!
Because Olaf is not a human character, he does not speak. He also cannot sign his autograph because his arms and hands are made of sticks. So you can’t really ask him questions and you can’t get his autograph. But what can you do? Hug him. He won’t melt.

 

JUST ALWAYS BE WAITING FOR ME

Think you may never run into Peter Pan? Well, NEVER is an awfully long time. 

We had faith.. and pixie dust.. and finally spotted Peter Pan in Epcot.  He was just standing by the English tea garden. What was he doing? Was he looking to see if there were any new lost boys there? 

He told us he was looking for Tinkerbell. But we know he likes to have his tea before his adventures. And he was outside the English Tea Garden. So you do the math! He is a free spirited boy who can fly. He doesn’t grow up. Doesn’t want to grow up. Why would he admit to stopping his adventure through Epcot and having tea? 

There’s not much time to think about the start or the end. But how did it all begin again? Where did Peter come from?   The author of Peter Pan lost his older brother in an ice skating accident, and thought of him as forever young. He then created Peter Pan, who ran away from his parents at a young age when he saw a new baby in the house, thinking his parents did not want him anymore. Any other new baby who falls out of their strollers and isn’t claimed in seven days gets shipped away to Neverland. Does that sound unbelievable to you? Believe it! You have to believe to be able to fly.

Don’t worry, all of this happened before, and it will all happen again.

Peter Pan’s flight is in Fantasyland of the Magic Kingdom. Really popular, because you actually fly through Neverland. The best way to get onto the ride, if you can’t get a FastPass, is to try and get an early breakfast reservation in the Magic Kingdom and then wait in front of the ride right before the park opens. Going through the line is well worth it because you will surely see tinkerbell hopping around – but be careful not to lose your shadow in the process!

You can also meet Peter Pan in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom and on the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage. This is a boat cruise that departs from The Contemporary and takes you on the Seven Seas Lagoon to sing songs and have fun with your captain. You will then watch Happily Ever After from the boat. 

Searching for questions for Peter should you be lucky enough to run into him? Try these: 

  • Do you need help finding your shadow? 
  • What’s your favorite story?
  • Would you like me to tell you a story?
  • Do you have any pixie dust? 
  • Have you looked in any windows today?
  • Can you teach me how to crow? 
  • Can you crow for me? 
  • Can you teach me how to fight? 
  • Where’s your next adventure?

 

 

 

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH MARY POPPINS. EVEN A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR WON’T GET ME TO WATCH THIS SEQUEL

Mary Poppins may not be on many kids top five wish lists in terms of who to see at Disney, but she is a mainstay. She can be seen strolling around the Magic Kingdom with her white dress and parasol, and can also be found along with Alice and the Mad Hatter at 1900 Park Fare

Does she deserve her own meet and greet or even her own ride? Definitely. Wouldn’t a spot where you can have tea on the ceiling with Uncle Albert be a nice idea??? Or how about a walk through an English Countryside? Or some sort of adventure where you “tidy up” in a magical fashion?

Mary Poppins has her own style. A sense of fashion. It took twenty years for Walt Disney to secure the rights to P.L Travers’ book. The movie itself is practically perfect in every way. So why make a sequel? Why make us see Jane and Michael Banks “all grown up?”

The sequel, set to air in December of 2018 has Emily Blunt taking on the role originally played by Julie Andrews.  

Emily Mortimer and Ben Winshaw play the grown up Jane and Michael Banks.  As per Disney, Mary Poppins Returns, will be set 20 years after the events of the original 1964 film. The official synopsis reads: “In the story, Michael and Jane are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen, living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack, uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.”

Michael Garber, who played Michael Banks died of pancreatitis at the age of 21, so sadly will not even make a cameo appearance. There is a small possibility that Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke may make an appearance, and supposedly Ms. Andrews gave the movie a “seal of approval”. 

I will watch it but I hope that nothing takes anything away from the original feature film!!

Some questions for Mary Poppins if you see her walking around the magic kingdom: 

What do you have in your bag today?

Can you help me tidy up?

Where’s Bert? 

Can we have some tea?

Can you measure my height?

What does it feel like to fly?

How many times have you shaken hands with a chimney sweep?

Have you jumped into any paintings at the Magic Kingdom? If so, which ones?

*** Be aware, there are no fastpasses or photographers for Mary Poppins. According to a source, royalties were demanded by the original Mary Poppins and Disney refuses to give them out. 

 

 

 

 

GADGETS AND GIZMOS AND THINGAMABOBS, OH MY!

You are in a large cavern with a huge stone covering the entrance. Inside are hollowed out shells. It’s cold. Damp. You’re not in Kansas anymore. 

You look around and see a statue of someone that looks slightly familiar. Something slippery slides past your ear. Wet and cold. You hear a whisper… can’t understand it. It’s small… is it..

No, not “oil can”. 

The whisper says “welcome to my grotto”.  The slippery slimy feeling you felt earlier? That was a fin, swimming past your ear. 

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You’re actually in the water, but somehow you can breathe without any trouble at all, even without fins and gills. Here is a list of some of the greatest treasure collection ever found in the sea: 

Dinglehopper – best piece of the collection, otherwise known as a fork that combs hair

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Snarfblatt – otherwise known as a tobacco pipe that somehow plays a melody

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Gizmos and Gadgets – Things you wear around your neck

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Candelabra – what else would you use to hang your gizmos and dinglehoppers? a candle would just fizzle out underwater anyway. 

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Thingamabobs – also perfect to keep that bottle of wine from leaking

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Bubbles… they just seem to be everywhere. 

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How did you get there? It’s in the Magic Kingdom, just to the right of the Under the Sea Ride. You may have gotten a Fast Pass.. it’s quite possible. 

 

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH PRINCESS TIANA: OTHERWISE ENTITLED, IT AIN’T EASY BEING GREEN

Can Frogs cook? Just ask the ninth official Disney princess, Princess Tiana.

Disney’s first African American Disney Princess can tell you all about being green because she has actually spent life as a frog. Her Disney character is based loosely on The Brother’s Grimm “Frog Prince” and another story, “The Frog Princess” by E.D. Baker. 

Tiana can be found at the Magic Kingdom in Princess Fairytale Hall and at Tiana’s Riverboat Ride, an ice cream social which we still haven’t tried. 

At roughly $50 for adults and $30 for children the ride seems kind of pricey to meet the princess and have ice cream(three different types of Edys ice cream), cupcakes, and cookie sandwiches. (The ride does not take the Disney Dining Plan). 

Princess Fairytale Hall is a fast pass must. Tiana can be found directly across from the carousel. While she is couples with Rapunzel, we are hoping they give her her own New Orleans style meet and greet real soon. 

Now, we’ve never stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans resort.

Without knowing exactly what is there, I really think that Disney should add more of a New Orleans style restaurant to the Magic Kingdom.  New Orleans food is amazing!!! Why stick Princess Tiana with an ice cream social when New Orleans is so famous for its cuisine? And Princess Tiana came from a family with a restaurant? Does this make sense to anyone else? 

There are so many real life New Orleans locations in The Princess and The Frog that could be capitalized on: The French Quarter, Cafe du Monde, St. Louis Cathedral, Steamboat Natchez, the riverfront, the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, the Bywater, Marigny, and Treme neighborhoods, the Garden District, Lafayette Cemetery number one, Audubon Park, the Audubon Zoo, Bayou St. John and City Park. 

New Orleans has always been on our bucket list. If Disney could create more of a world for Tiana I would consider checking it off.

Louisiana’s culture, music and food are something to be celebrated. 

While we can’t all visit Louisiana,  here are some questions you should consider asking Princess Tiana if you run into her in the Magic Kingdom: 

  1. How high did you jump as a frog? 
  2. What was it like being a frog? 
  3. What did you like to eat as a frog? 
  4. What was your favorite part of being a frog?(you get the idea..)
  5. What’s your favorite food to cook as a princess?
  6. What was your family’s favorite food to eat? 
  7. Was it hard being a waitress? 
  8. Who was the president of the United States when you were a frog? (I believe it’s Wilson)
  9. Would you like to dance? 
  10. Do you cook as a princess? 

 

ENJOY!!!

 

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE GIRL WHO NEVER SEEMS TO HAVE KNOTS IN HER HAIR: OTHERWISE KNOWN AS RAPUNZEL

What do 23 mailboxes, 10 African Elephants, 3 noses on Mount Rushmore, 2 yellow school buses, and The White House all have in common?

I’ll answer that question later. For now, have you ever heard of the salad plant rampion?

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Rapunzel is the German name for the plant above.   The Brother’s Grimm had “Dame Gothel” name Rapunzel after the plant that Rapunzel’s mom stole from the witch’s garden. 

Do not confuse rampion with ramps Hip trendsetters go “ramping” and then make the ramps.

In the Brother’s Grimm fairy tale, Rapunzel’s birth mother wasn’t hip. She was poor. Her desperate husband, wanting to make her happy, climbed a neighbor’s wall and stole the leafy vegetable with a crunchy stem. 

Disney’s Rapunzel comes from wealthy parents, a king and queen – otherwise she wouldn’t be a princess. 

Where can she be found? Princess FairyTale Hall in the Magic Kingdom (Fast Pass permitted) and the new Bon Voyage breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno on the Boardwalk. 

So why do you think that Disney called the movie Tangled? None of the original fairy tales weave a tale of a maiden tangled up in so much hair that she can hardly walk. 

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We’re not talking about people who are tangled in a web of lies

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According to Disney, “In order to market the film to both sexes and additional age groups, Disney changed the film’s name from Rapunzel to Tangled while also emphasizing Flynn Rider, the film’s prominent male character, showing that his story is just as important as Rapunzel’s”.  

I guess Flynn Rider and Rapunzel are tangled hearts in love, the largest age gap of any of the Disney couples (8 years). What drew her to him was her large pair of eyes – largest of any of the other Disney princesses. 

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Whatever the reason for the title, Rapunzel is definitely a great addition to the Disney princesses. 

Remember my question earlier? What do 23 mailboxes, 10 African Elephants, 3 noses on Mount Rushmore, 2 yellow school buses, and The White House all have in common? – The answer: at 70 feet long, they are all as long as Rapunzel’s hair. 

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Hair that never seems to get knotted. Never seems to get tangled. Hair I would love to have myself, if it never needed to be washed, because that has gotta be a ton of work.

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IF ALL THE PRINCESSES HAD TO COMPETE FOR A FIGURE SKATING GOLD MEDAL? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS OUTSIDE THE GLARE OF DISNEY’S MAIN STREET

I just had to stop Aurora from snipping off Rapunzel’s hair in her sleep. I told her it’s not worth it – that her fans would stay her fans, even without having magical hair. And then, while walking to the main kitchen of the castle, I had to tackle Cinderella, who was pounced in the shadows with her broom.  After questioning her, I found out she was trying to wack Belle on the knee with it so she wouldn’t be able to have her final dance with HER Beast.  She had told Mulan where Belle would be dancing that night, but Mulan refused to help.

These are the princesses outside of the limelight. They’re competitive, not all smiles.  Tiana has the castle exterminated because she never wants to see another frog but a certain lady likes to slip frogs in her bedroom closet.

Snow White sleeps with her bow and arrow under her pillow and Cinderella’s glass slippers are buried in the backyard in a location secret to even the prince because she is terrified that all of her magical splendor will disappear. Ariel often uses her swimming skills to jump into the castle moat and hides her friends’ crowns deep, where nobody else dares to dive.  Those who want their crowns back have to entice Pocahontas out there in her canoe, with an extra long hook to pull them out.

Trust noone.  Because while these girls have perfected their picture perfect Disney lifestyles, nothing is what it seems.

 

Absolutely nothing is what it seems.  I don’t know if Tonya Harding helped plan the famous attack that ruined her career or not. It doesn’t really matter to me at this point, the entire chain of events was an addictive disaster. I was a 13 year old glued to the television because I admired each and every one of those beautiful competitors.

Are the princes involved in any of these escapades too? Are we going to see a prince bash his head into the main gates of Disney’s Mine Train Ride in an idiotic attempt to escape without being caught?

We know absolutely nothing about the true personality behind Disney’s famous princes. They seem to be mostly in the shadows, so easily could be made to do whatever their heart’s desire desires. 

 The next time you visit Cinderella’s castle be sure to watch your back. These princesses sometimes forget that they are admired by most – and lose their cool  – and there are no longer any fairy godmothers to get them out of messes.

To answer my own question-  if they all had to compete for a gold medal it would be a nightmare for the US Figure Skating Team.  They are already so competitive as it is – plus as far as I know there is no Disney Princess that knows how to figure skate, right?

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH MERIDA: SHE DOESN’T SING BUT HAS PLENTY TO SAY…

Does no leading man or love interest make you weak? Not if you’re the first Scottish Princess in the Disney franchise! As the 11th Disney Princess, headstrong Merida also has no singing part in her own movie Brave. 

She can be found in the Magic Kingdom, located in a cave on the way to Cinderella’s Castle. She is sort of hidden, and often you can be lucky enough to find that there is no real wait to see her.  I believe she is there most of the day, dancing to Scottish music and showing off her free spirit. 

She has no leading man to talk about when you see her, and doesn’t need one. 

Her vibrant red, curly hair and strong personality make her a great role model.  I haven’t seen her use her bow and arrow yet, and I’m kind of glad I haven’t. Also, try not to bring your mother with you – just in case 🙂

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE MAD AS A HATTER TO LIKE TEA… WITH OR WITHOUT A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR, TEA IS FOR EVERYONE

Before coffee there was tea. I’m not sure if that’s exactly true but it sounds about right.  Check out this interesting website, coffeeshop of horrors, that tackles the battle between the two. You don’t have to be mad as a hatter to like tea. 

I love tea because there are so so many different types of tea out there (they say that herbal tea isn’t real “tea” because it is actually an infusion of different plant types, but for my purposes I am including it all). Picking a tea at the end of the day is exciting. Tea can boost endurance. Green Tea has been known to burn fat. Most tea serves as a natural antioxidant and a great defense against cancer and heart disease. 

As Mrs. Potts says, tea will warm you up in no time.

I love having tea parties and making food to go with it.  There are so many different fun snacks that can be made in a “miniature” way. Pretend tea parties also teach children table manners. Tea can be served all day, every day. 

It can be served outside, inside, or even on the ceiling.

Did you know? Little Michael Banks was paid ten cents for ever time they filmed this famous tea party scene, as he was afraid of heights. 

Looking for Mary Poppins at Disney? If you want to ask her about her favorite type of tea, look for her strolling around the bridge just off Main Street in the Magic Kingdom or at the 1900 Park Fare Character breakfast(click here to visit Disney’s description).  Maybe you can convince her to take you on a journey of your own. Ask her why they ended the Mary Poppins Practically Perfect Tea Party.  It sounded fantastic. 

Wherever you are, a cup of tea is always good for the soul. Not only is it a great hostess offering, it can also be used as a relaxation technique after a long day. By drinking tea slowly, you nourish your body and quiet your mind. 

 We have this tea set at home, it’s tin so won’t break but can hold liquid:

 

Was Minnie ever a child of nature?

Did you ever wonder whether Minnie has a real childhood to think back on? We do.  Born to farmers on November 18, 1928, we are introduced to her parents Margie and Marcus as well as her sister Mandie in the 1929 Movie “Mr. Slicker and The Egg Robbers”.

Given that Minnie has now gotten a van service, an entire fleet, at Disney, (click here for more on that from the Disney Blog), it made us dream more or less about her roots

She first appeared in the 1928 Steamboat Willie and then the 1929 movie “Plane Crazy” to join the cast of regular Disney characters.  In the movie, Minnie is old enough to be kissed by Mickey. An unofficial Disney Princess, we rarely see her alone, and I have never seen her without a Mickey in her life. If anyone else has any answers to this please let us know. 

I’d like to know what makes Minnie tick. Was she always into shoes as a little girl? Did she have polka dot bibs? What does it take to set Minnie free? 

This February will be her 90th Official Valentine’s Day with Mickey.  While we congratulate the happy couple, maybe Disney will throw us a bone and give us a little more background on Minnie’s early “ears” as a bachelorette. The special Minnie Vans, which essentially appear to be a taxi service that you can order from a smartphone, are a nice touch – but what do they actually say about Minnie? My guess is a resounding “nothing”. Is there something I’m missing? Is Minnie known for getting places quickly? Maybe its her generosity that Disney is playing on, $20 a ride for up to six people no matter where you are going on Disney property seems pretty great.

My thoughts return to Minnie’s home. She probably doesn’t need much to set her free, but the fact remains that we have no idea what to do for her.  

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