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Topic: Connecting with the Characters, on an Adult Level!, by Rose "tinkerose" Folan< Next Oldest | Next Newest >

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Posted: June 10, 2003 1:29 am/pm Quote

Rose you gave some ecellent tips. I love meeting the Characters and I'll have to remeber some of your tips.
Like the Times Guide, I didn't know they had them. thank you for your hard work. :)


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Posted: June 10, 2003 2:07 am/pm Quote

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Okay, Mr. ModEARator, How do I go about becoming webtink?


Just log out, then follow the Register link and do it all over again with the new name!
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Posted: June 11, 2003 2:31 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, WebTink ( formerly webchyck! )

I see you took my advice! That's great. I'm glad you now have the name you really want.

I suppose I can spare another set of Disney EchoEars for you...
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Posted: Sep. 14, 2003 3:09 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Rich,

I hope Disney Echo retains this message thread for a long time.  Now I feel normal again.  Characters instantly remove all my adult "dignity" and protocol.  The most fun I had while at WDW last week was meeting and greeting the characters, especially the "face" characters like Cinderella, Snow White and Pocahontas.  My wife endulges my "love" for these beauties whenever they turn me into "mush" AW GOSH :blush2:

At MGM, we saw several characters gather right under the big Fantasia Mickey hat to greet guests and among them were Snow White, Cinderella and Pocahontas.  Well I got in line to greet Cinderella and when all the kids had their turn, it was my turn and my wife had the camera waiting as I strolled up to her, gently took her fingertips and bowed to simulate a hand-kiss for the camera.  This took her by surprise but Cinderella was obviously quite amused by this type of "greeting".  I don' think a 7 year old ever had THAT in mind.  

MGM is also the home of the zany antics of the green army men from Toy Story.  These guys come out in a toy army van in groups and will entertain like crazy providing some cool photo-poses for you and with you for the camera.

Another character magic moment for this big kid was found at Epcot-England at the far end of the shops.  Not many shoppers were there and when I came closer, there, around the corner was Tigger and Pooh.  The cast member in attendance graciously took a shot of me bending over with both hands on both knees playfully and grinin' like Davy Crocket while Pooh and Tigger did their playful poses on either side.  It was a great photo op and the photo collects lots of laughs from family members.  

So all you big kids must learn to be alert and opportunistic.  I discovered that it really helps to first approach the cast member who is attending the character(s) and let them know you would like a greeting too especially if there is an unorganized group of kids huddled around.  The visibility of the character in head costume is extremely limited both in size and direction so the supervising cast member can help adults gain notice in a way that does not compromise the little kid's opportunities.  Once your opportunity arrives, allow the kid inside to have a good time with the characters too.


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Posted: Sep. 14, 2003 11:29 am/pm Quote

Hi gang! :)

Character interactions can happen in other parts of the Disney Kingdom. :) I had the best interactions with characters while I was on my 3 day Disney Cruise (the Wonder) last weekend.  My favorite was watching Minnie take the time to interact with another guest...a 3 year old who had profound disabilites.  It really warmed my heart to watch them.  Minnie took her hand and stroked the little girl's cheek and was really sweet with her. She stayed with her for about 7-10 minutes. The ship photographer was there to capture the moment and the little girl's mom bought all the pictures :)  It was a special moment for all involved.
I made sure to mention it to Minnie's handler to tell Minnie's "Friend" that she did a good job with the interaction  :bowdown:

I also had bought an autograph Pluto plush and got all the characters to sign it.  All the characters signed it with no problems.  

I also have to echo  the fact that taking pictures with the characters is a great souviner (sp?).  I took pictures with all the characters that signed my Pluto.

Peter Pan made the comment that I must still be a kid since I was the only one without children getting autographs and pictures at the final character meet and greet of the cruise :) I would have to agree :D hehehehe

Thanks for letting me share my experiences :)


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Posted: Sep. 14, 2003 3:59 am/pm Quote

Quote (RichKoster @ May 24, 2003 8:33 am/pm)
Something else adults would be wise to remember is that, as much as characters enjoy meeting children, they also find it a nice change of pace to interact with fun-loving adults who are generally more relaxed and playful than the kids.

This is quite a bit of news! I always wondered what the characters thought of interacting with the adults. It does make sense since I'm sure they'd rather interact with a funloving and relaxed adult than just hyper kids all the time :laugh: and here all this time I was thinking they might really be thinking "oh gimme a break you're too old for this" or something.

Is there more information out there on what the characters think about interacting wtih adults? I'd love to hear all I can on the subject, my interest is caught now!
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Is there more information out there on what the characters think about interacting wtih adults? I'd love to hear all I can on the subject, my interest is caught now!
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I'd like to hear more about it, too! That's why I just created this topic in the Cast Member Clubhouse here on the Disney Echo.
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Never has a cast member given me the impression that as an adult, I was somehow a bother to them.  I've had Tigger walk behind both my wife and I as we were seated at Crystal Palace and then mischieviously spoon mashed potatoes toward our mouth but missing it thus landing us with a nose full.  First he did it to me, but as my wife was laughing uncontrollably, he repeated the favor for her too.  I am sure the cast member had as much fun as we did.  

Adults can make it hard for cast members to maintain their character, especially so if no kids are around.  Chip was visiting our table at the Garden Grille one year.  There were mostly adults at the tables.  As adults, we have actually SEEN all the Disney cartoons and can come up with some silly PUNS and zany banter with the silent ones in costume, but on this one day, Chip couldn't stand it anymore and leaned over to my wife and said quietly, "let's throw him over the rail".  This was a just the greatest fun!  Without facial contact, it was obvious the cast members were having fun with us because they kept visiting our crazy table with great frequency.

Adults can get into the "show" with the characters too.  One day at MGM there was a collection of characters on Holywood BLVD that were surrounded by kids in clusters.  I wanted Jaffar's autograph too, so way in the back I yelled out "OH MIGHTY EVIL ONE, PLEASE SIGN MY BOOK TOO" .  Jaffar made his way to me, insisted that I bend over and kiss his boots which, of course, I did dramatically.  Then, Jaffar  quickly signed my book and gave me the Shooo Shooo motion with the hands to rid himself of such a big pest.  The kids were just AMAZED.  Good show, eh?  Lots of fun.


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