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Posted: Sep. 14, 2003 5:01 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

If you or a friend/relative of yours has "assisted" the Disney Characters in any way when they meet and greet the Guests at WDW/DL, pose for pictures, interact, etc., here's a question for you:

What do the Disney Characters think of adults who like getting their picture taken with them, hugging them, and interacting with them?

I understand that not every one will feel exactly the same way, but in general do the Characters appreciate meeting adults -- perhaps as a welcome break from some of the overly-hyper children -- or do they think to themselves, as Chris / Goofyteer put it, "Oh, gimme a break you're too old for this!"? Or do they find that it is generally a nice change of pace to interact with fun-loving adults who are generally more relaxed and playful than the kids?

Anyone in a position to know the answer is welcome to respond, whether you're experience is as a Cast Member or former CM yourself or you've heard about this from a friend or relative who is or was a CM.


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Posted: Sep. 16, 2003 1:44 am/pm Quote

kirby428 posted this great answer in another thread here:


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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Posted: Sep. 16, 2003 10:50 am/pm Quote

I wonder if the characters interact with men different from the women. And do men interact with the characters differently than women?

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Posted: Sep. 16, 2003 11:26 am/pm Quote

I have had several encounters with the characters... I think it's fun to have your picture taken with them... two incidents in particular come to mind...
On my second trip to WDW in 1998, I had a mission of a scavenger hunt for a fan club I was part of.  My friend who is a CM, and a member of the same club, and I set off to do as many things on the list as we could... we were amazed at how many things we found.  I had to have a picture of a petticoat, a saloon girl, and several other things.  I went to the old Soundstage restaurant ( now Bear in the Big Blue House) where they did  character breakfasts.  I was trying to get a picture with Belle, as I knew she had a petticoat.  I patiently waited in the lobby for her (after explaining my quest to the CM in charge of the characters).  A guy came up to me and said "Stephanie will be with you in just a moment)...
Stephanie was Belle... who was peeping around the doorway, trying to stay in character for the kids still in earshot!  She was really sweet, and nice enough to pose with me (as were every other character I need a photo with).  But, that one CM
almost ruined the moment for me, and for the children still in the area....  

On another trip three years ago with my granddaughter and her family, we met the Pooh characters in Toontown... they were great!  I am only 4'9" tall, and Piglet kept pushing me in his place and waving goodbye so I could be Piglet for him!  Tigger joined in and they each took one of arms pulling me back and forth... it was great fun and one of my favorite WDW memories!  My friend was sitting in the corner laughing and taking pictures of us with the characters, and Pooh tried to get her to join in.  

I have always felt the CM playing the characters enjoy doing what they do... and joking with the adults makes it a little more fun for them.

I don't think that the adults should take time away from the kids time with them, but I think they are there for all of us.

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Posted: Sep. 16, 2003 11:56 am/pm Quote

Quote (Goofyteer @ Sep. 16, 2003 9:50 am/pm)
I wonder if the characters interact with men different from the women. And do men interact with the characters differently than women?

I'm not even going to go there...
:rolleyes:


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Posted: Sep. 16, 2003 11:59 am/pm Quote

Quote (MKBaughan @ Sep. 16, 2003 10:26 am/pm)
I have always felt the CM playing the characters enjoy doing what they do... and joking with the adults makes it a little more fun for them.

I don't think that the adults should take time away from the kids time with them, but I think they are there for all of us.

That's what I think, too. :nod:
Great stories!  :clap:


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Posted: Sep. 22, 2003 2:00 am/pm Quote

There's a book out there called Mouse Tales that tells behind the scenes stories at Disneyland. It's also a book I tend to avoid like the plague because as far as I'm concerned the whole point of magic is you don't want to be reminded that there's a reality behind it. So I very cautiously took a few peeks at the chapter in it about the characters.

I'm shocked and surprised how little respect some "guests" treat the characters! I won't go into details but it looks like a lot of people going to Disney parks lack basic manners and kindness. Especially to characters who bring so much joy to everyone's lives. It turns out there are a lot of things that guests can do that can very easily hurt the characters, such as shoving a nose too hard and things like that. I don't want to go into details of what such abuse can do since I'm sure we have children reading here too, but it's shocking. I can't imagine anyone doing anything like that to poor Mickey or Donald. Some people are just mean and will do anything for a prank I guess.

:angry:

And then there are those who might accidentally cause something, but of course that's much more rare. It's alot more more understandable too.

But anyway this got me thinking, maybe somebody should write a list somewhere concerning proper etiquette for meeting characters. Some of the things could be common sense such as no shoving, no kicking, etc. But it could also mention some things people don't know about like not giving sudden shoves to noses and things like that. What do you think? I mean shouldn't the characters enjoy meeting us as much as we enjoy meeting them?


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Posted: Sep. 25, 2003 10:32 am/pm Quote

I just started doing characters at Universal.  :)  I have no problem with adults coming over.  If they are excited to see me, it's great fun.

Popeye was more popular with the adults than the kids.  They enjoyed doing muscle poses.  Women liked to put their arms around him.  Some people would squeeze my arm when I did a muscle pose. That was a bit odd.  One guy asked Popeye to arm wrestle...I had to shake my head no cause I couldn't tell if he meant it or not...no way is this not very strong girl going to arm wrestle with a big guy!  Then there was a Spanish speaking woman who found it amusing to sneak up behind me and shake my shoulders...
But most people were fine.

I'm also "friends with" Woody Woodpecker.  I had kids who wanted to hear his famous laugh.  Others did the laugh for me.  Everyone, adults and kids, were happy to see him.  :)  They'd wave.  Kids would run right into my arms.  So fun, if exhausting.


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Posted: Sep. 25, 2003 10:42 am/pm Quote

That's great to hear, Angie! It's good practice for when you come back to Disney.
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Posted: Sep. 26, 2003 6:47 am/pm Quote

What a wonderful topic!    

Character meeting always mean so very much to me.  

A few years ago - while Disney during a September Hurricane with torrential rain, I had the pleasure of meeting the Fairy Godmother under the Magic Castle after lunch upstairs.

As a then 45 year old single woman I told her I needed a bit of extra help in the 'Prince' department.  She said she would see what Magic she could do for me. ( She is allowed to speak).

12 weeks later i reconnected with someone i had known a few years before and he is now my husband.

When I was at the park last year... i told her what she had helped with ( who knows if it was the same godmother or not) and she replied.... I will pass the word around the Castle... eveyone is always so glad to hear that we helped!  You are not the first to tell us of such wonderful results!;)

To HECK with Matchmakers - I was MUCH more connected than that with a wonderful Fairy Godmother to assist!

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