As you may know from our Disneybound posts, the My Fangirl Life team was recently on a trip to the magical land of Orlando, Florida. You can check out these posts to see us as Princesses, Cats, Wonderland Friends, Villains, Little Mermaid Characters, Frozen Characters, and Hogwarts (slash Beauxbatons) students & our favourite other random Harry Potter things. The conclusion I came to during all of this? Disneybounding is a lot of fun – I recommend it to anyone. But for those of you that are less open to putting yourself out there for everyone to see all your nerd-dom, I have another way for you to fangirl out.
While we were at Disneyworld, we met a lot of characters. This was rather unexpected but it was one of the most enjoyable things we did. Yes, sometimes this involves standing in line with a bunch of children, so that’s a little embarrassing, but I promise, it’s worth it. In my opinion, this is the best thing you can do at Disneyworld.
It was funny because heading into the trip, we all said that we didn’t really care whether we actually met anyone, aside from hopefully doing a Mickey picture and maybe meeting one princess (because, obviously, princess). But then on our very first morning we walked into the Magic Kingdom, and there was Snow White on our right – and the line was so short! We had to do it, especially because Justine was dressed as Snow that day. It was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. So we went over, waited in line, and got our photos. What I wasn’t prepared for – since I’d never met a character before – was the one-liner that came out of her mouth. It was something about how she wanted to braid flowers into Grumpy’s beard, but he wouldn’t go for it (I was dressed as Rapunzel that day). She caught me totally off guard and I couldn’t help but laugh. I was utterly enchanted. After meeting Snow, we were hooked on character interactions. I tell you, these people are improv pros! They not only have lines for the children; they know they need to say something extra witty or be extra charming when a group of grown women walk unashamedly up to them. Here were some of my favourite interactions:
- Alice complimenting Justine (dressed as the Queen of Hearts) so as to make sure she didn’t get angry…and she kept her head.
- Elsa telling me that the flowers in my hair (because I’m Rapunzel, obviously) would make Olaf sneeze his nose off… then me using the same comment when I met Anna right afterwards. I wonder if she noticed it as one of their stock responses?
- Gaston. Just everything about him was perfect.
- Anna telling Kris all about their “Redheads Club” – Anna, Merida, Ariel, and Peter – and how they had chocolate cake last meeting (“I don’t know who was more excited, me or Peter!”)
- Every dwarf in the parade coming up to see Justine dressed as Snow White.
- Rapunzel complimenting my frying pan necklace and talking about all the wonderful uses for frying pans.
- “The birds braid my hair every night!” – Cinderella to Kris (as Anna) and me (as Elsa)
It turned out that the girls that “didn’t care” if they met any characters tried to meet pretty much all of them. Well, maybe not all, but a TON. Meeting Elsa and Anna was one of the most hilarious experiences. We waited in line for an excessive amount of time amongst many young girls… and we did it unapologetically. When we finally got to the front of the line we were all just so flustered. After meeting both of the ladies, we went out into the gift shop at exit and the three of us were so starstruck we were shaking. Ridiculous, right? But I tell you, a lot of fun. We even went to a princess dinner! This was Kris’s birthday gift to both myself and Justine (because she is clearly awesome). I actually highly recommend doing this if you don’t mind the price of the food. No lines to wait in and you’re guaranteed to meet 4-5 princesses there. We had met many of them already by this point in our trip – but that’s just because we’re keeners. That being said, I think this might be the only way to meet Belle in her yellow dress! I think our main complaint about meeting characters is that we couldn’t find any princes… but Kris will post about that a little more at some point, don’t worry. Long story short, I think that meeting characters is a great way to quietly fangirl. Yes, it can involve some lines but I honestly always found that the wait was worth the interaction… and then you have all these funny and adorable photos afterwards.
Have you ever met any characters? What were your interactions like? Tell us about it in the comments!!