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SATURDAY SIX: Top Six Meet and Greets at the Magic Kingdom

by on May 9, 2015

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at the Top Six Meet and Greets at the Magic Kingdom. Let’s face it, meet and greets have become an important part of the vacation experience for many guests. Gone are the days when you could randomly bump into characters roaming the parks as the meet and greets of today have become attractions themselves, with some lines equaling even the best rides and shows in the parks. With elaborate sets, must-do character dining, and even special events based around the opportunity to meet characters, nobody does meet and greets better than Walt Disney World. Today we are going to look at the very best meet and greets at the Magic Kingdom, along with a little advice from an expert on meeting characters, Kenny the Pirate. The rankings are based on several factors including; theming of the meet and greet area, guest interaction with the characters, and a pinch of Je ne sais quoi (the indefinable magic that some meet and greets deliver which stays with you and your family for years, if not a lifetime.) Remember that clicking on any picture will bring it up in full size, and with that out of the way let’s start with…

# 6 – The Little Mermaid (Ariel’s Grotto)

Disney hit a home run with New Fantasyland delivering a great coaster with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a wonderful dark ride with Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, and the first “E-Ticket” dining experience with Be Our Guest Restaurant. They also over-delivered in the area of meet and greets with the hilarious Gaston (who we just may see later in the list,) Enchanted Tales with Belle (including the stunning Lumiere animatronic and the how did they do that Magic Mirror,) and Ariel’s Grotto.

The Grotto is located right next to the Mermaid attraction and personifies what Disney can bring to the table. Walking into the area guests will receive the same wow factor they got when seeing the elaborate queue of Under the Sea or the impressive Ursula figure during the ride. This is a setting befit of a Disney princess.Guests are asked to sit next to Ariel on her clam shell bench, and this provides an intimate experience you just don’t get at many meet and greets. Like her movie counterpart, this Ariel will comment on unusual items guests may have that wouldn’t be found in the water, along with having age appropriate conversations with each and every guest. This is your only opportunity to meet Ariel outside of a dining package, and be sure to ask how her friends Flounder and Sebastian are doing!

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The Little Mermaid. (photo by Jackie Laughters)

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Ariel’s Grotto. (photo by Daisy Lauren)

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Aurora and Snow White Moving to Town Square at the Magic Kingdom

by on June 14, 2014

Princesses meet at Walt Disney World  Photo-Disney

Princesses meet at Walt Disney World Photo-Disney

Beginning this Sunday, June 15, two princesses will be moving locations at the Magic Kingdom.

First, we’ll see Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) moving out of Princess Fairytale Hall over to the Town Square Courtyard on Main Street, U.S.A. Aurora will be meeting guests each afternoon, into the early evening. Also, Snow White will be start meeting guests daily at Center Street on Main Street, U.S.A.

Anna and Elsa will continue to meet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland. Their schedule recently changed; they are now available from park open until about a half hour before park closing. With this change, there will be no “visiting princess” greeting along with the sisters.

Cinderella and Rapunzel will continue to meet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall as per usual.

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Anna and Elsa from Frozen Meet and Greet Schedule Extended at Princess Fairytale Hall

by on June 2, 2014

Anna and Elsa ExtendedI bring good news! The extremely popular Anna and Elsa meet and greet schedule has changed.

The sisters from Frozen are now meeting guests at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom from park opening until 30 minutes prior to park close, as well as during both morning and evening Extra Magic Hours. In addition, FastPass+ availability has been expanded to offer selection times for the newly expanded operating hours.

As you can see in the screenshot to the right, their meet and greet time no longer lists the previous early closing time.

With this change, it would appear that Aurora (otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty) will remain meeting guests as the “visiting princess” opposite the two sisters. Snow White, who would previously visit after Anna and Elsa left for the day, will be heading back outside, meeting guests in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. Cinderella and Rapunzel will continue to meet on the other side of Princess Fairytale Hall.

Another thing to note is that recently Disney changed the policy on rope drop, due to the popularity of this particular meet and greet. Guests who would like to head to Princess Fairytale Hall first thing in the morning are now led with a rope to the meet and greet location. It is a slow walk through the park to get there, and guests are not allowed to pass the Cast Members leading the charge. This change was enacted to attempt to keep order, as well as to keep people from racing to the meet and greet, possibly causing injury to either themselves or to others.

One would hope this change in schedule will make it a tiny bit easier for guests who really want to meet Anna and Elsa.

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Frozen’s Anna and Elsa Moving To Magic Kingdom

by on March 14, 2014

Anna and Elsa from FrozenYay! No more standing out in the blazing sun at the Norway Pavilion!

With lines commonly running from two to three hours, even seeing as long as five hour waits, Disney has decided to move Anna and Elsa from Frozen out of the Norway Pavilion in Epcot over to the Magic Kingdom to meet with guests.

The sisters will be relocated to the Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland starting on April 20. This means that guests will also be able to make FastPass+ reservations to meet the sisters. (Keep in mind, this will likely be the hottest ticket in town. FastPass+ reservations are going to go extremely quick for the opportunity to meet these two.)

With this change, Cinderella and Rapunzel will continue to greet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall. (And if rumors are correct, these two will likely be greeting guests together now. Anna and Elsa will likely be greeting with a visiting Princess. These are just rumors, as of now.)

Also, keep in mind that Anna and Elsa’s meet and greet opportunity will last only until the early evening. After that time, other visiting Disney Princesses will be available to greet guests.

I could see this change coming from a mile away. The Norway Pavilion has become crazy crowded since this meet and greet opened up. With summer rapidly approaching, and with the lines being as long as we’ve seen, I’m not surprised that Disney wanted to find an indoor location for people to wait to meet these two. I visited the pavilion on my most recent trip in February twice, at two different times of the day (early afternoon and early evening), and the area was just packed.

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