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My Embarrassing Character Secret – and Some Tips For Seeing and Meeting the Characters on Your Disney Cruise

Published October 28, 2013 by Disneyways.com

I have something to confess. Meeting characters in the Disney Parks is not on my top 5 list of favorite things to do. I could never really put my finger on exactly why that is. I promise I am not a character snob. I adore Disney characters with all my heart, I love getting hugs, I love watching other people meet them – so what the heck is my problem? It took going on my first Disney cruise to figure it out. I am pretty sure my problem is the walking, the waiting in the heat, and the fact that the LAST thing I want is my picture taken after the humidity attacks my hair and makeup. I think I just didn’t want to admit any of this to myself and it’s still a bit embarrassing to admit it to you now.

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But, guess what? Getting on the cruise ship with it’s shorter lines, variety of characters close together…and glorious AC converted me into a full-fledged character person. This means there is hope for anyone! So if you are having that awkward moment when you realize character meet and greets aren’t your thing…give it a try on a Disney Cruise. All of a sudden I was excited and wanting to meet every single character I possibly could! In the process I learned some things about the best ways to see the characters — and also how character meet and greets work on the Disney Cruise Line.

Much to my surprise – characters started appearing before we even boarded the ship! So my first tip is to keep a watchful eye before and during your cruise!

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To begin, your cruise will kick off with an awesome character party. You don’t get to meet and greet but you might get to dance and sing along with some of your favorite characters. It’s super fun to see them in their cruise wear!

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Just like in the parks, if you want to meet the characters, you need a plan. So your first step is to check out the cruise program. The program is called the Personal Navigator – and it’s delivered each night to your room automagically.

Your Personal Navigator shows you which characters are slated to make an appearance and where. If you find a character that the family wants to meet, be sure to get to the spot a little early to get ahead of the crowds. If you are late, the lines can get long…but it’s all good. Making friends is super easy on a Disney Cruise, even when you are in line.

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My next tip might be more like a secret. Check your Navigator for open house times at the kid’s clubs. My husband and I dropped in to see all the cool new stuff they are offering. While we were there – Tiana came in to tell the kids a story. I don’t think it was formally announced that she would be there. For whatever reason, she took me by complete surprise. I felt pretty ridiculous for having such a hard time choking back the tears – but I was so excited to see her! Princess Tiana was just so lovely! The kids were absolutely enthralled with her and hanging on to her every word. There was a feeling in that room that I just can’t describe. Beyond sweet and beyond magical.

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Our cruise did not have any stops but most of them do. Obviously, the Disney theme continues offshore, too. When you disembark at a Disney cruise port, so do a number of Disney characters. Check your Navigator for the names of characters joining you on land so you can plan ahead.

The ship will offer Disney PhotoPass photographers at most of the character greeting locations, and they will take photos with your personal camera if you want them to. Prefer taking your own pictures? Be sure to check out our 4 quick tips for capturing great character photos!

Last but not least do NOT miss the Broadway style shows that the ship offers. They absolutely bring the fairytales and the characters to life right before your eyes. Disney Dreams–An Enchanted Classic is one of 2 musical live shows that played in the Walt Disney Theatre onboard the Disney Magic ship for our cruise.  It is the BEST Disney show I have ever seen in my life.

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I grew up 30 minutes from Walt Disney World, and still live here in Orlando, so this is saying a lot. We were not allowed to take video or pictures unfortunately…but trust me on this. I saw more characters than I could count through my tear-filled eyes.

What are some of your favorite tips for seeing and meeting the characters on a Disney cruise?

8 Royal Babies of Disney

Published July 22, 2013 by Disneyways.com

Disney Royal Babies are so fun! Let’s take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about 8 of our favorite Disney monarchs in their younger days.

Let’s begin with beautiful little Tiana as a toddler!

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She was not a Princess quite yet in this photo – but with her paper crown and a wish on a star – she was well on her way!

Bless my soul – Herc still had his (baby) rolls!

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Hercules was a demigod in Ancient Greece, pretty close to being a royal – right? Besides…this photo of little baby Herc is just so cute!

Bambi

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Bambi’s dad was called the”great prince” of the forest. Here is Bambi as a fawn – just about ready to begin walking in his Dad’s royal footsteps!

Tarzan

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He would grow up to be the king of the jungle!

Health to the Princess Aurora!

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Princess Aurora was born to a King and Queen, betrothed, eventually married to her Prince! The whole kingdom arrived when she was born – she’s (kind of) a big deal don’t you think?

Simba and Nala

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Shown here as a cuddly little lion cub – he just couldn’t WAIT to be king! Already hanging out with his beautiful future queen – baby Nala!

Little Merida!

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Already beautiful with her sassy big hair – here is marvelous Merida! Officially coronated in 2013 – she is certainly a Princess known for being the most gifted sports – like in archery!

Rapunzel!

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Despite being kidnapped as a baby, Punzy still managed to grow in grace and was always a princess at heart.

All photos are credit Disney including the awesome one below! Can you name some Royal Babies of Disney that we might have missed?

 

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Magical Makeovers at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Published May 28, 2013 by Disneyways.com

A magical beauty salon where any little girl can make her dream of becoming a princess come true.

A Fairy Tale Come to Life

With her magic wand—plus a few fashion tricks— a Fairy Godmother-in-training can transform girls (aged 3-12) into  princesses!  Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is owned by Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and operated by her skilled apprentices. Appointments typically last 30 minutes to an  hour depending on what package you choose.

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Select a hairstyle

Then select your package:

  • The Coach Package (starting at $54.95, plus tax)Hairstyling
    Shimmering make-up, face gem
    Princess sash and tote
  • The Crown Package (starting at $59.95, plus tax)Hairstyling
    Shimmering make-up, face gem
    Princess sash and tote
    Nail polish
  • The Courtyard Package (starting at $89.95, plus tax)Exclusive Courtyard hairstyling
    Shimmering make-up, face gem
    Princess sash and tote
    Nail polish
    Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique T-shirt
    Trendy tutu
  • The Castle Package (starting at $189.95, plus tax)Hairstyling
    Shimmering make-up, face gem
    Princess sash and tote
    Nail polish
    Complete costume of your choice plus accessories
    One 6″ x 8″ and four 4″ x 6″ photos in a princess-themed holder

Disneyways would like to thank BigFatPanda.com for this awesome video!

      • Makeovers at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique are very popular, so reservations are strongly recommended. Call (407) WDW-STYLE or (407) 939-7895 to book your appointment with a Fairy Godmother-in-training today!

Our thanks to Leah Taylor for these photos!

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Boys can join in on the fun too, as Fairy Godmothers-in-training can transform them into heroic knights!

The Knight Package ($15.95 plus tax)

  • Hairstyling with colorful gel
  • Mighty sword and shield
  • Confetti

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Two Boutiques to Choose from:
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has 2 locations: inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom park and at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Downtown Disney

Hours are subject to change but are typically 9:00AM-7:29PM

Costume choices may include: Ariel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Belle, Jasmine, and Cinderella as well as Tinker Bell, Minnie Mouse, Rapunzel and Princess Tiana. The knight package for boys is also available.

The World of Disney location offers a wide variety of beautiful accessories, including ponytail hairpieces and tiaras.

Self-parking and admission to Downtown Disney are complimentary.

Magic Kingdom

Hours are subject to change but are typically 8:00AM-7:00PM

Costume choices may include Ariel, Snow White, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, Tinker Bell and Tiana

The Magic Kingdom location offers a wide variety of beautiful accessories, including ponytail hairpieces and tiaras.

Have you experienced the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? Please leave me your thoughts and comments below!

 

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