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Disneyland Paris: Character Meets

27th March 2017 40 Comments

This week, I’m sharing one of the things you simply must do at Disneyland Paris. Whether you have little ones or not you can’t go to Disneyland Paris and not meet a few characters. There are plenty of opportunities to meet characters around the park, random chance meetings, planned timed meets or you can even dine with them.

We were lucky enough to meet Goofy within just a few minutes of entering the Park on our first day, he was our first random chance meet. Willow was exceptionally happy about this as Goofy is definitely one of her favourite Disney characters. We also randomly met two of Cinderella’s lovely mice, Suzy and Perla, as well as Stitch and Pluto. There are a few ‘hot spots’ for random meet and greets throughout both parks, at this point I don’t know all the lucky spots but I can tell you a few from our trip.

  • Just after the entrance gates to Disneyland Paris.
  • Right after the entrance gates, before Studio 1 in the Walt Disney Studio Park.
  • Outside the Videopolis Theatre in Discoveryland.
  • The pink ‘Parade’ Gates right next to It’s a Small World in Fantasyland.

Then there are the scheduled/ timed meet and greets, every day both the Princess Pavilion and Meet Mickey Mouse are open for meeting Princesses and Mickey Mouse. The weekly DLP timetable will let you know what times they’ll be open that week but you’ll have to keep an eye out on the day for wait times- especially at the Princess Pavilion as notoriously this has a long queue time. The DLP weekly timetable will also let you know where to be and at what time for other Character meets around the park, these usually include Characters like Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Chip and Dale, Woody and many many more.

The characters are always accompanied by at least one or two cast members who ensure an orderly line, help the characters interact with the guests and are also more than happy to take a photo with your camera or phone. Sometimes certain characters will be accompanied by a PhotoPass photographer and its definitely worth keeping an eye out for these if you’ve purchased a PhotoPass. Whilst you’re in the queue get yourself ready, have your camera and/or PhotoPass ready and autograph book, don’t forget its much easier for gloved characters to use chunky pens so something like a Sharpie marker pen is a really good idea. If you want something really special to keep then why not take a bag or photo frame along to be signed? The Disney Characters can pretty much sign anything as long as you are not wearing the item.

Another way of meeting Disney Characters is to book Character Dining, we did this on our first evening at DLP and although the food wasn’t the best of the week it was an absolutely amazing experience for the whole family and a sure way of meeting at least four to five Characters. We had dinner at the Mickey Cafe (the character dining will be moving from the Mickey Cafe at the end of March 2017 to the Plaza Gardens and Inventions) which was included in our Meal Plan so didn’t cost us any extra and we were able to meet Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Tigger and Eeyore. Each character stayed with us for a good five minutes and spent a lot of time interacting and playing with Willow, we really had an amazing time and Willow still talks about how Goofy spilt her drink at dinner. Unfortunately, you won’t know which Characters will be around until you are there as they do vary from day to day, but if you are not really too fussed about who you meet then this is a perfect option. It is such a relaxed way of meeting Characters and even more importantly (especially with young children) there are no queues!!

Character Meets, in my opinion are an absolute must on a trip to Disneyland Paris, even if you only manage to meet one or two it really will be one of the highlights of your holiday. There are so many characters we didn’t get around to meeting last time and Willow already has a list she’d like to meet on our next trip.

Don’t forget some characters are seasonal, so if theres any specific characters you’d like to meet then maybe bare this in mind when you are booking. Also, remember the gloved characters don’t talk, but they really do make up for it in their movements and body language. If your children are a little nervous, let them take it at their own pace, the characters really are very patient with everyone and won’t rush you along.

If you’ve been to Disney who was your favourite character to meet and why? I think my eldest’s would probably be Goofy or Mickey, mine is Stitch after our last visit and I know my Mum would, without a doubt name Eeyore as hers.

Like I said last week I will be covering a lot of DLP topics over the next few weeks, if theres anything specific you’d like to know then please don’t hesitate to give me a shout. Next week I’ll be talking all about one of my favourite things at DLP, the food and the meal plans.

Hannah Jane

40 Comments

  1. Reply

    Heather Keet

    27th March 2017

    I’ve been to Disneyland in LA and Disney World in FL but I would love to go to Paris and Tokyo. Hubster went to Tokyo Disney and said it was cool to see the differences. #bigpinklink

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      Hannah Jane

      27th March 2017

      I’d love to visit all the different Disney’s around the world, I think we’ll be saving up to do Disney World before too long

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        Heather Keet

        27th March 2017

        That one is my favorite! There’s just so much more to do you for a family than Disneyland. You’ve got so many parks that you can really choose different activities for each day.

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    and Jacob makes three

    27th March 2017

    So jealous, I love Goofy! This is a great series. I cannot wait until Jacob’s old enough to go to DLP. I went for a school trip when I was 15, so I’m long overdue a visit #bigpinklink

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      Hannah Jane

      27th March 2017

      Oh you’re definitely well overdue a visit then! And thank you, I’m glad you’re enjoying the series x

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    Sinéad (shinnersandthebrood.com)

    27th March 2017

    We really HAVE to take the kids to Disney, don’t we? We’ll wait until the youngest is 4 perhaps. CAN’T wait! #bigpinklink

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      Hannah Jane

      27th March 2017

      You really must You’ll all love it, ours were 1 and 3 last time we went and we’re taking them again when they’re 2 and 4 x

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    Mess and merlotm

    27th March 2017

    Aww I’m not a Disney person at all but these photos are adorable! I think my two would love a trip to Disneyland especially my 6yr old daughter! #BigPinklink

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    Mrs Lighty

    27th March 2017

    Meeting the characters is my favourite part of any Disney trip!! There’s often also characters in Frontierland, in front of Great Thunder Railway, in front of the restaurants that are by Indiana Jones and also by the fountain as you go through the castle into Fantasyland. We had annual passes one year so we got pretty au fair with where to find them, ha!! Thanks for sharing this with #BigPinkLink, I think it’ll be useful to lots of people visiting xxx

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      Hannah Jane

      27th March 2017

      Oh fab!! We’re going back next January so I’ll make a note of those places so thank you very much!! It really is magical meeting the characters- no matter your age xx

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    Tubbs

    27th March 2017

    The meet and greets were fabulous! We got some amazing photos of the Tubblet when we went to Orlando meeting characters from Winnie the Pooh, the Disney Princesses etc. It must be boiling for the actors inside those costumes though!

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      Hannah Jane

      27th March 2017

      I know right, they must be sweltering!! But I think they rotate the cast members quite regularly to stop them overheating. I bet your photos are adorable! X

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    five little doves

    27th March 2017

    This looks amazing but my kids would have gone schitzo! All three of the youngest are TERRIFIED of any characters like this, they just completely lose the plot over it!! We took our eldest to Disneyland Paris when he was 4 and it was amazing, I’m desperate to take the youngest three but I’m going to wait until they combat their fears!! #bigpinklink

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      Hannah Jane

      27th March 2017

      Oh bless their cottons, I’m sure they’ll combat their fears before too long. I thought my girls were going to be terrified but they were both so excited! Xx

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    RaisieBay

    27th March 2017

    I’ve never been to DLP but I think we’d opt for the dining with the characters, I like the idea of not queuing to meet the characters.
    #bigpinklink

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      Hannah Jane

      27th March 2017

      Oh it’s definitely worth it, it’s such an incredible experience xx

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    Petite Words

    27th March 2017

    Wow, I can’t image how excited your little one was! #bigpinklink

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    pinkiebag

    27th March 2017

    Hi, I’ve been lucky enough to visit the parks in Florida and Paris. As a grown up I had my photos with characters as well my favourite was Pluto. Thank you for sharing the lovely photos #bigpinklink

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    tinmccarthy

    27th March 2017

    we have done Disney in the states three times and will go once more when they twins are four or five. It is kinda magical isnt it.
    #bigpinklink

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    Surrey Mama

    27th March 2017

    Looks fab I can’t wait to take our girls! #bigpinklink

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    nurserywhines

    27th March 2017

    I queued up to meet Ariel aged 21 and it was so worth it! A child meeting their favourite characters in real life beats any ride. #bigpinklink

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    Jo

    27th March 2017

    We haven’t been to Disneyland, although it’s on the list! I’ll remember these tips, thank you 🙂 #bigpinklink

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    amindfulgeek

    27th March 2017

    This looks like such an amazing time. I used to live in FL when I was younger and we would go to Disney World all the time. Disneyland Paris looks amazing though. I remember as a kid, the best part was meeting all the characters. #bigpinklink

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    Tracey Abrahams

    27th March 2017

    I have never been to either of the Disney resorts, but if I ever did I would want to meet all the Winnie the Pooh characters. Like your mum Eeyore would be my favourite. #bigpinklink

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    mummymiller

    27th March 2017

    I remember doing this when I was little and I loved it! It’s such a magical experience, I can’t wait to re experience it as a parent! #bigpinklink

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    Aleena Brown

    27th March 2017

    I’d love to one day take the kids. it looks like you had so much fun!! #bigpinklink

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    Susie / S.H.I.T.

    27th March 2017

    We had a great time at DLP a few years ago with our two eldest girls – they just loved meeting the Disney Princesses – ALL of them! I remember standing in queues for hours to meet them which seemed painful at the time but seeing their little eyes light up when they met them was worth every minute. #bigpinklink

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    Lisa Robb

    28th March 2017

    It looked so good. I went to Disney land paris a good few years ago now. I do prefer Florida but it staved off the shake of my Disney addiction.
    Lx
    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com
    #bigpinklink

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    Tooting Mama

    28th March 2017

    So super cute! We will get to visit Disney before we leave Paris our our kids will never forgive us! It’s great to see the little ones having such a fab time and the grown ups too! #bigpinklink

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    Laura Beresford

    28th March 2017

    We are leaving DLP until our youngest is a little older but it looks so much fun! I think I’m more excited than the kids… #bigpinklink

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    Winnettes

    28th March 2017

    Oh I really really REALLY want to go. I think I would be giddy if I met Micky! I’m such a child at heart 😉
    #BigPinkLink

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    Mom Of Two Little Girls

    28th March 2017

    That looks like so much fun. We’re planning a big Disneyland trip in 2/3 years time. It’ll be a once in a lifetime trip for us & the kids so much planning will be done in advance!
    #bigpinklink

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    Rice Cakes and Raisins

    28th March 2017

    I would love to go here, i think we will plan a trip in about 3 years when my boys are a little older. Great pics lovely xxx

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    Rice Cakes and Raisins

    28th March 2017

    sorry meant to add #bigpinklink

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    catherinestribs

    28th March 2017

    Aww lovely photos!! I loved Disney when we went as kids, meeting the characters was so much fun! Some really great tips here!! X #bigpinklink

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    madmotherintheattic

    30th March 2017

    Looks great – my daughter would love it (although her little brothers less so!) #bigpinklink

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    Mrs Mummy Harris

    30th March 2017

    i LOVE Disney purely for this reason. When I first went with my parents (19) I went for a character breakfast and it really made the day start off amazingly. To then have he dinner at Cafe Mickey just finished the day. I cannot wait for Ben to get a bit older to take him there. He will love it!! #bigpinklink

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    Cheryl @ Tea or Wine

    30th March 2017

    Ahh! Willow’s face in all these photos is utter joy! I can see why a meet and greet is something you have to do at Disneyland! #Bigpinklink. X

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    Lisa Pomerantz

    31st March 2017

    We love Disney and my littles do not like meeting character at all! It’s almost bizarre! They can look at them from afar, in a parade, on a ride, but meet and greet — I think they rather eat spinach. #bigpinklink keep having fun!

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    absolutely prabulous

    2nd April 2017

    The funny thing is the parents get just as excited as the kids! WE all do! #bigpinklink

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