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.