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    Ever since Mickey used to visit the mall where we put on fish shows every year and he used to walk me back to the fish show whenever I came over to see his show (that's why he's my only pal) I've enjoyed characters.

    Now I'm a thirty year old male who is usually in the parks by myself, I'm a former employee of the Tower of Terror, and I still like to play with the characters. More like you do at a renaissance festival than like a five year old hugging Pooh, but still.

    Of course, the characters hesitate a bit around me. They talked to me much more when I was wearing a CM costume myself, but now I'll be back in regular people clothes...

    How can I communicate that I am here to play with the characters easily? Do I wear a big goofy hat? Even when I'm at the character meals, I have to send a quick signal to them or they will look at me and walk away real quick.

    Also, do the characters do posing guests want? I have this idea of making a picture book of various scenes. A picture of bowing to Belle as Beast does after they dance, or of serenading Snow White, or dancing with Aurora, or Mickey presenting mouse ears to me...the possibilities are endless.

    Also, tips for communicating with non-speaking characters. Goofy sat down with me one time, and I was trying to have a conversation. I found things to say that I thought would get cute replys, but couldn't read the answers very well.

    And so on and so on with those kind of questions...



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    I love characters too... Never mind that I'm a "grown up". I'm always trying to get character photos and such.

    Maybe you could ask a character's "handler" to help you out. When you want a photo a certain way, maybe you could ask the person helping the character, to tell you how to go about it. After all, characters are bombarded with lots of guests every day -- and don't always know what to expect. Plus it gets awful hot out in the FL sun!

    Just be yourself! I bet the characters love you!

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    I agree! We never go with children but do occasionally take our Disney plush - Figaro the cat. The characters are great at interaction even without kids. Try taking an autograph book or just show the enjoyment you get from their interaction; I'm sure they will respond

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    I too am a sucker for the characters. I am a nineteen year old guy but everytime I see Mickey, Goofy, etc., I get as excited as if I was five years old. I would not feel like my Disney vacation would be complete without seeing any characters. I enjoy them, they are fun.

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    Hey there!
    Nice to see someone so enthusiastic about my friends, the Characters.
    First of all, I'm surprised a little bit that you report that the Characters would interact with you more as a CM than when you're in street clothes. Usually, Characters tend to not bother with CMs, and play with any and every Guest, since CMs are not the ones Characters need to impress.
    If you want to communicate with the Characters that you want to play with them....don't try it attempting to be more goofy than Goofy himself. Honestly - it's a turnoff for the big guy when people come up to him and try to do the laugh, or talk in his voice, or when they make a silly joke about how cute it is that "Identical Twins" are taking pictures together - honestly, he's heard it before, and he hears the same jokes like, 100 times a day - not kidding.
    Just be ready for anything - sometimes a Character will be so swamped, that they're forced to "love 'n shove" and not spend tons of time with each Guest. Other times, the Character will be able to do more. It really comes down to the fact that the Character has something specific in mind, and if they don't play for a long period of time, it's because they don't want to, don't have the time to, don't have the ability to, or some other reason.....basically, they do what they want out there, but if you approach them and be nice and smile and stuff, you'll get more. Our favorite Guests are those who say hello when they walk up, rather than shoving an autograph book and pen into Goofy's stomach, and say please and thank you and do not abuse the Character or anything like that.
    As far as posing - almost always, if you ask, they'll do a special pose for you, provided that it is appropriate, does not violate code, does not danger anyone, and is IN CHARACTER. For example - you're NOT going to get Jafar to pose bowing down to Aladdin, or vice versa. Villains are villains - don't hug, shake hands, high five, or anything like that. Provided the pose is within character, they'll most likely pose for you.
    Communication issues:
    Your best way to communicate with fur characters is to TELL them verbally what you mean - the CLEAREST WAY POSSIBLE. Don't try to act out, or "animate" what you want to say to the Character, just because that's how they talk to you. The Characters are HIGHLY trained in body language and non-verbal communication skills. If you don't get the reply you were looking for from a Character, try digging deeper into your bag of things to say - often times, people think they're being original, but they're saying the same thing the 73 Guests before them said. Things like "you're my favorite" usually will earn a nice big hug. Things like "Sign my book!" will usually earn you a nice big attitude from the Character.
    Asking the Character's GREETER is also a good idea to get a clue of what is going on with the Character - especially if you're unfamiliar with the particular personality traits of the Character.
    Bottom line - be yourself, don't try to impress, and don't worry about age or anything, because at WDW, you're either young, or young at heart.

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    Great advice!!!!

    I posted last year about meeting characters as an adult and I got great responses. Everyone told me to go ahead and meet them and don't worry what people think! and they were sooooo right. Now I have so many happy memories and the pictures to prove it!! My favorite was Eeyore kissing my head!!


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    My question is: Is it ok to ask one of the princesses for their phone number?

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bama:
    My question is: Is it ok to ask one of the princesses for their phone number?

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    Umm, that'd be a negative...



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    Uh, how many of the princesses have phones?

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    Michael, guess you're too young to remember Princess phones! (It's a 70s kind of thing -- you know way back when you had to DIAL a number and not just punch it in! )

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    Hey, thanks for all that cool info PrinceVincent!

    Cinderella can call me up whenever she wants!

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    Diz Wiz, you have Cinderella, and leave Prince Charming for me LOL

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bama:
    My question is: Is it ok to ask one of the princesses for their phone number?

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    My most embarassing character interaction came when I inadvertently hit on Megara. She, being polite, asked where we were from. I told her, "Pittsburgh," and then--I don't know what I was thinking--I leaned in and asked, "How about you?"

    "Greece," she said.
    "Oh, right," I slapped my forehead. "ANCIENT Greece."

    To reiterate, I don't know WHAT I was thinking.


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    Red face

    LOL Hookslefthand!

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by beth:
    Michael, guess you're too young to remember Princess phones! (It's a 70s kind of thing

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    I'm only three years old!

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