There’s plenty for adults to do at Walt Disney World, from spas to golf and water sports and so much more – all of which is so amazing, but I have to say – as an adult Walt Disney World lover, one of my favorite things to do is the same thing I loved 25 years ago – and that is Meeting CHARACTERS! I know it doesn’t exactly seem like something that is geared towards adults, but trust me – those of ALL ages can really have some fun meeting their favorite characters. Read on for how to make the most of character Meet & Greets as an adult:
Research: know where your favorite characters will be – you can look it all up on the My Disney Experience app (which is something you will definitely want to download before your trip, as it’s super helpful for wait times, booking fastpasses, and much more), and the official Disney website has some information on character experiences, too.
Book A Character Meal (or two!): Don’t shy away from character meals! They are NOT just for kids/families – they can really be fun for everyone. They are a great way to enjoy a sit down meal with some delicious food, and to also get to meet multiple characters in one place (and in most cases, the characters come to YOU – no searching/waiting in line required!). If you’re still not convinced – check out my Top 5 reasons why character meals rule
Strike Up A Conversation: When it’s finally your turn to meet Minnie – don’t just stand there star-struck – talk to her! Tell her why you love her, compliment her outfit, ask for her autograph or a picture (even a funny pose would be great!) – say whatever is on your mind – most of them may not be able to respond, but they love any and all interaction and will play along with pretty much anything you say/do – so have some FUN with it!
Don’t Show Up Empty Handed: Like I said, the characters love to interact in whatever way they can, so bring along something they might enjoy seeing – a unique autographing medium (like a blank vinylmation figure, a plain canvas bag/backpack/t shirt, or anything really! Check out more unique autograph ideas here). Autographs aren’t the only thing they like though – you can really bring just about anything along with you for them to see. My husband had an old Mickey shaped film camera with him on one trip – and Donald loved checking that out (and getting mad that it wasn’t a “Donald” camera!), and I witnessed a teenager with her well-loved Winnie the Pooh plush from childhood posing with the real Winnie The Pooh at the Crystal Palace – that really warmed my heart, and I know Pooh loved it, too
Above all – when it comes to meeting characters as an adult WDW vacationer – use your imagination, and HAVE FUN with it! My husband and I have traveled to Walt Disney World as a couple many times – and we love meeting characters, some of our best memories are of character interactions we have had, and it’s really a great time that you shouldn’t pass up (even as an adult!)