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The Doc is in!

This Disney Friend Friday we’ll say hello to Doc McStuffins!

This Disney Junior star is a hit in our home!  We sing along to her CD in the car, watch both her original episodes and now the new  “Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital” series, and this Christmas the Doc Toy Hospital was found under our tree!

We’ve always enjoyed meeting up with Doc at Hollywood Studios!  She has a meet and greet in the Animation Courtyard, is part of the super show “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” and is currently making the rounds at breakfast and lunch at the Disney Junior Play and Dine meals at Hollywood and Vine (note that after May 13th the Disney Junior gang will only be meeting guests at breakfast.)  In exciting Doc news – as of February of this year, Doc is now making appearances outside of the vet clinic at Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

If you’re looking to spend some time with Doc between your trips to Walt Disney World Resort, you can watch her on both the Disney Channel and Disney Junior.  You can also check her activities and videos by clicking HERE.

 

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It’s time for another Disney Friend Friday!

…and for today I’ve picked the newest crown princess, who has a theme song that sticks in my head all day…

Elena!  Elena!…of Avalor!!!!

My family loves watching all of the adventures Elena and her family and friends experience!  For those of you that don’t know Elena, but think “Avalor” sounds familiar – it should!  Sofia the First wears the Amulet of Avalor…connection???  There sure is!…of course when Elena first premiered back in July – we heard she had been freed from the amulet – but there wasn’t an episode that told us how…and then on Sofia the First all of a sudden Sofia’s amulet and dress were now pink?!?!  Sure, I googled it and found out the back story – but FINALLY, NEXT WEEKEND, on Sunday, November 20th, the tv movie “Elena and the Secret of Avalor” will premiere on both the Disney Channel and Disney Junior and everyone’s questions should be answered!

Later that week, Crown Princess Elena will start meeting guests in Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.  Currently she has a show on the Castle Stage, where Cinderella welcomes her and then Elena picks up her guitar and sings her popular song “My Time”.  I imagine that once the meet and greet begins, the Castle show will end.

Here’s a picture of Elena from this summer, when we caught her show!

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Meeting Disney Characters!

It was sometime back in the 1980s, but I have a clear memory of spotting Snow White out of the corner of my eye and racing over to her (along with a bunch of other kids)  – hoping that I’d be able to get her autograph. We hadn’t been looking for her – we were just walking down a path in the Magic Kingdom – and when she signed my book it was like magic!

These days you aren’t likely to just run into a character walking down a path – there are schedules and meeting spots and fastpasses to think about – but I will tell you – it’s still magical!

There are many places you can meet characters in Walt Disney World – and if you check your My Disney Experience App, you will find a list of every character who will be out and about that day – what times – and where to find them.  For some characters in the Magic Kingdom, like Gaston or Woody and Jessie, you go to their meeting spot and wait in line, for others, like the princesses who meet in Princess Fairytale Hall and Talking Mickey in the Town Square Theater, you can either wait in line, or select meeting them as one of your Fastpass+ choices for the day.

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If spending time waiting for a character meet  is not something you want to spend your time doing, another option is to book a character meal!  My family loves to do this – that way we can meet 4 or 5 characters while we’re enjoying some delicious food.  You are seated at your table, and the characters rotate and come to you!  Some character meals we have enjoyed in the past are Chef Mickey’s Fun Time Buffet at the Contemporary hotel, Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare at The Grand Floridian, and both the Disney Junior Play and Dine and Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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But are your kids ready to meet characters up close and personal?… I thought for sure that mine would be dying to meet their favorite Disney friends – they BEGGED for me to list meet after meet in our touring plan. Then when we got face to face (or face to mask in some instances) – they freaked.  Now we prepare by watching youtube videos of character meets to prepare – and we also usually stay more calm around “face characters” (characters where you see their actual human face).  On our last trip though – my older children did give a few characters hugs and high fives, so I think we may add a few meet and greets back into our rotation.

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I’ve found that having a plan for meeting the characters helps.  If you have autograph books you can practice with your child what they will say to ask for the autograph.  Sometimes we purposely wear clothes that have that character’s image on it so we can point it out them.  My kids have started coming up with fun questions to ask the characters.  Even the ones who don’t talk back have found ways to answer!  My son asked Sorcerer Mickey at Hollywood Studios if he could turn him into a frog.  After thinking about it for a moment – he led my son over to his spell book and “searched” for a spell – we LOVED it!

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Let’s say your children aren’t ready to get too close to their favorite characters – don’t worry – there are SO many shows and parades happening all day long where you get close, but not too close to your favorite Disney friends.

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What characters are you hoping to meet?  Do you have any great character stories to share?  We’d love to hear about it all – leave a comment here or on Sprinkling Pixie Dust’s Facebook page! And…be on the look out every Friday, when I’ll post some of my favorite “Disney Friend” pictures!

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