Today’s Disney Friend Friday is a belated celebration of Winnie the Pooh Day! Last week we celebrated this silly old bear on his creator, A.A. Milne’s birthday – January 18th!
What did you do to celebrate? Play a game of pooh sticks? Make some honey cakes? Perhaps take a fun Winnie the Pooh quiz like this one from Disney Parks Blog (click here)? For me, we watched a marathon of the latest Disney Jr. show to delight my kids, “My Friends Tigger and Pooh”!
This new show has become my favorite Winnie the Pooh entry in the Disney canon!
Winnie the Pooh is such a classic character and you can find him throughout Walt Disney World Resort! He will stop by your table for a visit at 2 dining locations. First, during all meals at The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom, and second at The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at the 1900 Park Fare restaurant in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
I can’t believe it was 25 years ago that this Beauty enchanted us for the 1st time!
We love meeting with Belle! This character has such a pure heart and an equally pure singing voice! We always try to catch her on stage during Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…but here we have a more personal encounter during Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom Park. This is a very special attraction where the children help tell the tale as old as time!
How’s this for a photo opportunity? What a backdrop!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Be Our Guest…is there anyone out there who hears that phrase and doesn’t start humming this…
In addition to this tune entering my mind, I also have the knowledge that Be Our Guest is one of hardest restaurant reservations to obtain at Walt Disney World…even when breakfast and lunch are quick service meals!
Be Our Guest Restaurant is a fairly new restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, but that alone isn’t the reason for its popularity. The restaurant is housed in Beast’s Castle in Fantasyland and the theming inside is extraordinary! The magic begins the moment you check in at the castle gate!
I had a chance to have lunch there a few weeks ago. After checking in we crossed the bridge and got in line to order. A few enchanted sleepy suits of armor kept us company as we waited!
A few minutes later we entered the room where you can either place your order at a kiosk or go to a cashier and speak to a cast member. Another option is to pre order your lunch (or breakfast) 30 days in advance to save some time- you get in a shorter line and just pay !
Once you are finished paying you make your way further into the castle and can select which of the 3 exquisite rooms you wish to dine in!
On this visit we picked a table in the Grand Ballroom:
Another choice is Belle’s library, The Castle Gallery:
And lastly the dark and mysterious West Wing, which did not photograph well this last trip, but I will try again next time 🙂
Sometimes you are given a red “rose” to leave on your table in order for the food to magically find its way to you, but this time Cast Members just asked to see our receipts and noted it somewhere. I collected some silverware and our fountain drinks and was then rewarded when I sat down when one of these beautiful carts rolled up with all of our meals!
I ordered the Carved Turkey Sandwich. It is served on a baguette with Dijon mayo and fries and is one of my FAVORITE sandwiches in ALL of Disney World!
We also ordered a few desserts: The Master’s Cupcake which comes with the famous “Grey Stuff” mentioned in our title song; The Triple Chocolate Cupcake; and the Chocolate Cream Puff.
We always like to dine here either before or after experiencing Enchanted Tales with Belle. It makes for a nice little Beauty and Beast afternoon and a VERY tasty meal!
Be Our Guest serves Breakfast and Lunch as a quick service meal and Dinner as a full service sit down restaurant (you may not pre order dinner). Reservations are recommended for breakfast, lunch & dinner services. While it is not guaranteed, you usually have the opportunity to meet The Beast during the dinner service only.
After an amazing start to our day at the Magic Kingdom (you can read about it here) we kept the non-stop magic going!
Right after the show it started to pour! Luckily it was time for us to use our first FastPass+ of the day, so no waiting in line in the rain for us! We headed over to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, passed the Dwarfs’ cottage and entered the mine.
This is one of Walt Disney World’s newer attractions and waits can sometimes be Continue Reading
After a fun night at Disney Springs, my daughter and I woke up early to make sure we made it to the Magic Kingdom a half hour before it opened. “Why?” you may ask…because when you do, you not only get to see a most special show, but you are also one of the first people in the park and can ride many popular attractions with very little wait.
At 8:40am that morning the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show began. Dancers, characters and of course, Mickey himself, arrived on the Walt Disney World Railroad to sing and welcome you to the park. One lucky family is chosen daily to ride the train and join the celebration and the rest of the crowd is showered with smiles, streamers and fireworks. I have seen this show so many times and each time – even though I know it happens daily – I still feel like something special is going to happen THAT DAY. This show makes you feel like it’s opening day at Walt Disney World and that they have planned a very special day just for you!
Once the show is over the “rope drops” and the park is open! Everyone starts flooding the park – racing to get to their desired attraction. We definitely were girls on a mission, but I always like to be sure to take Continue Reading