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kkevcamsmom
07-03-2006, 07:43 PM
Our DS3 (will be 4 when we go) is terrified of Chuck E. Cheese. I want to do a character breakfast with Pooh and Friends but I am worried he will totally freak when he sees them.

Anyone else have a kid freaked out by Chuck E. Cheese but loved the Disney characters?

We are going in January so we have time to secretly prep him without him knowing it...lol

We have been to Six Flags quite a few times and he's done fine there.

Thanks,

Lori

hrh_disney_queen
07-03-2006, 08:03 PM
My DS6 and DS8 have always been wary of characters. Even face characters...the only time one ever approached a character was when DS6(3 at the time) sidled up next to Spongebob at our local grocery store....

They like to see them from afar, but won't go near them...Saves a lot of time not standing in line for autographs, saves money from expensive character breakfasts, and (sigh) no cute photo ops...

He may do fine just looking at them, without getting near them...good luck..

jcriket
07-03-2006, 08:36 PM
I'm not sure why, but my oldest went till she was about 4 then became terrified of characters for about 1 year, then when she was about 6 she decided she wanted to go see beast?. After that she was cured. We never tried to force her to see characters.

HappyLawyer
07-03-2006, 09:24 PM
from the first time we went to disney my dtr has been freaked out by minnie, i don't get it, she is fine with mickey.

KarlaG4Kids
07-04-2006, 09:36 AM
If they are freaked out don't hesitate to hold them and still have your pictures taken. The characters won't try to reach for your child if he/she is upset. It just takes a little exposure in most cases. Since you aren't going until January you can use both Halloween and Christmas as opportunities to practice. Our oldest grandson was really terrified of Santa one year and so the next year we practiced in our living room (pretending to be Santa and letting him pretend to be Santa too) for weeks until it was time to go visit Santa...he was a little leary but he didn't scream and cry. Also he did much better at Disney World with the characters after that.

novdisneydreams
07-04-2006, 06:40 PM
My DS3 actually MISSED his brother's 6th B'day party at Chuck E. Cheese's because he was so freaked out - spent the entire time in the parking lot w/ poor DH , mostly screaming that he wanted Mommy and brother out of that place! ( He was TERRIFIED!) So we were so worried about the characters at Disney a few months later. We talked to him ALOT about how friendly and nice and wonderful they would be and held our breath. And actually the first exposure at MGM didn't go so well. He stared from afar at Mickey and JoJo but wouldn't venture near. I thought that my dreams of adorable photos w/ characters would be dashed. Then the next day we came around a secluded corner in Epcot (near England, I think) and there were Chip n' Dale. I guess that they had just come out because there were no other kids near them. DS6 ran up to get their autographs and they were such great characters, hugging and giving him High5s. I'd backed off w/ DS so he could admire (fear?) them from afar. But after a few seconds of watching his brother he looked up at me and said, "Can I go Mama?" I was shocked but said "Sure" - so he cautiously went up and poked, petted, then patted Chip (or was it Dale) and then smiled (he was SO proud of himself) hugged the them, gave them High 5s, and hammed it up for some adorable pictures. I swear I was teary eyed ( I'm sappy like that!) After that he was GREAT w/ the characters (except for the scary ones - villians etc - he never did go near them) He loved the CP Pooh characters and that was one of our favorite dinners the whole time. The Disney characters are so much friendlier than Chuck E. Cheese - the costumes just look better, expressions are sweeter, CMs are great with little ones ... I'd say just try to ease into it - and you may be surprised at your DSs reaction :)

hrh_disney_queen
07-04-2006, 06:56 PM
My DS3 actually MISSED his brother's 6th B'day party at Chuck E. Cheese's because he was so freaked out - spent the entire time in the parking lot w/ poor DH , mostly screaming that he wanted Mommy and brother out of that place! ( He was TERRIFIED!)


I don't blame him, that rat terrifies me, too.... :rotfl:

I think one poster said it best, just take it easy and if you have to hold him to get him near the characters, then do that. don't force him, or he may never come around...!

kkevcamsmom
07-04-2006, 11:56 PM
Thanks everyone!

The funniest thing happened today though. There was a Capt'n Crunch down at our July 4th celebration (Quaker is a big part of our cities income :) ), anyway, DS3 thought he was cool. Would not get to close but waved and laughed. The Capt'n was great, just waved and pretended to laugh back. DS3's eyes just lit up...lol

We have a glimmer of hope :thumbsup2

Lori

magicmirror
07-05-2006, 12:50 AM
My four year old has never been freaked out by characters, and we have had dora , pooh, and barney parties. I hope she doesn;t start now, she is super shy, but was always happy go lucky at all of her parties. We scheduled 9 nights at disney with about 6 character meals, . I hope she isn't afraid of them. :blush: :thumbsup2 :)

paintnolish
07-05-2006, 07:54 AM
DD, now 5, is still scared of some characters. She HATES CEC! She does not like Chip and Dale, or some of the big characters, either, like Sully and Goofy.

amy4bruce
07-05-2006, 02:47 PM
My DS3 actually MISSED his brother's 6th B'day party at Chuck E. Cheese's because he was so freaked out - spent the entire time in the parking lot w/ poor DH , mostly screaming that he wanted Mommy and brother out of that place! ( He was TERRIFIED!)

Maybe he wasn't scared. Maybe he was just showing his good taste. :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

Seriously, DD6 was scared of Chuck E. when she was 2 or 3, and scared of the Chick-fil-a cow, and even a giant Bert and Ernie. By the time she was six, at Disney, she was fine.

hrh_disney_queen
07-05-2006, 02:54 PM
I just remembered this. DS6 and DS8, as I have already mentioned, will not get near any characters....but...for some reason when they saw the green army guy (toy story-very well done) they did a "high-five" with him and let me take their picture..go figure that one out.....

byoung
07-05-2006, 06:29 PM
When my DD was young, it wasa great for them to be over there but not close.

sptddog
07-06-2006, 01:16 PM
We just came back from a 7 day trip last week. My DD is 21 months - we watched the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cartoon to get familiar with the characters and then watched the DVDs that had 'real' characters on it before we left. We also prepped her by telling her she could talk to Mickey, and that he was big but not scary etc.

My DD has hated the Easter Bunny, Santa, and Chuck E Cheese so far...

We had two character meals, one the first night we were in Disney. She LOVED them. We did CP with Pooh and friends. We saw Tigger in Magic Kingdom the next day in Pooh's Playful Area and while she left DH carry her up to him, she really wanted nothing to do with him. I started to think the first night was a freak thing and that she would be afraid at our next character dinner but she wasn't. The only thing we can come up with is that when she was in her high chair, they lowered themselves to her and she didn't feel put on the spot nor did she have to actually approach them.

My DH thought some of it had to do with the fact that she 'knew' the characters and with Chuck E Cheese at least she had no idea who he was really, so no association other than some big scary thing. She knows Minnie and Pooh and stuff to be friendly, likeable things.

We figured if she was scared we could probably sort of hold her when the characters came near so she didn't get surprised. Everyone told us that the characters sense when to not come up to the kids etc, and that you can still do the dinner and just not have the characters come over. We had our two older godchildren with us (5 & 9), so we sat them both on one side of the table, and my DD on the other - this way the characters could go to them and DD could just look across the table.

Good luck!

mommiepoppins
07-06-2006, 03:52 PM
when they were 1 and 2 they hated it

katytrott
07-07-2006, 04:38 PM
It's our son's (2) first Disney trip in Oct and we too are anxious as to what his response will be with the characters.

Having no experience in this area, I'm not the best one to give advice, but we have decided to ease him in gently by taking him to the characters (in the parks) rather then them coming to him (in a character meal). He is quite a brave little chap, but the only time he freaks out is when he is in his high chair and strangers (to him), and people he kind of knows, come to him. I think it is because he feels vulnerable and not in control, he is unable to choose to hide behind me for the odd few seconds until he gets his confidence back. When in the parks, taking him to the characters will keep him in control

ilovepooh
07-07-2006, 08:59 PM
I'd love to hear how he does. We're planning our trip to WDW next summer and it will be DS's first trip. He will be 2 and I'm wondering how he'll be with the characters. He loves Playhouse Disney shows in the morning and I'm going to show him the various movies throughout the year. We'll see how he is with Santa this year. He'll be about 1 1/2 years old at Christmas.

Thanks for sharing your stories. :sunny:

disneyde
07-07-2006, 11:54 PM
I have two girls one is shy and the other outgoing. What's funny about the shy one was that on our last trip she didn't want to greet and hug characters but she really liked the cast members wearing their costumes. We went to the Columbia House for lunch one day at MK and she fell in love with one of the waitresses in her costume. She wanted her picture taken with the young lady. The waitress was sooooo sweet they both just loved it. I think Audrey really made this young ladies day and then she brought out trading pins for both our girls. It was one of those really magical memories.

katytrott
07-08-2006, 08:58 AM
I'd love to hear how he does. We're planning our trip to WDW next summer and it will be DS's first trip. He will be 2 and I'm wondering how he'll be with the characters. He loves Playhouse Disney shows in the morning and I'm going to show him the various movies throughout the year. We'll see how he is with Santa this year. He'll be about 1 1/2 years old at Christmas.

Thanks for sharing your stories. :sunny:

I'm sure I will post somewhere how we get on, there is often threads like this one, and we will have plenty of tips and experiences by then I would be happy to share. What we are doing now to prepare is regularly visiting our local Disney store, letting him play with my Disney toys I've had for years (Buzz, Woody, the "big five" etc), and watching a Disneyland Paris sing a long video which shows all the characters inside the park. He is not really interested in the TV generally and can normally manage 5 min (probably not a bad thing), but he absolutely loves books and has learned all kinds of characters from Disney books we can get from the libarary. He learned about the Easter Bunny from a book and when we saw one for real, he gave him the most enormous hug (he was Goofy size as well!).
Another thing we did was take him to Portsmouth, a famous historic harbour near us. The HMS Victory (the battle of Trafalgar) is there which you can tour around. It is such a beautiful and amazing ship, which, now to our son, looks like Captain Hook's ship). In consequence, he now is mad keen on pirates and the characters from Peter Pan, so I am hoping he will be ok with those characters and going on POTC, which was something I was a bit concered about. The other night I heard him going "aaarghh" like a pirate in his sleep :rotfl2:

Disney MAINEiac
07-08-2006, 09:13 AM
My oldest DS has always been "freaked out" by all characters, doesn't trust them or clowns and would literally crawl over me to get away. So we never pushed it, did not want to ruin his trips for our memory photo ops. therefore we have never done a character breakfast, now he's older and the whole idea is to kiddie for him. Guess i'll never get to live my childhood through him.. :rotfl2:

Suejeffali
07-12-2006, 09:26 AM
The first time we took DD to WDW she was 3 1/2. At the time she screamed at anything with a mask (Halloween is great fun with her). The first people we saw was Woody & Buzz from Toy Story and she wanted nothing to do with it and then we saw Mike & Sully from Monsters Inc. and again wanted nothing to do with it (to be honest Sully kind of freaked me out because he is HUGE!) so I am in those pictures and the next day she saw Mickey in a space suit while DH was on Mission Space and she ran right to him and then she was fine the rest of the trip. I would just let them go at their own pace.
:sunny:

madcat
07-12-2006, 10:21 AM
when my sons were 1 and 3 the 1 year old would not go up to any of them the three year old would with someone else going up with him. when we went last year the youngest was 3 and the oldest was 5 they were pretty good with the characters that they really knew and after being exposed to them more (by doing the cb) the youngest was running up to them like the 5 year old was :thumbsup2

Luv'sTink
07-12-2006, 10:40 PM
My DS3 actually MISSED his brother's 6th B'day party at Chuck E. Cheese's because he was so freaked out - spent the entire time in the parking lot w/ poor DH , mostly screaming that he wanted Mommy and brother out of that place! ( He was TERRIFIED!)

OMG this just cracked :rotfl2: me up, sounds just like my DS! Then again who shouldn't be afraid of a 6ft RAT!! It took DS a long time to get used to the characters.

WantToGoNow
07-13-2006, 10:09 AM
My children are both terrified of Chuck E Cheese. We were there on July 4th and Chuck E came around. My dd2 was literally standing there shaking with her hands over her mouth and tears rolling down her cheeks - but not making a sound . I thought my ds5 was off playing somewhere until Chuck E left and he came climbing out from under the table. He wanted to go home -- he thought Chuck E would be back.

Our last trip to Disney my ds was 3.5 and although he was terrified of characters at our local amusement park (along with Chuck E Cheese), he immediately went to the first character we saw (I think it was Pooh at Crystal Palace) and loved each and every one he saw (except for the Beast). My dd was turning one and I have picture after picture of her crying when the characters came too close.

I hope they do okay in November since we have 4 character meals planned.

Love2BinDisney
07-14-2006, 06:11 PM
My DD, 5 also cringes at the sight of Chuck E Cheese still to this day. But, she has enjoyed and was comfortable with the characters at Disney since she was 3. :banana: If you are not sure, start with the "human" ones first....like princesses,etc.

Love2BinDisney
07-14-2006, 06:13 PM
On a side note, I think the autograph book really helps give them some encouragement and excuse to go up. If they get into getting the autographs then they might be willing to see more of the characters. :love:

babynurse1
07-14-2006, 06:58 PM
When my son was 2, his favorite character was Bear in the Big Blue House. We went to the show at MGM, and kept talking about seeing the Bear. He was so excited, he was clapping and jumping up and down. Finally, when Bear came out, his face turned to a look of horror and he literally ran and climbed up on my head trying to get away(we were sitting on the floor). His little body was shaking and he looked at me like "Mom, how can you just sit there when there's a live bear on the loose." :rotfl:
After that, whenever a character would come around, we would simply say "Sorry Pooh, he gets a little nervous" Pooh ( or whomever) would just nod and wave and move on.
Incidentally, my son NEVER watched Bear in the Big Blue House again. If it came on TV, he would run out of the room and scream "no!" I guess we scarred him for life.

Love2BinDisney
07-14-2006, 07:35 PM
When my son was 2, his favorite character was Bear in the Big Blue House. We went to the show at MGM, and kept talking about seeing the Bear. He was so excited, he was clapping and jumping up and down. Finally, when Bear came out, his face turned to a look of horror and he literally ran and climbed up on my head trying to get away(we were sitting on the floor). His little body was shaking and he looked at me like "Mom, how can you just sit there when there's a live bear on the loose." :rotfl:
After that, whenever a character would come around, we would simply say "Sorry Pooh, he gets a little nervous" Pooh ( or whomever) would just nod and wave and move on.
Incidentally, my son NEVER watched Bear in the Big Blue House again. If it came on TV, he would run out of the room and scream "no!" I guess we scarred him for life.

My DD didn't mind Bear but of all things was afraid of Jamie. Jamie tried to dance with her and you would have thought something horrible happened. She wouldn't even stand up and do anything for the rest of PHD. :confused3

neverenufdisney
07-14-2006, 07:44 PM
my younger kids flipped out pirate:

ThreeAngels
07-15-2006, 11:17 AM
Wondering how my DD6 will fare with the characters, too. She's all brave talk, but we'll see how she really acts. We're doing character meals at Chef Mickey's and Crystal Palace because she most wanted to see Mickey and Pooh. My DS11 was just 1 1/2 last time we went and he was TERRIFIED of Mickey Mouse. He'll probably be the most nervous this time, too, though he'd never admit it! :blush:

sticker231
07-15-2006, 11:34 AM
my older kids 5 & 4 weren't too fond of the characters up close, but my younger son 3 went up and took pictures with all of the characters. You never know!

seven dwarfs
07-15-2006, 05:40 PM
My twins were two on their first trip. It was great. Except, Pluto licked my daughter during dinner at LLT. She just lost it. Cried so loud, I felt so bad. Pluto did too. He kept checking on her and showing her he was sorry. Looking back it was very funny.

katytrott
07-16-2006, 04:07 AM
My twins were two on their first trip. It was great. Except, Pluto licked my daughter during dinner at LLT. She just lost it. Cried so loud, I felt so bad. Pluto did too. He kept checking on her and showing her he was sorry. Looking back it was very funny.

This is so weird. This suddenly reminded me of what happened to me when I was little and I had completely forgotten about it. It must of been about 22 years ago when I was 6, on a trip to Disneyland. I was always fine with the characters, according to my mum, but on this occasion I remember feeling a tap on my shoulder and turning round to see Pluto. I shrieked and ran to my parents. The funny thing is, I felt so bad about it afterwards and thought I had hurt Pluto's feelings particularly as I had always loved his cartoons. I was convinced for years after that, that Pluto was still feeling hurt by it, and every time I watched his cartoons, I was sure I could see this hurt. :crazy:

ToTMoM
07-18-2006, 07:55 AM
My DD was petrified! The first time we did a character breakfast she was 3 yrs. old. We were at CR and pluto: came over to our table and DD, in one motion, jumped from her chair into my DH's lap. She hid her face in his neck and would take a peak to see if Pluto was still there. The CM was great and put on a great show of being shocked and dismayed that this little girl was afraid of him. But he didn't push the issue.

Needless to say, she got over it. She is now a CP/CM at ToT. :thumbsup2

Rachljo22
07-18-2006, 08:04 AM
DD8 was never afraid of any of that, she was the kid who tried to cut in front of the other kids to hug first LOL! My DS (almost 3) is a scaredy cat :sad2: He would not go near any character at Disney, he would only watch his sissy do it :sad:

AuntieM
07-18-2006, 06:06 PM
My daughter was afraid of Captain Hook but loved the rest of them. On the other hand, my son wasn't afraid of any of them. I think it all depends on the child in question. The fact that the characters at Six Flags doesn't upset the little one is a good sign.

Have a great trip. :cool1: