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Old 06-03-2013, 06:07 PM   #31
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So wonderful! I say let her go for it! You're at Disney and she's just making more magic! I loved the way she stepped back when one if the princesses was apprehensive and as long as she goes with that attitude let her have fun!

Two years ago we went on a cruise and my DD (2 at the time) became known as the "dancing queen" on the boat and tons of people stopped and asked to take her picture. It didn't bother me as they didn't know her name, where she lived or anything else personal. Last year at WDW we were asked multiple times if people could take a pic if DD after Pirates League. As far as pictures at Disney go, anyone using PhotoPass could see a picture of their child used in the park or in advertising (including Facebook) so what does another picture matter.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:24 PM   #32
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Agree, nice post. 16yo sounds like a gem.
Most definitely agreed....and while I would not be freaked out by a teenage girl asking for a picture...I guess I can understand why some parents would be. However, since you are being polite and asking they can always say no!
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:48 PM   #33
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How sweet of your daughter! The autograph is cute and special. I would not be ok with random people wanting pictures of my girls.
Definitely this. While the gesture is awesome, and very sweet, I would tread carefully. Asking for their autographs (provided the parents are okay with it) is fine, but pictures not so much.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:56 PM   #34
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I think that if a parent is going to dress their little girl up as a princess they have no right to be upset if someone wants to play along and make their "princess" feel special while in costume.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:39 PM   #35
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It will be fine! A 16 year old girl with a smile and an autograph book who asks nicely if she can have the princess's autograph, will get a positive response 99% of the time. The other 1% she just needs to say OK, have a nice day, and move on. As far as pictures go it is a judgment matter depending on the situation. If the parents engage in extended pleasant conversation, than politely asking the parents for a photo is fine. Just be prepared to just as politely politely accept a no answer. As long as she asks everything will be fine. As a young woman, she will be very non-threatening. If my kids were still young, I would love it. What a wonderful daughter you have!
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:48 PM   #36
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OP: tell your Princess how special she is.....

I think its adorable to ask for an autograph, tho be prepared for some nos and other responses....

Id skip the pix ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

I think its MAGICAL and she probably made a memory that will last a Lifetime for that family................magic at work.............
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:51 PM   #37
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I thnk it's very sweet! And I'd even be ok with a pic. I know we're in thousands of random WDW photos anyway.

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Old 06-03-2013, 08:32 PM   #38
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A way around the picture thing is pretty simple. Just ask the parents to take a photo with their camera, not yours. Then give the parents your email address and ask them to send it to you later. The parents control the photo, not you and the princess feels good and will have a lasting photo of the encounter.

Maybe I'm just more trusting but not every photo of a girl in a princess costume is going to end up on a porn site.
I really really like this approach.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:09 PM   #39
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I agree, your daughter was very "quick on her feet", caring, and kind to that girl. However, I think it's best for Disney to be in control of things like this.

This might be a weird segue, but it's like the threads here that kept popping up recently about one guests initial interaction with the toy story characters. The park guests shouted "Andy's coming!" (or something like that) and the toy story characters immediately played the part and went limp and fell to the ground like in the movies. While this was fun in one case (like with your daughter) it soon got out of control in the parks and finally was basically ignored by the toy story characters at WDW.

While your daughters actions were very sweet and super thoughtful, going around as a guest and creating Disney magic like that is best left to Disney employees in my opinion. I know I would get tired of my daughter getting asked for her autograph by random guests after BBB if it happened repeatedly.

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I agree, your daughter was very "quick on her feet", caring, and kind to that girl. However, I think it's best for Disney to be in control of things like this.

This might be a weird segue, but it's like the threads here that kept popping up recently about one guests initial interaction with the toy story characters. The park guests shouted "Andy's coming!" (or something like that) and the toy story characters immediately played the part and went limp and fell to the ground like in the movies. While this was fun in one case (like with your daughter) it soon got out of control in the parks and finally was basically ignored by the toy story characters at WDW.

While your daughters actions were very sweet and super thoughtful, going around as a guest and creating Disney magic like that is best left to Disney employees in my opinion. I know I would get tired of my daughter getting asked for her autograph by random guests after BBB if it happened repeatedly.

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Sorry, but I couldn't disagree more. Have you ever had someone come up to you with FPs after they've all been distributed and give them to you!
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:05 PM   #41
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Sorry, but I couldn't disagree more. Have you ever had someone come up to you with FPs after they've all been distributed and give them to you!
Either I completely misled you, or you mistook my post. I'm not talking about the random acts of pixie dust like what you mention. Sure, I've handed out Fastpasses that we weren't going to use, after they were all distributed. (I'm not sure if I've ever received them though). That's not what I'm talking about.

There are many acts of kindness in the parks, but this one (at least to me) is treading on the idea of a park guest trying to take over what is better handled by Disney staff.

I'm referring to guest interaction that is better left to CMs. Asking someone for an autograph is personal, and can be an interesting situation if coming from a total stranger (even if it's in a magical place like WDW )While I understand the good intention from the situation in this thread. As cute as this is, situations like this could get uncomfortable.

In this context it was great. Just going around and asking girls or boys for their autographs because they are all dressed up as a princess or prince isn't necessary. But hey, that's just our view on it.

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:22 PM   #42
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I agree, your daughter was very "quick on her feet", caring, and kind to that girl. However, I think it's best for Disney to be in control of things like this.

This might be a weird segue, but it's like the threads here that kept popping up recently about one guests initial interaction with the toy story characters. The park guests shouted "Andy's coming!" (or something like that) and the toy story characters immediately played the part and went limp and fell to the ground like in the movies. While this was fun in one case (like with your daughter) it soon got out of control in the parks and finally was basically ignored by the toy story characters at WDW.

While your daughters actions were very sweet and super thoughtful, going around as a guest and creating Disney magic like that is best left to Disney employees in my opinion. I know I would get tired of my daughter getting asked for her autograph by random guests after BBB if it happened repeatedly.

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100% disagree. There aren't many 16yr olds out there willing to give a little magic. There are millions of princesses that go to Disney waiting to be "discovered."

OP, you should be so proud of her!!
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:33 AM   #43
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I agree, your daughter was very "quick on her feet", caring, and kind to that girl. However, I think it's best for Disney to be in control of things like this.

This might be a weird segue, but it's like the threads here that kept popping up recently about one guests initial interaction with the toy story characters. The park guests shouted "Andy's coming!" (or something like that) and the toy story characters immediately played the part and went limp and fell to the ground like in the movies. While this was fun in one case (like with your daughter) it soon got out of control in the parks and finally was basically ignored by the toy story characters at WDW.

While your daughters actions were very sweet and super thoughtful, going around as a guest and creating Disney magic like that is best left to Disney employees in my opinion. I know I would get tired of my daughter getting asked for her autograph by random guests after BBB if it happened repeatedly.

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I appreciate your opinion, but I disagree with you too. Disney magic is not CREATED by cast members! Disney Magic is passed on by cast members. It is not exclusive to cast members.....every little princess in the park is passing on magic just by dressing up. Disney Magic is a special feeling....that you get from an action or experience, it is not exclusive to anyone to distribute! We all have it...but sometimes we have to get to WDW to realize it. Thanks for your opinion, and I hope it doesn't "catch on", and become a disruption...but then again, we are speaking of a place that has talking trash cans that follow you, and sometimes shout obnoxious comments!!! Maybe everyone will try to spread a little magic, instead of just leaving it up to the cast members.....just sayin!
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I appreciate your opinion, but I disagree with you too. Disney magic is not CREATED by cast members! Disney Magic is passed on by cast members. It is not exclusive to cast members.....every little princess in the park is passing on magic just by dressing up. Disney Magic is a special feeling....that you get from an action or experience, it is not exclusive to anyone to distribute! We all have it...but sometimes we have to get to WDW to realize it. Thanks for your opinion, and I hope it doesn't "catch on", and become a disruption...but then again, we are speaking of a place that has talking trash cans that follow you, and sometimes shout obnoxious comments!!! Maybe everyone will try to spread a little magic, instead of just leaving it up to the cast members.....just sayin!
I agree with you! We can all make a little pixie dust for others down there. As an AP holder I go to WDW several times a year. Usually at least one (sometimes two of those trips are solo, as my family is not as big a Disney fan as I am). Anyway on my solo trips I frequently try to make a little pixie dust for others, just because it's fun. I always volunteer to take pictures of groups so they can all be in the picture. I always give away fast passes I am not using. I was once in line at Aloha Isle getting a dole whip float, when I heard the family behind me saying their sons could get just a cone, because they could not afford the DW float. The little boy was saying he really wanted the pineapple juice in the float and could he pleeeese, pleeese have one. I felt so sorry for the dad having to tell them no. You could tell the dad really wanted to say yes, but told the wife and sons that they were running short and were really going to have to watch their money, or they weren't going to have enough to get home. He kept talking about how he wished they could and how sorry he was, but he just hadn't realized everything was going to be so expensive. When it came my turn to order, I ordered three Dole Whip floats and very quietly whispered to the CM to please give two to the boys right behind me. As I picked my float up and walked off, she handed the other two dole whip floats to them and I heard the boys ask their dad "Why did that lady do that?". I laughed, turned back around and said "I have a grandson about your age, that I'm really missing right now. So please do me a really big favor and eat that for him". I then turned back around and walked off. On another occasion, I was down their with my granddaughter. On our last day, I told her we were going to have to get rid of her balloon, as we couldn't carry it on the plane. She looked for quite awhile, before she found the perfect little girl she wanted to offer it to. I did have her ask the parents permission first. That made her day and also the day of the little girl she gave the balloon to. On another occasion, I went to WDW solo just two months after my dad had died in May 2010. My dad was known for buyng balloons and giving them away to kids. I had planned to buy a balloon down there and after keeping it for awhile was going to let it go, in memory of my dad. Instead, shortly after buying it, I saw a little girl having a melt down, with her parents looking like they were at the end of their rope dealing with her. I asked the dad if it might be alright if I offered her the balloon. At first he said, he didn't want to take the balloon away from me, but when I told him I planned to let it go anyway, in memory of my dad, he gratefully let me offer it to the little girl. Her tears immediately dried up and she gave me a huge smile. Another time I was down there with a friend. We had done the Fantasmic pkg, but then decided not to go to Fantasmic after all. As we were walking out, I told her to wait a minute. I wanted to give the Fantasmic seating vouchers to some couple coming in. The couple I finally picked were thrilled. Another time I was eating at the old Alfredos in Italy solo, when I noticed a couple wearing Mickey bride and groom ears, wearing honeymoon pins. When the waiter brought me my check, I told him I wanted to pay for that couple's meal too. He must have told them right after I paid, because as I was walking out, they gave me a shocked look. I just smiled, mouthed congratulations, and walked on out. Sometimes kids approach you. We were eating dinner at Be our Guest a few weeks ago on May 14th. At the table next to us was a really, really cute, outgoing little girl dressed as one of the princesses. As her family was finishing eating, she made rounds to all the tables closeby, including ours. She told us she was Cinderalla. I said, "Yes, Princess, I notice. You look very nice tonight in your lovely blue dress". I spoke with her, because she spoke first, but would never have taken a picture of her. Even as a very safe looking, grandmother of seven, I would never approach a kid without asking the parents first. However, at the same time, I don't see anything wrong with creating a little pixie dust for others if the opportunity just happens to fall in your lap. Making pixie dust for others usually feels better than receiving it. In the case of the little princess at Be Our Guest. Who actually made the pixie dust for others: the little princess and her parents who allowed her to interact with the other guests allowing us to become part of her fairy tale or those of us, who played along with her telling her what a lovely princess she was?

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Generally you should be fine as most kids would love the attention but do be cautious as everyone is different and you always get some people that easily take offence or feel you are intruding
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