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Old 09-17-2012, 04:17 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by GrandBob View Post
Our DGD is 9 now, and I recognize the symptoms. I think mrswh is spot on.

We took DGD to WDW when she was 5. Went to several character meals, met all the princesses at Cinderella's Royal Table, and waited in the lines for them at the parks. Had a wonderful and magical time.

We took her to DLR at age 6, and had a similar experience and a great time with the princesses.

So at age 7 we took her again to DLR. We were in Fantasyland, so I suggested that we go to Princess Fantasy Faire. "Nah," she said. "Those are just adults in Princess costumes."

I was cresfallen, similar to the way majermom is expressing. I guess we adults just have to learn to get over it!

Just be patient, she'll probably love them again one day. I took my 15 year old in July and one of our favorite parts of the trip was having our picture taken with Merida. She's not really down with the other Princesses now, but that's because of the message she thinks that they send rather than lack of interest in characters. She loves the self-sufficient princesses who don't need to be saved by a handsome prince.

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Old 09-18-2012, 09:34 AM   #17
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Where does one go to set up one of these calls?
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:48 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by pixiewings71 View Post
psht, my kids are 12 and 16 and they still want to talk to the Princesses and other characters. It's Disney, they know they are adults in costume but that doesn't change the fact that they love it! lol Now they try to learn mannerisms because DD16 says "when I move to So Cal and work at DL I want to be the best Tink ever". lol
My DD was barely 8yo when we went, but already knew they were people dressed up in costumes, just like the Santa at the mall... That being said, she still got sooo into it, and can't wait to meet all the princesses this next trip. She knows they aren't real, but totally appreciates the magic behind it, and, like her mama, "believes" even when she knows the truth. Nothing better than seeing her face light up seeing Mickey, Tiana, or even Chip and Dale.

.... I'm so thankful that she's a "magic belief" kinda kid. She accepts hearing, "We do it because it makes people happy, and we love to pretend it's all real" and embraces it. (She's like this at Christmas too. "Santa" has given me her school-craft gift every year, hee hee hee.)

I hope her belief in "magic" never leaves, or at least, that her "lame!" stage is a short one, which I imagine it will be!
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:00 AM   #20
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OP - sorry about that. What a bummer. So disappointing. But I'm sure it will be a super fun trip anyway.

Sorry but I have to acknowledge this random blanket statement....
Ultimately, I think their statement is more based in jealousy or financial difficulties, which are acceptable emotions that should be validated and not covered up with some lame "won't remember it" excuse.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:49 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by chrissiecutie View Post

I think the way you feel about Disney as an older kid & an adult has everything to do with your childhood experiences with it. KWIM?
Not everything.

DH and I had weird experiences with DL growing up, with very difficult fathers who seemed to enjoy ruining the good time of their children. while DH believed in characters and Santa, I did not (my skittish personality and home strife made Santa impossible since I saw it as a man breaking into houses while we slept), and I actually was truly scared of characters as well.

Basically we never had truly GOOD trips as children, and when we met we had NO idea that we would become frequent visitors.

With DS we haven't done the Santa myth ( not having grown up with it, I can't see that it is anything but a temporary lie for absolutely no good reason and cannot do it) and have never told him that characters are "real", and he has gone back and forth on what he believes. But despite that he LOVES meeting them, even when he is in a "noticing the zippers in costumes" mode.

So I'm just not sure that it's based solely on experiences, and quite a bit on personality.

We've never done a pretrip character call, but DS gets Mickey (or stitch at WDW) wake up calls every morning while onsite at Disney, and still enjoys them.
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