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Old 09-22-2012, 07:25 PM   #16
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My cousin, who's a WDW vet, gave me a tip she uses for her daughter's favourites. She brings a prop of some sort from their favourite movie at the meet and greet. For Cinderella she brought stuffed Suzy and Perla toys and got Cinderella to interact with them. She said it doesn't always work but it's worth a shot. My daughter loves Merida, so we're bringing our stuffed triplet bear dolls to the meet and greet.
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We were just there two weeks ago. The lunch at AG was good but pricey and you really do only get a minute with each princess. We found that the princess area near Small World was much better. Yeah you stand in line for 15 minutes but you get a lot of time with each of three princesses and we saw Ariel there several times. She spoke to my daughter for quite a while and took many photos. I told my daughter to think of several questions for the princesses and it really helped their interaction and lengthened the time.
Thanks so much for the tips. I have heard such mixed reviews about Ariel's Grotto and I know it is pretty pricey, but figured since this was a 'Girl's Trip' it was probably our best shot at doing it.

We have a table reserved at 11:40, hoping earlier is better and hoping that we noted we are celebrating DD's 4th birthday that will help.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:38 PM   #17
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We won't be going until The first week in Feb so in between the MLK and Presidents Day rush. If any goes before then I'd still love your feed back haven't made reservations yet I figured I still have at least a month and will have plenty of time do secure one.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:23 PM   #18
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Princess tips:
Ariel is one of the Princeses that is out often at the side path to the Castle near the Wishing Well. Usually between 10:00am and 1:30pm.
You can meet Cinderella / Fairy God Mother, Snow White / Evil Queen, Aurora, or Ariel.

They are out for 15-25 minutes about once an hour at random times. Sometimes there will be three or more at a time.
Yesterday just before the Space Shuttle flyover, Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora were in front of the Castle in the crowd.

On slow days they are often not noticed and you can spend a lot of time with them.
If you do not see them or only the Fairy God Mother, come back in 10 minutes and you will probably find a Princess.
Later in the Day or sometimes in the morning just after opening they will be at the entrance.


Ariel is also at the temp. Princess Walk meet and greet towards It's a Samll World. The wait is about 40-50 minutes, and you have a 50/50 shot of meeting Ariel.










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Old 09-23-2012, 04:29 PM   #19
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Yes you only meet her at the door (not as a mermaid) and then not again, its just a photo and she will sign your autograph book but no other interaction. Our girls were there for their birthdays we had birthday pins (and 1st visit pins) we hAad bought balloons, presents and prdered a cake and had no other interaction. Also we had a group of 12 (and had to pay 18% tip) but our only options with Ariels were 1 photo with everyone or one with just the girls we werent allowed both (our the girls seperatly) which I thought was off, if we had booked two tables of 6 then we could have so whats the difference?
Ariels is on rotation at the meet and greet at iasw, we were trying to track Tiana down there and were told, there a 3 princess out of 7 out at a time that rotate every 45 minutes so 1.5 hours is the most time a princess will not be out however short of standing there for 1.5 hours you arent guareenteed.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:51 AM   #20
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hooray for another useful thread!

Yet another thread I'm glad I found to help me prepare for my very first character breakfast.
I called the Dining help line to switch from a Minnie breakfast to lunch with Ariel, because I just wasn't sure that the "it's Minnie Mouse for sure and Could Be ANYBODY ELSE" would work for my little one, because there are a whole lotta characters she hasn't met in movie-form yet! What if it was scary Cap'n Hook and like...Peter Pan and Chip and Dale or other characters she just does not know!?
So, I've been force-feeding her princesses having made this decision...and no one on here has mentioned meeting Belle! Oh dear!
The Dining hotline people were very helpful and did explain that it's always Ariel and x other princesses, so I did ask if it is ever Tiana (my kiddo's fav), or if it's possible that Merida will be a Character Meal Princess. Not really sure what the answer was on Merida, and with Tiana, again, it's a maybe.
I would follow that up with a "hope that was helpful!" but...I know it wasn't.

I am mostly glad I found this thread because in a few Trip Reports I've read though, it seemed like guests had lots of interaction with their princesses or other meal characters...but this will give me a little bit more preparation for the 1-2 min autograph signing scenario.

Oh yeah and I remembered the other perhaps helpful tip I feel like I gleaned from the dining hotline - Ariel's dinner does NOT include meeting princesses! Breakfast and lunch at Ariel's Grotto, meet some princesses, dinner, no. Can you veterans back me up on this info??
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:25 AM   #21
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We had lunch there in Oct last year, and Belle, Cinderella, Aurora and Snow White visited our table. It does rotate, so you do take a chance on who you see.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:47 AM   #22
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I ate at Ariel's Grotto for my 20th birthday (I know, I'm old..) on April 16th and we met Snow White, Belle, Princess Jasmine and Princess Tiana! So it really is just random.. I don't even think there's a set schedule for which princesses at which times on which days. It's probably just whoever's visiting from their kingdoms that day, are the ones you meet
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:16 AM   #23
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To comment on the "moved along very quickly" that was mentioned. We ate there last week - we did not even have reservations, my DD and I went to the parks earlier than the rest of our party and we were just looking around and decided to pop in to see if they have any availability - and they did.

My DD had as much time as she wanted with Ariel - they talked for quite awhile about school and where she was from - a good 5 minutes at least. There was no rushing, but it was not busy either.

The other princesses that she met were Jasmine, Belle, Aurora and Snow White and they all came around to our table - they did not spend as much time talking to her as Ariel but I also find since my DD is taller and older looking the princesses don't seem to interact the same way they do younger kids and while she is 10, in her heart though she is 4 when at DLR.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:19 AM   #24
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Yes you only meet her at the door (not as a mermaid) and then not again, its just a photo and she will sign your autograph book but no other interaction. Our girls were there for their birthdays we had birthday pins (and 1st visit pins) we hAad bought balloons, presents and prdered a cake and had no other interaction. Also we had a group of 12 (and had to pay 18% tip) but our only options with Ariels were 1 photo with everyone or one with just the girls we werent allowed both (our the girls seperatly) which I thought was off, if we had booked two tables of 6 then we could have so whats the difference?
Ariels is on rotation at the meet and greet at iasw, we were trying to track Tiana down there and were told, there a 3 princess out of 7 out at a time that rotate every 45 minutes so 1.5 hours is the most time a princess will not be out however short of standing there for 1.5 hours you arent guareenteed.
We have friends who had a picture taken with her at lunch and she was in her mermaid costume so I think that varies as well.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:31 AM   #25
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We had lunch there in Oct last year, and Belle, Cinderella, Aurora and Snow White visited our table. It does rotate, so you do take a chance on who you see.
Yeah...but they are all good.
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Yet another thread I'm glad I found to help me prepare for my very first character breakfast.
I called the Dining help line to switch from a Minnie breakfast to lunch with Ariel, because I just wasn't sure that the "it's Minnie Mouse for sure and Could Be ANYBODY ELSE" would work for my little one, because there are a whole lotta characters she hasn't met in movie-form yet! What if it was scary Cap'n Hook and like...Peter Pan and Chip and Dale or other characters she just does not know!?
So, I've been force-feeding her princesses having made this decision...and no one on here has mentioned meeting Belle! Oh dear!
The Dining hotline people were very helpful and did explain that it's always Ariel and x other princesses, so I did ask if it is ever Tiana (my kiddo's fav), or if it's possible that Merida will be a Character Meal Princess. Not really sure what the answer was on Merida, and with Tiana, again, it's a maybe.
I would follow that up with a "hope that was helpful!" but...I know it wasn't.


I am mostly glad I found this thread because in a few Trip Reports I've read though, it seemed like guests had lots of interaction with their princesses or other meal characters...but this will give me a little bit more preparation for the 1-2 min autograph signing scenario.

Oh yeah and I remembered the other perhaps helpful tip I feel like I gleaned from the dining hotline - Ariel's dinner does NOT include meeting princesses! Breakfast and lunch at Ariel's Grotto, meet some princesses, dinner, no. Can you veterans back me up on this info??
We met Belle, Cinderella, Aurora and Snow White. My girls loved them all and they've only seen Sleeping Beauty once. That evil queen was a little too scary for us! It was an awesome experience! Yes, it is expensive, but it's worth it. If you look at my picture, you can see how sweet Cinderella was with my girls. Belle was the same way, in fact she interacted with all my kids, even my older boys.

And we met Ariel at the front for pics. I think you could have sign your autograph book though. I didn't feel all that rushed. We had been waiting a while, with reservations so I figured it our turn!
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:22 PM   #27
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We were there mid-April. It was Ariel plus Aurora, Belle, Jasmine and Mulan.

We didn't ask for three photos with Ariel. We just told them that's what we were doing. It was important for oldest niece to have that particular photo. If they would have denied us, I would have pulled the photog aside and explained why it was going to happen. . Nicely, but firmly.

Nieces are adopted. They're biological sisters, but also have a brother between them in age. Brother was adopted to a different family. Oldest niece has a framed photo in her bedroom of brother with Ariel and she needed one to match. This was the ONLY desperate/urgent request she had on the entire trip. I was going to make it happen.

At the time, I had no idea it was a big deal though. I just told them it was happening and it happened.
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We were there mid-April. It was Ariel plus Aurora, Belle, Jasmine and Mulan.

We didn't ask for three photos with Ariel. We just told them that's what we were doing. It was important for oldest niece to have that particular photo. If they would have denied us, I would have pulled the photog aside and explained why it was going to happen. . Nicely, but firmly.

Nieces are adopted. They're biological sisters, but also have a brother between them in age. Brother was adopted to a different family. Oldest niece has a framed photo in her bedroom of brother with Ariel and she needed one to match. This was the ONLY desperate/urgent request she had on the entire trip. I was going to make it happen.

At the time, I had no idea it was a big deal though. I just told them it was happening and it happened.
I think that is awesome! There is nothing wrong with that. I would have done the same thing! We all pay a lot and put in our wait time. Disney is about those special moments. That's why we go! You're a good Auntie!
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I splurged and took DD4 last summer for lunch. It was expensive but they brought tons of food and I took some back to the hotel.
She had a lovely photo w/ ariel and was in awe.
We were there in July but I felt that the princess visits were nice not rushed. Definitely they had to get to all the other people but I didn't feel like we were short changed. - Belle, Aurora, snow white, cinderella. It was perfect. We saw them at the meet and Greet in FF the next day and many recognized my dd from her autograph book that I made her. It was the same aurora there too. We were happy to get to see Tiana at FF. I thought going to both were well worth it as these are the princess yrs.
Merida so far does not do AG. Maybe that will change or has changed. It was her first day at DL when we were there and she had her own area. Now I know it' s already changed.
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