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Old 01-30-2013, 06:04 AM   #1
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Private Character Interaction

Anyone done this? What was the experience like. For those who don't know....you can set up an interaction with your child and a character in a private place on the ship (not your stateroom). You give them your list of top three characters and they do their best to get no. 1 and if it is not possible move down the list from there.

I've discussed it with the shoreside concierge but wondered if anyone had any first hand experience. who was the character? what did they do during the 30 minute time frame? was the character your first choice?

thanks for any input
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:06 AM   #2
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Anyone done this? What was the experience like. For those who don't know....you can set up an interaction with your child and a character in a private place on the ship (not your stateroom). You give them your list of top three characters and they do their best to get no. 1 and if it is not possible move down the list from there.

I've discussed it with the shoreside concierge but wondered if anyone had any first hand experience. who was the character? what did they do during the 30 minute time frame? was the character your first choice?

thanks for any input
Never done it but am at a loss as to what anyone could do with a character for 1/2 an hour!
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:19 AM   #3
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me too. I think my son would love it but feel like it would get awkward after the first 10 minutes (haha) I'm hoping someone who has experienced this can tell me a little more about it. Maybe we could arrange to have some kind of silly, easy games for them to play?
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:23 AM   #4
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I assume these are "face" characters who can talk instead of the furry creatures?
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:31 AM   #5
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That would make more sense. Didn't think of face characters!
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:34 AM   #6
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no, not just face characters. It is usually mickey, minnie, pluto or goofy.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:40 AM   #7
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What is the cost associated with this? And what have people done with the character for a half hour??
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On a Disney cruise my adult DD complimented one of the princesses how pretty she was and the princess gushed, "I know!"

I do hope the one-on-one interraction with one of the fab 4 has more to offer than that.
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I"d like to hear about experiences too. The cost is high and I'll share it because anyone could easily figure it out by calling disney, its $550. Can we please not turn this into a discussion about cost and worth it or not worth it? It is certainly an indulgence and not necessary to enjoy the trip.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:11 AM   #10
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I love to go on the cruise as I feel you have more interaction with the characters than at the parks and even at the character meals. Regardless of the money, this is a personal expense that could reap priceless memories for you and your family. People spend as much on spa appointments (over in 1-2 hours), Remy dinner (close if you add the wine package and tips), cabanas at CC, etc. It's all personal taste and determines the experience you want for your cruise.

I do think you are smart in researching the experience as much as possible to hopefully ensure a return for your investment.

Good luck with whatever you decide and I hope your entire cruise is a Magical, Wonderful, Dreamy, Fantastic time!!!
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I"d like to hear about experiences too. The cost is high and I'll share it because anyone could easily figure it out by calling disney, its $550. Can we please not turn this into a discussion about cost and worth it or not worth it? It is certainly an indulgence and not necessary to enjoy the trip.
It is sad that you have to put that caveat in the thread. I have read the Disboards off and on for many many years and I've noticed lately that it seems people are getting more and more cranky with each other. So many threads turn into rants about other guests. Do some guests suck? Yes they do but don't let it ruin your vacation. Between what people choose to pay for, laundry room procedures and tipping...well let's just say it doesn't seem very magical to me.

If you want to pay $550 for a particular experience then go for it and don't feel you have to explain yourself to any of the negative nelly's who frequent this forum!

Just to bring it back on topic, for 30 minutes you could almost have a private birthday party or similar with the character there. That would be fun! Or a wedding or reunion get together.

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It is sad that you have to put that caveat in the thread. I have read the Disboards off and on for many many years and I've noticed lately that it seems people are getting more and more cranky with each other. So many threads turn into rants about other guests. Do some guests suck? Yes they do but don't let it ruin your vacation. Between what people choose to pay for, laundry room procedures and tipping...well let's just say it doesn't seem very magical to me.

If you want to pay $550 for a particular experience then go for it and don't feel you have to explain yourself to any of the negative nelly's who frequent this forum!

Just to bring it back on topic, for 30 minutes you could almost have a private birthday party or similar with the character there. That would be fun! Or a wedding or reunion get together.

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Hi I'm going on my first cruise this aug - been to DLP so many times that my DD thinks that's where all holidays are - anyhow we had a private meet with mickey and Donald last year at the SL - it was a bit of pixie dust from Disney after a disappointing trip we had experienced the year before - it was lovely and the half hour flew by - by the time they had chased the kids round, had photos and autographs - if you think your little ones will enjoy it go for it - I was a bit apprehensive before the meet but it was done really well :-)
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I have only seen posts of this being done for wedding photos or proposals on the ship. I've never read of anyone doing this for a child. I agree that it would make a birthday party special.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:08 AM   #15
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thanks guys! Everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion, but I really just wanted to talk about the experience. Leave the cost/value analysis up to me
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