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Old 07-10-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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Character Meal Handlers????

I recently read (I so wish I had saved the link, but I think it was at All Ears) a review of a bloggers experience at a Character Meal in late June of this year. I had heard nothing but good reviews of this CM and we have it booked, but I am wondering what if anything people know about what this review said in it.

I guess there were four characters and only 1 Cast Member handler for all 4. The characters had a hard time signing books without the help of this handler and it sounds like skipped tables or rushed and photos were missed.

The reviewer went to the manager and was told they would bring the characters back but Disney's new policy was to lessen the number of Character handlers at meals..sounds like it will be everywhere???

I am wondering if this is true and if so...won't this become a problem at many of the Character meals.

Has anyone heard of this or had problems like this recently. We find the character meals to be a perfect way to greet characters I would hate to feel rushed. Our last visit was amazing at Character Meals so I hope this is not a new universal policy that will impact these fantastic experiences...
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I recently read (I so wish I had saved the link, but I think it was at All Ears) a review of a bloggers experience at a Character Meal in late June of this year. I had heard nothing but good reviews of this CM and we have it booked, but I am wondering what if anything people know about what this review said in it.

I guess there were four characters and only 1 Cast Member handler for all 4. The characters had a hard time signing books without the help of this handler and it sounds like skipped tables or rushed and photos were missed.

The reviewer went to the manager and was told they would bring the characters back but Disney's new policy was to lessen the number of Character handlers at meals..sounds like it will be everywhere???

I am wondering if this is true and if so...won't this become a problem at many of the Character meals.

Has anyone heard of this or had problems like this recently. We find the character meals to be a perfect way to greet characters I would hate to feel rushed. Our last visit was amazing at Character Meals so I hope this is not a new universal policy that will impact these fantastic experiences...
I read this also. I believe it was breakfast at 'Ohana.
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:37 PM   #3
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We didn't see any handlers during breakfast at O'Hana or Chef Mickey. I opened the books and helped the characters with the books and pens when they came to our table.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:31 AM   #4
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We did not see any handlers at CM or Akershus in May, but there were handlers at CP that same week. We didn't notice any problems due to the lack of handlers, but I can see where it could be an issue.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:42 PM   #5
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Well hopefully this will not change the character meal experience all that much. I guess be prepared to help out those characters with glove hands (face characters do not need handlers for this reason)...

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:35 PM   #6
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I noticed at CP a few weeks ago they had 1 handler per 2 characters vs. the 1 per 1 a few months ago. Not sure if that is a permanent change or just something that happened that day.

I sure hope they don't significantly decrease the number of handlers as a matter of course, it makes it much more difficult for solo diners or those wanting whole family shots to get pictures. If I'm shelling out $40+ per person for a character meal, it would be nice to have something to remember it by.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:51 AM   #7
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The characters meals don't have a handler per character. Sometimes it's 1 handler per 2-3 characters and the Princess meals don't have any handlers with them

We help the characters as much as possible, both at the meals and in the parks. Make sure the cap is off the pen and the book is open. As for photos, we usually team up with a table near us. We offer to take their group shots and they'll take ours
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