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Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by onenursebrandy, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. Just(donald)Ducky

    Just(donald)Ducky Mouseketeer

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    Had a reverse of the above- My neice (at the time maybe four, now 22) loved the movie polyanna- that old flick staring Hayley Mills.

    While at Crystal Palace for the charicter brekfast, my neice starts freaking out about pollyanna-

    Turned out to be another kid, probably ten, with curly blonde hair and a blue dress. She was a little weirded out, but once grandpa and grandma explained to the girls parents and they explained to her, she signed an autograph and got a picture with my niece.
     
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  3. Cyrano

    Cyrano Moderator Moderator

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    I nearly always compliment Princesses in waiting and enjoy their thrilled reaction.
    As other have stated you can sense immediately whether parents are supportive and happy with this.

    "Touch wood" I have only ever received thank you's from mums and dads.
     
  4. Sweets156

    Sweets156 Mouseketeer

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    How sweet of your daughter to go out of her way to make the princesses feel extra special!! I don't see any problems with your daughter asking for an autograph or a picture, however my tune may change about the picture when I have my own little ones. But honestly, how many adults and children alike get photographed by someone unintentionally taking a picture of someone or something.

    However, what I did see on my recent trip (May 22nd-31st 2013) really disturbed me. Everyone was waiting for the MSEP to begin, and DP and I were sitting next to a group of 5 people, 4 women (in their late 20's) and one male. A little boy and his sister were beside me, the mother standing behind them. The little boy really liked one of the women in the group and kept tapping her shoulder and smiling at her (really cute actually). Then, the woman starting allowing this child to stick his finger in her mouth while she pretended to eat it!! I expected the mother to either ask the woman not to allow him to do that, remove her child, or hold the child so he couldn't do so. This continued off and on for about 5 minutes, and eventually without me noticing the mother and her children were gone. This same woman was letting another child (not in her group either) drink from her drink, I was mortified for her. Ugh.
     
  5. andyman8

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    I think it's very cute, but as others have said, proceed with caution. Some parents can get very upset (or concerned) over the slightest smile at their child. I remember a few years back a little girl stumbled on the way at of IASW but got up; she looked a bit frazzled (didn't even see the parents), so I held the door open for her and smiled (like I would have done for anyone). The mother suddenly popped up and angrily said "get away from my daughter". Oddly enough, my family was right next to me. I just flashed a nasty look and walked away.:sad2:
     
  6. cobright

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    As a spontaneous occurrence, while waiting in a line or what-have-you, I would have no issue at all. Even the photo in such case wouldn't trigger my gag-reflex. But that element is a part to tread lightly on.
     
  7. ArwenMarie

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    My kid would love that. But yeah, ask the parents first! Not pictures though, that's a little creepy for me. Autograph is cute.
     
  8. onenursebrandy

    onenursebrandy Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for this! You seen what I already knew. My daughter is a magical gift. I mentioned that our trip was pretty close to a "series of unfortunate events"...but didn't elaborate. She was having an especially bad day....interacting with these princesses was her way of making the best of it. Turning her day around, in so doing, making it a great day for the entire family, and hopefully the girls/families that she interacted with.
    Like I said....I was so proud of her, I never considered it being anything other than magical, until she asked if she could do it again.

    She has looked into the College program....perhaps this momma bear will be getting APs and DVC next year! I could never let her move that far away without the ability to frequently visit!!!;)
     
  9. JenCin78

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    While I wouldn't mind my DD 5 is extremely shy with strangers and would probably hide behind my legs the entire time. I don't think it's creepy, it's not as if she pushed the issue when the kids weren't interested she backed off. How sweet of your daughter to spread the magic :)
     
  10. darnheather

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    My kids have been all over the world and been asked for their photos many many times*. If someone like your DD "mistook" Izzy for a princess she would be THRILLED. And if your DD asked if it was ok to get a picture together I'd be totally cool with it.

    *Trust me they aren't gorgeous or anything it's just we've lived in places were blue eyes/blond hair are an oddity. :)
     
  11. disnut8

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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.
     
  12. navywifetill2002

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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.
     
  13. BeccaG

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    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! :)
     
  14. AliceandAriel

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    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.
     
  15. Mickfarland4

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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.:confused3
     
  16. Yellowstonetim

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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!
     
  17. a1tinkfans

    a1tinkfans Spreading Some Pixie Dust Today!

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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.............pixiedust:
     
  18. carmie3377

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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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  19. darnheather

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    I really really like this approach. princess:
     
  20. DisneyFive

    DisneyFive When is the 3:00 parade?

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    I agree, your daughter was very "quick on her feet", caring, and kind to that girl. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:hug: However, I think it's best for Disney to be in control of things like this.

    This might be a weird :confused3 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.

    Dan
     
  21. andyman8

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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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