Trying to keep the magic alive one more time

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by Jen413, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Jen413

    Jen413 Earning My Ears

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    This is completely ridiculous I know, but we are about to go to DW for the fourth time in four years because we love it so much. :love: My girls (5,7,7) are obsessed with all of the characters, and while I know the two older ones get that Mickey etc. are in costumes, I'm so scared that this is the year they are finally going to figure out that there is more than one person playing a specific princess. This makes me incredibly sad because they love them so much. They draw them pictures and write them letters and really think of them as real people living at Disney World. Obviously they are going to figure it out one day, but I don't know if I'm ready for it...Actually I know I'm not. So my questions are...
    1. Is there a way to avoid this???
    2. Do I tell them the truth if they notice that one looks different from the next? (say at dinner and then in a line) Or is there some "Disney Magic" answer you can think of? I'm not above fibbing just like we do for Santa-lol. After all, they are only this young and naive once.
    Any thoughts (except if you want to tell me they already probably know, because trust me, they don't-haha)
     
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  3. disneyfav4ever

    disneyfav4ever No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep

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    What do you mean it's just a guy in a costume? Mickey is definatly real!
     
  4. MikeandReneePlus5

    MikeandReneePlus5 DIS Veteran

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    No.

    Yes.

    No.

    Have a great trip! ;)
     
  5. Tiffany Z

    Tiffany Z Earning My Ears

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    I have always told my kids that Disney is a magical place and things can happen there and be real there. That you know, ANYTHING can happen. My kids are 10 and 8. This will be their 4th trip as well. I'm sure they know that the characters are in costume but they still have the awe and wonder when meeting them. I'm sure your kids will still be completely awestruck no matter what.
     
  6. Cibahwewah

    Cibahwewah DIS Veteran

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    My then 7 year old said before our last trip "Mom, I know they're just people in costumes." I feigned shock and took him into his room for a little talk. I told him he was correct, but that it's still a lot of fun to meet the characters, and please don't ruin it for your little sister. To his credit, he has never brought it up again, and had a great time meeting and interacting with characters. So, I wouldn't "fib", just be prepared to have a quiet little one-on-one chat if the issue comes up. They're smart kids, they'll figure it out.
     
  7. WDSearcher

    WDSearcher DIS Veteran

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    Nope. Sorry. Kids will eventually grow up and figure it out. Although you can take heart in the fact that I know plenty of adults who still leave milk & cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve "just in case". Remember that just because you've figured it out doesn't mean you can't believe any more. :wizard:

    The best course that I've found is to let the child lead the discussion. We've all heard the story about the little kid who asks his parents "where do I come from?" They go into a long and awkward discussion of where babies come from and all that, after which the kid says, "Oh ... because Johnny comes from Cleveland." :laughing:

    If your kids say, "Mom! That's not the same Cinderella!", answer with, "Oh my gosh -- I don't think it is either. What do you think happened?" And see what they say. If they say, "Mommy -- are the Characters real?", answer with, "I think they are -- what do you think?" Kids will surprise you with the way they will figure things out. They won't "go there" on their own until they're ready. No reason you have to push them along. ;)

    I had my 10YO nephew and the younger son of my friend (5YO) at WDW once. I had arranged a special meet & greet with Aladdin for the 5YO because at the time he was obsessed with the movie. Well, because it was a special, the Characters called the 5YO by name when they met him. He thought it was very cool at the time, but about two hours later, he came up to me and said, "How did Aladdin know my name?" You could tell he'd been thinking about it. Before I even had a chance to try and form an answer, my nephew looked at him and said, "Well ... duh. Santa Claus probably told him." The 5YO looked at my nephew and totally bought in. "That makes sense", he said, happily going back to his Legos. I looked at my nephew and he just shrugged and walked away. It was perfect.

    :earsboy:
     
  8. Donalyn

    Donalyn Mouseketeer

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    I am also a big character lover and it was important to me that my kids also liked them and they do.

    After our last trip to WDW (January 2009) my then 5 year old DD was looking at the pictures of her with Mulan and Mushu. This is what she said, "Mom, that's just a person in a costume, right? But that's the real Mulan." All I could say was "yes, it is."

    I think the fact that I still get excited to see the characters and get pictures, etc. makes it okay for them to also "believe."
     
  9. Jen413

    Jen413 Earning My Ears

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    Thanks! :) I will just keep my fingers crossed that they don't ask and try to avoid seeing the princesses up close more than once. I totally get that it will still be fun to see them even if they sort of know what's up because I still get excited myself-lol. I hate worrying about silly stuff like this, but I can't seem to help myself... ;)
     
  10. kaligal

    kaligal DIS Veteran

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    Kids grow up. Sad, but true.

    Besides, you want your kids to be smart enough to figure out that Mickey isn't real, don't you?
     
  11. WDSearcher

    WDSearcher DIS Veteran

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    Someone could have a PhD in quantum physics and still believe in Santa Claus. Being "smart enough" doesn't really matter here. The two things hit a very different part of your brain. :teacher:

    Personally, I'd like my kids to be smart enough to believe Mickey is real even when all evidence points against it. :goodvibes

    :earsboy:
     
  12. GBBTomorrow

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    Don't feel bad for worrying. It's so natural. Just trust yourself that you'll know what to say when the time comes. You know your kids and the best things to say to them. You'll keep the magic going for them, even after the "age of innocence" wears off. I'm over 40, and I still gush and giggle when I talk to Mickey Mouse. :)
     
  13. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    My daughter is 11 now and I'm still trying to sqeeze in "one more trip" where it's still magical. Sure she knows all the "secrets" about characters. She even knows there's more than one room full of princesses at the Town Square Theater........:scared1: But we're still having a ball. And we both act like kids when we walk up Main Street toward the castle for the first time each trip.

    The magic will change with each year passed, but you will discover more magic each time you go.

    Learning the "secret" will likely make them feel very grown up. They will probably cherish the opportunity to help keep the magic alive for little sister.

    My daughter is now fully "out" on the whole Santa Claus thing. I never thought I'd say this....... but thank HEAVEN! I'm so tired of getting up at 2 AM every Christmas Eve then being exhausted all day on Christmas! :lmao: And I finally have someone to help me wrap the presents!

    I decided to never tell my 16 year old about Santa. I still deny it as a joke wheneve he asks. Unfortunately he then reminds me about the year I had the flu and he had to wrap all his sister's presents........:rolleyes1

    My point is....... there is life on the other side of knowing, and loads of fun to still be had. Don't sweat it.
     
  14. hebbynan

    hebbynan Chase and Eli's Mom

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    DS7 is on the fence about the 'people' in the costumes. He knows that the Elmo or baseball mascots you see walking around are just people dressed up, but when it comes to Disney he always gets the biggest smile and runs to meet the characters and get an autograph. Sad thing is...I don't know if he's doing it to humor me, or if it's just something about Disney that makes him 'believe' in the magic. I'm just going to tell myself it's the latter of the two. Cause heck...even I like to 'believe' in the characters!!
     
  15. PSUGuy

    PSUGuy Bill From PA

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    Wow, first I learn there's no Santa, then they tell me that Milli Vanilli didn't record their own stuff, now you say there's no Mickey? I'm devastated.

    Bill From PA
     
  16. hebbynan

    hebbynan Chase and Eli's Mom

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    No Toothfairy....and most of the parts on the playboy bunnies aren't real either!!:rotfl:
     
  17. Jen413

    Jen413 Earning My Ears

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    Thanks! :) I was thinking the very same thing, but you put it into words perfectly.
     
  18. Jen413

    Jen413 Earning My Ears

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    MOST of you are really making me feel better. :) It does make it more complicated having girls so close in age. It isn't fair for little one to have to grow up two years earlier just because her big sisters accidentally figure it out in front of her. Thanks for the great ideas on how to handle it if it comes up...I will still hope that it doesn't though! I feel the exact same way about Christmas and Santa every year. So far, they are 100% believers, but I know that can't last either. :sad2:
    P.S As far as Mickey being in a costume, when my oldest girls were five (second trip) I remember them distinguishing between the "real Mickey" (who could talk on stage at castle shows) and "the other mickeys" (who were at the meals etc.) LOL!
     
  19. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    Probably better not to tell them Mickey's played by a woman and the Queen of Hearts is played by a man....... :scared1:
     
  20. MermaidMommy

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    Oh, I feel your pain! My DD was 7 on our last trip, and a bigger princess fan you've never seen. She knew (and was fine with) the non-face characters not being "real," but she absolutely believed in the princesses and Tink. I was so worried all school year that she would find out the truth! I knew it would happen eventually, but I just wanted one more year with that particular magic. Fortunately, it went off without a hitch, and I think that Disney does a good enough job with the face characters that most young kids won't notice that one Ariel is a little different from another.

    Unfortunately for us, though, a friend told her that there wasn't really a Tooth Fairy. Now, she didn't really care about that (as long as she still got the cash), but then she put it together that No Tooth Fairy = Fairies not real = Mermaids not real = Princesses at Disney aren't real. I swear, she cried so much more than when she found out about Santa!

    We're going in Dec., and now that DD is 11, she's so excited about getting to help spread the magic for her cousin who is 4. Plus, my family and I joke that the 4-year-old is her "beard" -- she's totally using her to get to do all the kid stuff she secretly wants to do but think she's too old for!
     
  21. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    And just what would be the problem with that????? :rolleyes1

    Tell her she's in good company. :goodvibes
     

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