My dd is 7 now. I am not sure exactly what her thoughts are on the characters except for a few. She is observant of faces and will tell you that people look different when she spots it...but it's like for every face character she has decided who is real and who is not. There is one very special CM that she met when he was "friends with Flynn" and in her little 7 year old heart he is the REAL DEAL. We met him in Nov last year then again in May this year...that sealed the deal for her. And even though he performs in other roles now, it doesn't matter...he is Flynn! We just got back from an extremely special trip where she got to see "her Flynn" several times and got to spend more time with him in his current roles than she ever did when he really was "friends with Flynn." All you had to do was look at her face and see the magic in her eyes....I hope that's a little sparkle that never dies.