VIP meet and greet

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  1. lilpooh108

    lilpooh108 DIS Veteran

    Apr 17, 2010
    Characters are literally scheduled in 15-30 minute segments, in 2-hour blocks in the morning and in the evenings.

    You can call a character line to get the schedule or you can just look on your navigator.

    Characters also drop by unannounced (and announced) at the Kids Club.

    If you hang out on the sports deck area, they also like to walk by to greet the kids.

    Your DD will have SO many opportunities to meet characters left & right that you might have to figure out which character line NOT to get in, since you can't be in 2 places at the same time.

    So bottomline, you won't be lacking for character time. Plus there's always that princess gathering with 5 princesses at 9am. The Fab 5 always change their clothing daily, so everyday your pictures will not look the same.

    Have fun!
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  3. TwinPrincessMermaids

    TwinPrincessMermaids DIS Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
    I just wanted to add in OPs defense, there are special meet n greets at the parks like for card holders etc. So I can see asking similarly about special M n Gs on the ship.

    Wish us card holders DID get one on the ship actually but i enjoyed our lines. They were relaxing and we met nice people like the Nice Lady who took our princess photos and sent them to us! (We emailed her a Disney gift card as a thank you. Disney people are generally such nice happy people!)
  4. Moxin

    Moxin Mouseketeer

    Aug 24, 2011
    I had far more random character greetings on the ships on my first few cruises, including a fairly hilarious moment with Goofy on deck 4 on the Magic back in 98 as I was running.

    Not so much now...or at least not as much...since they schedule them, but it still happens, and I do cherish those moments, especially with my daughter now!
  5. Vidia2

    Vidia2 DIS Veteran

    Dec 22, 2010
  6. wifey1220

    wifey1220 DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2008
    My kids had a wonderful time with all the characters. They go above and beyond for everyone. I would not worry about a vip meet. By the second night peter pan and snow white both knew my sons by name. And the cruise was sold out. So the characters saw a lot of kids. But everyone gets their own special attenetion. The kids clubs are also wonderful. On our 7 night the boys got to meet a lot of characters in the clubs and play games or trivia or something with them. Have fun. Also go to the morning playhouse Disney wake up shows. They usually are not crowded.
  7. darkwing818

    darkwing818 DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2011
    Probably some of the best advise on the subject. IMHO :)
  8. ladyleslie

    ladyleslie Mouseketeer

    Aug 4, 2009
    Our special moment happened when we were taking pictures right out side the atrium..... trying to catch a sunset when my daughter spied belle waiting for an elevator her thru the glass doors and started waving to her... So Belle walked over and out the doors to chit chat with my daughter....

    sigh ... yeap those are the sweet moments.
  9. black magic

    black magic Earning My Ears

    Dec 11, 2012
    You are in for a great experience with the cruise. We have taken two cruises with DCL and have had magical moments on both. On our cruise last month my son and I ran into Snow White wondering around alone on the top level of the atrium. She stopped and chatted with him and we took photos. Not one other person came along. The biggest surprise came when we went to the Sports Deck to get Goofy's autograph. Once we got his autograph and picture we decided to play a around of putt-putt. Well, here comes Goofy indicating that he wants to play as well. The adults sat that round out as Goofy and my son played the entire round (not just one hole) together. Awesome!!!!

    Video of Goofy playing putt-putt with my son.
  10. ganandem

    ganandem Mouseketeer

    Nov 6, 2007
    We were playing shuffleboard with our 10 year old daughter when Goofy decided to join us. He played for about 10 minutes with my daughter and posed for pictures with her. The deck we were on was not highly traveled at the time so absolutely no one else was around. Even my 14 year old son missed the whole thing (at the buffet again:rolleyes1) He didn't believe us until he saw the pictures. It was such a special time for all of us. Not hurried, very genuine interaction. Magic is around every corner on these ships. Sometimes you just have to be at the right place at the right time.:goodvibes
  11. Lil' Grumpy

    Lil' Grumpy <font color=purple>Lil' Grumpy is really a Big Swe

    Feb 14, 2006
    just like to sneak in a few observations & past experiences.

    i think not forcing the desired encounter is the way to go. i
    don't think anyone don't understand that every parent has
    their child best interest @ heart.

    but others can lose the meanings for special greets when it
    become more important to them them their child.

    we have been doing dcl cruises since the wonder 's first. on that
    cruise we didn't have any expectations because we didn't know
    anything about cruising. still it holds some of our best /precious
    memories. when we did our first in 99, we really thought it
    would be our last too instead of the beginning.

    i hope dcl never has to close down such special moments because
    of poor guests response. it reminded me of previous threads
    where so many hold the feelings so tight-fist that their hearing
    are loss. i think it a situation that has many correct answers
    pending one's own personal background.

    i agree with the "thought" of keeping encounters secret if one is
    trying to argued that their family is more disney deserving vs.
    other families. the only time i have shared "ours" ~ was a community
    board thread where i felt comfortable & friendship.

    i think most of us have connections to family members that life
    has placed many challenges in their paths. if a simple act of
    kindness helps them to forget the heart aches & misery- is also where
    i think the true value "lies"~ in all the special moments any cruise
    member create. we had close families that knows to well about
    the pain of serious , life threatening conditions. however, all 3
    of our children are healthy - & as many as my co-workers remind
    me...they don't abuse etoh, drugs-rx/street. they don't even
    smoke. i considering these facts as our blessings.

    now my children are growing into adulthood and finding new
    thrills in different interests, i never get tired watching others
    having their special /family time & remembering ours. what got my
    interest here, was the "point" made by posters citing many
    different but no less magical -disney moments. hope they remain
    precious memories for years to come.

    we finished the trans~a cruise earlier. ours came so unexpected
    when we getting to venture out on a port call. dressed in our
    block "o" tees , in different colors --they had the fab five in the
    hobby. i think it is what the characters stand for & the dedication
    that brings each to life that makes them special...& the
    encouragements to children. ( add a lil' mental health insight-
    being ok in being different and accepting others. ).

    we have always been involved with supporting our local community.
    some projects included sharing our own blessings -career successes,
    good health, & many others---it just something i am driven for.
    especially since i am directly connected to the cripple children
    program---as one of their success story. therefore, children
    programs are the ones we have participated in ---including
    running a soap box derby , big brother /sister, scouting &
    so forth. the thing i learn was this hidden reward ` the more
    we gave, the more we received.

    now that i am physical unable to do the derby ( those lil'cars
    ruin my back)...a local church group asked us if we could help
    3 needy families during the of those families were
    living in a barn with dirt floors. 5 kids. this was in 09, and we
    have expanded to add our co-workers "collecting " all year
    long. also we became dvc members in 09, so we have a
    great new home for all the stuff they have given us. what i feel
    was so neat is when we begun, their oldest son asked if i
    could take their picture as they have none. without realizing
    it, we started a new disney tradition between our families---
    though they can only dream of disney currently, does not
    mean they don't share the same feelings -the same magic
    being referred here. all i do is let the disney employees
    know about them & how important their "gifts" are to
    children everywhere ...and delivered any messages they
    give on christmas eve /day. i continue my pictures taking
    ( well i have dreams too ) that we return back so they
    can "see" their magic @ it best!

    for the record, i have awards, trophies , all kind of recognitions
    that you can think of. but the "secret" i want to share is
    this: i thought we were doing something nice on the
    first visit...not knowing what to expect---heck we got loss
    several times, driving all over tar-nation---but in reality, these
    children gave me the best christmas i ever experienced!
    they were so happy, so excited with happiness /glee...
    that they crawled all over us...they gave me insights. every
    year, they have given us so many precious moments...
    that have enriched our life, not the reverse.

    we are blt owners. one of our goal in the future is to send
    this family on our points. the challenge is transportation,
    meals, clothing & making it work.

    i hope the real purpose for those posting their moments
    was to seek sharing instead of claiming importance. if so,
    i fell sorry for they are missing so much meanings. maybe
    something that happened on our last christmas visit
    will help? as i was unloading the boxes, the oldest son
    came out to help & shared with me his very special
    christmas gift--a new pair of boots. being from a
    large extended family myself really helped me to pick
    up on how "unselfish" he was being~``see?...he was sharing
    his special gift with me, but outside /away- from his other
    siblings- that his parents could not afford. nor was it
    missed the previous christmas ...where they were wearing
    "tongs" in freezing temperatures/snow. thanks for my
    fellow coworkers, elves.

    i could be wrong but i believe in morals are about feeling
    good about doing right & the feedback they add to life.

    my personal views of the it is hard work, very
    hard. it is a very special by "nature" & in all the ways they add
    the human 'being" to beloved role models ...that i wish
    more adult would follow. besides all the hard work, is the
    dedication & caring ..that offer a message to anyone
    willing to believe. one can't "see, hear, smell, or touch"
    such feelings instead it something inside that has the
    power to make you happy. to me, very happy. i can't see
    any reason to waste it by turning it into something
    it was never meant to be-envy.
  12. PizzieDuster

    PizzieDuster DIS Veteran

    Jul 25, 2003
    Aw, I had a one on one with Goofy. Our first cruise (see the date below, can't remember) I was watching my younger son from the "lab" playing in the Mickey pool with the lab kids and counselors. I don't know if they still do this. But I was a deck above and the boys were in one ear, the girls in the other and they were playing a relay game. I was just loving watching it, all the yelling, so cute! Then they opened the slide for the kids. This was at night after the late show.

    Goofy came by, gave me a hug and made a jester to take a picture with my camera. I then realized I lost my camera. I think I left it in the Walt theater. He motioned to his handler to write something down, she asked me for my stateroom number, he gave me a hug and went down to be with the kids in the Mickey pool. There was a photographer there to take pictures and a group picture. My favorite.

    I later got a call from Guest Services that they had my camera! :hug:
  13. LindaBabe

    LindaBabe <br><img src="

    Oct 20, 1999
    one night we were on deck 10 walking around. There were some families down by the pool watching a movie on the funnel vision. Goofy came out in a nightshirt, night cap and "goofy" slippers and played for a bit then settled in on one of the loungers between a couple kids to watch the movie. Too bad it was too dark for pictures.
  14. cwdefouw

    cwdefouw DVC Member since 1999

    Oct 31, 2007
    To echo a lot of previous posters. Pixie Dust moments can, do and will happen a lot on a Disney Cruise, with no effort on your part as well. I have often seen an unescorted princess wandering around on embarkation day, usually on the upper decks of the atrium. Just as an example, we also had a wonderful experience on one of our cruises. We were just admiring the gorgeous artwork in the long hall port side between dining rooms and Donald just showed up next to us, unescorted and admired the artwork with us for about 5 minutes. What was really cool is he pointed out all of these almost hidden unique things in the art that we would likely have never seen on our own. There wasn't a lot of other people around so it was like our own private moment with Donald Duck, the art expert.

    The best advice is just enjoy the cruise and let it happen.
  15. rdw

    rdw Mouseketeer

    May 23, 2011
    In the OP's defense and to answer the question - my DS and I did have a meet and greet with all of the characters, right before Until We Meet Again on the Wonder, at the end of April. We happened to be in the right place at the right time - and a cast member randomly invited us to join the party. It was certainly magical - a true highlight! - and something I know will probably never happen again - but PD was on us that night!

    So, they do exist - we were lucky enough to stumble (literally) into an invitation. The smiles on my son's face were priceless!
  16. neg58

    neg58 DIS Veteran

    Oct 5, 2012
    You don't need a picture - you remember it perfectly.

  17. Lil' Grumpy

    Lil' Grumpy <font color=purple>Lil' Grumpy is really a Big Swe

    Feb 14, 2006
    some things need to be say so the value is felt.

    anyways, on our last cruise-we met a mother from down
    under, with a little girl. so this was a very big expense for
    a single mother. it was evident that her little girl had
    some major issues if one pay attention. this trip was
    very important to her , hoping the disney experiences
    would help daughter overcome the trauma from
    abuses. her mother put so much into her outfits.

    we had a long talk. some professional guidance. later
    we gave the mother some special gifts with the focus on her
    favorites disney dreams. to our surprise , it brought
    her tears of joy.

    and we made sure the right disney workers got her name
    and her room just in case they could squeeze her in.

    though it is only the beginning in overcoming her ongoing
    challenges, her mother was already elated with all the
    progress prior to this.

    money well spent , that not measure in pictures, trophies,
    or $. during one of our encounters, she stated that was
    her main purpose for their cruise, help her daughter.

    this is one area i think disney never disappoint ...because
    it starts in a child great expectation. ( yes , the reference
    to the story because everyone benefit from act of
    kindness /encouragements.

    to me....character encounters are fun but most of all-
    they can be whatever you desire from them as long as
    it for good.
  18. Bonniec

    Bonniec DIS Veteran

    Aug 22, 2011
    There's no way to make pixie dust moments happen. Hoping for one will just leave you disappointed. What makes them magical is that you have no idea when, where, or if something will happen. I've not been on the cruise yet but I imagine it's no different than the parks. We've had all sorts of little things happen to us. A free pin when my son skinned his knee, a whole roll of stickers (that one made me lol), a friendly pirate who helped my son overcome his fear on POTC ride, a free Michel bar, etc. But here's the thing.....

    More often then not, when we go, there are no PD moments. And we still have an amazing time because that's just how Disney is. So go, have a great time, and don't try to make pixie dust happen. If it does, great! If it doesn't, you'll still have a wonderful time.

    P.S. awwwwww on the story with goofy watching the movie. How cute is that?

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  19. slcmom

    slcmom Mouseketeer

    Nov 6, 2003
    I agree with everyone about magical pixie dust moments just happening. On our cruise my ds with Down syndrome left dinner to use a restroom. Dh and I were still at the table, so we didn't even see this interaction. As ds walked by the lounge, Daisy was there and she invited ds to dance with her! The two of them danced the entire song, and Daisy even 'dipped' ds. The whole thing was magical.

    But the best part, for me, was that the reason I even know about it (ds doesn't have many words) is because someone enjoyed the moment, and took a photo, then invested considerable time asking other guests if they knew who my ds was so they could send me the photo! IMHO lots of the magic happens because of the wonderful fellow cruisers who go the extra mile. Thanks to all of you!
  20. TinkGirl

    TinkGirl DIS Veteran

    Jan 4, 2006
    That's awesome!
  21. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

    Feb 25, 2003
    This brought tears to my eyes. :)

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