On our Christmas trip to Disney we met an absolute ton of characters. This was partly a function of the crowd levels – the lineups for the meet-and-greets were usually half that of the rides – but also because we just wanted to meet a bunch of our favourite Disney characters; nothing more complicated than that! Pretty radical departure from when I was a kid, when I had absolutely no patience for the plushies. Mind you, I was never one of those kids running in terror from Tigger, but I also never felt the need to meet any of the characters either – might have cut into precious Haunted Mansion time, that.
We enjoyed some amazing character interactions, and I’m so glad we decided to take the time to try something a little less ride-oriented and a little more fun-oriented this trip. I’ve already shared a number of these meet-and-greets, if not all the photos, but what I haven’t already driven you crazy with can’t make you any crazier, can it? 😉 I mean, maybe you were ready two weeks ago for me to shut my yap about Disney already, but that doesn’t seem likely, now does it?!
Meeting Buzz Lightyear at the Magic Kingdom was a total trip. We had just stepped off his popular namesake ride, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, each of us bearing Galactic Hero certificates on account of our maxed-out scores, and there he was! Just waiting to pose with a couple of overgrown dorks. To infinity and beyond!
Stitch! Of Lilo & Stitch. Or as I like to call him, Mr. Luvah Luvah. 😉
Us and Chews. He was our first Star Wars meet-and-greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and I thought my husband’s head was going to explode from childlike delirium. He’s also got mad envy that I received a hug from Chewbacca and he did not. Apparently righting this transgression warrants an immediate repeat visit (man’s got worse Disney stoke than I do, if that’s even possible.) But you know, he’s kind of got a point – he’s the lifelong Star Wars fan, not me. He really should have been the one on the receiving end of a Wookie embrace.
Bahahahaha! I love this picture – we look like we’re being reprimanded. Which we kind of were? Emo Kylo Ren here had no effs to give about either of us, stalking around for a bit before declaring us Resistance sympathizers. Then we took some pictures and then he kicked us off Star Killer Base! It was the weirdest meet-and-greet, truly. I just found him wicked intimidating, and the second we walked into his area and he strode over to us, all black cape and inexplicably hot respirator helmet, I forgot all about my plans to pinch his burlap dress-covered butt and just stood there like a goof (just kidding; always keep your hearts and your parts to yourself, kids, unless someone explicitly says, “Lay ’em on me.” Bloggers and fictional space fascists would do well to heed this advice, too.)
Alright, now this is more my speed of meet-and-greet (wah-waaaaaahhhhh)! Although this was less a meet-and-greet than a meet-and-pose, on account of the fact that Cruz Ramirez up there, badass girl racer star of Cars 3, was really more of a prop than an interactive character. All the same, I love Cruz’s gym trainer-on-uppers routine, and anything to get into a shot with THE one and only Piston Cup (he done what in his cup?)
Over in the Guardians of the Galaxy meet-and-greet, we met and greeted Star-Lord and wee little Baby Groot. I know Baby Groot, who messes about adorably with that pile of spaceship parts laid out in front of him there, is the main draw of this meet-and-greet, but I loved the guy playing Star-Lord – he was such a delightfully amiable dude bro, all affable exasperation and cocky banter. The actor playing him, while looking less like Chris Pratt than some of the others, had his voice and mannerisms down PAT. Totally delightful! And yes, yes, you. are. Groot. We know, buddy, we know. You literally speak of nothing else. Just like me and Disney!
Not a meet-and-greet, but this entire photo op was such a hoot – just us, another totally game family with some thoroughly mortified/delighted teenagers and a PhotoPass cast member having a whole lot of fun messing around with a bunch of Star Wars props.
Speaking of, huge props to the PhotoPass photographers who took all of these awesome shots. We have so very few photos that feature the two of us in one shot, and so we tacked the Memory Maker add-on onto our vacation package. That allowed us unlimited access to any on-ride photos (always so attractive, those) as well as any photos taken by Disney photographers, including these cool meet-and-greets. It should be noted that Memory Maker is not the most inexpensive of add-ons. However, knowing we had a bit of money on the line really encouraged us to utilize the crap out of Disney’s photography services, leading to all sorts of fun, once-in-a-lifetime moments like this one.
BB-8! Quite the chirpy little devil. Mr. Finger Candy looks pleased as punch to be standing beside such an adorable little droid. He was rather cute, and according to the attendant who was working his meet-and-greet and speaks Droid far better than I, he liked my Sally mouse ears. 🙂
Olaf the snowman, straight chillin’ in the Floridian sum-MMMMMERRRRRRRR! Or actually, no, the Floridian winter, but to a Canadian, it might as well be summer. And just for the record, Olaf gave, and received, some very nice warm hugs.
And the Beast, of course, was an unbelievably gracious host, receiving us in his study following our Christmas evening dinner at Be Our Guest. I’ve outed us before on this one, but it’s worth being not-at-all embarrassed anew – I curtsied and my husband bowed, and we are gigantic goobers. Wouldn’t want it any other way. 🙂