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This trip, we were so happy to have met several characters we haven’t met, or seen in a long time. There are characters at the Disneyland that are just a little harder to come by. For example, Daisy. She is not out nearly as often as the other characters. So we had a whole list we wanted to catch this time. We were pretty lucky to get most of them, and then some.
So, I want to share with you the less common characters and give you a few tips as well.
First, if you want to know where to find most of the characters at the Disneyland Resort, you can visit our Disneyland 101 post that gives all of that information HERE.
So, we have met Woody and Jessie, but we have never met Buzz. We were so excited when we were walking on Paradise Pier and there was Buzz! He can be found in the same area as Jessie and Woody, but I swear he is hardly ever out. There was no way we were missing that photo opp. One thing we learned- Buzz does not give autographs. His laser might accidentally go off while he is trying to sign, so he thinks it is better that he not try.
The same day we met Buzz, the Goof and I were in a Bug’s Land when he asked for a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar. Well, as we got in line, I look over and guess who walked up? Flik! Flik is not out as often as he used to be so we were excited to meet him.
Okay, I know Princess Aurora and the other princesses are not hard to find. They have meet and greets in the Royal Hall at the Fantasy Faire. However, they are harder to find out and about in the park. So we were happy to find Aurora greeting the guests as they entered the park.
Right as we finished meeting Princess Aurora, Cinderella, the Goof’s favorite princess, showed up in the same area. He was very excited to meet her and asked her how her mice friends were doing.
One of the hardest characters (according to many bloggers) to get a meet and greet with is Peter Pan. Just like in his movie, Peter is full of energy and doesn’t like to stay still so catching him long enough to get an autograph and a picture is a real treat. We loved getting to meet Peter.
Daisy is rarely out on Main Street. In fact, you normally will find her at DCA and then at the Surf’s Up breakfast. Other than that, it is hard to find Daisy out doing meet and greets. We were wanting to meet Daisy this trip. We were thinking it wouldn’t happen when we walked into the park on our last day, and guess who was right there. DAISY! She was so sweet to the Goof.
Later that day over in Disney California Adventure, we happened to find Princess Sofia (of Disney Junior’s Sofia the First) out and about. The Disney Junior characters will sometimes do meet and greets here, but are not out as often as other characters. The Goof gave Sofia a kiss. She then got excited it was his birthday, and have him four kisses since he was four. It was so cute.
This was a great trip for us. We also met Snow White (while not hard to find, we never really get there at the right time to meet her) and several other characters. It is nice that even though we go to Disneyland a few times a year, we are able to find characters we haven’t met.
If you are wanting to find some of the characters that aren’t out as often, or maybe just ones you have never been able to meet, I have a few tips for you.
- Arrive at the park early. The park starts letting people in about an hour before opening. A lot of times, during this hour there will be some characters on Main Street USA in Disneyland, or Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure doing meet and greets. I don’t know why, but during this time I usually see some characters that I don’t normally see out and about in the parks.
- Always keep your eyes open. If you see a line somewhere that is not a ride, check it out. A lot of times it is a character out doing meet and greets. It is really easy to get caught up in heading to the next attraction and miss a character that is right there in front of you.
- Character meals usually include one or more characters that are rarely seen in the park. Character meals have let us meet the Fairy Godmother, Perla and Susie (the female mice from Cinderella), Baloo, Captain Hook, Max, and more.
- Wander out into the main entrance area from time to time. This is the area after you enter the turnstiles in Disneyland, but before you go through the entrance tunnels. We have met princesses, the Evil Queen and many more in this area. We have found that there are usually characters here around noon, and then again during dinner. Sometimes we have seen characters here in the morning, but not as often.
- Slow down. We have seen more characters when we have been people watching for a few minutes after finishing a meal, or hanging out with the Goof while others went on a big ride, then I can count. This is how we have met Mary Poppins, Frozone, and so many more.
- Check the area several times during your visit. I am not one to stalk a meet and greet waiting for a character, but it doesn’t hurt, if you really want to meet a specific character to take a slight detour to walk by known meet and greet locations a few extra times through out the day.
- Talk to the cast members at the meet and greets. They are more than happy to let you know when certain characters may be returning and to what general areas. This is especially true if you get there after a meet and greet line has closed to new guests.
So next time you are at Disney, try and find a few new characters. It is easy to think you have met everyone, but the chances you actually have are pretty slim.
Is there a character you have not met yet and really want to? Is there a hard to find character that you were able to meet and it made your trip? Share in the comments. I love hearing other Disney lovers’ thoughts.