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Frozen Fun at Disney California Adventure Park

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Disney California Adventure Park is celebrating an all-new event this winter, “Frozen Fun.”  Here guests will be able to immerse themselves in all new Frozen-inspired activities. Guests will get the opportunity to meet characters from Disney’s famous film Frozen, build a snowman, sing-along to well-known songs, eat delicious treats, and dance the night away at the all new dance party. The “Frozen Fun” event runs until May 22, but it is rumored that it will extend through the summer. I was lucky enough to experience every part of the celebration and am here to give you all the tips you will need to fully experience this event.

“For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration”

Join your favorite characters from Disney’s Frozen in an all new Sing-Along Celebration. Here guests have the opportunity to sing-along, listen, and laugh with Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff as they reenact their “Frozen” story.  The Sing-Along takes place in the Muppet Vision building in Hollywood Land and runs several times throughout the day. This is an extremely popular celebration, so I would highly recommend either attending one of the first shows of the day or getting a FastPass. Show times: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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“Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome”

These two famous sisters have moved from Disneyland Park to the Animation building in Disney California Adventure Park. Here guests will be able to meet and greet the sisters and be part of their new royal welcome. These sisters are the most popular characters in the parks, and because of their popularity guests are required to get “Return Time Tickets,” which are distributed just outside the animation building at the beginning of the day until all the tickets are taken. These tickets allow you to come back at a pre-selected time to meet the sisters. Note: You will still have about a 15–30 minute wait once you come back with your ticket. All park tickets must be active when getting the “Return Time Tickets” from the cast member, meaning that the ticket needs to have been scanned at the turnstiles. When returning to meet the sisters, everyone has to have a “Return Time Ticket” in hand to enter. They will not let anyone without a ticket in, and there are no latecomers, so make sure you are on time or early! While you wait to meet the sisters, you have the opportunity to learn how to draw a snowman. That’s right! You can learn how to sketch either Olaf or Marshmallow. Sessions take place all day long. This is a great activity for the whole family.

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“Olaf’s Snow Fest”

 Olaf has decided to celebrate the winter season and snow with his very own celebration in Olaf’s Snow Fest. This celebration takes place daily in the Stage 17 building in Hollywood Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park. Here guests will be able to play in the snow, build a snowman, go sledding, buy fun Frozen souvenirs, and eat delicious treats and hot cocoa.  Guests will also be able to enjoy performances by The Frolicking Fjords and The Tubadors band; and of course, no winter celebration is complete without Olaf. That’s right. Guests have the opportunity to get warm hugs from Olaf himself. Olaf is a very popular snowman, so I would highly recommend seeing him early in the day. He meets inside the building, but you have to get in line outside the building, where you will be given a pager. The pager will notify you when it’s your turn to meet Olaf. Make note: Once your pager goes off, you may still wait up to 15 minutes to see him. One of the nice things about the pager is that you can be anywhere in the park and it will still work.  Once your pager goes off, just head back into the building where you will hand the pager to the cast member and get in line to see Olaf.

For even more Frozen-inspired souvenirs, just head outside to the “Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post.” They have apparel, plush dolls, toys, mugs, and more.

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    Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party

If you’re looking for the perfect way to end the night, head over to Hollywood Land to the new dance party, “Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party.” The area is decked out in wintery décor, dazzling lighting effects, and fun photo opportunities. Enjoy live music from DJ Chill, dancing, fun interactive games at The Ice House, live ice carving, and delicious treats and beverages. Located in the back of the dance area through the archway, you will find Marshmallow, another famous snowman from Disney’s Frozen.  He starts meeting guests about 5 minutes after the dance party starts. Don’t worry; he is much friendlier than in the movie. He continues to meet guests through the length of the party, but if the line gets too long, they will close it early so he can end once the party finishes up.

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– Cody Woodbrey

Creating Magical Vacations
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New Nighttime Spectaculars coming to Disneyland Resort for their Diamond Celebration

Disneyland Resort Diamond Anniversary

Starting on May 22, 2015, Disneyland Resort will begin it’s 60th anniversary celebration! In honor of their Diamond Anniversary, the Disneyland Resort will be adding three new nighttime spectaculars that will take place in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks. In addition to the nighttime excitement, both the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at the Disneyland Park and the Carthay Circle theatre at Disney California Adventure Park will have extra sparkle and shine for this diamond celebration. Each park will be draped in diamond celebration décor with exclusive merchandise and foods… Pictures and descriptions of the nighttime entertainment happenings are provided below by Disney Travel Professionals.

“Paint the Night” Parade

New technology and immersive special effects lift the “Paint the Night” Parade beyond anything seen in the past at Disneyland Park. Vibrant color and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights that flash and glow will bring Disney stories to life during this after-dark parade. Featuring unforgettable music and spectacular floats, “Paint the Night” will include special appearances by Mickey Mouse and friends, as well as beloved characters from tales such as “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Toy Story,” and “Frozen.”

“Disneyland Forever Fireworks Spectacular”

Also at Disneyland Park, the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney Park and surprising special effects will transport your Clients into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar films during the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular. The show will extend to Main Street U.S.A., “It’s a small world,” Rivers of America and the Matterhorn as projections transform familiar park icons into stunning story scenes.

“World of Color – Celebrate the Wonderful World of Walt Disney”

And, at Disney California Adventure Park, Mickey Mouse will entertain Guests as mischievous host of a fun-filled new presentation of the popular, nighttime “World of Color” spectacular. “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” brings to life the remarkable story of Walt and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and stirring musical score, all on the magical water canvas of “World of Color.”

– Cody Woodbrey

Creating Magical Vacations
Cell: 435-757-0838

 

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it’s a small world – The Happiest Cruise that ever sailed just got Merrier!

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One of the biggest icons of the Disneyland Park is transformed into one of the happiest attractions ever created. Disney have done this by the explosion of decorations in and around every inch of this attraction. Additionally, they have created a medley of songs using Christmas carols from around the world. We usually only ride this attraction once each visit but with things made up for the holidays, we find ourselves riding in several times. There is just so much to see and enjoy. One of the things we like to do while riding the attraction is to find all the Disney characters mixed within the 300 plus dolls. Can you find them all? The characters you will find are Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Aladdin, Jasmine, The Three Caballeros, Ariel, Flounder, Lilo, Stitch, Woody, Jessies and Bullseye.

– Cody Woodbrey

Creating Magical Vacations
Cell: 435-757-0838

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Your Guide to the Happiest Place on Earth During the Merriest Time of Year

Disneyland During the Holidays

Most people who have been on a trip to Disneyland often think of it fondly as a place where they could let loose and just be happy. Few people doubt Disneyland’s claim to being the “happiest place on earth.” What not everyone knows is that during the Christmas season, Disneyland gets a head-to-toe makeover and it becomes not only the happiest, but the merriest place on earth.

Christmas at Disneyland is one of my favorite seasons. The added decorations in the park alone leave you immersed in a festive holiday wonderland. However, there are some additions to the park during the Holiday season that are wonderful bonuses to an already magical place.

As with anytime of year though, if you don’t know what you are getting yourself into at Disneyland, you may miss out on some of the magic and festivities that are just waiting for you to discover. Below you will find some of the “extras” that can add a little bit more sparkle to your Disneyland vacation during the Christmas season. Read closely. You won’t want to miss a thing!

Jingle Jangle Jamboree

Hidden back behind Big Thunder Mountain resides one of the merriest places in the whole park – the Jingle Jangle Jamboree. This is one of my family’s favorite places to visit during the holidays. Here you’ll find your favorite Disney characters all dressed up in their Christmas outfits, special entertainment, reindeer games & activities, merchandise, treats, and of course meet the big guy himself, Santa Claus. While enjoying the live entertainment families can make their own holiday decorations at the craft station or try some of the reindeer games. My favorite reindeer game is the ‘Dashing Thru the Snow on a Slippery Slope’, its much like Plinko but instead of getting points at the bottom you race against others and whomever gets their puck to the bottom first wins.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

Each year, for both the Halloween and Christmas Seasons the Haunted Mansion is transformed to the theme of Tim Burton’s ‘Nightmare Before Christmas.’ This transformation makes the Haunted Mansion one of the most popular attractions in the park during the holidays. It is definitely on the top of my list of must-sees each year. Notice the ginger bread house in the main ballroom of the attraction. The bakers at the Disneyland Resort come together each year to create an original gingerbread house. Last year’s gingerbread house was perched on a tall and spindly mountain featuring a flying Zero and a ghost train. At 9 feet tall, it was one of the tallest they’ve ever built.

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The well-known attraction, the Jungle Cruise, gets a transformation this season with holiday gifts and décor. The skippers are as witty and funny as ever but with a holiday twist this time. Having the holidays intertwined with this attraction brings even more life and excitement to one of our favorite classics. You have to go on it several times to see all the added extras. I’ve ridden it several times now and still don’t think I’ve seen all the little touches. It’s a holiday don’t miss!

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One of the biggest icons of the Disneyland Park is transformed into one of the happiest attractions ever created. They have done this by the explosion of decorations in and around every inch of this attraction. Additionally, they have created a medley of songs using Christmas carols from around the world. We usually only ride this attraction once each visit but with things made up for the holidays, we find ourselves riding in several times. There is just so much to see and enjoy. One of the things we like to do while riding the attraction is to find all the Disney characters mixed within the 300 plus dolls. Can you find them all? The characters you will find are Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Aladdin, Jasmine, The Three Caballeros, Ariel, Flounder, Lilo, Stitch, Woody, Jessies and Bullseye.

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Believe…in Holiday Magic Fireworks

Ending the day watching one of the merriest fireworks show on the planet is particularly fun and special. With the incredible Sleeping Beauty’s Castle covered in 80,000 twinkling lights, snow, and icicles in the foreground, there really is no better setting for a firework show. Watching the fireworks choreographed to traditional Christmas music really brings the holidays to life. To top it off it snows! That’s right it snows along Main Street all the way to the castle. Yeah, Disney knows how to celebrate the holidays!

Tips for seeing the Fireworks

  • For the fireworks, I would stand between the Refreshment Corner on Main Street and the main hub in front of the castle. I would not stand between the hub and the castle because you’re so close you will not be able to see the fireworks as well.
  • On top of the Train Station behind the preferred seating, is another great place to view the fireworks. Those siting in the seats are required to stay seated. You will get an amazing panoramic view of the fireworks. Make sure you arrive early for a spot.

A Christmas Fantasy Parade

Disneyland’s Christmas parade is so much fun to watch and really gets the whole family into the spirit of Christmas. I love how Disney has been able to create a parade with so much tradition and memories of the holidays we have all come to love. You get so much more than just seeing your favorite Disney characters but are surrounded by prancing Reindeer, dancing ginger bread man, houses made out of gingerbread, marching toy soldiers, dancing snowman, Christmas trees and to end it all, Santa Claus. This magical parade runs twice a day during the holiday season. If time allows, it is kind of fun to watch it during the day and at night to get a different perspective.

Tips for viewing the parade:

  • There are always less people at the second parade. If the weather is looking bad, choose the first parade in case the second one is canceled.
  • I recommend watching the parade around the “it’s a small world” attraction or near the Matterhorn area
  • Avoid Main Street and the main area in front of the Castle! The crowds are the biggest around these areas.
  • Start finding a place to view the parade about 45 minutes before it starts. While you save a spot, this is a good time to eat. Have part of the family stay and hold the viewing spot, while the others go and get food or snacks for everyone.

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Disney Viva Navidad Celebration!

Join your favorite three amigos, Donald Duck, Panchito from Mexico and Jose from Brazil in their high-spirited celebration street party. This party focuses on Latin American traditional songs, dancing, and the larger than life 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Of Course, no Disney celebration is complete without Mickey and Minnie Mouse in attendance. You will definitely find yourself dancing and singing along with everyone. This fun celebration takes place daily several times throughout the holiday season. Between these celebrations you can actually meet the three amigos along with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy all dressed in their Latin Christmas outfits. Check the daily times guide for specifics.

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Cars Land

Cars Land is probably the most decorated area in any of the parks between both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. It doesn’t matter where you turn there are creative and fun decorations everywhere. My favorite thing to do in Cars Land during the Holidays is find all the creative trees put up around the area. I think my favorite tree is Sally’s Construction Cone Tree with Lizzie’s Route 66 Signs tree in a close second. All the trees are pretty amazing so make sure you take the time to look through the pictures below and decide which one is your favorite. If you will be in the parks this holiday season, I would also recommend making sure to go back and explore Cars Land at night because it is a totally different experience with all the neon lights turned on. For those not visiting the parks this season, take a look at the pictures below and enjoy! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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World of Color – Winter Dreams

One of my favorite nighttime shows World of Color is transformed into an amazing wintry wonderland celebration know as Winter Dreams and is hosted by everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf! With the mists of water, lazars, HD projections, fountains and a mixture of your favorite Christmas songs this is one of the top things for my family to see during the holiday season.

– Cody Woodbrey

Creating Magical Vacations
Cell: 435-757-0838

 

Characters From Disney’s “Big Hero 6” are Coming to Disney Parks

For those who know me, you know that I have a huge passion for all things Disney Characters. To go along with that, I love blogging about them too. For all things Disney Characters, I’m your man! My most popular blog post about characters is “Meeting Disney Characters 101”. This blog post walks you through the steps in having the best possible experience meeting your favorite characters.

There are some fantastic character experiences coming to the Disney parks and you can count on me to provide you with the most up-to-date information.

Hiro Hanada & his friend robot Baymax from Disney’s newest film “Big Hero 6″ will be making their first appearance at Disneyland and Walt Disney World this fall. Locations and exact dates for this meet and greet experience have not been released yet. More information will be released soon.”Big Hero 6” will be in theaters November 7, 2014.

If you are planning a trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World this fall, please contact me and I’ll help book an amazing trip for you. cody@woodbreyfamilytravel.com

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more great information on all things Disney Characters.

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Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park

Halloween Time at Disneyland

This event is filled with all kinds of spooktacular entertainment and is one of the most anticipated special events of the year. Join your family with a Villainous Fireworks show, popular seasonal attractions, such as the transformation of the Haunted Mansion into the beloved Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion Holiday, and Space Mountain into Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Here you will find some of your favorite Disney Villains, along with Mickey Mouse and his friends all dressed in their Halloween costumes! Costumes are not required for this event but definitely encouraged. Dressing up for this event for our family really has added to the magic and excitement of the event.

 Main Street Pumpkin Festival

In the center of Town Square you’ll find a 12-foot high Mickey ‘jack-o’-lantern’, complete with pumpkin ears. As you make your way down Main Street U.S.A., you will see over 300 different carved pumpkins on display in the shop windows.

 Haunted Mansion Holiday 

The bakers at the Disneyland Resort come together each year to create an original gingerbread house for the ballroom scene. Last year’s gingerbread house was perched on a tall and spindly mountain featuring a flying Zero and a ghost train. At 9 feet tall, it was one of the tallest they’ve ever built.  The Haunted Mansion will also be transformed into a Tim Burton ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ theme.

Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

As always this year, Space Mountain will be transformed into “Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy!” Move through space and experience surprises around every corner. Typically, it is best to do the attractions during the day. This will allow you to have more time seeing all the extras of the party and to see more cool and rare characters. If you only have tickets for the party, you will still be able to get into the park at 4:00 p.m., which will allow you to do the attractions before the party starts.

 Toontown Treat Pre-Party starts 1 hour before the Party Starts

Event guests may enjoy some spooky fun in Mickey’s Towntoon, even before the party starts. Where early Trick-or-Treating Witches & Wizards will greet guests.  Line up for the pre-party 30-45-minutes before it starts. This will help you get through the lines a lot quicker, you’ll get more candy, and you’ll have time to see all the characters. The characters you will see for the pre-party are Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck, Chip n’ Dale, Clarabelle Cow, and Roger Rabbit. Roger Rabbit and Clarabelle Cow only come out for this pre-party. This was so much fun, and it definitely kicked off the night on a high note. We saw so many characters and got loads of treats before the party even started.

Mickey’s Halloween Parade runs twice nightly

Join Mickey and his friends all dressed up for the holiday in this haunted musical Cavalcade down Main Street. Floats will celebrate the “fun of dressing up,” including a Haunted Castle Float decorated by Mickey with bats, ghosts, spider webs, pumpkins and skulls. This is not the same parade as done during the day.

A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks’ runs nightly at 9:30 p.m

This “Halloween Screams” Fireworks Spooktacular show is hosted by none other than Jack Skellington. Flames, fireworks and great music all come together to make this a don’t-miss firework show. These fireworks, which are different than the regular fireworks done during the week, are absolutely amazing and are my favorite to watch!

  Mickey’s Tick-or-Treat Trails

Treats include apple slices, carrots, raisins, dried fruit, and of course, a variety of chocolates and other candies.  Trust me when I say you will leave the party with several pounds of candy. The Trick-or-Treat trails are all over the park, and cast members hand out handfuls of treats.

 Halloween Treats

Halloween party treats are sold throughout the park, with exclusive Haunted Mansion treats at The French Market and Café Orleans!  Goodies available include Silly Halloween Caramel Apples, Pumpkin Muffins topped with Cream, Mickey Halloween Cookies, Hot Caramel Apple Cider, and Pumpkin Cheesecake!

 Costumed Characters

Keep your eyes open, because you never know whom you’ll see–but will you recognize them? Your beloved Disney Characters will be dressed up in their best costumes, and Disney Villains will be out in full force. During our last visit we saw Mickey and his friends dressed up in four different costumes from 4:00 p.m. to the end of the party. It was fun to see all of their different costumes. Just make sure you don’t forget your camera!

Dance Party

Take a load off and dance the night away with some of your favorite Disney characters at the night’s dance party event in Tomorrowland. Select Disney Characters come out and dance with everyone; however, they will not stop and take pictures or sign autographs at the dance party.

If you are planning a trip to Disneyland, please contact me for more information and deals.

Cody Woodbrey

Creating Dream Vacations
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Mickey’s Halloween Party Tickets Go on Sale for Disneyland on July 16

Halloween Time at Disneyland

The Disneyland Resort is about to get a little bit spookier this fall. Halloween Time starts at the Disneyland Resort on September 12th and runs through October 31st.  Mickey’s Halloween Party will run on select nights for 14 nights at the Disneyland Park.

Halloween Time features the popular seasonal attractions such as the transformation of the Haunted Mansion to the loved Night Before Christmas Holiday Mansion, and Space Mountain to Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. There will also be some of your favorite Disney Villains. Mickey Mouse and his friends will all be dressed in their Halloween costumes during the party!

Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets go on sale:

  • July 16 – For Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa Cardholders, and Disney Vacation Club Members
  • July 30 – General public
  • Tickets can be purchased through Wish Upon a Star with Cody.

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2014 dates:

Friday, September 26; Tuesday, September 30; Friday, October 3; Monday, October 6; Wednesday, October 8; Friday, October 10; Tuesday, October 14; Friday, October 17; Monday, October 20; Wednesday, October 22; Friday, October 24; Monday, October 27; Wednesday, October 29; and Friday, October 31.

Return back to Wish Upon a Blog with Cody later this week for more information on Mickey’s Halloween Party.

If you are planning a trip to Disneyland, please contact me for more information and deals.

– Cody Woodbrey

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Meeting Disney Characters 101

Meeting Disney Characters 101

There are several ways in which to get the most out of your “meet and greet” with your favorite Disney Characters. As a performer at Walt Disney World, I can tell you that I’ve seen and experienced it all – the good, the bad, and everything in between. I have therefore compiled some tips and information for you in order to help make this experience the best for your family. This blog post is created to help you better your experience and maximize your “meet and greet” time with the characters.

Lesson 1: Be Prepared

There are a couple of things you can do to be prepared before you ever meet the character.
1. Have your autograph books and cameras ready. This will give you more time to play and interact with the characters versus trying to get your book out or camera ready. This also helps the line go quicker.
2. Take off jackets, bags and/or ponchos. Doing this makes for better-looking pictures. Waiting until you get up to the character takes away from your time to interact with them.
3. Put down any food or drinks. The characters will not take pictures with them in the picture.

Lesson 2: The Approach

When you approach the Disney character, don’t shove your book into their hands.
1. They want to say hi first with a hug or a high five. They want to know you are there for more than just a signature.
2. Make sure the character sees you approaching. They don’t have the best eyesight, and at times they don’t even realize there is a young child by their legs.
3. Please do not jump up on them.
4. Be careful when touching their heads – it’s actually preferred that you don’t touch their heads at all.
5. Everyone must be wearing shoes unless they are being held.
6. They cannot hold your baby.
7. Don’t be rough with the characters. They can be hurt!

Lesson 3: Helping Unsure Kids

I’ve seen hundreds of families that wait in long lines to see the characters only to get up to them and find that their child no longer wants to see them or is crying. These tips will help you get those pictures without the big hassle or need for convincing.
1. Let them watch the character interact with the other families and talk to them about all the fun the other families are having.
2. Holding the child or getting down to the child’s level helps the child feel safe and protected.
3. Hold the child’s hand while walking up to the character.
4. Ask someone to take the picture for you so you can stay with your child. I usually ask the family behind me to do it just in case there isn’t someone at the front of the line to do it. Always check the photo before moving on, as not everyone knows how to use a camera correctly.
5. When taking a picture with your child, put them on the outside shoulder away from the character. By doing this you will help keep them from looking at the camera instead of at the character and/or help them stop crying.
6. If the opposite shoulder strategy doesn’t work, take several steps in front of the character, get their attention to look at the camera, and take the picture. This helps because the child is far enough away that they feel a bit safer and you still get a picture with the character.

Lesson 4: Writing Material for Autographs

By having the right kind of writing utensils it will help you get the best signature possible.
1. Even before you hand the character the autograph books, make sure you use the words “Please” and “Thank You”. These words are often forgotten, but greatly appreciated!
1 – 2-inch pens are hard for anyone to write with, and with a paw it is even harder.
2. Light ink pens or coloring utensils make it hard for the characters to see what they are signing. Use dark ink or colors for signing. When the character can see what they are signing you will get a great signature.
3. Larger-than-life pens are also not the easiest to write with for the characters. The thickness of the pen does make it a bit hard to get a good grip for a great signature.
4. Disney characters’ favorite type of writing utensil is a regular-sized SHARPIE. The inks are thick and they are extremely easy to hold.
5. Characters love it when you use different colors – For example: Tigger loves using Orange colors, whereas The Green Army Man loves using Green to write.
6. The characters also love writing with the fun different Disney pens. They love tickling your faces with the ones with the fuzz on the ends or twirling the character on the end of the pen. They especially love pens with themselves on them.
7. 2-inch size papers or loose papers without something hard behind them are hard to sign on. If you are going to have the papers loose, then use a small clip board. Doing this will help you get the best quality of signatures possible.

Lesson 5: What Characters Can Write On

Disney characters love to sign their name on things, but there are a few things they cannot sign.
1. They cannot sign currency, checks, receipts, other important documents, or things with inappropriate materials on them.
2. They can sign shirts, hats, toys, blankets, and things like that
3. They can’t sign anything while it is being worn. You can take the item off only if it doesn’t reveal skin or undergarments.
4. They can sign the cast of a broken arm or leg – this is the only exception to the previous rule. (Signing  casts at the Walt Disney World parks is allowed but NOT at Disneyland parks)

Lesson 6: Creating a Little Bit of Extra Magic

1. The characters love holding, signing, and playing with things that have them on it. Buzz Lightyear loves pretending to fly with his action figure… Or should I say, “Falling with style.”
2. They love giving hugs and high fives
3. Be creative with your pictures. Don’t just stand there; strike a pose! They take thousands of pictures a day with guests posing the same way and they are eager to do something different. Go with the flow – If they want you to pose a certain way, do it. They do some great poses. You can even ask them, “What pose should we make today?” and they will respond with some great ideas. If you have some ideas, they will also join in, as long as it is appropriate.
4. Use more than just your phone camera – you will get better pictures using a real camera.
5. Take a “Selfie” with the characters.
6. Share with the characters why you love them and are there to see them.

Lesson 7: Leaving

When you leave, make sure you thank the Disney characters and the character attendants for letting you come and see them. It’s not easy standing out in the heat all day, but it’s worth it when they feel appreciated and loved. Give last minute high fives and hugs!

If you are planning a trip to one of Disney’s theme parks or a Disney Cruise, please contact me for more information.

– Cody Woodbrey

Specializing in Disney Vacations
Creating Magical Vacations
Cell: 435-757-0838