Very Merrytime Cruise, Disney Dream, part 2
"Meet and greets" start as soon as you enter the ship and continue throughout. As compared to one of the Disney theme parks, the cruise lines makes it very easy to see lots of characters. Most of the meet and greets involve standing in line, but the lines move fast and weren't an issue. Some of the meet and greets require tickes -- they are free and first come, first serve.
I recommend that you get your tickets as soon as you board. Your daily navigator, which you receive day one at check-in, includes information about where to get tickets.
The two princess meet and greets (Anna & Elsa, and a group Princesses event) were the only two that required tickets on our cruise. We were able to get both tickets at the same place, same time. Without the tickets, we would have missed these two very popular meet and greets..
Meeting Anna and Elsa on the ship is an amazing experience -- and the line is much quicker than meeting them at the parks. They met at the Animator's Palate where TV screens were showing scenes of Arendale -- too fun!
The Animator's Palate restaurant is off the beaten track, unlike the meet and greets in the Atrium -- and less likely to be turning away disappointed children without tickets.
The meet and greet for Anna & Elsa is a must! Sure, an autograph and a picture is requiste, but interacting with the characters creates an experience your child will always remember.
As you can see in the photos below, my daughter said she was freezing in Arendale! She also told the sisters a joke. "Why can't you give Queen Elsa a balloon? Because she will Let it Go!" Anna and Elsa loved the joke and told her they couldn't wait to tell the joke to Olaf!
The Princesses meet and greet, as mentioned, also required a ticket. Our event, in the Atrium, featured Belle, Cinderella, and Rapunzel -- this may change from cruise to cruise. It is very interactive -- my daughter danced with Cinderella! Do not miss this -- it was wonderful -- magical
Schedules for character appearances are posted throughout the ship, on the daily navigators and on the Disney Cruise Line app. They generally meet for 15 minutes. When the 15 minutes is up, a cast member will stand at the end of the line. At that point, if you get behind the cast member, you will be in line for the next scheduled character meet and greet. It is a good idea to get there about 10 minutes early for the character you want to meet.
As you can see, we saw quite a few characters (not all of them) and it really didn't take up too much of our time. The characters we did not see were Peter Pan, Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook and Smitty.
And of course Mickey and Minnie in their many costumes. We loved the holiday sweaters and formal wear. Oh yeah and Santa was there!
A few tips for character meet and greets:
Amara Lucci McShain
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