Month: April 2016

Where do I find characters at WDW?

It all started with a mouse–Walt Disney

Baymax from Big Hero 6
Baymax from Big Hero 6

One of my favorite things to do at WDW is meet characters.  I don’t always meet Mickey, but I love getting pics in his different costumes.  There are certain meet & greet (M&G) areas for special characters like Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom for Anna & Elsa OR Cinderella & Rapunzel.  However, other characters can be difficult to locate, especially if you (or your child) wants to meet someone in particular, like Alice.

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So, how do you find these harder to locate characters?  There are daily schedules for characters with special M&G areas that you can pick up, along with your guide map when you enter the parks, as well as information on the free My Disney Experience app, but my favorite way to find characters is Character Locator.

character locator

This site was created by Kenny the Pirate.  For me, he has been the ultimate authority on where to locate characters, as well as information on the ‘secret’ Characterpalooza event.  This is a not-published opportunity to meet several characters (even some rare ones), however the time frame is typically only 15-20 minutes.  Also, when there is possibility of bad weather, it may NOT happen.  This event used to be sporadic around the park (especially Streets of America area), then it was held outside Tower of Terror (along pathway for Fantasmic!), however this year it has been consistently outside the gates at Hollywood Studios.

During the summer, we met Aladdin with Genie, Donald Duck, & Princess Tiana.  On my last trip, I had a solo touring day at Hollywood Studios.  I made sure to include Characterpalooza in my plans and had the opportunity to meet Princess Tiana, Evil Queen, Stitch, Pocahontas with Meeko and Mary Poppins with Bert.

princess pocahontas stitchprincess tiana

evil queen

There is a small annual fee for accessing ALL of the information on Character Locator, however I feel the cost is definitely worth it to locate any character available, within all of the parks at WDW.  Kenny has lots of great information for helping plan your trip to the World, so check out his site and blog.

Have fun exploring the World!

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Disney-inspired Vinyl Project

All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust–Peter Pan

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My first vinyl cutter creation

 

I finally got a vinyl cutting machine for my birthday.  I’ve always wanted to be able to cut out my Disney-inspired designs and create projects quickly, however it took me 2 months to finally try cutting something out.  It was a bit daunting for me to get started because the software was very different, but I decided to have faith and jump in.

Before I actually took the machine out of the box, I started looking for inspiration on Pinterest, then a Google search for tutorials.  There are some excellent blogs, websites and YouTube videos that can help you understand where to begin.  The one that really helped me get started was  Melissa at Silhouette School Blog.  She has extensive information for anyone using a Silhouette machine.

Silhouette School

For my first project, I wanted to create a simple black vinyl sticker for my laptop cover.  Of course, Mickey would be my first choice and I thought the Mickey head would be simple enough shape, but it still needed something.  I decided to add a heart design, then as an after thought I added my name in silver sparkle vinyl (using the Disney font “Waltograph”).  Download this font from dafont.com right here.

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One of the great things about finally getting started is realizing that I can create just about anything…generally Disney related, of course!

Have fun being creative!

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