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  • On Jun 15, 2013
    Kelly Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are going to Disney in September of this year. One of my sons who is 7 is deathly afraid of mascots/characters. Will we be able to avoid the characters (obviously character dinning is out) or will this trip be more like horror land for him. Thanks!

    Hi Kelly,

    I am thrilled for you to be visiting Walt Disney World in September. Do not worry at all ... Mickey Mouse and company are not found roaming the Parks. In fact, there will be designated meet and greet areas where guests form a line to approach the characters. Also be aware that two "types" of characters will be greeting guests throughout the dining locations and Parks. Princesses or Princes are available, in contract to Mickey, Donald, Chip, etc. for pictures or autographs and I encourage you to begin with this specific meeting to ease his tension. There will always be a Character Greeter on hand to help you with the interaction. You can simply explain your son's apprehension and I assure you the Disney Princesses and Princes will offer special amounts of Pixie Dust to ease his nerves. If you decide to avoid characters altogether there are loads of attractions to entertain your family. Rest assured your li'l Mouseketeers will have the most magical vacation.

    I hope I eased your stress while planning, Kelly, and please visit me again with any additional questions. 

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