• On Apr 7, 2013
    Jackie Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi! We are headed to WDW in July and bringing our 2yo. I was planning on lots of character meals. I think my dd will do okay but if she doesn't like the characters coming too close to her, will that be okay? Do they mind interacting from a distance?

    Hi Jackie,

    The last thing any of the Disney characters wants to do is upset a child, so they are quite adept at following your lead and your child's. At that age, one of my daughters would practically leap from her chair to hug any character. My other daughter, my niece and my nephew were more content to high five or simply pose with the characters, often with me or my sister holding them so that they felt more secure.

    It sounds like your daughter is pretty outgoing, so she probably will be fine. Just to be sure, I'd make it a point to let her know when a character is approaching the table so that she's not startled. A simple, "Here's comes Mickey" will do it.

    If you sense she doesn't want to get too close, at least at first, you can suggest, "Wave to Tigger" or "Blow Minnie a kiss"  to let her know it's okay to do that instead of a hug...and to give Minnie a clue that distance may be needed.

    Some of my favorite memories of Disney involve character meals when our daughters and niece and nephew were your daughter's age. They were always so excited to see the characters, even when they were timid about close interaction. The looks on their faces were priceless.

    I hope that is helpful. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions. Enjoy your visit with your family -- and take lots of pictures. They grow up way too fast!

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