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  • On Oct 21, 2019
    Haley from cambs Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, im bringing my children to Disney World for the first time. I like rides but my 4 year old would rather meet characters, do I need to use one of my advance fast passes to accompany her to use say a fastpass to meet Ariel?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Haley!

    The first time my husband and I took our daughter to Walt Disney World Resort, she just wanted to meet Characters, too! Ultimately we were able to compromise and enjoy a mix of Characters and attractions, and everyone had a fabulous time.

    As for the FastPass+ system, everyone in your Party over the age of 3 will need to have a FastPass+ reservation in order to enter the FastPass queue. Since children will need to be accompanied by an adult when experiencing attractions and meeting Characters, you would need to use one of your FastPasses in conjunction with one of your daughter’s.

    For me, one of the best ways to meet Characters is through a Character Dining experience. When my daughter wanted to meet “all the Princesses,” we were able to secure a reservation for lunch at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot or Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park. At both of these restaurants, the Princesses come right to your table for autographs and photos! Depending on the types of Characters your daughter is most interested in, you might want to see if you can make a dining reservation for meals featuring those Characters. For me and my family, those meals tend to work best as midday breaks, but there are lots of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Please let us know if there are any such experiences we can recommend to you, Haley! We would be more than happy to help.

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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