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  • On Nov 16, 2015
    Betty from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Love the Moms Panel! Taking Daughter and 3 friends to WDW for Sweet 16 Celebration; she doesn't want to book a lot of timed events (only spending a long weekend); are there opportunities for traditional character pics without doing FastPass+ reservatio

    Hello, Betty!

    Your birthday princess must be getting so excited about her Sweet 16 celebration! The Walt Disney World Resort is the most magical place to celebrate a special occasion, and I'm sure you are planning a very special trip to mark this BIG event in your daughter's life. I am pleased to share that your daughter should be able to meet with her favorite Disney Character friends without FastPass+, though I would like to offer some additional advice on this complimentary service to help you make the most of your weekend visit.

    Disney's FastPass+ service is not required to experience any attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort, including meet 'n' greet opportunities with favorite Disney Characters. You may find that Disney's FastPass+ service can significantly reduce the amount of time your family spends waiting in line, especially at popular attractions and Disney Character greetings. I have found Disney's FastPass+ service to be especially helpful for quick weekend visits, as it allows Guests to spend less time waiting in line and more time experiencing the magic of the Walt Disney World theme park attractions.

    Each FastPass+ selection offers an arrival window (typically 1 hour long, but it can vary depending on attraction type), and unlike a restaurant reservation, you may show up at any time that you wish during this time period. Please also keep in mind that if your family's plans do change, you should be able to modify your FastPass+ selections online with your mobile phone with the free My Disney Experience app, or by visiting a FastPass+ kiosk.

    I hope your daughter has a fabulous Sweet 16 birthday celebration at Walt Disney World, Betty! Please don't hesitate to stop back by the Disney Parks Moms Panel if you have any additional questions. We would love to hEAR from you!
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Meet the Panelist: Autumn, Georgia

Hi, I’m Autumn! I’m a social media consultant, web content writer and homeschool teacher to my daughter. I enjoy learning languages as a hobby and can speak a bit of French, German and Spanish. My family and I have visited the Walt Disney World Resort many times over the years and I’ve become quite skilled at putting together fun and exciting family vacations to the various Disney properties! Learn More About Autumn

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