Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On May 16, 2008
    Maureen from FL 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.

    My sister is heading to WDW today and her son has a fear of the characters. Is there a button or something that he can get to advise the characters to stay clear?

    Mickey has trained his furry friends very well. They typically will not approach a child that has not expressed interest in meeting them. Most characters are swarmed by guests when they are out in the parks and thus, guests must wait in line to meet them.

    When dining with the characters, I advise to put a timid child at a seat where the character can not approach them by surprise. It helps to watch Pooh greet guests from afar. Perhaps just encourage the shy child to wave to the characters at first.

    A simple wave or a "Hi Pooh, we're just going to wave today" will send the character on his way. All characters have handlers that are also monitoring the situation.

    Watching a parade where the characters are in abundance but not approaching a timid guest may also be a helpful tactic.

    I hope your sister and her son have a stress-free and MAGICAL day!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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