If you have ever been to Disney, you know that one of the best parts is finding your favorite characters. Over the years, planned “meet and greets” have become more and more common and with the introduction of some of the newer princesses like Ana, Elsa and Elena some meet an degrees even require the use of a fast pass!
Having a Princess-obsessed 4 year old, these meet and greets have become a “must do” every time we visit. For our most recent trip, we did a land and sea vacation, after learning that the princess meet and greets on the Disney ship are ticketed events that you can (and definitely should) pre-register for, I decided to skip them at Disney World and check out the ship’s version.
There were two meet and meet and greets to register for with set time frames, I registered us for the Ana and Elsa event as well as the Royal Princess event for Friday morning. The day we boarded the ship, our tickets were waiting in an envelope at our cabin door.
First let me say that these events are wildly popular! The morning of our meet and greets, my daughter was feeling a little sea sick and we passed the Royal Princess gathering on our way to find some ginger ale and sea bands and I could not believe the line of little girls waiting! However, I was soon to learn just how smoothly these greetings are run! You see it took a bit for my little one to find her sea legs and we ended up deciding to pass on the Elsa and Ana meet and greet so she could sit and sip her ginger ale and make it to the other princesses. We got there right on time and were greeted very warmly, my daughter’s keepsake pillowcase given to the first princess to sign and then hugs, pictures and on to the next princess we went. It was all very quick but we did not feel rushed at any point in time. At the particular meet and greet we got to see Belle, Ariel, Rapunzel and Cinderella. My little princess was grinning from ear to ear as you can see!
Feeling bad that we missed the Ana and Elsa meeting, I went to guest services to see if there were any available times left that perhaps we could sign up for. True to Disney’s reputation for being #1 in service, they told us not to worry and that a new meeting was about to begin and to go ahead up, they’d be waiting for us.
We headed up to Animator’s Palate, one of the three rotational restaurants on the Disney Wonder, where the host greeted my daughter by name and told her the princesses were expecting her. The restaurant itself had been transformed- not just by the backdrop for the pictures with the princesses but the picture frames throughout the restaurant that normally change to different characters throughout dinner, were all snowflakes and sketches of what I would presume to be Arendelle in winter. You felt like you were in Ana’s ice castle!
My daughter was enthusiastically greeted with warm hugs and laughter by Ana and Elsa, who also called her by name. They truly made her feel special and welcome. It was amazing.
All in all, I enjoyed these meet and greets a bit more than the ones at Disney World as they were warmer and less rushed. Of course it is much easier to manage them on a ship that contains far less people than what visit Disney on a daily basis!
Will we do it again? of course! But I can say with much certainty that as long as Disney keep creating fabulous princesses we will be standing in line or using a coveted fast pass to meet whoever the next big sensation will be the next time we are in Florida too!
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