Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Apr 30, 2012
    Susan from WI Asked

    We have recently discovered all of our children (ages 5,7,9) are petrified of any costumed characters. Any suggestions on how to enjoy the characters from a distance? Or how to help them be ready for the characters? We are planning our trip for June 2013.

    Hi, Susan!  My oldest daughter was terrified of the characters, and I'm pretty certain I'll be paying some pretty hefty therapy bills some day to help her get over the trauma of the things I did to try and get a few photos of her with the characters! 



    The best thing to do is ease them into it, and accept the fact that there may not be any close moments.  At character dining experiences, the characters will come and stand a little distance behind the kids at the table, allowing you to snap a few pictures without the kids actually having any character interaction.  My oldest - and my youngest, who also had some character issues - was usually fine in a photo if Daddy and Mommy stood next to the character, and the kids stood on the outside, keeping some distance between the two.



    You could also remind them in the year between now and the trip that these are, with few exceptions, the good guys!  Watch programs like the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and you'll see how helpful and thoughtful Mickey and Minnie can be.  Check out some of the Disney movies and perhaps they'll see that even the Beast turned out to be good in the end. 



    Lastly, when you get to the theme parks, you'll find a lot of "face" characters.  I found with my girls, they were not nearly as scary.  The princesses, Aladdin, and a few others are less scary because they look like everyone else.  You might want to start there!



    Have a great vacation!

thumbnail image for Anna

Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

Didn't find what you were looking for?

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.
x

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.


Or you can continue browsing without updating.