Tuesday, June 12, 2012

In search of Mickey Mouse

"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse." ~ Walt Disney

Getting your picture taken with Mickey is a quintessential part of a Disney vacation - and there are lots of places where you can make this happen.

Your first option is at a Disney park.  Here is where you can find Mickey:

At Magic Kingdom, you can find Mickey at the Town Square Theatre - which is to the right just as you enter the park.  What's very cool about this location is that you can get a fastpass!

At Hollywood Studios, you can meet Mickey in his Sorcerer's apprentice garb in the Animation studio.  We have never met him here because the line has always been so very long.

At Epcot, you can meet Mickey at the Character Spot - this is in future world - just across from Innoventions (on the left as you walk towards Soarin).

And at Animal Kingdom, you can meet him at Camp Minnie-Mickey.  The key to this meet and greet is to time it just right before a Festival of the Lion King show lets out - you should be able to do your autographs and pictures with very little wait.

Your next option is to meet Mickey at a character meal.  This is my personal preference for most character meets - it can be pricey if you are not on a dining plan - but it can be a real time saver in the parks!  Here are the meals where you'll find Mickey:  Ohana (at the Polynesian) for breakfast; Chef Mickey's (at the Contemporary resort) for all breakfast and dinner; Tusker House (at Animal Kingdom) for breakfast and lunch; and the Garden Grill (at Epcot) for dinner.

I love seeing how my girls have grown up with Mickey.  The first picture was taken in September of 2007 (my girls are 6 and 9) at the Epcot character spot.


And the second was taken in June of 2012 - with my girls now 11 and 14 (look at how they've changed!!) - at Tusker House in the Animal Kingdom park.


If you'd like to see more Disney themed posts, please check out Deb's website - Focused on the Magic!

So...what about you?  Where is your favorite place to meet Mickey?  Do you prefer to meet at the parks or at a restaurant?



Katrina

7 comments:

  1. We've meet Mickey at Epcot and at Chef Mickey. I liked both experiences. I think Chef Mickey was a little less tiring because Mickey came to us and the kids were entertained by eating rather than having to stand in line and get crabby.

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  2. I would love to see Mickey in his Sorcerer's Apprentice outfit - sometime we are just going to have to bite the bullet and stand in line!

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  3. Always nice to see "the boss". :-)

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  4. I like the Sorcerer Mickey meet & greet at DHS. When we've been there the wait wasn't too long.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop today!

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  5. We liked meeting Mickey at the parks. When my boys eat they are too focused on stuffing their faces to notice Mickey ;)
    Your daughters are adorable. Time flys, doesn't it???
    Do you have a favorite cookie post? I will be hosting a new blog hop starting next Tuesday at The Cookie A Day Challenge and would love for you to link up yout favorite cookie/cookie recipe.
    Have a wonderful week!

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  6. I love your "meet Mickey" guidelines. SO helpful for first time visitors. Great idea!

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  7. Great post, Katrina. I gotta know where you guys got the 2012 shot tie-dye Mickey shirts?!? Those are AWESOME! And it's way cool that your husband joins in the dress alike fun ... I'm impressed.

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Thanks so much for saying "hello!" I like to know that I am not talking to myself :-)