I’ve been meaning to post about this since I got back last month, as I’m just curious what other people think, and whether we were making a big deal over nothing.
So Disney are generally very careful with their character meet and greets, and making sure that they don’t have more than one of the same character near each other. If a kid came out of the town hall after meeting Mickey and then saw another Mickey in the town square, that would spoil the magic.
So here is something we experienced at Epcot. We were on our way to the Bon Voyage Breakfast at the Boardwalk, and we were making our way to the international gateway. Just before the exit, by the bridge, there was an Ariel meet and greet. This isn’t a usual spot for Ariel, but we’ve seen other characters do impromptu meet and greets there. We thought this was odd, because we were only a 5 minute walk from Trattoria al Forno, where Ariel was doing the character breakfast.
Now I know, you could argue that these characters are nowhere near each other, but, a lot of families who go to that character meal, will likely have either walked through the international gateway to get to the Boardwalk, or will be walking into Epcot afterwards. We even saw one family who had been for breakfast, and the kid was asking his parents “how did Ariel get here before us?” They had eaten at the Boardwalk and met Ariel, and now the kid saw this second Ariel and the parents were trying to explain how she’d got there.
Me and my friends thought this was really unlike Disney, and that somebody definitely hadn’t thought through the location of this pop-up meet and greet with Ariel.
That night on our way out we went to Guest services, just to make them aware of this in case there had been a mix-up or something, and the lady didn’t seem to understand what we were trying to say. The more we tried to explain it to her, the more it seemed like the lady thought WE were asking her “how did Ariel get there so fast?” And we were saying, we obviously know it was 2 different people, but it’s just very unlike Disney to do something that kinda spoils the magic. We weren’t complaining, we were just expressing a concern.
The guest services lady looked at us like we had 2 heads! It was pretty funny to be honest, and became the running joke of the holiday.
Are we crazy to have thought that this was something worth bringing to their attention? Or does this sound like something that someone at Disney would want to be made aware of?