It's safe to say every parent planning a child's first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort is hoping for a vacation's worth of picture-perfect memories and cherished moments — with minimal meltdowns. To help make that dream a reality, we are debuting a series of posts around the topic of a child’s first visit to Disney. Our first post is about meeting the characters for the first time. If you have suggestions that aren’t listed here, please drop them in comments below!
No matter how big a fan your child is of her favorite Disney character, her reaction to meeting that character in the parks may surprise you. It's quite common for young children to be afraid or even shy when they meet the characters for the first time, and understandably so, since some of them are more than twice a child’s size!
As you might have read in Leap’s roundup last week, Sophia the First is headed for Disney’s Hollywood Studios® later this summer. My first reaction upon seeing Sophia next to model Gisele Bündchen (who recently visited the Disneyland Resort with her family) was shock! Sophia was almost as tall as the 5’-11’ Gisele and her head was easily three times the size of the supermodel. Now, Lily loves Sophia, but Sophia is supposed to be a little girl. I am not sure how Lily will handle Sophia being so large!
This brings me to another point. Even children who’ve made repeat visits to the parks can get “shy” or scared as they progress through different developmental stages. Some children never warm up to the characters. Even though Lily has been to Disney a few times in her short life, she seems to have a different reaction to the characters each time we visit. While I *think* we’ve made it past the stage where she avoids eye contact with the face characters, there are still times when I can’t get her to sit with a character without me holding her and getting into the picture too.
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