There is something special about the Disney princesses. Meeting them is a top priority for many Walt Disney World guests. The princesses add to the fantasy that the real world does not exist once you drive onto Walt Disney World property. You can see several princesses during the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, and you can also see them in some of the live shows. Still, there is nothing like the one on one interaction of a meet and greet, and you don’t have to pay for a meal to meet them. Here are five of the many reasons why we love Disney princess meet and greets. Feel free to add pictures with your favorite princesses in the comments below.
5. They Talk
Meeting Goofy will always be fun. You will get a huge hug and a few great pictures. You can communicate with Goofy (and other such characters) by trying to interpret his movements. Things are different with the princesses and the other so called “face characters”. They talk! That can be less intimidating for shy children, because the face characters will speak to the kids on their level. Holding a conversation with a princess really helps to continue the fantasy that you have entered her world.
4. They Stay in Character
The conversations with the princesses are usually pretty close to what you would expect them to be like. They stay in character. You won’t hear a princess talking about social media or the latest pop song. If you ask Aurora what she watched on TV last night, she’ll probably reply with “What is TV?” Their voices are close to what you know from the movies, and what they say sounds like it could have come directly from a script. If you really want to see a face character who knows the part, head to the fountain outside of Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. While he’s not even close to being a princess, Gaston is a lot of fun to watch for a while. He is especially enjoyable to watch when challenged by a young child who knows Beauty and the Beast well.
3. They’re Not Just for Little Girls
There is a misconception that princess meet and greets are just for families with young daughters. That could not be further from the truth! Meeting princesses is a lot of fun for boys and girls, men and women of all ages. While there will be plenty of little girls waiting in line (many of them dressed up like the princess that they are waiting to meet) you will also see boys, teenagers, and adults of all ages who also want to get a picture and a hug. Princesses are for all ages, and there is no gender distinction.
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2. You Know the Stories
Everyone knows at least the general details of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and other Disney classics. Even if you haven’t watched any of the movies in years, you still know what they are about. Since you know the stories, it is easier to suspend your disbelief. You really will feel like you are meeting Snow White, because you know that she fled from her evil stepmother and befriended the seven dwarfs in the forest. Since you know the stories, it is easy to feel as if you have actually become a part of them when you meet the princesses.
1. Because Good Triumphs Over Evil
Many of the princesses have had rough lives, but they pushed through, they showed strength and courage, and they overcame. They got their happily ever after, and it makes you believe that you can as well. Everyone wants to think that a happy ending is possible, and that good things will happen, even if circumstances are currently terrible. After all, Cinderella was a servant for her stepmother and stepsisters, and in the end she gets both Prince Charming and a castle named after her. Good can triumph over evil, and meeting the princesses will make you feel like good things could be around the corner for you and your loved ones as well.