A Mini “Tutorial”: Doing Character Meet and Greets … as an Adult!

By John Peters

Let’s face it, folks, if you’re spending your vacation at Walt Disney World without kids, you’re a big kid yourself!

My wife and I live in the Central Florida area, and we choose to spend every vacation at Disney!  It gives us a chance to escape the stress of the “real world” and just have fun.

As an adult couple touring the parks, we do things a little different than those “Commando Families” you hear about – in the parks from dawn ’til after Midnight.  We set a much slower pace.

We take time to see more shows, enjoy dining out more often, and even hit some of The World’s better lounges and bars.  However, one thing we still enjoy is meeting Disney’s characters!

Hey!  No matter how hot it is, who just cut you off in line, or if your Soarin’ FastPass+ didn’t work, you can’t meet Mickey Mouse and not come away happy!

If you’re like us, and decide to do character Meet and Greets as an adult, try to keep these guidelines in mind …

1. There will be children.  If misbehaving children or crying babies drive you nuts, maybe this isn’t the activity for you.

2. Don’t be rude … but, don’t be surprised if others are.  Sometimes, kids butt in front of you!

3. Remember to have fun!  Going to WDW is about escaping everyday stress, so, no matter what you face while you’re waiting to have your picture taken with Goofy, relax and enjoy yourself!

WDW Main Street – Episode #356 – Our Weekly News!

Doug, Dennis, and John meet at Main Street Pub to discuss all of the latest news from around Walt Disney World.

Disney is looking at new forms of transportation.  Go figure!  The guys all have an opinion!  Grab a beverage, sit back and relax, and enjoy the show, folks!

WDW Main Street – Episode #356 – Our Weekly News!

Memories and Mudslides!

Short and sweet to start this fine week, my friends.  Literally!  Short and sweet.

Not only have Mrs. All in WDW and I not been to The World for quite some time, it is probably going to be a few more months before we pass under Disney’s welcoming gates.

The Western gate. One of the most gorgeous sights in ANY world.

Of course, that fact is causing me to wax nostalgic.  Good food, beautiful sights, and refreshing drinks.  Naturally, all that longing leads me to … Laguna Bar!

Behold!  Good food …

The “legendary” Laguna Burger. I swear it’s one of the BEST burgers on property. Normally comes with your choice of chips, but you can request fries at an upcharge.

Beautiful sights …

Refreshing drinks …

Modelo is one of my favorite “Disney beers”.  I only drink it when I’m relaxing at Laguna Bar!

Finally, we make it to the “sweet”.  It’s out of the ordinary for us to enjoy a “dessert drink”, but Laguna’s Mudslide is pretty darn good!

I dearly hope that our beloved bar on the “shore” of Lago Dorado survives the resort’s on-going re-imagineering.  I guess that only time will tell.


Did you “vote” in this weekend’s Disney Springs restaurant poll, folks?  If not, please go back and weigh in with your opinion.  Results will post tomorrow!

What’s the Best (Most Enticing) New Restaurant in Disney Springs?!  VOTE!

Yet ANOTHER Main Street “Victory”!

Howdy, folks!  We’ve mentioned Downingtown, Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Company a number of times … here on the web site and on the podcast.

In fact, up to and including a personal visit made to the brewery by Doug Davis, they’ve quickly become a WDW Main Street Pub favorite!  Check out our coverage at …

Head Over to Animal Kingdom’s Dawa Bar!

It’s Doug’s BIG “Victory”!

Now, you might ask … what’s the Disney tie-in, boys?  Well, John’s Dawa Bar article gives you the biggest hint.  You can reach for “victory” at a variety of places on WDW property!

Imagine our excitement when brewery co-founder Bill Covaleski took time out of his busy schedule to join the gang in our pub!  Join them!  They discuss Victory’s great beer and awesome food at …

WDW Main Street – Episode #355 – Victory Brewing Company at the Pub!

WDW Main Street – Episode #353 – Dining Down the River!

Hey, folks!  Stop by the Main Street Pub to catch Dennis and Doug as they cover the menus offered by all of the restaurants up and down the Sassagoula River.

Want to hear about Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, and Olivia’s Cafe.  Sit back, grab a snack, and enjoy the show!  This show …

WDW Main Street – Episode #353 – Dining Down the River!