As I wrote on Gadling, this meet and greet is an example of Disney making wait times more interesting and less about waiting in line. Children are given a coloring activity around a table in the Fairytale Garden while they await the arrival of Rapunzel and Flynn.
When the Tangled characters appear, they come down and do a dance with the children before everyone lines up for the traditional photo and autograph session.
Here are some tips for meeting the Tangled characters at Walt Disney World:
- If you don’t know where the Fairytale Garden is, it is the former home of Storytime with Belle, on the path between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. From Main Street U.S.A., walk up to the castle and take the path that goes around it to the right.
- For the past couple of weeks, the characters have been appearing at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. This could change at any time. Your best bet is to find a cast member stationed near Fairytale Garden at a cart or merchandise location and ask if they have the exact times that Rapunzel and Flynn are appearing. If they don’t know what you’re talking about, ask them if they have a list of the “set times”.
- Arrive at least 20 minutes before the Tangled characters are due to arrive. Cast members will start letting people into Fairytale Garden and handing out coloring sheets and crayons 10-15 minutes before Rapunzel makes her entrance.
- Have your PhotoPass card ready. PhotoPass photographers will come get your card and ask you to point out your child so that they can photograph him or her during the coloring activity and the dancing.
- On the weekday afternoon when I observed two of these meet and greets, about 30 children were let in each time (in 2 groups of 15 or so). Be aware that you may be turned away on your first try, especially for the next couple of months while the movie is really hot. I wouldn’t count on getting into the last appearance of the day. I would start trying in the morning so that you have an opportunity to come back if you don’t get in the first time.
- Just because the kids avoid waiting in line doesn’t mean you do. Parents line up to hold a spot for their child while the kids color and dance with Rapunzel.
- If you are looking for a Tangled souvenir, there’s a merchandise cart right outside of Fairytale Garden (not that it’s ever hard to find a souvenir at Walt Disney World…). Here’s a look at Tangled merchandise being sold at Disney Parks. I’m sure the selection will expand after the movie is released and as the holidays approach.
Here’s a quick video of what the Tangled Meet and Greet experience is like:
Tangled opens in movie theaters next week, on Nov. 24. Have you read my Tangled movie review yet?