Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tips on Seeing Anna and Elsa

Frozen's Anna and Elsa are the most sought after Princesses in the Magic Kingdom!  And they are great to meet because they interact with the crowd so well!  But getting that chance is a tough job, and you must attack this goal  through planning.  I've compiled some great tips for you on meeting Anna and Elsa!

1.  FastPass+
Resort guests can start booking FastPass+ 60 days before arrival, and Annual Passholders and Day Passes can book starting 30 days before arrival through their My Disney Experience account.  You will need to link your upcoming trip or passes to this account to get started.

You will need to start checking for FastPasses at midnight on your 60 day window.  If you don't get a FastPass, keep searching each day.  Going into my May vacation, I did not have FastPasses for Anna and Elsa.  I kept reviewing my options for Magic Kingdom each day, and was able to get a FastPass.  Plans change and guests have to cancel, so Don't give up!

Also when signing up for FastPass+, select the least number of family members as possible.  It might be easier to grab a 2 or 3 spot than the whole crew of 6!

2.   Cruise
Elsa and Anna will be together on upcoming cruises on the Disney Cruise Line.  This move provides families who enjoy an exciting Disney-themed cruise  with the opportunity to meet these amazing Princesses!  

Disney tries to pack in as many character encounters as possible on the cruises:  check your Personal Navigator for character schedules and add them to your plan!

3.  Festival of Fantasy Parade
If you or your child would be happy with just seeing Anna and Elsa, then the Festival of Fantasy Parade is for you!  This parade, currently scheduled for 3PM each day, travels through Frontierland, passes in front of the Castle and then down Main Street.  They have a beautiful float and it is definitely worth viewing them in this dazzling processional!

This parade has premium seating in front of the Castle and is obtained through FastPass+.  If you are not able to get FastPass+, anywhere along the parade route will be great viewing.  Just be sure to check the times guide, get to your spot at least an hour ahead of time, bring an umbrella for shade, carry a towel to sit on, and add some extra water to your backpack!

4.  Standyby
If all else fails, your next option is Standby.  And with the wait time for standby being lengthy, it is best to get in Standby as early as possible.  Cast Members are controlling the sprint to Fantasyland but you want to be in the front of that line. Your best bet is to be outside the gate at least an hour before the park opens.   And be sure you know when the Extra Magic Hours are for your stay and factor those times into your plans.

Even if you have an early Breakfast at Cinderella's Castle or the Crystal Palace, guests are not allowed into Fantasyland until the Magic Kingdom officially opens.  

Bottom line, FastPass+ is the best way to visit Anna and Elsa.  Meeting them this summer was so much fun!   They were just as cute in person as they were in the movie, and absolutely a must do for your Magic Kingdom visit!

(I did have to ask if they had met Princess Leia:  they had not but would love to meet her!  Elsa was especially interested in this thing call "The Force")

I can help you plan your Anna and Elsa Experience and get those FastPass+ reservations, please contact me at

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