Disney theme park tricks for best character photos – like wrestling Gaston

As the holidays approach plenty of British families will be packing their bags and heading off to Magic Kingdom. The Florida park is a bucket list destination for lots of us and has been running for over 50 years.

There are thrilling rollercoasters, tasty food, exciting shows and – of course – all of your favourite film characters. This is especially important to families with young children who want to meat their idols.

But, it seems there are plenty of myths about the cast members at Walt Disney World and rumours about how to get them to interact with you. Plus, some real life fun you can have that few people seem to know about.

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Attraction Tickets shared with Daily Star its favourite character hacks and tricks for the park. You could end up arm wrestling Gaston, upping your photo game and getting all the best Princess snaps.

There’s been a 1000%+ increase in searches for Walt Disney World tickets this month proving that thousands of us still want to head off to the most magical place on Earth. Check out these tips to make your trip the best you’ve ever had…

The ultimate Disney princess sighting

The most common way to meet your favourite Disney royals is through the traditional meet and greets, mainly in Florida and Epcot.

Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom is known as the unofficial ‘Disney princess headquarters’ and is where many guests hang out hoping to get a glimpse of their favourite princess – however there is actually a much better location to spot them.

If you head to the U.S.A train station in Main Street at Magic Kingdom, located at the front, you’ll see a big variety of Disney characters by the train station waving hello to guests, including the princesses.

Andy’s not coming!

It’s a well known myth amongst Disney fans that if you supposedly shout "Andy’s coming" to the toy story characters that they’ll fall limp onto the floor.

This "secret" surfaced from an image of the Toy Story characters laying flat on the ground at one of the resorts – but it isn’t the reality of what would happen.

Most likely, the characters would be lying on the ground all day with the number of people trying this.

Instead, at Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, say howdy to Sheriff Woody, yodel a hello to Jessie the Cowgirl and remember to greet Buzz Lightyear with your best Space Ranger salute.

Up your selfie game with props

If you have a favourite character that you want to meet, did you know you can bring a prop and take your themed photo to a whole new level?

While you don’t want to carry anything too heavy, you can easily pack a few small props to add more charm to a photo with your favourite characters.

When meeting Belle in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, bring your favourite book and pretend to be reading it in the photo.

You can also offer an apple to Snow White in the Town Square Theater right inside Magic Kingdom’s entrance, or wrap up in a scarf and hat to beat the cold with ice queen Elsa in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

Spot *this* rare character

While there are plenty of characters you can expect to meet on a daily basis at Walt Disney World, there are some rare characters that only come out a few times a year.

The Disney villains and princes are known to be the most rarely spotted characters around the parks, however they do appear in the parades.

But Mushu, the fierce protector of Mulan, is the rarest character you will ever come across.

When he is slithering about, you can usually find him in the Chinese Pavilion at Epcot and if you spot him that usually means Mulan is nearby as well.

Say this to get a character’s attention

Want to grab your favourite character's attention? Say this to leave a lasting impression…

Any wonderlanders should head to the UK Pavilion, Epcot and tell Alice that today is your "unbirthday". Greet her politely and shake hands, you can also ask what her favourite tea is or what her favourite colour flowers are.

Or in Fantasyland, next to Gaston’s Tavern, if you're feeling confident you can challenge Gaston to an arm wrestling or a push-up contest. To butter him up, be sure to tell him you think he is more handsome than the Beast and he might just let you win.

Flights to Orlando, Florida from the UK cost from £326 on SkyScanner. For more information on Disney tickets visit:www.attractiontickets.com/en/


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