What you REALLY should say to characters at the Disney parks!
There’s a post floating around listing things to say to the characters at the Disney parks, and having worked in the parks, I’d actually say a lot of those are bad conversation starters. Compliment the princesses on their dresses? Ask Tigger if he’s a boy or a girl? Show Eeyore your muscles? No, no, no.
Here are some ACTUAL conversation starters if you want to have some fun character interactions! These are just the princesses, if people like these/use them then I’ll make another post with more characters.
Cinderella smiled up at her mother after she had tied a beautiful blue ribbon into her hair.
“There you go, my darling,” she said.
“Thank you mother,” Cinderella smiled. “Can I go play outside now?”
Cinderella’s mother laughed and nodded. “Go on, my love. Just be careful,” she responded. She kissed her daughter’s cheek and the little ten year old giggled and rushed down the steps of her large and fancy home and out the back door.
“Jaq! Gus!” Cinderella called once she walked out the back door. She grinned when she saw her neighbors peek their heads over the white picket fences that divided their homes. Jaq lived to the left of her and Gus to the right.
They grinned when they saw her and they climbed over their fences and landed in the green grass of her yard.
“Cinderelly,” Jaq and Gus greeted with smiles. The boys were a bit older than the ten year old. Jaq was fourteen and Gus thirteen, but they were still her good friends all the same.
“Wow, pretty bow, is that new?” Gus asked.
Cinderella grinned and nodded. “Yes, mother just gave it to me,” she said with a smile.
Today is what would be Bill Peet’s 105th birthday.
Besides being a well known children’s book author, Peet left an indelible mark as a master story artist at Disney. Joining the Studios on the production of Snow White, Peet’s role as a story artist grew over the years, eventually leading him to storyboarding and screenwriting the entirety of 101 Dalmatians and The Sword in the Stone.
In his artwork for the studio, Peet displayed a great range of character design as seen here: leading heroes and heroines like Alice and Peter Pan; adorable animals such as Gus and Jaq of Cinderella and Dumbo; dimwitted sidekicks and buffoons (Sir Kay of the Sword in the Stone, and Maleficent’s Goons); and hilariously wicked villains in Cruella De Vil and Madam Mim.