Monday, April 16, 2012

Visiting Camp Minnie-Mickey at Disney's Animal Kingdom

 My kids are big fans of Huey, Dewey & Louie, so they
were quite excited to spot on the way into
Camp Minnie-Mickey!
We tried many new things at Walt Disney World for the first time on our most recent trip.  One of my children’s favorite firsts was stopping in Camp Minnie-Mickey at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  In all our visits we had never made our way to this section of the park.  That is because this is the first trip all three of our kids wanted to meet the characters.  During our past trips, we have always had one, if not two, afraid of the characters.   I took full advantage of it and finally have some great photos of all three of my kids together with characters!

This was our first trip that Emily
would have her picture taken
with the characters.
Along the Character Meet and Greet trails, some of the characters we encountered were in their safari clothes, including Donald and Goofy (Mickey and Minnie were there too, but their line was very long!).  There were Photopass photographers assigned to each trail.  This was great because we were able to get pictures of our entire family.  Even better, not only did the Photopass photographers take photos with their camera, but they also offered to take pictures with mine!  (That is actually a good tip for any park and Photopass photographer - ask if they will take pictures with your camera, though I never had to ask, they usually asked me!)

My children tend to be very shy.  What I loved about the trails was that the characters were under a gazebo and the line of people was not wrapped around where the characters are.  This may not seem like a big deal to some, but for a mom of shy kids, this is a tremendous help.  Since my kids could not see all the people watching them while waiting for their turn, they were much more interactive, especially Joey who even pinched Dale’s nose!

Our entire travel party in one photo! My hair only looks
crazy because I just happen to be the lucky one
standing right under the fan!
Camp Minnie Mickey is a great spot to get some photos of the kids (and adults) with the characters.  We found the characters to be very interactive, which was a lot of fun, and the set up is great for shy kids.  Next time you are visiting Camp Minnie-Mickey make sure you take full advantage of the Photopass service.  When we ordered our CD, not only did the photographers capture some great shots of the kids, but also included were some fun bonus photos of the characters in Camp Minnie Mickey, including characters  we did not have a chance to meet.

This article was originally written for my Making Magical Memories column, which was published in the WDW Daily News Newsletter #221 on March 7, 2012.


JenniferLissak said...

We have never actually been in Camp Minnie Mickey.. isn't that sad?  Maybe in January!

Melissa said...

Love Camp Minnie Mickey!