Originally written June 6, 2014
There’s this insanity going on over at the Magic Kingdom. I still can’t wrap my head around it even though I experienced it myself.
People race down Main Street with their eye on a single prize. And no, this is not one of the runDisney races, though the joke circulating Facebook for a while called it the Frozen 5K.
What’s THE E-Ticket in the Magic Kingdom?
Why the Anna and Elsa character meet and greet. Yes, that’s right. A meet and greet.
Can I say something crazy?
They are way over-rated.
I’m not hating- they were ok.
But they were not my favorite character experience and not worth waiting in a super long line. Even my daughter said so.
Officially and formally, I take back all my cursing of the Fast Pass+.
I love characters, but I love my time on the rides even more. That’s what makes my theme park experience magical. So a 300-minute wait for a 90-second chat with anybody??
Not gonna happen.
Wait. If the original Han Solo ever starts doing meet and greets at Hollywood Studios I will change my mind.
And probably try to sit on his lap.
Until that happens, my longest wait for a character remains the 20 minute waits spent between the Belle and Gaston lines during the 2013 Princess Half Marathon.
When we stop for a character line mid-race the general rule of thumb is 10 people or less is “worth the wait.”
Anything more than that could crush your time or put you at risk of sweeping if you are a back of the packer like me.
But Gaston? Oh… Worth. Every. Second.
Because Gaston, as he will surely tell you, is ahhh-maaaazing.
People. Skip the Frozen sisters!
They’ve got nothing on Gaston.
I’m sure you’ll agree after checking out some of these pictures.
As you can see he has biceps to spare!
Oh, you’re here for the race? If I ran them, I’d win.
How does it feel to be the 4th best good-looking person in this picture? Me, my biceps, and my hair are the top three.
It’s your pleasure to meet me. Always.
Err… maybe not.
I loved meeting Gaston so much that I stole his act.
Yes, he wins, and he knows it. Gotta love that kind of swagger in a guy!
It was fun to run the Cinderella 5K this year as Gaston. Best stop: France!
We met the Beast and played nice together.
The Beast— Yeah, not much of a talker.
But I leave people speechless, so it’s understandable.
Have you met Gaston in the New Fantasy Land? What gem of inspiration about himself did he leave you with? Who would you be willing to stand in line for 300+ minutes to meet at the Disney Parks?
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)