I don't know about you guys but part of the fun at WDW was always being able to run into characters by accident..as that made it more special and meaningful, as opposed to seeking them out just because which to me...sounds like a lot of work and takes away the element of surprise and fun.
As for what TDLFAN siad, I enjoy seeing stumbling upon characters and watching them work, but I've often seen long lines for characters in obvious places that weren't worth it with the lack of shade and the length of the line. In front of the BAH at MGM is a good example. Pictures with Goofy and Minnie at the BAH the morning that I arrived were incredibly long. Ditto Chip and Dale nearby. Not worth it. The next day, I found Epcot Character Connection around everyone else's lunchtime. Because it was during most guests' lunchtime hour it was almost deserted and had four of the fab five. If a character is kind of rare I'll wait in the sun if I have to, I'll also wait if their line is in the shade (like finding a Goofy near the camera shop on Main Street under a covered rampway.)
It seems that the most easiest to find characters by accident have these long lines because the children see them and demand their picture RIGHT NOW. Those of us who are older, wiser, and recognize that we can find these characters again later are prudent to avoid these character encounters (you can always tell which ones they are, count the strollers.)
Also, sometimes I want a specific shot with a specific character. That's where guides like these come in.
Last edited by MickeyMania; 02-27-2006 at 01:37 PM.
Is it even possible to run into them on accident anymore? I thought they were all delegated to reserved spots. O how I long for the much romanticized visions of running through the park and seeing Mickey dancing with kids a-la-travel video style.