Kenny the Pirate’s top 5 favorite character experiences – PREP015

I recently had a chat with Kenny of and he shared lots of great info.

Kenny talks about how he became the character expert, his thoughts on FastPass+ and his top 5 favorite character experiences at Disney World.

I also have a quick tip about online check-in at Disney World resorts.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Interview with Kenny the Pirate

  • Kenny's app can be found at
  • Graphs and wait time data
  • Recommended FastPass+ for characters: Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom (Cinderella is easier to meet other places), Ariel (meet her early or use FastPass+), unique character options exclusive to FastPass+ that will be coming in 2014 (Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in Epcot, Minnie at Hollywood Studios, Character Landing at Animal Kingdom)
  • Kenny recommends not using a FastPass for Character Spot at Epcot
  • Kenny's character interaction ideas

Kenny's top 5 favorite character experiences:

  • 5. Chip and Dale - fun to interact with anywhere you can find them as they compete with each other
  • 4. Citizens of Hollywood at Hollywood Studios
  • 3. Tremain family - not listed in any Disney publication, exact times available through, usually only available in the morning
  • 2. Gaston at New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom
  • 1. Scoop Sanderson on Main St. at Magic Kingdom

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Quick tip of the day

Lots of people ask if they should use online check-in when staying at Disney Resorts. This is an option 60 days before your trip begins. I recommend doing it to save time at check-in unless you want to ask for a room upgrade.

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Kristina Valcarce

My daughter is Tinker NUTS – first stop at all Disneyland trips is Pixie Hollow, as soon as it opens. My question – in the Magic Kingdom, is a FP+ a good idea to meet the Fairies? Or not necessary?


Maria B

I thought Pixie Hollow was closed? It wasn’t there when we went in June 2013.

Maria B

Forgot to mention – there is now a “meet and greet” in MK in Adventureland. It’s called “Tinkerbell’s Magical Nook.” I have no idea if there will be a FP for it.


Ok… So Fastpass+ is a Great concept.. but its going to be very frustrating if they are out before you get to a park… also our magic bands only worked half the time. We spent a lot of time at guest services and very little time enjoying the park and actually missed one of our reservations for my wife’s fathers birthday because of the bands, and our key to the world card being refused at the gate. I know it sounds like I had a Horrible time but I don’t want to scare any of your readers it was my… Read more »


What all princesses might you see during Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Breakfast?

Carole Dukeshire

When we were at the princess dinner at the Akershus Banquet Hall with my four year old granddaughter in January 2012 Belle was the princess she had her picture taken with before we were seated. During the dinner Aurora, Ariel, Snow White and Cinderella visited our table. They all posed for as many pictures we wanted to take and they all interacted with my granddaughter.

Betsy Hoffman

Ok I have some questions…They are really for you and Kenny but I thought this might be the best place. Are any of the characters that either of you think will be considered a ‘headliner’ for the new fastpass+ system? I am a little irritated by the prospect of a headliner and two lower ones because with three little kiddos under 5 Splash Mountain isn’t going to happen thus ‘wasting’ a fastpass. So that would actually be helpful for us if some of these are considered headliners (well in my naivety I think at least) Also, Kenny suggested doing fastpass+… Read more »

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