MVMCP meet and greet questions

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MVMCP meet and greet questions

My DH and I are going to our first ever MVMCP in a few weeks yay When it was announced today that Jack Skellington dressed as Sandy Claws is doing M&G for the first time, I was SO excited. We hadn't planned on doing M&G but NBC is one of my all time favorite movies, I have to meet Sandy Claws! Here are my questions about party M&G:

1. Do the M&G start at exactly 7pm?

2. How long do you usually have to wait in line? This is a crucial bit of info. Because of my RA(rheumatoid arthritis) it is incredibly painful and difficult for me to stand in one spot for more than a few minutes. I'm willing to stand as long as I can but I don't want to ruin the party for my DH and have to spend the rest of the night in a wheelchair.

3. Can I use my DAS card at MVMCP?

4. If I can't use my DAS card, what time do you recommend lining up? We either want to do the M&G as the very first thing of the night or at the very end of the night.

5. Do the M&G take place the entire party, from start to finish?

Thank you to all that respond!

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Most of the major meet & greets will have a 7pm start. The line for Jack & Sally at MNSSHP (not a sold out party) was probably 45-60 minutes when the party started. We were the first people in line and we arrived at around 4:30. We were there maybe 10-15 minutes when another family joined us. They opened that particular meet & greet around 6:20 due to the extremely high demand.

Last year at MVMCP (sold out party), we got in line for the seven dwarfs a little before 6pm and we were finished by 7:30.

SO I would say that you should realistically expect a very long wait. I'm not sure if the CM manning the meet & greet could help you with an alternate waiting place, but I don't recall the area being monitored by a CM for the duration of the waiting. I also don't recall seeing anyone attempt to use a DAS card. I'm not sure where they he is scheduled to be, but a good bet is probably in the courtyard at the front of the park where Jack & Sally are at MNSSHP. Could your DH stand in line and have you join him later? Or are you able to sit on the ground to wait so that you can save your legs for later or would that cause you trouble as well? Some locations are nice--last year Mary Poppins was greeting by the carousel, so there was a wonderful brick wall to sit on while you waited. I think I did see a preliminary event map around the other day, but they usually don't tell you which character is at which meet & greet.

Meet & greets take place throughout the evening, but the characters have their required rest time at certain intervals. If you're going at the beginning, you'll definitely want to line up early enough to be in the first group to see the character. With a popular and new character like Sandy Claws, I would expect lines to stay consistently long all evening.

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Oops...I just read Traci's article. It sounds like Sandy Claws is in Storybook Circus. I can't think of any good spots that might be near a flat wall over there.

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Thanks Alicemouse for the answers/suggestions. I knew you'd give me a great, thorough answer. awesome
I can't sit on the ground or anywhere other than a chair anymore because the bones in my feet and ankles have permanently fused with my tibia and fibula bones so my ankles no longer bend. It's almost impossible to sit down on the ground and get back up when your ankles don't bend. It's a great idea, but unfortunately one that won't work for me.

I would REALLY LOVE to meet "Sandy Claws" but if it's going to be an hour or more, and I'm sure it will, I won't be able to do it unless I can get a return time with my DAS card. I've never read a TR where anyone mentions that they used a DAS card at a ticketed event so I don't know if I can use it. I think I'll give Disney a call before my trip to check.

Maybe our best chance for a shorter line is if he's still doing M&G at the very end of the night. We'll definitely stay until midnight to meet him!

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I don't think DAS cards are used during parties. They have some chairs in the Circus area you could probably use.

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I definitely used my DAS in the MNSSHP last month but not for any meet and greets x

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Thanks for the info Mandy!

RobynPrincess wrote:
I definitely used my DAS in the MNSSHP last month but not for any meet and greets x

This makes me feel Much better knowing they let you use it. Even if you didn't use yours for a M&G, it gives me hope that they may let me use it at a M&G crossfingers

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Annielovesdisney wrote:
RobynPrincess wrote:
I definitely used my DAS in the MNSSHP last month but not for any meet and greets

This makes me feel Much better knowing they let you use it. Even if you didn't use yours for a M&G, it gives me hope that they may let me use it at a M&G crossfingers

I kind of feel like there should be some provision because I think the inability to stand for long periods of time is a pretty common reason for people needing to use the DAS card and obviously if you are not able to stand in line for a ride, you wouldn't be able to stand in line for a meet & greet. I would hope at minimum that they could give you a return time for immediate access. I'll be interested to hear about your experience.

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alicemouse wrote:
Annielovesdisney wrote:
RobynPrincess wrote:
I definitely used my DAS in the MNSSHP last month but not for any meet and greets

This makes me feel Much better knowing they let you use it. Even if you didn't use yours for a M&G, it gives me hope that they may let me use it at a M&G crossfingers

I kind of feel like there should be some provision because I think the inability to stand for long periods of time is a pretty common reason for people needing to use the DAS card and obviously if you are not able to stand in line for a ride, you wouldn't be able to stand in line for a meet & greet. I would hope at minimum that they could give you a return time for immediate access. I'll be interested to hear about your experience.

I'm really hoping for a return time. I don't expect to just be allowed to go in front of the line but a return time would be great! The M&G won't be possible any other way. My DH REALLY wants to do the Sandy Claws, and he already misses out on so many things because of my RA, I hope we can use the card so he can do this one M&G!
I'll definitely update the thread after our experience.

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At mnsshp I am sure I saw people waiting in scooters for the dwarves, the queue line tape was very wide apart. Would that help you?

My 1st party I got in line for 7D at 5.30 (took my cs dinner and sat on a rock in the queue) they started seeing about 6.50 ish, I was 20-39 people back and done by 6.59!
The 2nd one I did not queue until 6.15 and was even closer and finished about the same time.

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I can offer no help but am super curious to hear how it works out for you so please keep us updated! I hope you guys have a great time at the party!

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I wanted to update this thread After our MVMCP trip in case anyone else needs this DAS info.

We asked at Guest Services before the party if I could use my DAS card for a M&G and they didn't give me a definitive Yes or No. They said to ask the CM's at each of the M&G. We went to Jack Skellington and I asked the CM if I could use my DAS card. Even though I don't need to explain my disability, I did explain it a little to let her know I'm not physically able to stand very long and why. Even after the explanation, she said "No, you have to wait in line like everybody else." We did get in line and we lucked out and only had to wait 20 minutes to meet Jack! We asked CM's at 5 other M&G if I could use my DAS card and they all said No. The lines were all too long at those and I wasn't able to stand long enough to do those so I had to skip them.

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AnnielovesDisney wrote:
I wanted to update this thread After our MVMCP trip in case anyone else needs this DAS info.

We asked at Guest Services before the party if I could use my DAS card for a M&G and they didn't give me a definitive Yes or No. They said to ask the CM's at each of the M&G. We went to Jack Skellington and I asked the CM if I could use my DAS card. Even though I don't need to explain my disability, I did explain it a little to let her know I'm not physically able to stand very long and why. Even after the explanation, she said "No, you have to wait in line like everybody else." We did get in line and we lucked out and only had to wait 20 minutes to meet Jack! We asked CM's at 5 other M&G if I could use my DAS card and they all said No. The lines were all too long at those and I wasn't able to stand long enough to do those so I had to skip them.

Glad it worked out for you, but that is strange that they don't have a clear policy in place for that...