Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Donna

If you read my last blog post on my character experience with pirate lass, Redd, you know that it is my goal for 2019 to work on experiencing more of what Disney has to offer – especially when it involves the character meet and greets!

The Marvel Universe has been carefully and successfully making fans loose their minds since the release of Iron Man in 2008, and with the last major Marvel release of Infinity War in 2018, that has been ten years of my life I have dedicated to the amazing world Stan Lee created and that so many others have helped to perfect.

I have made it SUPER clear that off the record my favorite superhero is Iron Man, but on the record it’s Captain America. {Captain America even told me that his favorite Disney princess is Tony Stark!} And if you are a friend of mine, you know that I thought Spiderman was a little punk for the longest time.. But man, oh man, the new Spiderman chapters have 100% changed my opinion of the youngest superhero – that’s right Tom Holland, I’m looking at you and the ‘amazing’ work you did {and to Tobey Maguire, I hope you take offense}.

As I learned from my last character experience, it is important to have a topic of discussion going into the experience to make sure you get the most out of it. Of course that meant I had to take my new Assemble the Avengers letterman jacket on a field trip to Spiderman’s neighborhood. While I was standing in line, I was watching the other interactions people were having – some people showed him pins, little kids tried to show him their Spidey moves. Me being the dork I am, I wanted to do what the little kids were doing. But also being the grown adult I am, I was going to make sure I was going to do it right!

But first as I walked up to Spiderman, I looked up at a banner above our heads that clearly had some vandalism on it that did not seem so “friendly”.

“Did you do that”, I asked.

Spiderman looks up at the banner and says, “Oh no, never. That would just be mean. Whoever did that is just.. rude.”

Ok – I see you, Spidey! I am a huge fan of sarcasm and a good hit. Right there, I knew we were going to have a good time!

I quickly transitioned into showing him my jacket which he loved! He said he doesn’t get a lot of credit for the work he does, and quickly followed up with “But I guess it makes sense. Everyone wants to give the older fellows something to do.” That’s true, he is a more underrated superhero of the Marvel crew.

“So the reason I am here today is because I want you to teach me how to do some Spidey moves.”

“Is that so? Ok so the first thing you do is lean back on your back leg and pretty much sit on your heel. Then you put one of your hands on the ground —“

I quickly noticed that he wasn’t even going to show me how to do this himself! Instead he was literally just standing over me and pointing out what I needed to do!

“Um aren’t you supposed to be doing this with me??”, I asked accusatorially, “I just look stupid doing this by myself!”

Without missing a beat, Spiderman says “Well yea, that’s the point..”

UM WHAT?? I couldn’t help it – I busted a gut right there! That is literally exactly the type of burn I would say to one of my friends, so having a character say it to me was absolutely incredible. Putting the mask aside for a second – that employee’s job is to be a sarcastic little prick all day long!! THAT’S AWESOME!

He finally agreed to show me his best pose. But to seal the deal, I threw up some bunny ears behind his head because I wanted to end this experience on a note of childish fun. Walking away from this encounter, I was so happy. This experience alone finally tipped the scale on my feelings towards Spiderman to something that was extremely positive. I walked away knowing that I would be back for another character meet and greet with him as soon as I could.

Not to mention, I need to learn some more moves ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you want to meet Spiderman the next time you are in California Adventure, click here to see where you can! I highly recommend visiting him!

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Why Does Everyone ACTUALLY Want the Redhead?

There are two type of Disney goers – those who do character meet and greets, and those that do not. I happen to fall in the “do not” category. Now before one of you avid meet and greet people start coming @ me, hear me out!!

I did not grow up spending my time at Disneyland meeting characters. Disney to me is the rides! And yes I want to experience everything Disney has to offer, but characters were just never a part of it. Now that I am 25 years old, character meet and greets to me are just….. awkward.

Here’s the unfiltered truth: YOU ARE A GROWN PERSON ACTING LIKE SOMEONE ELSE! How am I {another grown up!} supposed to look at you and act like you are ACTUALLY Cinderella?! I know you’re a fake. You know you’re a fake. But yet we both have to act like you were literally pulled out of your cartoon living room and plopped right into the middle of Fantasy Faire. Mmm I don’t buy it.

Now I’m not hating on anyone who loves character talks! This is literally just me and how I perceive my interaction with these characters. This is me looking at someone who is doing their job {and doing it extremely well} and just being curiously questionable about it. What’s even worse is trying to do these meet n greets with a non-face character. What do I mean by that? I mean the people that are put into costumes where they are not allowed to talk. How am I responsible enough to carry this conversation when they cannot talk! So if I were to do a character meet n greet, I would probably gravitate towards a face character.

And boy oh boy did I take that journey…..Enter in the Redhead.

After some exploring on Tom Sawyer’s Island {I’m sorry but I refuse to call it Pirate’s Lair – no matter how cool that name is}, I looked across the lake and who do I see but the most sought after pirate in all the land – Redd! You could tell even from a far that this lass had some sass. With her billowing skirt and her full dusky red ensemble, she looked absolutely stunning! Seeing as it is part of my 2019 resolution to try to do more experiences at Disney, I thought this would be a great first step into the character meet and greet world. There was no line, she didn’t have a cast member delegating her, and come on – it’s Redd! It seemed too perfect to pass up.

All I was thinking walking to her was “ok, so.. just act normal but also try to engage in relevant conversation.” The plus side was that I was wearing my Black Pearl Caribbean Spiced Rum tee so right there I knew I was safe to use my shirt as a conversation starter. But something else came to mind. “We wants the Redhead! We wants the Redhead!”. Well if you had seen Pirates of the Caribbean before they refurbished it, Redd was a stunning bride at the “Buy a Bride” event. Every man wanted her. But what exactly did they want? Needless to say I think we all know WHY they wanted her. But that didn’t sit right with me. “There has got to be a story behind why everyone wants her”, I thought.

There! THAT was my conversation! A backstory! A way to learn something new about a character and actually engage with them a little bit.

Of course, I broke the ice with my shirt {SCORE!}. With that ice breaker, she asked if that meant I had seen Jack Sparrow or the Black Pearl and I replied that it was in the bottle on my shirt. Being the pillaging pirate she is, she asked if she could have it. Well I wasn’t going to just hand it over that easy. So I said she could have it for the right price of course.

The price? Answer one question. Why does everyone want the Redhead? Well if you want to find out, watch what she had to say below. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰  

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