“I’m the biggest troublemaker around here.” – Loki
“Sorry, but I’ll claim that title!” – Star-Lord
Okay, not really what they said, but I’m sure it was what they were thinking!
I acknowledge that until quite recently, with rare (Wonderland) exception, I simply was not a big character Meet & Greet fan at the Disney Parks. Maybe it was the character selection; maybe it was my own shyness. But when it finally clicked as to how much fun these interactions could be, as is usual for me when I find something I like, I threw myself into it wholeheartedly! So lately, a lot of my park days have been spent visiting characters. (Yes, mostly, but not all, Marvel characters.)
At first, when looking to interact with characters, I found the scheduled Meet & Greets at specific times and locations (found either on the Disneyland app or by asking the Cast Members at the respective character spots) to be my definite preference. I would know where I could go and when in order to talk to or get a picture with a particular character. I was less enamored of characters roaming – how was I supposed to find them if they could be anywhere in a land (i.e. Fantasyland or New Orleans Square in Disneyland Park or Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure) during a given period of time – IF you happened to hear they were out at all!
As someone who likes to plan, the spontaneity and randomness of roaming characters was more frustrating than anything else.
And then, once more, there was Loki…
And my perspective changed again.
Over the past week or so, I’ve visited Disney California Adventure quite a few times because I was just so happy to have so many Marvel characters out and about. I was a bit peeved, however, that while Thor returned to a set Meet & Greet location, my favorite, Loki, was exiled (as I saw it) to being a roaming character, so it would be luck of the draw to encounter him and try to get a photo op with him.
But over a few days of being lucky enough to find him (fortunately Hollywood Land is not that big a place to wander!), I discovered exactly why he’s the perfect choice to be a roaming character out of any of the Marvel crew – even if he does attract quite a large crowd wherever he goes! Continue reading