I thought I didn't have any information for this post, but my oldest reminded me about her first time and our youngest childs' first time (now 14). Her first trip she was 2 years old. We were at Disneyland and we have lots of pictures holding her next to a character, she wouldn't look at them, she'd pull away and now the pictures are so funny! We tried not to torment her, but she did not like most of them. We took her to a Character lunch, Dinner show, at that time it was "Aladdin". She could watch from a distance, loved the movie, and was totally thrilled with the show! After that something "clicked" and she realized all these characters were from the shows she loved and her whole attitude changed!
I simply love the idea about letting the child take a picture first with the parent and character. That's great!! I'm sure my girls will do better that way. I know my kids will be a little timid at first..Thanks!