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July 13, 2024

Meet Shrek and More!

During your DreamWorks Experience at Gaylord Opryland, you get a chance to eat and meet with Shrek, Puss in Boots and Princess Fiona (not as an ogre). This is just one of the many features you get to partake in during your stay. Our children’s favorite is the Character Meet and Greets.

ShrekFeast Interactive Character Meals take your family on an entirely new adventure … at least it is for them. As you come down the stairs, you get to make a family photo (which you can purchase while you are eating) and then are directed to a table. Be watchful, though, because Shrek, Fiona and Puss in Boots are out and about … and they may try to take your food!

We made our way to our table and before we could blink, there was the big green fellow himself! Shrek, Fiona and Puss in Boots each make their way to every single table and greet each and every person. The people who don those costumes must really love their job as their own actions show through. Shrek dances and pokes fun at you (silently, as these characters can’t talk, except for Fiona). Shrek delighted little ones all around as he played peek-a-boo around the poles, hopped around and more. They don’t just wave and walk on by. They truly take their time to make sure you have had your chance to give him a high-five and take a picture with your own camera. Puss in Boots is silly, too. He petted our 6-year-old’s head like she was a cat, too. The interactions are just great … and so funny! Now, some kids may be terrified of them. But don’t worry, once they notice the hesitation, they will wave from afar and then try to make you laugh. They will not approach you if you don’t want them to.

That’s not the only time you get the chance to meet these funny characters. See Shrek, Puss in Boots, Alex the Lion (from Madagascar) and Po (from Kung Fu Panda) — each in their own home (but Puss In Boots and Shrek take turns at Shrek’s home). Each character locations are designed to help you take you to that character’s home or a scene from the movies. The structures are huge and awesome! Only those who purchase a package from the hotel get to go up to them, but others just visiting for the day to see the lights can see them from a distance.

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During the Character Meet and Greets, everyone has a good time!

About the Author

Kiera Ashford

Kiera Ashford is the Managing Editor of Cincinnati Family Magazine, and a mother of two.