Frequently asked questions:
What are the first step(s) in booking a character appearance?
Please see our service page for simple instructions. Please make sure you have all the important details ready, such as character(s) requested, date, visit time, length of visit, location and how many kids/guests will be present before you contact us.
What form of payment can I use?
Deposits can be sent via Venmo, Square or Business check ( Fee will apply to any bounced check ).
How far do you travel?
We are usually up for traveling, but a travel fee will apply for all non local clients. Please contact us for a quote to your
Do your performers always stay in character?
We always like to keep the magic alive so please ask any questions you may have during the event away from the guests.
How far in advance can I book?
We strongly recommend booking no more than 2-4 months in advance.
Am I allowed to take photos/videos of your performers?
Absolutely, and we encourage you to email them to us or post them and tag our instagram & or facebook page @myonceuponatime
What do I need to do during the appearance?
Most likely, your performer will not need any assistance during the party appearance, however, please remember they are only entertainers. All children should always be supervised by their parental units to make sure children are in no way damaging our performer's supplies or costume.
Do you need me to set anything up?
A table & 2 chairs per performer will be needed for activities such as nail painting, hair braiding, glitter tattoos, face-painting, balloon twisitng and character makeovers.
What if I have more than the maximum amount of children at the party?
We usually recommend adding extra time to the package or a second character. This way we will be able to include all activities, and every child can have the best possible experience.
Can I book a character for less than the time and price listed on your packages?
We try very hard to keep our prices as affordable as possible, but our actors do still have to spend a considerable amount of time on wig styling, makeup, rehearsals, and traveling. Feel free to check out our list of public appearances on our home page which are either low-cost or free!
Can I customize my own package?
We prefer to customize all of our appearances to fit your specific event.
What if I had other activities in mind than what are listed in the packages?
We offer many activities not mentioned in the packages we currently offer. Usually we base all activities on character(s) & package chosen, amount of guests, and the energy of the party during the visit.
What if I want the character to stay longer once they are already at my event?
Just ask, if we don't have another appearance scheduled afterwards we would love to stay. The add-on rate for each additional half hour is $50 per character.
At what types of events do you offer appearances?
Corporate events, birthdays, holiday parties, weddings, baptisms, baby showers, graduations, carnivals, anniversaries, parades, charity events, grand openings and more!
I want to cancel the party I booked, can I get my deposit back?
Sorry, all retainer fees are non-refundable unless the cancellation is on our end- due to inclement weather or sickness. It is very unlikely, but please note that we reserve the right to cancel any appearance due to serious or contagious illness or injury of the performer or the performer's family. In this situation, a full refund of the booking deposit will be given promptly along with a discount coupon for next time.
*CANCELLATIONS MADE WITHIN THE 48 HR WINDOW OF OUR VISIT WILL BE SUBJECT TO PAYMENT DUE TO THE PERFORMER(S) IN FULL.
I don't want to cancel, but what if I need to reschedule?
Please notify us as soon as possible and we will do our best in accommodating your new request. (Additional fee may apply)
Am I expected to tip the performer(s)?
If we meet and or exceed your expectations and you would like to show your appreciation gratuity is always welcome.
Are your performers professionally trained?
We have plenty of experience performering for all ages. Our performrers range from teachers, nanny's, caretakers, models, cosplayers, musical theatre, & improv actors.