Disney World's Character Meet & Greet Guide

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Written By Carlos Braga

Characters meet and Greet are one of the most popular activities at Disney World, giving guests the opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with their favorite characters from Disney movies and TV shows.

That said, at the same time it can be a huge frustration for you or your kids if you go to the park and you can't find your favorite character.

And unfortunately, this happens a lot.

Meet & Greet with Sully from Monstros SA
Meet & Greet with Sully from Monstros SA

The reason is simple, the parks are huge and there are several specific places where you will find each character.

That is, you need to know where to look!

Carlos and Nath with Goofy and Pluto at Animal Kingdom
Carlos and Nath with Goofy and Pluto in the Animal kingdom

Characters can be found in various locations throughout the parks, including designated meeting and reception locations, some can be seen roaming the park and even inside. attractions.

Planning to meet and greet the characters

Check the Disney World app or park maps for character locations and times.

Character appearances may be subject to change due to weather, maintenance or other factors, so check the schedule before heading to a specific location.

Plan to arrive at the reception location at least 10-15 minutes before your scheduled start time to ensure you have enough time to wait in line.

Meet Donald Duck in Mexico at Epcot
Meet Donald Duck in Mexico at Epcot

Bring a camera or have your phone ready to take pictures with the characters.

Purchase the photo package from Memory maker to receive photos from Disney photographers.

Meet And Greets By Park

Well, in this section we will list all the characters that you can find around here.

Does that mean you'll only find these characters there?

No! Some characters may appear almost randomly in some parks.

Meet Minnie at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Meet Minnie at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Here we will give you the list of those that you can always find there.

So prepare your script and let's check out which characters to meet at Disney.

Magic Kingdom

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

You can find them at the Town Square Theater on Main Street, USA

Nath and Carlos with Mickey and Minnie at Magic Kingdom
Nath and Carlos with Mickey and Minnie at Magic Kingdom

They have also been known to appear at other park locations such as Pete's Silly Side Show at Storybook Circus.

Disney princesses

You can meet several princesses from Disney at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland, including Cinderella, Belle, Tiana and Rapunzel.

Princess Fairy Tale Hall - Meet Various Princesses at Magic Kingdom
Princess Fairy Tale Hall – Meet Various Princesses at Magic Kingdom

Winnie the Pooh and Friends

You can meet Winnie the Pooh and his friends, including Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet, at the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction in Fantasyland.

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell

You can meet these beloved characters at Adventureland Veranda.

Seven Dwarfs

Well, we'll make an honorable mention here because on normal days in the park you can't find the Seven Dwarfs (only at the party of Disney's Halloween).

Seven Dwarfs Roller Coaster Animatronic
Seven Dwarfs Roller Coaster Animatronic

However, you can find super realistic animatronics of these popular characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the attraction. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which is in the Fantasyland area.

Epcot

Frozen Characters

You can find Elsa, Anna, and sometimes Olaf at the Royal Sommerhus in the Norway Pavilion.

Royal Sommerhus Anna Elsa
Royal Sommerhus Anna Elsa

Disney Pals (Closed)

You can meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and other classic Disney characters at the Epcot Character Spot in Future World.

Disney princesses

You can meet several Disney princesses at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in norway pavilion.

Meet Mulan in the China Pavilion at Epcot
Meet Mulan in the China Pavilion at Epcot

Other princesses can be found throughout the World Showcase such as:

  • Mulan (China pavilion)
  • Snow White (Germany Pavilion)
  • Belle (French Pavilion)
  • Aurora (French Pavilion)
  • Jasmine (Morocco Pavilion)

Mary Poppins and Alice

You can meet Mary Poppins and Alice at the United Kingdom Pavilion.

Alice Character Encounter at Epcot
Alice Character Encounter at Epcot

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Characters

You can meet characters from the Star Wars universe such as Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and BB-8 at Star Wars Launch Bay.

Chewbacca at Disney Parks - Star Wars Launch Bay
Chewbacca us Disney parks – Star Wars Launch Bay

Toy Story Characters

You can meet Woody, Buzz Lightyear and other Toy Story characters at Toy story land.

Woody in Toy Story Land
Woody in Toy Story Land

Disney Junior Characters

You can meet popular Disney Junior characters like Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First and Vampirina at the Disney Junior Play and Dance Party in the Animation Courtyard.

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Pixar Characters (Closed)

You can meet characters from various Pixar movies, such as Mr. Incredible, Frozone and Edna Mode at Pixar Place.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

You can meet these classic Disney characters at the Adventurer's Outpost in Discovery island.

Mickey and Minnie at Disney Parks
Mickey and Minnie at Disney Parks

disney friends

You can meet many Disney characters such as Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto at Character Landing on Discovery Island.

Pocahontas

You can meet Pocahontas and other Disney princesses at Character Landing on Discovery Island.

These are just a few of the many character meet and greet opportunities available at Disney World.

Photo with Pocahontas at Animal Kingdom
Photo with Pocahontas at Animal Kingdom

Be sure to check park maps and schedules for current character locations and times.


Character Meals

Cinderella's Royal Table

Located in the iconic Castle of Cinderella at the Magic Kingdom, the Cinderella's Royal Table it's a real dining experience featuring several Disney princesses.

Guests are greeted by Cinderella herself and escorted to their table in the castle's grand dining hall.

Cinderella's Royal Table - Dining with the Princesses at the Magic Kingdom
Cinderella's Royal Table – Dining with the Princesses at the Magic Kingdom

The meal includes a prix fixe menu with options like filet mignon and seafood pasta, and dessert options like a Cinderella-inspired dessert trio.

Princesses like Ariel, Belle, Jasmine and Snow White visit each table for photos and autographs.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Located in Epcot's Norway Pavilion, the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is modeled after a medieval castle and features a dining experience featuring several Disney princesses.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Guests are greeted by Belle and escorted to the table for a family-style breakfast, lunch or dinner of Scandinavian-inspired cuisine.

Princesses like Ariel, Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel visit each table for photos and autographs.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Hollywood & Vine

Located in Disney's Hollywood Studios, this restaurant offers a buffet-style dining experience featuring popular Disney characters such as Goofy, Mickey and etc and Disney Junior characters such as Vampirina, Doc McStuffins and Fancy Nancy.

Disney's Hollywood and Vine - Hollywood Studios Restaurant
Disney's Hollywood and Vine – Hollywood Studios Restaurant

The menu changes seasonally, but often includes options like fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and carving stations.

Garden Grill Restaurant

Located in The Land pavilion of Epcot, this restaurant has a revolving dining room overlooking the Living with the Land attraction.

The character dining experience includes visits from classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Chip 'n' Dale, and occasionally other characters like Goofy or Daisy.

Garden Grill - Epcot Restaurant
Garden Grill – Epcot Restaurant

The meal is served family style with options such as roast beef, turkey and seasonal vegetables.

Tusker House Restaurant

Located in Disney's Animal Kingdom, this restaurant offers a gastronomic experience with the Donald Duck and their friends in safari-inspired outfits.

The menu includes African-inspired cuisine like peri-peri chicken and tandoori shrimp, as well as American favorites like macaroni and cheese and baked potatoes.

Tusker House - Character Dining at Animal Kingdom
Tusker House – Character Dining at Animal Kingdom

The meal is served buffet style and also includes breakfast options.

1900 Park Fare

Located in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, this restaurant presents a dining experience with various Disney characters.

Guests can choose from breakfast or dinner, both including visits from characters such as Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh.

Disney Characters at 1900 Park Fare
Disney Characters at 1900 Park Fare

The breakfast buffet features classics like Mickey waffles, while the dinner buffet includes options like seafood paella and prime rib.

Chef Mickey's

Located in Disney's Contemporary Resort, this restaurant offers a dining experience featuring classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy.

The meal is served buffet style with options such as roast turkey, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese.

Carlos and Nath Pato Donal Chef Mickeys
Carlos and Nath Pato Donal Chef Mickeys

The Chef Mickey's also offers a character breakfast with options such as eggs benedict and yogurt parfait.

Ohana

Located in Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, this restaurant offers a dining experience featuring Lilo and Stitch.

The meal is served family-style with options such as grilled beef, chicken and shrimp, as well as side dishes such as fried rice and sautéed vegetables.

Ohana - Character Dining at the Polynesian Resort
Ohana – Character Dining at the Polynesian Resort

The Ohana also offers a character breakfast with options like scrambled eggs, bacon and Hawaiian-style breakfast potatoes.

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Crystal palace

Located in the Magic Kingdom next to Cinderella's castle, the Crystal palace offers a good character meal alternative in the park.

There you will have the opportunity to have a delicious buffet-style meal and meet Winnie the Pooh and his friends.

Tigger at The Crystal Palace Restaurant
Tigger at The Crystal Palace Restaurant

We really enjoyed this meal option for the good quality of the food and the characters we love.

If you or your kids like Winnie the Pooh, put Crystal Palace in your script.


Tips for a great character meet and greet experience

Respect the characters and other guests in line.

If you have a specific request for a photo, don't hesitate to ask the cast member accompanying the character or the photographer if what you want is possible.

Photo with Ariel at Ariel`s Grotto in Fantasyland
Photo with Ariel at Ariel`s Grotto in Fantasyland

Don't be afraid to interact with the characters - they love to engage with guests and make the experience more memorable.

Bring an autograph book for the characters to sign, or buy one at the park.

Consider dressing up as your favorite character to enhance the experience. Remembering that adults cannot dress up, but you can make one Disney Bound.

Woody - Disney Bound
Woody – Disney Bound

Overall, meeting and greeting the characters is a must-do activity for Disney World visitors of all ages.

As I always say here on the blog, plan ahead, arrive early and follow the tips we give here.

Thus, you will have an unforgettable experience and create magical memories that will last a lifetime.

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About the Author Carlos Braga:

Unparalleled experience in Orlando and Disney! As a former Universal Orlando team member and a passionate devotee of the magic of Disney, I have become a true Orlando travel expert. Before becoming a renowned travel consultant dedicated to Orlando, I had already made hundreds of visits to the parks, cultivating my knowledge and passion mainly over the last 7 years as a consultant and specialist in Disney travel.

My journey into this enchanted world began in 1995, when I took my first trip to Orlando. Since then, my love for Disney and the city has only grown. In 2023, we celebrate the sixth anniversary of 'Partiu Disney Parks', consolidating our role as one of the main sources of information about Disney and Orlando Parks.

During these six years of existence, we have continued to offer quality and updated content, being the reliable source for all those looking for essential information to plan their trip to Disney and Orlando. With my vast experience and passion for this magical destination, I am here to guide you every step of the way towards the most incredible Orlando and Disney experience!

I hope again that this post helped you in your research for your trip to Disney or Orlando.

As a way to help us keep the blog going, we just ask you to help us by sharing this publication and subscribing to our social networks as Facebook, Instagram or Youtube channel.

In addition to helping us, we are sure that there you will find hundreds of useful posts for your trip!

About the Author Carlos Braga:

Unparalleled experience in Orlando and Disney! As a former Universal Orlando team member and a passionate devotee of the magic of Disney, I have become a true Orlando travel expert. Before becoming a renowned travel consultant dedicated to Orlando, I had already made hundreds of visits to the parks, cultivating my knowledge and passion mainly over the last 7 years as a consultant and specialist in Disney travel.

My journey into this enchanted world began in 1995, when I took my first trip to Orlando. Since then, my love for Disney and the city has only grown. In 2023, we celebrate the sixth anniversary of 'Partiu Disney Parks', consolidating our role as one of the main sources of information about Disney and Orlando Parks.

During these six years of existence, we have continued to offer quality and updated content, being the reliable source for all those looking for essential information to plan their trip to Disney and Orlando. With my vast experience and passion for this magical destination, I am here to guide you every step of the way towards the most incredible Orlando and Disney experience!