What’s the biggest reason most kids (and many grown-ups) want to visit Walt Disney World? To meet Mickey, Minnie and their other favourite Disney characters!
You don’t want to leave that magical meeting to chance though – the most savvy Disney-goers make sure they find out where they’re guaranteed (or at least very likely) to get a hug, kiss and photo with Mickey and friends.
These are some of the best ways to meet the Disney characters at Disney World Florida:
Book a Character Breakfast
A guaranteed way to meet some of your favourite Disney characters is at meal times!
A Character breakfast or dinner at Chef Mickey’s restaurant is definitely one of the highlights of a trip to Disney World. Popular characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto roam the restaurant while you eat, stopping at each table so you can get photos or even an autograph!
Character meals at Disney World are very popular so it’s essential to book them in advance.
Which parks to meet the Disney World Characters?
Want to know which parks you can meet which characters in? Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the main ways to meet them:
Magic Kingdom: For Princess Meet & Greets & more!
Head to Princess Fairytale Hall*, where the Disney princesses meet their loyal subjects! Cinderella, Rapunzel and Elsa all make scheduled appearances here throughout the day.
You can also find your favourite characters at their themed meeting points around the park. In Fantasyland you’ll find Ariel from the Little Mermaid at her grotto, while Alice from Alice in Wonderland makes regular appearances at the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
You also have a good chance of spotting characters roaming through Magic Kingdom, particularly in the Fantasyland and Town Square areas. Some of the characters you might bump into include:
Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater* Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother near the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Merida from Brave at Fairytale Garden The characters from Toy Story near Splash Mountain.
Tip: When you first arrive at Magic Kingdom, ask for a meet-and-greet guide at Guest Relations, which will show you all the character appearances available that day.
Epcot – a great place to Character Spot!
Head to the Epcot Character Spot* where you can find Mickey, Minnie and Goofy hard at work – but they’re always happy to take a break and make some new friends!
While you wander through the Epcot World Showcase, keep your eyes peeled for familiar faces as you travel through the different countries! Some of the characters you might see include:
- Anna and Elsa in Norway at the Royal Sommerhaus
- Snow White in Germany
- Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco
- Donald Duck in Mexico
- Mulan in China
- Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) in the UK
- Princess Aurora in France
And characters you can meet at Epcot’s Future World include:
- Baymax at Hiro’s Workshop
- Joy and Sadness at Head Quarters
Meeting the Characters in Animal Kingdom
As you explore Animal Kingdom you’ll come across different Disney characters in various sections of the park. These include:
- Pocahontas and Russell and Dug on Discovery Island
- Mickey and Minnie at their exploration headquarters in Adventurers Outpost*
- Rafiki and Doc McStuffins at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Looking for character meet & greets in Hollywood Studios? This is where you’re most likely to find characters from the Pixar animated movies.
Toy Story Characters at Pixar Place
Practice your best pose for a photo shoot with Buzz and Woody at the Pixar Studios Camera Dept., in some iconic scenes from the Toy Story films!
Minnie and Mickey in Red Carpet Dreams on Commissary Lane
Get Mickey and Minnie’s autographs as they head for fame and fortune on the Silver Screen!
Other characters you could meet at Hollywood Studios include:
- BB8, Kylo Ren and Chewbacca at the Animation Courtyard
- Toy Story Pals in the brand new Toy Story Land
- Monsters, Inc. on the Studio Backlot
- Olaf at Echo Lake
Plan your meet and greets with FastPass+
You can use Fastpass+ to pre-book some of the character meet & greets up to 30 days in advance. With Fastpass+ you’ll have a much shorter wait time and know exactly when you’ll be meeting your favourite characters, which makes planning your day a whole lot easier!
Find out more about meeting the Disney Characters:
*You can use FastPass+ for queue-jump access to these attractions!