January 20, 2016

Not to Miss at Walt Disney World: For the Character Lover

I hope everyone is enjoying the Not to Miss series! If you’ve missed the first three posts, you can check out what attractions I suggest for Little Ones, Thrill Seekers, and the Classic Disney Fan. Today let’s take a look at Character Experiences. I know my sister loves meeting characters and getting autographs, so we have gone around to most of these during previous trips. If you have someone in your party who loves to meet characters, you may want to purchase an Autograph Book as soon as possible. I still have my autograph book from my first trip to Walt Disney World!  Again, I’ll sort them by park, give suggestions about best times to go and if Fastpass+ is a good idea (or even available). You can read all about Fastpass+ here. I’m throwing in some old character greeting pictures from previous trips, don’t laugh at my fashion choices! Okay, on with the list!

Magic Kingdom

In my opinion, some of the best character greeting spots are in Magic Kingdom (the ones with the best theming) so you may want to think about where the characters are that you want to meet, and the quality of the picture you will get out of it. Photopass photographers take the pictures for you on their cameras that will link to either your physical photopass card, or your MagicBand. You can give them your camera to take a picture as well if desired.

Alice in Wonderland- Meet Alice near Mad Tea Party! Fastpass+ not available.

Anna & Elsa- Meet the Frozen sisters at Princess Fairytale Hall. Fastpass+ is strongly recommended, as you can easily be waiting 90+ minutes.

Buzz Lightyear- To infinity and beyond! Meet your favourite Space Ranger in Tomorrowland. Fastpass+ not available.

Ariel- Meet Ariel in her Grotto in New Fantasyland. This line can get quite long, so Fastpass+ is recommended.

Ariel

Aladdin & Jasmine/Genie- Meet your favourite Agrabah characters in Adventureland. This line can get quite long, but Fastpass+ is not available. If Cast Members see the line getting quite long, they will stop allowing people to line up to avoid disappointment.

Chip n’ Dale- Meet your favourite chipmunks in western apparel in Liberty Square. Fastpass+ not available.

Cinderella and Rapunzel- the other half of Princess Fairytale Hall is home to other princesses, you can use Fastpass+ but the line is usually half the wait of Anna & Elsa.

Cinderella

Donald, Daisy, Goofy & Minnie- in Storybook Circus you can meet 2 characters at a time, Donald & Goofy or Minnie & Daisy. Lines generally aren’t long, and Fastpass+ is not available.

Disney Friends in Town Square- right as you enter Magic Kingdom you never know who you might see! Pluto, Mary Poppins, Minnie, and others will have lines so you can get a picture before any rides! Fastpass+ not available.

Gaston- You can meet Gaston outside his tavern! He has become very popular on social media (just type it in on Youtube and watch some pretty funny encounters) so his line will fill up before he even arrives. Fastpass+ is not available. Check the Times Guide to see when he is meeting guests and arrive early!

Merida- Meet Merida at Fairytale Garden, very close to Cinderella Castle. Fastpass+ not available.

Mickey!- Meet the mouse himself at Town Square Theatre, just to your right as you enter Magic Kingdom. The coolest thing? He talks to you! Fastpass+ available, but generally not needed.

Mickey moved his nose to tickle Alex! It was adorable!

Mickey moved his nose to tickle Alex! It was adorable!

Peter Pan- In Fantasyland you can meet Peter and Wendy. Fastpass+ not available, but check the times guide to see when meetings will take place.

Tiana- Meet Tiana just outside of Liberty Square in a beautiful pavilion. Fastpass+ not available. Funny story- it was so strangely cold on our last day last February, Tiana was wearing a cloak!

Tigger & Friends- Meet Winnie and the gang outside of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Fastpass not available, use the Disney Parks app to get times.

Tinker Bell- Meet Tink at Town Square Theatre, where you can also meet Mickey. Fastpass+ is available. The line can get long, so depending on how big a fan they are of Tinkerbell, you may want to use it.

Tink

Woody and Jessie- Woody and Jessie greet just outside of Splash Mountain in Frontierland. Fastpass+ is not available. Check the times guide or Disney Parks app for meeting times.

Epcot

At Epcot, the only place Fastpass+ can be used is the Epcot Character Spot. For all other character greetings, check the times guide when you enter the park or use the Disney Parks App.

Aladdin & Jasmine in Morocco- This line can get long, so if you have fans in your party, you will want to get them to Morocco early!

Wonderland Friends in the United Kingdom- Meet Alice and the White Rabbit and don’t be late!

Epcot Character Spot- In Future World you can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Baymax, and Chip n’ Dale! Fastpass + available but not always needed.

Goofy

Daisy- just to the left as you enter World Showcase you can meet Donald’s sweetheart. The line is generally short, unless a huge crowd has just entered or is leaving World Showcase.

Mexican Donald- One part of the Three Caballeros can be greeted here, right outside the Mexico Pavilion.

Mexican Donald

Mary Poppins- Meet Mary in the UK pavilion and ask her to say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious backwards!

Mulan – Meet the princess in China whose film was primarily produced at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! You can ask her how Mushu is for me 🙂

Aurora- Say bonjour to Aurora in her pink dress in France.

Snow White- Meet Snow White by her wishing well in Germany. As I walked by last time, I thought the setting was adorable!

Winnie the pooh- Say hello to your favourite characters from the Hundred Acre Wood at the UK pavilion, and bounce with Tigger!

Tip: Check out the character topiaries in World Showcase if you have someone in your party who doesn’t want to meet characters up close, but loves them just the same. Visit during the Flower & Garden festival in Spring for even more topiaries!

Hollywood Studios

Fastpass + is not available for any character greetings at Hollywood Studios.

Darth Vader- As part of The Season of The Force, you can meet Darth Vader at Star Wars Launch Bay.

Mickey Avenue- You can meet the muse himself and others at Mickey Avenue. I have met Winnie the Pooh here before!

My first time meeting Mickey!

My first time meeting Mickey!

Woody & Buzz- Just across from Toy Story Mania! in Pixar Place you can meet your favourite Space Ranger and Cowboy. The line can get pretty long for this one, but they have lots of small photo ops in the que like this one!

Rocket

Chewbacca- You can also meet Chewie at Star Wars Launch Bay!

Disney Junior Pals- You can meet Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and others just outside of Disney Junior Live on Stage. The line will generally be short, especially when a show is taking place inside the building.

Mike & Sulley- Near the Streets of America you can meet your favourite monsters and say boo!

Disney Pals- you never know who you might see near center stage (just in front of the Chinese Theatre)! Lines are generally short.

 

 

Animal Kingdom

As with Epcot, the only greetings with Fastpass+ available are at Adventurers Outpost. Check out the times guide or Disney Parks app to see when other characters will be available.

Baloo and King Louie- At Upcountry Landing I Asia you can meet your favourite Jungle Book characters.

Mickey & Friends- Fastpass+ is available here, and you can see your favourites in safari gear here!

Flik- Meet Flik on Discovery Island, then see him some more at It’s Tough to be a Bug!

Goofy & Pluto- in Dinoland USA say hello to Goofy and Pluto! It’s most likely one of the only things you will want to do there (it’s a bit of a fan sore spot).

Pocahontas-In February Ethan and I walked past this character greeting at the Character Landing. The line was a little on the long side, so plan ahead if you would like to see Pocahontas!

Rafiki- You can find Rafiki at his planet watch, for a little more information see below at Chip n’ Dale.

Russel & Dug- Say hello to a Wilderness Explorer on Discovery Island. Squirrel!

Tarzan- I have never met Tarzan, but now I want to! You can find him on Discovery Island.

Donald Duck- You can also find Donald in Dinoland USA.

Donald

Chin n’ Dale- Meet your favourite chipmunks at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. it is important to note that you can only get here by taking the Wildlife Express train, so don’t head here unless you want to check out the other things there are to do her, like the petting zoo.

Chipmunks

 

If you have someone in your party who likes the characters, but doesn’t want to get quite close enough to touch, you may want to consider seeing these shows/ parades.

Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial- located in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom you can catch this show at various times throughout the day. Check the Times Guide or Disney Parks App for exact times.

#IncrediblesSuperDanceParty- in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom you can dance with The Incredibles! Check the Times Guide or Disney Parks App for times.

Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Parade- in Magic Kingdom dance with some of your favourite characters in the parade-style parts. Floats stop and dance for a bit before continuing on the route. Check out the Times Guide or Disney Parks App for performance times. You may hear some of your current favourites!

Jedi Training- Kids can participate in this show and battle Darth Vader at Hollywood Studios, but you can also watch. Check the times guide or Disney Parks app for showtimes. If you would like your child to participate, you need to head to Indiana Jones Adventure  Outpost first thing in the morning, with your child. Availability is first come first serve, and fills up quickly.

For the First Time in Forever- Have a Frozen fan in your party? Head to this sing-a-long at Hollywood Studios. Check the times guide or Disney Parks App for showtimes. Fastpass+ is available, if you know this is something you will want to see.

Anna and Elsa

A small piece of advice: if your kids love to meet characters, you may want to split the meet and gets between parks. Yes, the characters are on different costumes at each park, but do you really want to meet Mickey 4 times? I don’t blame you at all for saying no! Also, Disney has many character dining experience, which you experience while eating, saving you time! Check out the Walt Disney World website, and select character dining to see all of the options!

I know this post has been very long, so thank you for sticking through it! I hope this helps to lay out who you can meet where!

Who is your favourite character to meet at Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Kelsey

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  1. You can tell how much Alex loves characters!

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