Where to Find Characters at Walt Disney World

Meeting Mickey Mouse for the first time is a breathtaking and exciting thing that everyone should experience. You’re waiting in a line, thinking about what you’re going to say, what pose you want to do and finally…you see the ears!

When folks go down to Walt Disney World, one of the items that’s usually left off the list is the “Character Meet and Greets” section. It may be because they don’t understand how grown adults would want to wait in line to meet Minnie or Goofy, or that they would be embarrassed to be the only people over 4 feet to be in the lineup.

I’ll try to be gentle with this information, but the character meet and greets aren’t for your kids…they’re for you. Each time you stand next to The Beast, or get a hug from Belle, or take a funny pose with Rafiki, you’re able to relive a part of your life which will give you goosebumps.

There’s true magic in this aspect of the Disney Parks, and for that…you have to have a plan!

NoteCharacter Meet and Greets are subject to change for a number of reasons. Weather, special events, last minute things that we’ll never really know about. Just be flexible and understand that the Cast Members will do their best to help you!

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Where To Find the Characters


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MAGIC KINGDOM

Goofy Selfie
Goofy and Dustin Selfie – Steps To Magic
  • Adventureland
    • Aladdin & Jasmine (Agribah)
    • Jack Sparrow (Pirate Tutorial)
  • Fairytale Hall
    • Rapunzel (FP)
    • Tiana (FP) Fantasyland
    • Alice, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit (Mad Tea Party)
    • Peter Pan (Peter Pan’s Flight)
    • Merida (Fairytale Garden)
    • Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger
  • Frontierland
    • Chip & Dale
    • Jessie & Woody
    • Country Bears
  • New Fantasyland
    • Gaston (Gaston’s Tavern)
    • Ariel (Ariel’s Grotto) (FP)
  • Storybook Circus
    • Minnie
    • Daisy
    • Goofy
    • Donald
  • Tomorrowland
    • Buzz Lightyear
    • Stitch
  • Hub Lawn
    • Mary Poppins
  • Main Street USA
    • Minnie
    • Pluto
    • Snow White
  • Town Square Theatre
    • Mickey Mouse (FP)
    • Tinkerbell (FP)


EPCOT

Elsa at Frozen Royal Sommerhus
Elsa at Frozen Royal Sommerhus – Photo by Steps to Magic
  • EPCOT Character Spot
    • Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald (FP)
  • Breezeway Character Spot
    • Baymax and Joy & Sadness
  • Legacy Plaza West
    • Daisy
  • Mexico
    • Donald Duck
  •  Norway
    • Anna & Elsa (Royal Sommerhus) (FP)
  • China
    • Mulan
  • Germany
    • Snow White
  • Morocco
    • Jasmine & Aladdin
  • France
    • Belle
  • United Kingdom
    • Alice
    • Mary Poppins
  • Disney Visa Cardmember Experience
  • International Gateway (World Showcase)
  • American Pavilion
  • Spaceship Earth Breezeway
  • In Front of the Dancing Fountains


DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Kylo Ren and Dustin
Kylo Ren and Dustin – Photo by Steps to Magic
  • Animation Courtyard
    • Disney Junior Pals
  • Hub Courtyard
    • Pluto
    • Goofy
    • Daisy
    • Donald
  • Celebrity Spotlight
    • Olaf
  • Toy Story Land
    • Buzz and Woody
    • Green Army Men
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
    • Kylo Ren
    • Chewbacca
    • BB-8
    • Stormtroopers
  • Red Carpet Dreams
    • Mickey
    • Minnie
  • Disney Visa Cardmember Experience

 

DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM

Baloo and King Louie with Dustin and Jill
Baloo and King Louie with Dustin and Jill – Photo by Steps to Magic
  • Upcountry Landing
    • Baloo and King Louie
  • Conservation Station
    • Doc McStuffins
    • Rafiki (Rafiki Planet Watch)
  • Discovery Island
    • Russell (Dug sometimes)
    • Tarzan
  • Dinoland USA
    • Pluto and Goofy
    • Donald
  • Adventurer’s Outpost
    • Mickey, Minnie (FP)


EXTRA NOTES FOR CHARACTER INTERACTIONS

  • Most characters sign autographs, but some cannot (ie King Louie, Buzz Lightyear)
  • Character Dining is a great way to check characters off your list! We’ve done an article about character dining, available here
  • Special events, like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, have their own special line-up of characters. Keep an eye out for the schedule/times guide for information. Just a tip…show up early and make sure that you have your priorities in line. If you want to wait 4 hours to meet Jack and Sally at MNSSHP, be our guest! We usually just go near the front to get a photo of the characters between guests and we’re good.
  • Always Always Always pick up a Times Guide each day that you’re in the park. You never know what could be going on;)
  • When you see a character attendant alone in the park, go and ask POLITELY whether or not they can be expecting a “friend” to join them soon. Characters are sometimes random and can create extra magic in places that you never expected.

Hope this was helpful!

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