I don’t know about you, but I love to visit the characters! Every time I go, I have a list of all the characters I want to visit. Last time we went, I even had an autograph book. Just because you’re in your 20’s doesn’t mean that you can’t get excited to see the Disney characters anymore. I still haven’t seen Merida, Gaston, or Peter Pan!
You can see the Character Questions post I did back in 2014 to compile a list of fun things to ask your favorite characters.
Things you should know about meeting your favorite characters:
- You probably have to wait in line. It’s almost guaranteed. There is, however, a way to get around waiting for an hour or more. When you enter the park, make sure you pick up one of those times sheets. They will tell you exactly what is happening in the park that day and when it will be happening.Toward the bottom (or on the back) they have character names and the place and time they will be available for greeting. To get the best spot in line, you might want to be there at least 15-20 minutes early. Yes you will be waiting there for 15-20 minutes until the character actually shows up, but on the bright side, the people piling up behind you will have to stand there for an hour or more if lucky. It is totally worth it, believe me.
- Some of the characters might take days off. This doesn’t happen often but when it does, the little kids can get disappointed when they get their hopes up. If it’s at all possible (and if you have little kids that want to see all characters) try to plan around when the characters will be in their spots.
- For the prince and princess lovers out there who are looking forward to seeing both prince and princess at the meet and greet spots, you should know that not all princes come with their true loves. When a princess is first introduced into Disney, they stay with their prince most of the time. However, after a while, they take the prince out and only put him in the meet and greet spots every so often. The only “prince” you will likely see all the time with his princess, is Aladdin. He is always fun to see. You will just have to do a little research on when the princes are available for meet and greets with their princesses.
With all of that said here is a list of all the wonderful characters Disney has to offer (the characters in black are ones that I am not sure whether they are still there or not):
- Captain Jack Sparrow (I am not sure if you can meet him and get his autograph but I do know that he does a show in MK in Adventureland)
- The Incredibles (Hollywood Studios-Animation Courtyard)
- Alice (Epcot-UK, MK-Fantasyland)
- Aladdin & Jasmine (Epcot-Morocco, MK-Adventureland)
- Buzz Lightyear (MK-Tomorrowland, Hollywood Studios-Pixar Place)
- Anna & Elsa (Epcot-Norway)
- Chewbacca (Hollywood Studios-Animation Courtyard)
- Ariel (MK-Fantasyland)
- Baloo & King Louie (AK-Asia)
- Baymax (Epcot-Future World)
- Tarzan (AK-Discovery Island)
- Woody and Jessie (MK-Frontierland)
- Chip ‘n’ Dale (AK-Rafiki’s Planet Watch, MK-Liberty Square)
- Cinderella (MK-Fantasyland)
- Elena (MK-Fantasyland)
- Belle (Epcot-France)
- Rapunzel (MK-Fantasyland)
- Disney Pals (MK-Fantasyland, MK-Main Street U.S.A., Epcot-Future World, AK-Discovery Island)
- Goofy & Pluto (AK-DinoLand U.S.A.)
- Joy & Sadness (Epcot-Future World)
- Mickey (MK-Main Street U.S.A.)
- Mickey & Minnie (Hollywood Studios-Commissary Lane)
- Donald Duck (Epcot-Mexico, AK-DinoLand U.S.A.)
- Gaston (MK-Fantasyland)
- Tigger, Pooh, & Eyore (AK Discovery Island, MK-Fantasyland)
- Mary Poppins (Epcot-UK)
- Flik (AK-Discovery Island)
- Merida (MK-Fantasyland)
- Mulan (Epcot-China)
- Peter Pan (MK-Fantasyland)
- Pocahontas (AK-Discovery Island)
- Aurora (Epcot-France)
- Rafiki (AK-Rafiki’s Planet Watch)
- Tinker Bell (MK-Main Street U.S.A.)
- Ralph & Vanellope (Hollywood Studios-Animation Courtyard)
- Russell (AK-Discovery Island)
- Snow White (Epcot-Germany)
- The Disney Fairies (MK-Adventureland)
- The Stars of Disney Junior (Hollywood Studios-Animation Courtyard)
- Doc McStuffins (AK-Rafiki’s Planet Watch)
- Tiana (MK-Fantasyland)
- Olaf (Hollywood Studios-Echo Lake)
I hope you will find the time to meet some of these great characters during your next trip! Don’t forget to check out my post from 2014 on how to interact with the characters.
What were your experiences when meeting a character for the first time? I was so excited to meet Cinderella for the first time (8 years old). I remember almost crying. It’s such a magical thing to see your favorite character for the first time in real life!
Have a magical day,