Lots of Disney lovers have seen most, if not all, of the Disney and PIXAR animated films—from the 1937 Snow White to the 2019 Toy Story 4, and true fanatics know their Disney film trivia so well that you can give them the name of any Disney character, and they can tell you which film to watch to see that character. The same Disney fans are first in line to meet characters in the parks, get their autographs and pose for pictures with them. But we’ve noticed that not every Disney character is represented in the parks, which is understandable since there are so many! But there are a few that we think should have more of a presence in the parks. Here are 9 of them.
This headstrong wayfinder made her way into our hearts in November of 2016 when her animated feature hit theaters. (I learned a lot about wayfinding in that film—didn’t you?) And when the feature film was released in theaters, Disney World offered character encounters with the Polynesian Princess. But those encounters were short-lived. There are currently no regular opportunities to meet Moana, and you don’t see her in any of the four theme parks—even as part of a parade or show. Moana was available however during the 2018 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. We hope Moana can wayfind her way back to the parks soon.
8. The rest of the Inside Out characters
I don’t know about you, but I definitely feel more emotions than just joy and sadness, but at Disney World, you won’t find the other part of the emotional quintet from Disney/PIXAR’s Inside Out. Joy has a meet and greet at EPCOT in Future World. Sadness’ meet and greet space has been discontinued. We think it’s only fair to bring out the rest of the Inside Out crew – Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear. Hey—they may not be the Fab Five, but they do work together in Riley’s mind on a daily basis, and we’d like to see them in the parks too!
7. Princess Aurora
Guests can only meet this royal sleeping beauty in the France pavilion at EPCOT, which is fitting. But it would be nice to be able to say “Bon jour!” to the beautiful princess at Magic Kingdom too. She plays a part in the Festival of Fantasy parade every afternoon at Magic Kingdom alongside her handsome Prince Phillip, but it’s very rare to see her outside of that regal role.
6. The Seven Dwarfs
Maybe we can’t meet the Seven Dwarfs because the PhotoPass photographers don’t have panoramic lenses. After all, can you imagine a PhotoPass pic of a big family with all of the dwarfs? And I suppose it would take quite a while for Guests to get all seven autographs, but it would be nice to meet the dwarfs, chit-chat about the diamond mines, get their take on the best gooseberry pie recipe, etc. We can meet their beloved Snow White in the Germany pavilion at EPCOT, but the Seven Dwarfs are scarce, save for their appearance in the Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom.
5. Carl Fredrickson
Disney/PIXAR’s Up had us head over heels for this spunky octogenarian (we’re guessing because according to the film, he was an inquisitive boy in the late 1930s, which would make him somewhere around the age of 88 today). And it’s a darn shame that we can’t shake hands with this hero of sorts when we visit the parks. Russell and Dug the Dog have their own show at Animal Kingdom, but Mr. Fredrickson apparently takes the proverbial backseat to them. Maybe he doesn’t fare well with his walker outside for long periods of time, and if that’s why Disney doesn’t have a meet and greet with him, we can support that.
4. The March Hare
We can easily get our Alice in Wonderland fix at Disney World. Magic Kingdom has the Mad Tea Party attraction, and Alice and the White Rabbit meet Guests near the teacups as well. Alice, the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter all take part in the Festival of Fantasy parade, and at EPCOT, Alice meets Guests at the United Kingdom pavilion on the World Showcase. But where the heck is the March Hare? There’s more than one bunny in the animated feature, and it seems unfair to include one (the White Rabbit) and not the other.
3. Flora, Fauna and Merryweather
In Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, this helpful fairy trio was responsible for concealing the infant Princess Aurora and raising her as their own so that the evil Maleficent wouldn’t be able to curse her further. And for that, King Stefan and the Queen were very grateful. Well, we would like to extend our gratitude as well. There’s only one problem—we don’t have the opportunity to do so. We see them for just a moment in an afternoon parade at Magic Kingdom, but beyond that, I suppose extending our gratitude will have to take place in the form of a written letter. Do we mail it to them, in care of Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida?
Dinner at Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom affords Guests the opportunity to pose for a photo with Beast from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. But that meet and greet is somewhat of a lackluster experience. He doesn’t sign autographs, and there’s very little true interaction with Beast like we see with other characters. Perhaps that’s because the Master of the Castle has a continual stream of dinner guests to meet—from 5:00 p.m. until after 10:00 p.m. most evenings. If so, we think it makes sense for us to have another opportunity to meet Beast—perhaps during Belle’s scheduled meet-and-greets. It would be magical to see the couple interact with each other, as well as with Guests. And we’d love to have Beast’s autograph as well!
1. Villains aside from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
On select nights beginning in late August and until the end of October, Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and even if you aren’t a fan of Halloween, you’ve got to admit that it’s wickedly cool to meet many of Disney’s villains during this special ticketed event. But we’ve got an even better idea—let us have the opportunity to meet them at other times throughout the year. We understand that Disney World wants more of a hero and princess presence than a villain presence, so we could keep it to a minimum—say, only a few times each week, but we feel a little cheated because we can’t meet Maleficent, Lady Tremaine, Mother Gothel, Jafar, the Evil Queen and Yzma, just to name a few. P.S.—we also think we should be able to meet the evil Emperor Zurg, and there’s no better place to put him than at Toy Story Land. While we thankful for Disney Villain’s After Hours at Magic Kingdom, that still doesn’t offer villain meet and greets.