Grab your tiara and let’s meet some princesses! You might know of some well-known spots in Walt Disney World to find these royal ladies, like inside Cinderella Castle and in the daily Festival of Fantasy parade. New princess encounters are magically appearing all the time, like the new Storybook Dining at Artist Point in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, where guests can meet the lovely Snow White. Did you know that tucked away in Fantasyland, guests can meet Ariel up close in her Grotto? Meeting the princesses, dressing like a princess, and bring home princess souvenirs is as easy as waving a magic wand. Check out my favorite ways to be immersed in all things Disney princess!
1. Cinderella Castle
If I were a princess, this is where I would definitely want to live! Cinderella Castle, while being the most recognized icon of Walt Disney World, is home to Cinderella’s Royal Table, a lavish dining experience suited for both princes and princesses. After meeting Cinderella and getting a royal picture taken with her, guests are seated in the majestic banquet hall. Make a reservation for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and enjoy a delicious meal as various princesses come to your table for a photo or autograph. While they occasionally change, the lineup usually includes Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, and Jasmine. Wishing stars, wands, and play swords are handed out for a magical experience. The glittering chandeliers, beautiful stained-glass windows, and royal flags and crests create a regal atmosphere, and the view of Fantasyland completes the fairy tale.
2. Festival of Fantasy Parade
While you’re in the Magic Kingdom, you will want to find a good spot to enjoy the Festival of Fantasy parade, a daily dose of princess perfection. Watch as the princesses wave from festive floats, hum along to the enchanting music, and keep an eye out for the impressive dragon.
3. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Journey over to the Norway pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase and get ready to step back in time. The Akershus Royal Banquet Hall has prepared a feast for breakfast or dinner, complete with your favorite princesses. As you enjoy favorite dishes with a Scandinavian touch in a medieval castle setting, several princesses will make your acquaintance. The princesses may change and could include Snow White, Aurora, Cinderella, Belle, and Ariel.
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4. Royal Sommerhus
A short walk across the courtyard will take you to the Royal Sommerhus, a pixie-dusted spot to make friends with two more princesses. Anna and Elsa from the hit film Frozen are available for magical photos and hugs.
5. Princess Fairytale Hall
Under the colorful canopy of Princess Fairytale Hall, guests can choose to meet Cinderella and a visiting princess, or Rapunzel and another member of royalty. The queue is decorated with special princess touches, and don’t forget to check out Cinderella’s famous glass slipper. Another great feature of this meet-and-greet is the availability of FastPasses so that guests have more time for other princess adventures.
6. Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
Grab a great spot in front of Cinderella Castle to watch your favorite princesses and Disney pals put on a festive outdoor show several times a day. Magical music, enchanting dances, and a few surprises delight princess fans of all ages.
7. Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios gets in on the princess fun too. Watch Belle and the Beast delight audiences with a live Broadway-style performance in Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage. You can catch the 20-minute show in the Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard. Guests can find Anna and Elsa again in the For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. Song lyrics are displayed along with animated film clips, just in case you forgot any of the words to the popular songs! Sing along with Ariel at the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show in the Animation Courtyard.
8. Princesses of the World Showcase
Stroll around the world to meet all your favorite princesses. The pavilions in Epcot’s World Showcase feature princess greeting times on a daily basis. Hop over to France to find Belle and Aurora. Mulan greets guests in China, and Snow White can be found in Germany. Although technically not princesses, Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins meet guests in the United Kingdom area. Pick up a Times Guide to learn when and where each princess will be appearing.
9. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Get ready to become a princess at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a special salon where guests between the ages of three to 12 will be transformed into a princess. Guests can choose from hair style options, nail polish, makeup, a royal sash, and of course, the princess dress. The princes won’t miss out on the fun with a “knight” package for young boys too. Guests can receive this magical treatment at the salon located inside Cinderella Castle, at Disney Springs, and soon to be at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
Looking for a memento of all your princess adventures? Many of the shops in each of the theme parks on Walt Disney World property have a great selection of princess merchandise. Castle Couture and Sir Mickey’s in Fantasyland offer princess accessories. You can even get a tiara at any of the Arribas Bros. locations, including Kunstarbeit in Kristall in the Germany pavilion at Epcot, La Princesa de Cristal in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom, and Crystal Arts on Main Street U.S.A.