Walt Disney World is a vacation destination that offers something for every member of the family to enjoy. From thrills for adults to Fantasyland attractions for kids, there are unique experiences for all. However there is one experience to be had on a Disney vacation that everyone loves and that is meeting characters. From the Disney Princesses to Buzz Lightyear, guests can meet so many of their favorite characters and walk away with memories to last a lifetime. Here are twelve of the best places to see characters on a Disney vacation.
12. Town Square Theater –
Mickey is waiting to meet families at Town Square Theater on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom! There Mickey is decked out in his Magician outfit ready for hugs and photos. Guests experience one on one interactions with Mickey, making this one of the best places to meet him in all the parks.
11. Princess Fairytale Hall –
This location in Fantasyland is home to several princesses! This attraction features many of the princesses including Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella and Elena. Please note that princesses are moved in and out of this location, so you’ll want to check a Times Guide to be sure the princess you are seeking is still at Fairytale Hall. Since the princesses are always very popular, guests should look into booking FastPasses to meet them here in order to avoid long wait times.
10. Ariel’s Grotto –
Located just outside the exit of Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid is Ariel’s Grotto where guests can dive back under the waves to meet their favorite mermaid. Perched in a massive and intricate seashell, Ariel is surrounded by some of her favorite thingamabobs and is always ready to take a picture together.
9. Cinderella’s Royal Table –
This coveted full service dining location is located inside Cinderella Castle and features ornate decorations worthy of a king. Throughout the meal, guests get the chance to meet Cinderella and several other princesses making this a truly magical meal for guests looking to meet characters.
8. Imagination Pavilion –
Located in Epcot’s Future World, guests should head over to the Imagination Pavilion to meet characters such as Mickey Mouse (part of Disney/Pixar Short Film Festival) and Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck it Ralph (at the exit of Figment). The former Character Spot is closed due to the construction in Future World, but a new space will likely hold characters once this area is finished with refurbishment.
7. Tusker House Restaurant –
This character dining location in Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers guests the chance to meet Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy who are all decked out in their safari gear. Offering up a delicious buffet featuring classic foods as well as African delicacies, this is a great character meal to enjoy on a Disney vacation.
6. The Crystal Palace –
This character meal in the Magic Kingdom allows guests the opportunity to meet Winnie the Pooh and friends in a beautiful glass ceiling building. Featuring buffet style meals, breakfast at the Crystal Palace can be extra special since it allows guests to enter into the park before opening making for some great photos on an empty Main Street!
5. ‘Ohana –
This family style character meal is offered during breakfast only over at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. It is the only character meal at Walt Disney World that offers guests the chance to interact with Lilo and Stitch in a tropical and relaxing setting. For some delicious breakfast options and the chance to say aloha to some special characters, be sure to travel over to ‘Ohana!
4. Buzz Lightyear –
Buzz Lightyear can often be found ready to mingle and pose for pictures outside of the exit of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. With a space themed background and a photographer nearby, Buzz is always up for some memorable photos.
3. Chef Mickey’s –
This classic character dining location can be found in the massive lobby of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. With an impressive buffet and tons of options to choose from, guests can dine in style while meeting Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, and Goofy. Be sure to give compliments to Chef Mickey!
2. Character Landing –
Guests who are fans of the classic Disney animated film Pocahontas can enjoy a unique meet and greet with the title character in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Pocahontas can be found at the Character Landing on Discovery Island and appears on and off throughout each day in the park. This meet and greet is a great one to enjoy as it is the only place in Walt Disney World where guests can meet and interact with Pocahontas while enjoying a beautiful and lush background!
1. France –
For those looking to meet Belle, one of the best places to do so is in the France Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. Found down near the shores of World Showcase Lagoon, Belle can often be spotted signing autographs and posing for pictures with guests. With the lagoon in the background, this is one of the best places to meet Belle!