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Best Guide for Meeting Disney Cruise Characters

Taking a Disney cruise is an exciting and memorable experience. From top-notch service and entertainment to family activities onboard, there’s no doubt that you’ll have an unforgettable time. One of the most magical experiences you can have is meeting all the different Disney Cruise characters.

Meeting Disney characters is a wonderful experience that many cruise-goers take advantage of while on board.

If you are wondering which characters appear on a Disney Cruise or where to find them, we have everything you need to know in this guide to meeting Disney Cruise characters.

Mickey & Minnie in Cruise Outfits
Courtesy Disney Cruise Line

Guide for Meeting Disney Cruise Characters

You will find that there are numerous meet and greets every day while you are on the cruise.

Typically, Disney Cruise characters will be found in the Atrium, regardless of the ship.

They can appear on the ground floor of the atrium and on the balconies that surround the Atrium.

While characters usually appear in the atrium, they can sometimes be found in other parts of the ship, in the kids clubs, and there are even characters on Castaway Cay.

Displaying Disney Autographs

This is why you will want to make sure that you bring an autograph book or other item you’d like autographed with you when you are out & about on the ship.

Disney Mickey and Friends Autograph book
  • Comes with alphabet stickers for personalizing

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Tiana on Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Ships like Disney Wonder, Disney Wish, and Disney Magic even have Disney characters that will also show up during dinner.

  • Disney Wonder: Tiana’s Place
  • Disney Magic: Rapunzel’s Royal Table
  • Disney Wish: Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure

The characters do not sign autographs during dinner, but they do stop by tables for photos.

Disney Dream Meet & Greet with Dopey

Which Characters are on a Disney Cruise?

When it comes to a Disney Cruise, you will have limitless Disney characters to meet.

These are some that have appeared on various cruises with Disney Cruise Line.

  • Donald Duck
  • Pluto
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Chip & Dale
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Goofy
  • Daisy Duck
  • Jack Sparrow
  • Hook & Smee
  • Snow White
  • Princess Tiana
  • Ariel
  • Cinderella
  • Princess Aurora
  • Pinocchio
  • Dopey
  • Jiminy Cricket
  • Tinker Bell
  • Mr. & Mrs.Incredible
  • Remy
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Woody
  • Jessie
  • Peter Pan
  • Anna
  • Elsa
  • Olaf
Disney Cruise Pixar Pals
Courtesy Disney Cruise Line

Now, keep in mind, that specialty cruises, like Pixar Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea will give you more chances at seeing characters from those movies.

Disney Navigator will show you Disney Character Meet & Greet times

Where to find Disney Cruise Characters to Meet & Greet

You will find a list of all Disney Cruise meet & greets on your Disney Cruise Navigator app. This will give you the exact location and time that the lines begin forming.

You will want to pay close attention to the time because once the line gets to a certain length, a cast member will cut the line off.

Your best bet is to arrive 15 minutes prior to the character you would like to meet.

Disney Cruise Chipmunks
Courtesy Disney Cruise

Don’t worry if you miss an opportunity to meet a specific character.

Chances are that you will find another opportunity to meet that character later in your cruise.

Disney Cruise Meet & Greet with Minnie Mouse

Certain characters, like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy and Chipmunks appear in different costumes throughout the cruise.

Mickey Mouse Pirate Meet & Greet
Courtesy Disney

They will be dressed in cruise gear, in pirate garb for Pirate Night, and in formal attire for Formal Night.

Chips Halloween Costume

And if you are taking a Halloween or Christmas Cruise, characters will be dressed in festive attire.

Ariel Meet & Greet on Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise Princess Meet & Greet

There will be at least one Disney Cruise Princess Meet & Greet where you can visit with each princess on board the ship.

Usually, this event is in the Atrium of the ship and 4 princesses are available for pictures.

We have seen Cinderella, Snow White, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel from Tangled, Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, and Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

This doesn’t mean that other princesses don’t appear, these are just the ones that we have seen. 

Disney Cruise Characters You'll be able to Meet

Frozen Character Meet & Greet

Depending on the length of the cruise, there might be up to two Frozen Character Meet & Greets.

In order to participate in the Frozen Meet & Greet, you have to go to guest services and get a ticket.

There is no extra cost, but they found that this particular meet & greet was so popular that they had to find a way to handle the crowds.

Tickets for the Frozen Meet & Greet tend to go quickly, so be sure to make that one of the first things you do when you board the ship.

Meeting Stitch on a Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise Characters on Castaway Cay

You will also find that there are characters who are available for meet & greets on Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, so be sure to bring your camera and your autograph book.

Hook & Smee on Disney Cruise Pirate Night
Disney Family Cruise

Usually, the Fab Five are found somewhere on the island along with some other favorites!

The key is to check the Disney Cruise app daily and to keep your eyes open when you are walking around the ship!

Who are you looking forward to meeting on your Disney Cruise?

Donald Sixkiller

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Is there a list of characters that will appear at embark inNewOrleans? I will be doing directional and would like an idea which ones to expect, thanks

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