One of our favorite things to do while at the Disney World parks is get our pictures taken with various characters. While you will find characters roaming around various locations of the parks, there are some Disney World characters that have designated areas where you should be able to easily spot them.
Where to Meet Disney World Characters
We have compiled a list of where to find characters at Disney World so that you can bookmark and take it with you when you travel.
Main Street USA
- Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
- Buzz Lightyear
- Aladdin & Jasmine at Agrabah Bazaar
- Captain Jack Sparrow (Currently Closed)
- Alice (and sometimes Mad Hatter &/or Rabbit) in Wonderland at the Tea Cups
- Ariel at her Grotto near Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid ride.
- Pluto, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, and Goofy at Pete’s Silly Sideshow
- Gaston at his Gaston’s Tavern
- Merida at Fairytale Garden (Mirabel will start in the Fall)
- Peter Pan near the ride
- Rapunzel at Fairytale Hall
- Tiana at Fairytale Hall
- Elena of Avalon at Fairytale Hall
- Cinderella at Fairytale Hall
- Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet at Thotful Spot
- Belle at Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Fairy Godmother (or Step Mother & Sisters) in Fantasyland
- Asha at Fairytale Hall
- Chip & Dale
- Country Bears
- Pluto at World Showcase Plaza Gazebo
- Anna & Elsa at Royal Sommerhaus
- Alice &/ or Mary Poppins in United Kingdom (behind tea shop)
- Belle in France along Lake in France Pavilion
- Donald Duck in Mexico Pavilion
- Mulan in China Pavilion
- Snow White in Germany Pavilion
- Jasmine & Aladdin in Morocco Pavilion
Pixar Short Film Festival
- Mickey Mouse
Characters at Animal Kingdom (More Coming Soon)
- Mickey and Minnie Mouse
- Goofy and Pluto
- Donald, Daisy, Scrooge McDuck and Launchpad McQuack
- Chip & Dale
- Kevin from UP!
- Minnie & Mickey at Red Carpet Dreams
- Doc McStuffins
- Fancy Nancy
Toy Story Land
- Buzz Lightyear
Star Wars Launchpad
Walt Disney Presents
While there are other Disney World characters you might see in the parks, these are the ones that have designated meet & greet locations.
How to Find Disney World Character Meet & Greets
There are two ways to know where to find characters and the times that they are available for meet & greets.
My Disney Experience App
We have found that the most up-to-date and easiest way to find characters in Disney World is to use the app.
Disney World Times Guide
One thing that will make it easier to find Disney World characters no matter which park you are at is the Times Guide.
Each park has a Times Guide that tells you the times of shows, parades and where characters are for meet & greets throughout the day.
Tips for Meeting Characters at Disney World
1. Plan ahead
Decide which characters you would really like to meet.
Chances are you might stumble upon characters here & there on your trip, but many Disney characters have set meet & greet times and locations.
Use the Disney app to know where they will be.
If you know where and when the characters will be, you can get there first!
2. Bring your Camera or Cell Phone
While many character meet & greets have a Disney Photopass photographer, not all do so you should be prepared.
Regardless if there is a photographer, I would take your own pictures too.
The cast member working the meet & greet area will gladly take a family picture for you if you would like to be in the picture too.
Not all characters will sign autographs, but for the ones that do, it is best to have the book open to the page you would like signed and a pen handy.
We have found that retractable Sharpies work best because the character doesn’t have to try to pull off the pen lid with their large hands.
Don’t want to do an autograph book? There are other options to showcase your autographs.
4. Be Ready for a Line
Lines can get long. If you are willing to wait with children, bring a snack and an activity.
This keeps the kids occupied when they might otherwise get fidgety.
5. Reserve a Disney Character Meal
A Character meal is a great way to knock out meeting many characters at one time.
You get to meet characters while you eat so you are killing two birds with one stone!
There are plenty to choose from, but these are our favorite Disney Character meals.
6. Use the Genie+ system & Lightning Lane
While there are a few occasions where using the Lightning Lane might be the best way to meet a character with minimal wait times, I think it is far better to use them on rides.
7. Disney Visa Card Holders can get access to special meet & greets.
One of the perks to having a Disney Visa Card through Chase is that you can get access to elite Disney Character Meet & Greets that aren’t available to the general public.
Take advantage of these as they are usually much shorter lines and with great characters!
8. Engage the characters
If you are wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt, show Mickey. Or better yet, show Donald! Characters love to be admired and teased!
They also make great photo ops!
Disney World Planning Information
There is so much to think about when it comes to planning your Disney vacation. We encourage you to check out our entire site, but if you are just getting started with planning, we have some posts you should begin with.
Looking for the best time to visit Disney World? We have Disney World crowd calendars that will tell you what’s going on each month of the year, dates to avoid, typical weather conditions, and other useful information.
Considering a Disney World Resort? There are so many perks to staying on Disney property. We have a full list of all the Disney Resorts as well as many Disney Resort reviews for you to get a firsthand perspective.
Want to get the best deal on your trip? We can show you not only how to travel to Disney on a budget, but we can also give you ideas on how to save on Disney tickets and where to book your vacation so that you get the best price.
We even have Disney packing lists, essential park day items and other things to consider bringing with you to the park that you might not think about.
Lastly, if you are traveling to Disney World for the first time and unsure how Genie+ and Lightning Lane work, where to find Hidden Mickeys or if you should add a Disney Dining Plan, we have tons of information to share..
Remember that we aren’t travel agents, we are regular Disney travelers just like you, but have been blessed with the opportunity to visit the parks regularly. Because we’ve been so much, we’ve learned many valuable Disney insider tips that we can share with others.