One of our favorite things to do while at the Disney World parks is get our picture 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.
We have compiled a list of where to find characters at Disney World so that you can bookmark and take with you when you travel.
Where to Meet Disney World Characters
Disney Characters at Magic Kingdom
Main Street USA
- Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
- Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater (Currently Closed)
- Buzz Lightyear
- Aladdin & Jasmine at Agrabah Bazaar (Currently Closed)
- Captain Jack Sparrow
- Alice (and sometimes Mad Hatter &/or Rabbit) in Wonderland at the Tea Cups (Currently Closed)
- Ariel at her Grotto near Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid ride. (Currently Closed)
- Pluto, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, and Goofy at Pete’s Silly Sideshow (Currently Closed)
- Gaston at his Gaston’s Tavern (Currently Closed)
- Merida at Fairytale Garden (Currently Closed)
- Peter Pan near the ride (Currently Closed)
- 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 (Currently Closed)
- Belle at Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Fairy Godmother (or Step Mother & Sisters) in Fantasyland
- Chip & Dale (they are currently in Storybook Circus)
- Country Bears
Disney Characters at Epcot
- Various Characters
- Vanellope von Schweetz
- Joy & Sadness
- Mickey Mouse
- Anna & Elsa at Norway Pavilion
- Alice &/ or Mary Poppins in United Kingdom near garden
- 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
- One Disney Character (varies)
Characters at Animal Kingdom (All Meet & Greets Currently Closed)
- Baloo and King Louie
- Goofy and Pluto
- Scrooge McDuck and Launchpad McQuack
- Mickey & Minnie Mouse at Adventure Outpost
- Pocahontas at Character Landing
- Russel & Dug
Tree of Life
Pandora – The World of Avatar
- Pandora Ranger in Utility Suit
Rafiki’s Planet Watch
- Doc McStuffins at Conservation Station
Disney World Characters at Hollywood Studios
- Minnie & Mickey at Red Carpet Dreams
- Doc McStuffins
- Princess Sofia
- Fancy Nancy
Toy Story Land
- Buzz Lightyear
- Little Bo Peep
- Incredibles (Currently Closed)
- Cruz Ramirez
Star Wars Launchpad (Currently Closed)
- Darth Vader
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 Know Which Disney Characters are Available to Meet
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 they 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 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 Buffet
A Character Buffet 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!
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 a 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 opts!