Character Meet and Greet Locations at Walt Disney World

Disney characters are an iconic part of any Disney vacation. For many vacationers, meeting them is almost as important as riding attractions or seeing a show. Disney characters appear in the theme parks and at select dining locations at Walt Disney World offering ways to interact and capture photos. New character meet-and-greets are periodically added as new movies are released such as Asha from Disney's WISH joining EPCOT's lineup soon. You can also meet Mirabel from Disney's Encanto in Magic Kingdom. Check the My Disney Experience app for meeting times and locations.

No matter your age, meeting a Disney character in a Disney theme park can be a magical experience. Whether you're five years old and meet your idol, Cinderella, or 50 years old and meet the boyfriend your dreams are made of, Flynn Ryder. Disney fans never think of a college kid in a costume when meeting characters. These characters are some of your best friends from Disney movies, your most favorite Disney Junior star, or your inspiration to "let it go." They are important and you want to meet them during your Disney vacation.

Different Types of Disney Characters at Walt Disney World

Meeting Disney characters during your Disney vacation can be so much fun, especially if you know a little about what to expect before your arrival.

Some characters, like Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, and Daisy Duck, do not speak while others like Belle, Cinderella, and the Mad Hatter do. The characters that talk, typically called face characters, are usually Disney princesses, for the most part. These characters know a lot about the movies they starred in and can be a lot of fun to interact with. The non-speaking characters are a whole lot of fun too. Their communication is not actually speaking, but body language.

Just about all of the Disney characters you meet at Walt Disney World can typically sign autograph books and they're happy to do it. The best pens to use are the fat ones that they can easily grab ahold of. Markers can also work well for this. It's best to hand the character the pen with its cap already off as most of them don't have opposable thumbs for that kind of thing.

You can read more about tips and tricks on character interaction over on the Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies forum at DISboards.com.

Where Can You Meet Disney Characters?

Some Disney characters have their own special meet and greet locations set up around the theme parks. They have backdrops from some of our most favorite Disney films and, in some cases, they have their own building like the Sommerhus in EPCOT's Norway pavilion where guests can meet Anna and Elsa from Disney's Frozen or Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom.

When you visit these locations, be sure to check out all of the amazing details while you wait in line. From the carpeting to the designs on the wall, you'll never run out of new details to discover and it's always fun to try to include them in your photos.

The lines to meet our favorite Disney characters can often be long and while some have Lightning Lane available, they aren't an option for others. The queues to wait in line are often pretty fabulous to look at, but if you're short on time, Character Dining will allow your family to meet a handful of your favorites while enjoying a meal at the same time – take a look below for all of the restaurants at Walt Disney World where Disney Characters are present. Remember, time is money on a Disney vacation!

Character Dining Locations at Walt Disney World

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - EPCOT World Showcase

Artist Point - Wilderness Lodge

Chef Mickey's Buffet - Contemporary

Cinderella's Royal Table - Magic Kingdom

Garden Grill - EPCOT Future World

Hollywood and Vine - Hollywood Studios

Ohana's Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch - Polynesian

The Crystal Palace - Magic Kingdom

Topolino's Terrace - Riviera Resort (Breakfast ONLY)

Tusker House Restaurant - Animal Kingdom


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