Tips & Tricks for Meeting Characters at Walt Disney World

Our family loved meeting some fun characters on our recent trip. Whether meeting characters is your top priority or just a nice enhancement to your Disney vacation, it’s good to plan beforehand. You make reservations for food and secure your fast passes, why not put the same level of effort into the characters you meet? It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hunt and lose a lot of your vacation time finding and waiting for these characters, so here are some Tips & Tricks for Meeting Characters at Walt Disney World.

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Character Fastpass

Some character meet and greets offer Fastpass+. Save yourself a lot of time by securing your plans in line for popular meet and greets. Mickey and Minnie Fastpasses can be claimed for Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Ariel and Belle have Meet and Greets in New Fantasyland. Rapunzel and others can be found in Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland, and Tinkerbell has a location in Town Square.

Invest in Memory Maker

If you are making Character moments a big part of your disney trip, consider purchasing the Memory Maker package. You will get to keep all of the professional photos taken at character locations and on rides. It’s easier on you and you never miss a photo op. You can have the photographers snap a picture with your camera for free, but it’s better with the professional equipment.

Meet and Greet Locations

Study your maps and show schedules. They will let you know where characters will be, who they will be and when they will be there. Meet Greets are scheduled at permanent locations all over the parks.

Stay Alert for Rare Characters

While you are moving around the park, stay alert for characters that might just pop up. Usually these are rarer characters and quite often they will pop up in Epcot either in front of the American Adventure or between the UK and Canada Pavilions.

Dance Parties

For more character fun without the lines plan on attending one or more dance parties. These are happening all over. There is an Incredibles Dance Party in Tomorrowland right now, Donald’s Dino Bash in Disney’s Animal Kingdom (with lots of great photo locations, too!), and the Disney Junior Dance Party Coming this Fall to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Dance parties are a free part of your guest experience in the park. However, you can also buy tickets to after hours parties like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. You can also buy an “Enchanting Extra” like Princess Tiana’s Ice Cream Social and Parade Viewing Party.

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Character Dining

Last of Course is Character Dining. You can eat and greet with characters at any of the parks and many of the hotels outside the parks, which saves the cost of park admission. The two best princess meals are Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom and Akershus at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. Boardwalk, Beach Club, Polynesian,Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and Fort Wilderness all have character dining. It usually is “all you care to enjoy” family style or buffet, so don’t make another dining reservation too soon after a character meal.

Which character at Walt disney World do you want to meet?

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