Best Trip Tips: Meeting Mickey Mouse
A must do on every trip to Walt Disney World is a meet and greet with Mickey Mouse. There are many ways to meet this beloved character between traditional character meetings at the parks or at character dining experiences. Here are the many ways you can meet Mickey, snap a picture with him and have him sign your autograph book.
Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square. This is located on your right hand side as you enter the park. This is by far the best place to meet Mickey and the busiest. He actually talks to you! It’s a memorable experience for everyone. Be sure to get a FastPass+ reservation for this. Remember this location is at the front of the park. Try to get a reservation for the beginning of your day so you don’t have to come all the way back to the entrance. If first thing isn’t available, time your reservation with a meal time and enjoy a meal at Tony’s Restaurant which is also located at Town Square. Or book it around the same time as your visit to Harmony Barber Shop. If you can’t get a reservation head there first thing, it will be the lowest wait times of the day. Normally the wait time will be around 60 minutes.
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Meet Mickey Mouse in Future World. This one can be hard to find. Head underneath Spaceship Earth, the big white ball that acts as Epcot’s focal point, and approach the fountain. On your right hand side are two buildings, the first is a shop called Art of Disney and the second is where you meet Mickey Mouse. At this location you also get to meet Minnie Mouse and Goofy. This spot is not as popular as the Magic Kingdom, the normal wait time is 15-20 minutes.
Farmer Mickey makes an appearance at The Garden Grill restaurant located in Future World. This restaurant also features Chip ‘n’ Dale and Pluto. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this very popular restaurant requires a reservation in advance. Located in The Land, enjoy your character meal before your flight on Soarin’ or before going on the educational Living with the Land.
Meet Mickey Mouse dressed as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. This meet and great location is fairly popular with a normal wait time of 40-60 minutes. It’s located on Commissary Lane. To get to Commissary Lane approach the Chinese Theatre from the entrance and then head left. You will see billboards of ABC studios tv shows and there it will appear. You also get to meet Minnie Mouse at this location.
The character restaurant found at Hollywood Studios is Hollywood & Vine. Mickey Mouse is one of the featured characters during the lunch and dinner offerings. He can be seen in seasonal attire and with many of his other friends.
Meet Mickey Mouse dressed for an adventure at Animal Kingdom. The meet and greet location is on the right side of the tree of life. Follow the signs to Asia. This meet and greet area is directly after the food cart Smiling Crocodile. At this location you will meet Mickey and Minnie. If you plan to meet Mickey Mouse at this location I would suggest getting a FastPass+ reservation. The normal wait time would be close to 50 minutes. If you don’t have a reservation then I would try and sneak this visit in first thing or check out the wait time 30 minutes before the park closes. Be sure to check the meet and greet times on the park map upon arrival.
Mickey Mouse will come to you at the Tusker House. Where you can eat your fill and meet Mickey and a few of his friends. This restaurant is located in Africa. Follow the signs to Africa and then head towards the Festival of Lion King and Tusker House will be on your right.
Park admission is not required to meet Mickey Mouse. Head to Chef Mickey’s, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ or ‘Ohana (breakfast only)for a more relaxed meet and greet.
Located on the 4th floor of the Contemporary resort, this is a buffet style restaurant. Along with Mickey Mouse, you also get to meet Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donal Duck. A great selection of characters to get off your list. To get to this restaurant take the monorail from the Transportation and Ticket Centre or take a bus to the Magic Kingdom and walk from there. Follow the link above for more information on this fabulous restaurant.
During breakfast, served from 7:30am-12:00pm, enjoy an all you care to enjoy meal with character interaction. Meet Lilo and Stitch, Pluto and Mickey. At this character meal you get signatures, photos and games. Along with a beautiful view of the castle, this is a great way to start your day before heading to the Magic Kingdom. Or come here on a non-park day for a late brunch and then enjoy the sights of the Polynesian Village Resort. This delicious meal is often over looked, you can find last minute reservations. Don’t forget that the character appearances only happen at breakfast servings. To get here, head to the Magic Kingdom and then take the resort monorail, getting off at the third stop. Or take a bus to Polynesian from any park.
At Disney’s newest Resort, Riviera, there’s a rooftop restaurant that hosts a character breakfast. At this character breakfast you can meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Pluto. This is a prix-fixed menu, where you can choose between a few entrees and receive a breakfast appetizer platter to share with the table. All the characters are dressed in Parisian attire.