Characters at the Magic Kingdom
Meeting beloved characters is one of the many things you can do during your park days at Walt Disney World. Whether you’re an adult or a child, meeting some of these characters can make your trip so much more magical. There are plenty of characters to be found at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The characters that are listed here are guaranteed meet and greets, now there will be some that may turn up at random places throughout the park so keep your eyes peeled. And don’t forget about the character dining that can be found at three different restaurants.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
Interact with Mickey and Minnie. They are dressed in their celebratory outfits to mark Mickey’s 90th. This meet and greet is found at the Town Square Theatre at the entrance of the Magic Kingdom. You can grab a FastPass for this character experience.
Meet Tinker Bell in the Town Square Theatre. This is the only place to meet Tink at Walt Disney World. You’ll be shrunk to fairy size to meet this feisty pixie. This meet and greet is open from park open until park close and you can also get a FastPass.
Chip n Dale
Meet this mischievous pair in the afternoons right in front of Harmony Barber Shop. It’s not an official meet and greet spot. So you’ll have to form a line behind the appropriate cast member.
Alice, White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts
Just past the Cheshire Cafe, at the exit of the Mad Tea Party, guests can meet one or more of the characters from Alice in Wonderland. Alice, The Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit are on rotation at this location. The character’s meet and greet guests in front of the topiaries. Cast members are on site to give the chaos some order by making sure people stay in line and to let you know if the characters are about to take a break and when they’ll be back. Typically, when one character leaves another one will be out momentarily. There is a photographer on hand to take pictures, with their camera and yours. Be aware, that the Queen of Hearts is a little overwhelming for littles, she does look menacing and may be too much for some. If you’re adamant about getting a picture with her, use these tips to get kids comfortable with characters by following this link.
From open until close you can find Ariel in her Grotto. This character spot offers FastPass +. Ideal for guests with this on their must-do for the day. The Grotto is sheltered, great for hot days or rainy days. Although there isn’t anything to do in this sheltered line. You can’t see Ariel until you reach the end of the line making it difficult to gage the wait. So make sure to check the Wait Time sign on the way in. Ariel’s Grotto is found in Fantasyland beside Under the Sea – Voyage of the Little Mermaid. At this location Ariel is still a mermaid, so expect shell top and fins.
Meet Cinderella at the Princess Fairytale Hall. At this meet and greet you wait in a long roped off line to meet Cinderella and Princess Elena. You will have the opportunity to talk with Cinderella, have her sign your book and then take a picture. A photographer will be there to take your picture or you can use the Photopass. There is no entertainment in this line, which can make for an excruciating wait. The Princess Fairtytale Hall is located in Fantasyland. Walk through or around Cinderella’s Castle to the Carousel. The Fairytale Hall is on your right. There are two separate halls, one is for Rapunzel and Tiana, the other is for Cinderella and Princess Elena. So be sure to get in the right line.
Elena of Avalor
She’s found on both Disney Junior and Disney Channel, making her meet and greet more popular than the other characters on this list. She shares a meet and greet with Cinderella giving you the opportunity to get two princesses off your list at once. They do offer FastPass at this meet and greet. We’ve taken advantage of this because this line is boring. There is nothing to do for the kids, making a 50 minute wait exhausting for everyone. This character experience is open from park open to close giving you plenty of time to meet Elena. You can expect her to talk to you in Spanish if you wish. When we met her on our daughter’s 5th birthday she was very engaging with every guest. With MacKenzie she invited her to Avalor to celebrate her next birthday and talked of how they celebrate in her kingdom. Our kids are not big Elena fans but I could tell they were very taken with her.
Found in the shadows of Cinderella’s castle, you can meet Rapunzel along with Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall. Guests can either line up in a cue that winds indoors or book FastPasses to meet this long haired princess. The meet and greet location is open from park open to park close. The line is long and there’s nothing in the line to distract guests. So if you don’t want to use your FastPasses on this character experience I would make sure to get in line first thing, during a parade or early evening. Here Rapunzel will take pictures as well as sign your autograph book.
The other princess found at the Fairytale Hall is Tiana. This princess is dressed in her beautiful green gown. Tiana is paired with Rapunzel at this character meet and greet. You can meet from park open until park close.
On the outskirts of Fantasyland you can meet Merida, the Scottish princess from Brave. You’ll find this meet and greet spot off the entrance to the Fantasyland from the courtyard in front of the Magic Kingdom. Across from the Starlight Cafe. Merida appears here from park open until 6:15pm. No Fastpasses are available at this character experience. This is the only place to meet Merida at Walt Disney World.
Found in the Storybook Circus area of Fantasyland, meet Daisy Duck dressed as a fortune teller at Pete’s Silly Sideshow. Head into the big tent and enter into the line to meet Daisy Duck. This character meet and greet is great because it’s inside which gives you a nice break from the heat or the rain. There’s no FastPasses for this location and it only opens at 10am. It also closes before park close so double check your daily park schedule when you arrive at the Magic Kingdom.
Pete’s Silly Sideshow is found in Storybook Circus, in Fantasyland. Pete’s Silly Sideshow is a great big circus tent, where guests can wait in line to either meet Daisy or Donald and Goofy. Be careful because Donald is an astounding snake charmer and may charm you into thinking he’s your favourite character. Following this meet and greet you’ll head into my favourite shop in all of Walt Disney World: Big Top Souvenirs. Pete’s Silly Sideshow is open from 10am until 7:30pm and FastPass + is not available.
Meet the Greet Goofini. At this character experience Goofy is dressed up as his alter ego, Goofini. The daredevil stuntman, appropriately across from his Barnstormer. Pete’s Silly Sideshow is found in a big top tent in the heart of Storybook Circus. This character experience has two separate lines, one is for meeting Goofy and Donald, and the other is for meeting Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck. Make sure to get in the line for Goofy and Donald. You’ll meet Goofy first and then Donald Duck. After you meet both characters you’ll go into Big Top Souvenirs. You’ll have to enter Pete’s Silly Sideshow again if you want to meet Daisy Duck. This character spot does not have FastPass.
Winnie The Pooh and Tigger Too
From 10:45a-2:15p and 3:30p-7:00pm this bouncy character can be found in the Thotful Spot in front of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It is a popular meet and greet so expect a bit of a wait. There is no fastpass + for this character spot. You can meet these two at another location at the Magic Kingdom, Crystal Palace. At this buffet you can meet four Hundred Acre Wood characters as they make the rounds during the Friendship Day celebrations. A delicious meal and great characters, I count this as a must for anyone who hasn’t dined here before.
Peter Pan can be found at the exit of Fantasyland as you enter into Liberty Square. He is by himself, in front of the Neverland map. There is no FastPass for this meet and greet and you can expect a line. Check your My Disney Experience App to find out what time of day you can expect to find him at this character spot. On the day I’m writing this post he is appearing from 12pm-12:40pm, 1:00pm to 1:40pm and 3:50pm-4:30pm. So if this is a priority for you and your family the best time to catch him would be at 12pm sharp. Go to the character spot, just past the Peter Pan’s fight ride, about 15 minutes before hand and line up. It is a shaded area so it can be a good spot to cool off and eat a snack.
Meet Belle at Enchanted Tales with Belle. This “attraction” is found in the Magic Kingdom’s new Fantasyland. Guests can enter Maurice’s cottage and be magically transported by a magic mirror to the castle the day Belle and the Beast share their famous meal and dance. Guests are taken from Maurice’s cottage to a room where the wardrobe is waiting. Guests are prepared to reenact Belle’s exciting tale up until this moment of her and the beast’s tale. Littles and adults are given roles to be a part of this reenactment. Once a little practice has happened, the group is ushered into Belle’s library in the Beast’s castle where Lumiere is the host. Belle then appears through the double doors. She is adorned in her yellow ballgown. Belle participates in this production, and dances around the room with the young thespians. Before departing to her waiting Beast she takes a picture with each of the littles and the two adults selected to participate. Belle does not sign autographs at this location. She gives each visitor a bookmark with her signature on it. This is an attraction for the whole family. It’s a beautiful way to interact with Belle, creating beautiful memories. It’s perfect for those little performers in your party. Enchanted Tales with Belle runs throughout the day during park hours.
In Tomorrowland near the exit of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and the Carousel of Progress you can meet Buzz Lightyear periodically throughout the day. There is no FastPass + for this character experience, but I’ve never seen a very long line. You should be able to fit him in between a ride on the Astro Orbiter and a flight through Space. He appears from 10am-2pm and 3:10-7:30pm.
During the afternoons you can meet Mary Poppins in Liberty Square. Beside Liberty Square Portrait Gallery is a little gazebo and it’s here that Mary Poppins appears periodically throughout the afternoons dressed for a Jolly Holiday. This meet and greet spot will definitely be more popular now the movie is released but you can normally sneak in a quick picture and autograph around the time Festival of Fantasy Parade is on. That’s when we met her last January, we were waiting for the parade to start in our favourite spot and I noticed there was no line when we went for a bathroom stop so I grabbed both kids and did a quick meet with Mary Poppins.
Aladdin and Princess Jasmine
Aladdin can be found in Adventureland, Magic Kingdom daily between 9:30am and 5:05pm. Sometimes he has Princess Jasmine with him and other times he’s hanging out solo. The character meet and greet spot is by The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. They are found in a shaded area that looks a lot like a Bazaar. If you are coming from Main Street USA, take the bridge into Adventureland. Pass the Swiss Family Treehouse on your left. Keeping to your right you’ll pass a variety of shops and then come upon the character meet and greet spot. If you are coming from Liberty Square there is a thoroughfare immediately before Country Bear Jamboree. You may have to wait in line or you may have to wait for them to return. Just wait at the rope until they return.
Your autograph book will nearly be full after meeting all these characters. For more posts on characters found at Disney World, check out these previous posts: