There are many opportunities to meet your favorite characters at Walt Disney World. You may be aware of the most popular spots to find your favorites – Princess Fairytale Hall, Town Square Theater, Adventurer’s Outpost, or the Epcot Character Spot. However, there are many chances to meet characters that are not so well known. Some of these characters are tucked away a bit in spots that you may not think to visit while you are in the parks. Others have been in the designated spots for a while but people may not realize where to go to see them. Take a look at these 10 Character Meet and Greets you might not know about.
Alice In Wonderland
Alice can be found in both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot for meet and greets. While the wait to meet her is generally pretty short in either place, there is a potentially fun advantage if you are the first guest of the day to meet her in the Magic Kingdom. Sometimes, that guest gets to ride the Tea Cups with Alice. This is a great interaction for all ages but what a great experience for little ones!
Mary Poppins can also be found at both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. At Epcot, she is in the United Kingdom Pavilion, behind the buildings. This interaction is especially fun for all ages. With Mary Poppins Returns being released a few months ago, this is a popular meet and greet now for those who know that she has one. Having just met her again recently, it was fun for me personally to see different generations, including my own mother, interacting with her and she didn’t miss a beat! She even sent us on our way with a “Spit Spot!” and made a point to look inside our balloon to point out that she is “practically perfect in every way”. One thing to note, have your cameras ready because there is no PhotoPass photographer at this meet and greet.
You can meet Mulan in the China Pavilion at Epcot. She used to meet inside one of the buildings but currently is meeting on one of the walkways through the Bamboo Garden. It is well hidden and would be easily missed if you didn’t know to look for her. However, this is always a fun interaction, especially when there is a very short line.
Jasmine & Aladdin
Jasmine and Aladdin meet together at the Magic Kingdom in Adventureland. Personally, I try to do this meet and greet with my kids each time that I am there because it’s fun interacting with both of them together and we love both characters. Jasmine also meets by herself, in Epcot, tucked away in Morocco. If meeting her is a must-do for you or the princess lover in your family, both of these spots are great.
Joy & Sadness
Found in Future World in Epcot, these two characters meet together across from where guests can meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse. They are in the same building as Baymax. This character experience was very popular when the movie was first released but now, it is pretty easy to meet these two.
Snow White can be found at Epcot and at the Magic Kingdom. At Epcot, she is in the Germany Pavilion, just past Karamel Kuche. In the Magic Kingdom, she is near City Hall, tucked away a little bit and I found the line to be pretty short each time I have gone there. You can find her at two character meals also. Many people do not realize that she is in the Magic Kingdom in addition to Epcot. I have personally found that it is a great opportunity to spend a little extra time interacting if you meet her at the Magic Kingdom because the line is often shorter!
The Fairy Godmother meets in the Magic Kingdom but doesn’t appear to have a set schedule for her meet and greet. I would guess that this may be weather-related but if you get the chance, I highly recommend trying to meet her! Since she is a familiar character to all ages, this is a fun meet for everyone in the family and she doesn’t miss a beat interacting with everyone!
Merida is in the Magic Kingdom and can be found on the path going up toward Fantasyland, near the Cinderella Wishing Well. While some people do know about her, and the line can sometimes grow very quickly, many people do not. This is another fun interaction with an elaborate setting for the meet.
When Olaf first arrived at Hollywood Studios, he was VERY popular. This character meet is still one of my absolute favorites and the line to see him is often not bad at all. He is so fun and while he does not sign autographs, the interactions in my experience have been priceless!
Pocahontas is available for a meet and greet in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park but can sometimes be a little tricky to find. Many people don’t know where to find her or don’t realize that she even has a meet and greet. She was meeting right before the bridge to Dinoland U.S.A. for the longest time but has also been found on the Discovery Island Trails. My suggestion would be to check the Times Guide or ask a cast member for assistance if it is important to meet her! She made quite an impression on my kids and now it’s important to my family to try and see her each trip.
Did You Know…
While I listed above 10 characters that you may not know about, did you know that there are several characters that are new or only available in certain parks? I point this out because I often have people tell me that they will just skip one of the parks and depending on your family, you may miss out on some great character experiences. For example, Olaf is only available to meet at Hollywood Studios. Princess Anna and Queen Elsa are only available to meet in Epcot. If you have a Frozen fan, this will be a must. I know this because I have three of them in my family! While you can meet the Beast at Be Our Guest during the dinner hours, Belle is only available for a meet and greet at Epcot. Guests can have a brief interaction or picture taken with her while at Enchanted Tales with Belle but she does not sign autographs here. If meeting the characters is important to you, my tip is to go to all four of the parks to get as many of them as you can.
In addition, there are several new character experiences that have been added recently including dance parties, a meet and greet with Mike and Sully from Monsters, Inc. and more. Some of the characters listed above can be found at character dining experiences but in my opinion, sometimes it is worth it to wait in line for some additional interaction time.
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