Once WDW “goes back to normal” and we are allowed to meet our favorite characters again having a plan will be vital!
At Walt Disney World everything comes down to one decision that you make over and over throughout the day. Do I want to spend more money and save TIME? Or do I want to spend more time and save MONEY? You can read an entire article about making that decision here, but if your goal is to avoid long lines to meet those Disney Princesses I have a few tips for you.
As of 2020, there are 14 “OFFICIAL” Disney Princesses and chances are your kids want to meet as many as they can at your Disney vacation. Your goal is to meet as many as you can in a minimal amount of time.
1) Book a Character Meal at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and see Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Princess Aurora (AKA Sleeping Beauty), and Ariel. The first way to maximize your Disney Princess face to face time (and get photos) is by booking a table for your family at Akershus in Epcot. I personally say the EARLIER in the morning the better. You can meet some of the most-loved characters over an hour- an hour and a half AND get some delicious food. You will most likely always see Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Princess Aurora (AKA Sleeping Beauty), and Ariel. So this one is MUST DO for Princess LOVERS!
<< That’s 5 princesses down now!>>
2) Meet Anna & Elsa at Royal Sommerhaus in Epcot.It’s important to know that World Showcase doesn’t even open until 11:00 am on most days! If seeing Anna & Elsa is a priority for your kids you need to be ready to walk (to the left) towards Norway at the World Showcase rope-drop. Which means you need to be on the path at 11 and walk straight there. This is, in my experience, the only way, to avoid long lines to meet them. So make SURE you don’t book a fast pass too close to this time and lose your chance to get a quick meet and greet with Anna & Elsa
<< Ok if you do just these two things you’ve already met HALF the princesses>>
3) Book a Fast Pass for Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom and meet Tiana & Rapunzel. If you have little fans of these two amazing princesses this is BY FAR the best way to see them. If they are on your family’s “must meet” list then it is worth burning a fast pass for at least the princess lover(s) and an adult while other family members go ride something else. You can also…
Book a Character Meal for the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno Restaurant at The Boardwalk Resort and Meet Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Prince Eric & Ariel. For those of you like me that prefer to eat while I meet this is another great option for you.
<< You’re at 9 now>>
4) The rest of the princesses are more like going on a treasure hunt. Sometimes they’re there, sometimes not. Sometimes they get moved around mid-year (so check online!).
You’ll find that I almost NEVER recommend you meet any Princesses at the Magic Kingdom and it’s because it’s the most popular park, so the chances of lines being longer here are significantly higher. Meet at Epcot as much as you can!! YOU CAN ALWAYS CHECK YOUR MY DISNEY EXPERIENCE APP TO FIND WHERE THEY ARE ON THAT DAY!
Here’s where we have had the best shot of meeting the final few and you won’t need fast passes for any of them if you go their first thing in the morning (or when World Showcase Opens) :
- Jasmine – EPCOT With pretty good consistency we’ve been able to meet Jasmine & Aladdin at Epcot in front of the Morocco Pavillion.
- Pocahontas – ANIMAL KINGDOM You have a decent shot of finding Pocahontas on the Discovery Island Trails.
- Mulan – EPCOT I’ve never missed Mulan at Epcot. She’s super consistent and is usually right out front of the China Pavillion. She’s not usually really busy but I think once the Mulan live-action movie is released it will get longer.
- Merida – MAGIC KINGDOM If you have to meet Merida the only place (that I’m aware of) that you can do it is at Fairytale Gardens. Look at the My Disney Experience App a few days before your trip and you should see a pattern of what time her Character Greetings begin. In my experience the second scheduled greeting has shorter lines than the first, so plan your day to do the second greeting and get in line about 15 minutes ahead of time or send someone to hold your spot.
- Moana – At the time of printing the ONLY place that you can find Moana is at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This is a hidden secret because there are actually A LOT of rare character greetings at the Halloween Party. Some of the rarest characters at WDW we’ve seen here (including having our picture made with Cinderella’s Glass Carriage). **This is an additional ticket event that exists on top of park tickets but I would highly recommend it. It’s always our favorite party at WDW.
Alright all you princess lovers, that’s my big Princess tip for you! You can also go to Cinderella’s Royal Table or over to any of the meals at 1900 Park Fair or Be our Guest to meet characters, but if you’re looking to MAXIMIZE this would be my suggestion!
If you have any good tips on where to go see Princesses add them here!