“Where is Mickey Mouse?”
According to Walt Disney World, that was the number one most frequently asked question for several years when that theme park opened forty years ago. Everyone who visits WDW wants to meet the Big Cheese.
Once upon a time, the Disney characters freely roamed the different lands of the Magic Kingdom at unscheduled times and locations, providing an unexpected but always happy meeting with park guests enjoying their day. As the demand increased, the Disney Company found a more practical way to make this special wish come true for more guests.
Disney World Meet & Greet Schedule
“Meet and Greet” character locations are spotlighted on Walt Disney World theme-park maps, with characters and times of their appearances published in the supplementary Times and Information Guide, a daily entertainment schedule that also provides information on parades and shows.
These materials are prominently available for free at the turnstile entrances to all of the parks as well as at Guest Relations located at the front of each park. (Often these guides can also be found in merchandise stores throughout the parks.)
***Orlando Vacation Travel Tip: These days, it is even possible to look up the updated schedules online or download them to your smartphone. This can bevery convenient while you are in the park-just check out the charater locator phone application to see which characters are close!
***Orlando Vacation Travel Tip: Guest Relations cast members have access to a special phone number that they can call that will help them locate where and when a character may be appearing throughout Walt Disney World. If you are unable to find your favorite toon star, a stop at Guest Relations may provide you with an answer that will result in a happy ending for your search.
Magic Kingdom Meet And Greet
Since Mickey Mouse is perhaps the most popular character, Walt Disney World has given the superstar his own special location to guarantee that guests can find him.
Mickey now resides in the newly transformed Town Square Theater on Main Street U.S.A, located just to the right of the entrance to Main Street. Guests can interact with Mickey as they first enter the park or just as they are leaving at the end of the day.
Mickey is preparing for his performance as a world renowned magician but always seems to find time to visit with his fans in his rehearsal room that is filled with magic hats, wands, and many surprises, including clever references to other Disney cartoon characters.
Mickey’s permanent location institutes the use of Disney’s FASTPASS Service for a character meet-and-greet experience. Guests can also use FASTPASS to schedule a meet and greet with Disney’s Princesses.
While many characters like Goofy, Chip’n’Dale and Minnie Mouse appear in various parades and live shows throughout the four parks, some characters only do a “meet and greet” experience at a particular park.
Location: Town Square Theater – Backstage Magic with Mickey Mouse
Characters: Mickey Mouse
Times: Park opening to approximately 1 hour before park closing
Location: In front of City Hall, Exposition Hall, and the Flag Pole
Characters: Marie, Minnie, Pluto
Location: Near Le Chapeau
Characters: Mary Poppins
Location: Inside the Crystal Palace (diners only)
Characters: Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Location: Inside Cinderella’s Castle (diners only)
Characters: Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine and Snow White
Location: Princess Fairytale Hall
Characters: Cinderella and Rapunzel, each joined by Aurora, Snow White, Tiana, Jasmine and Mulan
Location: Fairytale Garden
Location: Behind Cinderella Castle
Characters: Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella
Location: Cinderella’s Fountain
Characters: Fairy Godmother
Location: The Mad Tea Party
Characters: Alice and the White Rabbit
Location: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Characters: Pooh and Tigger
Location: Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus
Characters: Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Minnie
Location: Outside Gaston’s Tavern in the Enchanted Forest
Location: Ariel’s Grotto in the Enchanted Forest
Location: Enchanted Tales with Belle
Location: Queue area of Peter Pan’s Flight
Characters: Peter Pan
Location: Between Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Carousel of Progress
Characters: Buzz Lightyear
Location: The Glade, area behind the Christmas shop
Characters: Princess Tiana
Location: Across from the Golden Horseshoe
Characters: Chip and Dale
Location: Splash Mountain/Pecos Bill area
Characters: Woody and Jessie
Location: Adventureland Veranda
Characters: Tinker Bell
Location: Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Characters: Aladdin and Jasmine
Epcot Meet And Greet
Epcot’s international World Showcase is known for hosting several characters whose stories originated in those countries including appearances by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Germany, The Three Caballeros (Donald Duck, Panchito the Rooster and Jose Carioca the parrot) in Mexico and Pinocchio and his friends in Italy.
However, Epcot also offers exclusive “meet and greet” opportunities with characters like lovable Duffy the Bear, independent Mulan in China, talented little Marie the kitten from “The Aristocats” in France, practically perfect Mary Poppins in the United Kingdom, and of course, the devoted and loving couple, Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco.
Location: By the Legacy Fountain in front of Spaceship Earth at the Main Entrance
Characters: Daisy Duck, Goofy
Location: Inside Character Spot in Future World
Characters: Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Minnie Mouse
Garden Grill Restaurant
Location: Inside the Garden Grill Restaurant (diners only)
Characters: Mickey Mouse, Chip and Dale, Pluto
Future World West
Location: Between the Land Pavilion and Innoventions West breezeway
Characters: Chip ‘N Dale
Location: Outside on the Walkway beside the Mexico Pavilion, near to the Margarita Bar
Characters: Donald Duck
Location: Inside Restaurant Akershu (diners only)
Characters: Typically- Aurora, Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, and Mulan
Location: Puffins Roost
Characters: Anna and Else from Frozen
Location: Outside, at the edge of the lagoon
Characters: Jasmine, Aladdin, Genie
Location: Outside, in front of the France Pavilion
Characters: Belle, Beast, Aurora
Location: Outside, next to the Glas und Porzellan shop
Characters: Snow White
Location: Outside of the Temple of Heaven
The American Adventure
Location: On the walkway by the side of the Liberty Inn
Characters: Surprise appearances from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, Country Bears, Mad Hatter, Alice, Pocahontas
Times: Occasional surprise appearances, with no published schedule.
Location: Outside of The Tea Caddy shop
Characters: Mary Poppins, Alice
Location: Inside the Toy Soldier shop
Characters: Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Meet And Greet
Disney’s Animal Kingdom emphasizes Disney characters who are friends of nature. It is the only location to get some time to talk with Pocohantas, Rafiki, Flik, Baloo the Bear, King Louie and even Jiminy Cricket (who is the Disney mascot for conservation).
Donald’s Safari Breakfast and Lunch
Location: Tusker House Restaurant, Africa
Characters: Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Goofy
Location: Adventurers Outpost
Characters: Mickey and Minnie
Location: Upcountry Landing on walkway between Asia and Africa
Characters: Baloo and Louie
Location: Discovery Island Character Landing
Characters: Tigger, Pooh
Location: Near ‘Tough to be a Bug’ entrance
Characters: Russell and Dug from UP
Location: Discovery Island Trails
Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Location: Inside Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Location: Outside Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Characters: Chip and Dale
Location: Chester and Hester’s Dinorama
Characters: Goofy and Pluto
Location: Cretaceous Trail
Characters: Donald Duck
Disney Hollywood Studio Meet And Greet
Disney Hollywood Studio is the only showcase for many of the stars from the popular Pixar films including race car Lightning McQueen and tow truck Mater. Also appearing for photographs and autographs are Mike and Sully from “Monsters Inc.”, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, the Green Army Men and Lotso-the-Huggin’ Bear.
Disney Channel animated heroes like Phineas and Ferb, Handy Mandy and the Little Einsteins (June, Quincy, Leo and Anne) can only be found at Disney Hollywood Studios.
Location: Outside Disney Jr LIVE
Characters: Stars of Disney Jr – Jake, Sofia the First
Location: Opposite the exit to Muppet Vision 3D
Characters: Lightning McQueen and Mater
Location: Inside the Toy Story Friends building opposite Toy Story Mania
Characters: Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Green Army Men
The Magic of Disney Animation
Location: Inside the Magic of Disney Animation
Characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Mr Incredible, Frozone, Ralph, Vanellope
Streets of America – Monsters Inc
Location: On New York Street, near to the exit of the Backlot Tour
Characters: Mike, Sulley
Streets of America – Phineas and Ferb
Location: Near the MuppetVision exit
Characters: Phineas and Ferb
Sorceror’s Hat Character Greetings
Location: Around the Sorceror’s Hat
Characters: Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto , Chip ‘N Dale, Stitch
Playhouse Disney’s Play ‘N Dine at Hollywood and Vine breakfast and lunch
Location: Inside Hollywood and Vine (diners only)
Characters: Doc, Sofia, Handy Manny and Jake
Spend More time With The Disney Characters
While all of these experiences are free, some guests chose to pay for a dining experience at a WDW restaurant or resort where the characters are guaranteed to come right up to the table to pose for photos and welcome the diners.Contact Walt Disney World directly to make those types of reservations.
Getting a chance to meet with a favorite Disney character can be the most special vacation memory of an entire trip for many guests so using these tips to plan ahead for the experience is a wise decision.
Don’t forget to book your Disney World vacation package early as you can save a lot of money if you don’t wait til the last minute.