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All the Characters at Disney World: Who You Can and Can’t Meet

All the Characters at Disney World: Who You Can and Can’t Meet

When you think of Walt Disney World, you might immediately think of the thrilling rides, the delicious food, and the stunning fireworks displays. But one of the most magical aspects of a Disney vacation is the chance to meet your favorite characters.

Whether you’re young or young at heart, there’s nothing quite like coming face-to-face with Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, or Buzz Lightyear. These beloved characters have been a part of our lives for generations, and meeting them in person can be a truly unforgettable experience. As you stroll through the parks, you’ll likely spot characters in various locations. Some may be walking around, interacting with guests and posing for photos. Others may be stationed at designated meet-and-greet locations, where you can queue up to meet them.

No matter where you encounter them, meeting characters can be a highlight of your Disney vacation. It’s a chance to feel like a kid again, to suspend your disbelief and immerse yourself in the magic of the moment.

Different Types of Meet and Greets

Character meet and greets are not created equal in Disney World. There are traditional meet and greets where the characters are at a designated place and you have a one on one interaction, distance meet and greets where you wave at the characters and take selfies, and then character dining experiences.

All of the Characters in Walt Disney World

Aladdin

Magic Kingdom – Adventureland

Alice

EPCOT – World Showcase, UK Pavilion

Anastasia

Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland

Anna

EPCOT – World Showcase, Norway Pavilion

Ariel

Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Ariel’s Grotto

BB-8

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Animation Courtyard, Star Wars Launch Bay

Belle

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  • Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • EPCOT – World Showcase, France Pavilion

Character Dining

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall –  EPCOT

Big Al

Magic Kingdom – Frontierland

Buzz Lightyear

Magic Kingdom – Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland Stage

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Toy Story Land

Chewbacca

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Animation Courtyard, Star Wars Launch Bay, Galaxy’s Edge

Chip

  • Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Storybook Circus
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Echo Lake, Outside of Indiana Jones’ Stunt Spectacular
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – DinoLand U.S.A.

Character Dining

  • Garden Grill – EPCOT

Cinderella

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Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Princess Fairytale Hall

Character Dining

Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom

Daisy Duck

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  • Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • EPCOT – World Showcase, International Gateway
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Hollywood Boulevard, Sighting on Brown Derby Lawn
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – DinoLand U.S.A., Daisy’s Design Studio

Character Dining

  • Topolino’s Terrace (Breakfast) – Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Hollywood & Vine – Hollywood Studios

Dale

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  • Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Storybook Circus
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Echo Lake, Outside of Indiana Jones’ Stunt Spectacular
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – DinoLand U.S.A.

Character Dining

  • Garden Grill, EPCOT

Darth Vader

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Animation Courtyard, Star Wars Launch Bay

Doc McStuffins

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Animation Courtyard

Character Dining

Hollywood & Vine – Hollywood Studios

Donald Duck

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  • Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • EPCOT – World Showcase, Mexico Pavilion
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Hollywood Boulevard, Sighting on the Brown Derby Lawn
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – DinoLand U.S.A.

Character Dining

  • Chef Mickey’s  – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Topolino’s Terrace (Breakfast) – Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Hollywood & Vine – Hollywood Studios

Drizella

Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland

Elena

Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Princess Fairytale Hall

Elsa

EPCOT – World Showcase, Norway Pavilion

Fancy Nancy

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Animation Courtyard

Character Dining

Hollywood & Vine (Breakfast) – Hollywood Studios

First Order Stormtroopers

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Galaxy’s Edge

Goofy

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  • Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • EPCOT – World Celebration
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Grand Avenue

Character Dining

Chef Mickey’s – Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Hollywood & Vine – Hollywood Studios

Grogu with the Mandolorian

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Galaxy’s Edge

James P. Sullivan (Sully)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Animation Courtyard, Walt Disney Presents

Jessie

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Toy Story Land

Joy

EPCOT – World Celebration, ImageWorks

Kevin

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Discovery Island, roaming around

Kylo Ren

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Galaxy’s Edge, Sightings around Batuu

Liver Lips McGrowl

Magic Kingdom – Frontierland

Mary Poppins

EPCOT – World Showcase, UK Pavilion

Max

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Grand Avenue

Merida

Magic Kingdom – Fairytale Garden

Mickey Mouse

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  • Magic Kingdom – Main Street, U.S.A., Town Square Theater
  • EPCOT – World Celebration, Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Commissary Lane, Red Carpet Dreams
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Discovery Island, Adventurers Outpost

Character Dining

  • Chef Mickey’s – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Topolino’s Terrace – Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Garden Grill – EPCOT
  • Hollywood & Vine – Hollywood Studios

Minnie Mouse

  • Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • EPCOT – World Celebration
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Commissary Lane, Red Carpet Dreams
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Discovery Island, Adventurers Outpost

Character Dining

  • Topolino’s Terrace – Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Hollywood & Vine – Hollywood Studios

Moana

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Discovery Island

Mr. Incredible

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Echo Lake

Mrs. Incredible

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Echo Lake

Olaf

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Echo Lake, Celebrity Spotlight

Peter Pan

Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Never Land Map

Pluto

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  • EPCOT – World Showcase, World Showcase Friendship Ambassador Gazebo
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Animation Courtyard

Character Dining

  • Chef Mickey’s – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Garden Grill – EPCOT
  • Hollywood & Vine – Hollywood Studios

Princess Jasmine

  • Magic Kingdom – Adventureland
  • EPCOT – World Showcase, Morocco Pavilion

Character Dining

Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom

Princess Tiana

Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Princess Fairytale Hall

Rapunzel

Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, Princess Fairytale Hall

Rey

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  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Galaxy’s Edge
  • Galactic Starcruiser

Snow White

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  • EPCOT – World Showcase, Germany Pavilion

Character Dining

  • Storybook Dining at Artist Point – Wilderness Lodge
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – EPCOT
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom

Stitch

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Magic Kingdom – Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland Stage

Character Dining

Ohana (Breakfast) – Polynesian Village Resort

Tigger

Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, The Thotful Spot

Character Dining

Crystal Palace – Magic Kingdom

Vampirina

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Animation Courtyard

Character Dining

Hollywood & Vine (Breakfast) – Hollywood Studios

Vanellope von Schweetz

EPCOT – World Celebration, ImageWorks

Vi Moradi

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Galaxy’s Edge

Winnie the Pooh

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  • Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, The Thotful Spot
  • EPCOT – World Celebration, Gardens near Imagination

Character Dining

Crystal Palace – Magic Kingdom

Woody

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Toy Story Land

Memory Maker for Characters

Meeting characters is also a great opportunity to snap some incredible photos. Disney’s PhotoPass service allows you to capture these special moments with professional-quality photos, which you can cherish for years to come.

Find out if Disney’s Memory Maker service, which allows you to have unlimited downloads of Disney’s PhotoPass Photos, is worth it for you and your family by clicking here.

Is Meeting Disney World Characters Worth the Wait?

For many guests, meeting characters is a bucket-list item. They may have grown up watching Disney movies, reading Disney books, and dreaming of visiting the parks. Meeting characters brings those childhood fantasies to life, and creates memories that will last a lifetime. So, if you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, be sure to take some time to meet the characters. You never know what kind of magic they might bring to your vacation.

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