It goes without saying that getting your favorite character’s autograph is a quintessential part of every Walt Disney World vacation. In today’s article, we’ve provided an exhaustive list of every character that can sign autographs at all four parks, including where to find them (and of course, what you should definitely avoid when meeting them).
Editor’s note: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all in-person character autographs have been temporarily suspended BUT make sure to continue reading for some insider’s scoop about how you can STILL get an autograph on your Walt Disney World vacation.
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Where To Meet Characters in Walt Disney World
In order to score an autograph with your favorite character, you first have to know where to find them.
- Aladdin and Jasmine (Agrabah Bazaar in Adventureland)
- Merida (Fairytale Garden in Fantasyland)
- Alice and the Mad Hatter/White Rabbit (Mad Tea Cups in Fantasyland)
- Anastasia and Drizella (Behind Cinderella Castle)
- Lady Tremaine (Behind Cinderella Castle)
- Ariel (Ariel’s Grotto in Fantasyland and in her human form at Cinderella’s Royal Table)
- Chip and Dale (Town Square, Main Street U.S.A)
- Gaston (Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland)
- Fairy Godmother (Behind Cinderella Castle)
- Mickey Mouse (Town Square Theater, Main Street U.S.A)
- Peter Pan and Wendy (Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland)
- Tinkerbell (Town Square Theater, Main Street U.S.A)
- Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore Piglet and Tigger (The Crystal Palace; exit of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
- Pluto (Town Square, Main Street U.S.A)
- Stitch (Tomorrowland)
- Snow White (Main Street U.S.A. and Cinderella’s Royal Table)
- Rapunzel, Aurora, Elena of Avalor, Rapunzel and Tiana (Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland)
- Cinderella (Cinderella’s Royal Table or Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland; please note that guests must have a dining reservation to meet Cinderella and the other princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table)
- Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse and Goofy (Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus in Fantasyland)
- Alice from Alice in Wonderland (U.K pavilion)
- Aladdin and Jasmine (Morocco pavilion)
- Mary Poppins (U.K. pavilion)
- Aurora (France pavilion)
- Mulan (China pavilion)
- Anna and Elsa (Norway pavilion)
- Pluto (near the front entrance of the park)
- Daisy Duck (near the front entrance of the park
- Mulan (China pavilion)
- Donald Duck (Mexico pavilion)
- Princess Aurora (France pavilion)
- Snow White (Germany pavilion)
- Belle (France pavilion)
Guests used to be able to meet Mickey Mouse and the gang at the Character Spot, however, it has been torn down as part of Epcot’s refurbishment. Mickey’s new location was supposed to be announced in 2020, however, due to the Coronavirus, the location of this new meet-and-greet has been delayed.
Likewise, you used to be able to meet Joy and Sadness from Pixar’s Inside Out in Future World West, but this has been temporarily shut down due to the refurbishment. When it reopens, you will most likely still be able to get Joy’s signature — and perhaps, even Sadness, too who asks her dear friend Joy to sign for her when she’s too sad to do so herself (we feel ya, Sadness!)
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Woody, Bo Beep and Jesse (Toy Story Land)
- Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse (Mickey and Minnie in Red Carpet Dreams)
- Donald Duck and Daisy Duck (Hollywood Boulevard)
- Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Fancy Nancy (Animation Courtyard)
- Pluto (Animation Courtyard)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Chip and Dale (DinoLand U.S.A.)
- Baloo (Upcountry Landing in Asia; please note that Baloo will sometimes sign on behalf of King Louie so definitely ask!)
- Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse (Adventurers Outpost)
- Dug and Russell (near the Tree of Life)
- Pocahontas (Discovery Island Trails)
- Donald Duck (DinoLand U.S.A.)
- Goofy (DinoLand U.S.A)
- Scrooge McDuck (DinoLand U.S.A)
- Daisy Duck (DinoLand U.S.A)
- Launchpad McQuack (DinoLand U.S.A)
- Pluto (DinoLand U.S.A.)
Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach
While it’s not always a guarantee, both Lilo and Stitch and Goofy have been sighted at the water parks, all of whom can sign autographs. You’ll usually find these characters during the peak summer season when the water parks are at their busiest.
Pro tip: Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is scheduled to reopen to the public on March 7, 2021. Like all of the other parks on property, guests will undergo a temperature screening and have to adhere to social distancing while visiting, Guests will also be required to wear an approved face mask, however, face masks will NOT be required in the water or on any water slides. Guests may remove their face masks while eating and drinking while stationary.
Typhoon Lagoon will remain closed until further notice.
Read more: Blizzard Beach Versus Typhoon Lagoon
Which Characters Don’t Sign Autographs?
Please note that while you can see your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away, none of the Star Wars characters sign autographs. Please note that the following characters also do not sign autographs:
- The Beast
- Olaf (but he will instead draw a snowman as his autograph)
- Buzz Lightyear (he does use a stamp as his autograph)
- Belle (Enchanted Stories with Belle; you will receive a signed bookmark)
- Ralph and Vanellope (you will receive a card with their autograph)
- Mike and Sulley
- The Incredibles gang
Please note that you will be unable to get an autograph from any character during a scheduled event. These include parades, character calvacades, Disney Jr. dance parties and dance parties found in Tomorrowland and Frontierland. Remember, if a character is unable to stop for a photograph, they’re also unable to stop and sign an autograph.
What Can Disney Characters Sign at the Parks?
Did you know that it’s not just an autograph book your favorite Disney characters will sign? There’s ton of creative ways to snag an autograph, some of which are listed below:
- Autograph books
- Fabric Tote bags or purses (as long as they’re not on your body)
- Denim jackets
- Home decor (like a canvas sign, as long as it’s appropriate)
- Ears (there are actually a ton of options on Etsy that are plain ears, designed to allow characters to sign them, which I personally think is really cool)
- Backpacks (this one is increasing in popularity)
- Photo mat
- Coffee mugs and/or tumblers
Read more: Creative Ways to Collect Disney Character Autographs
Things Characters Cannot Sign
Characters are not allowed to sign any of the following:
- Tour group flags or federal flags
- Any clothing that is touching your body (if you want them to sign a t-shirt, make sure you bring a separate one that is stored in your backpack)
- Birth certificates
- Newspapers or magazines (remember, no world exists outside of Disney)
- Business cards
- ANY part of your body
Remember, if you have questions about what a character can and cannot sign, it’s recommended that you ask their cast member before going up.
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Which Disney Restaurants Have Character Dining?
If you and your family are looking to grab autographs, character dining is a fantastic way to do so! Below, I’ve listed all the character dining experiences that offer autograph signings across all four parks:
- Cinderella’s Royal Table (Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, Aurora and Ariel in her human form)
- The Crystal Palace (Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore)
- Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast at Garden Grill (Chip, Dale, Mickey Mouse and Pluto)
- Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Aurora and Ariel)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Hollywood & Vine – Minnie’s Seasonal Dine Lunch and Dinner (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy)
- Hollywood & Vine – Disney Junior Play N’ Dine Breakfast (Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Vampirina, Jake and Roadster Goofy) — this is scheduled to come back on March 22nd!
Pro tip: Please note Hollywood & Vine will give out signed autograph cards.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Tusker House (Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck)
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – 1900 Park Fare (Mary Poppins, Alice, The Mad Hatter, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh) & Wonderland Tea Party (Alice and the Mad Hatter)
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort – StoryBook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White (Snow White, The Evil Queen, Dopey and Grumpy)
- Disney’s Riviera Resort – Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck)
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn – Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno (Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel, and Prince Eric)
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – ‘Ohana (Lilo, Stitch, Mickey Mouse, and Pluto)
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Chef Mickey’s (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Goofy)
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Cape May Café (Goofy, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck)
- Walt Disney World Swan Hotel – Garden Grove (Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale)
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Can I Still Buy Autograph Books in Walt Disney World?
Yes, you can – and here at WDW Vacation Tips we take that as a positive sign that character meet-and-greets and autograph signings are not going to be a thing of the past forever.
Read more: Creative ways to Collect Autographs at Disney World
Can I Still Get Autographs at Walt Disney World During the Pandemic?
The answer: YES…but it will be a little different from what you’re used to.
The Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Riviera Resort, the Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios have all been spotted giving out pre-printed autograph cards that contain the signatures of all the characters you’d normally interact with there since the parks’ reopening. Please note that this is always subject to change without notice.
While in-person character signings may be temporarily halted, Walt Disney World has done a terrific job of allowing guests to interact with their favorite characters, regardless of an up-close and personal experience. When I visited Magic Kingdom in October, I was wearing Ursula-inspired ears, which Ariel directly interacted with when she saw them on the princess cavalcade on Main Street, U.S.A. In Epcot, Princess Jasmine made ear shapes with her hands and put them on top of her head after noticing my mouse ears. These are just two examples of the many that I experienced over my last few trips to the kingdom. It’s these kinds of experiences that fill me up with magic!
I’m one of the biggest fans of character meet and greets and while I do miss it at times, I’m able to have a really great time in the parks without it.
What Does the Future Hold?
Only time will tell when we’ll be able to hug our favorite character and collect their signature. However, according to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, it’s safe to assume it’s not something we’ll see in the near future. According to Chapek, social distancing measures and mask requirements will remain throughout the rest of 2021 but he feels optimistic about easing these restrictions in 2022.
Read more: Important Tips for Planning a Disney World Vacation in 2021
As a self-proclaimed Mouseketeer, Courtney Dercqu is a fan of all things Disney. Between decorating her desk with souvenirs from the park, to making unique mouse ears and having a dedicated Disney Instagram, Courtney is a true believer in the magic of a Walt Disney World vacation. Having had more than 200 articles published on various content, Courtney’s excited to share her knowledge and experience with everyone! Be sure to follow her on Instagram for all the Disney magic.
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