Character meet and greets at Walt Disney World can make for some of the most magical moments of your vacation. I’m not just talking about for the kids. You would be surprised how much everyone in the family enjoys these experiences. Walt Disney characters are some of the most beloved characters and Disney does a fantastic job to create meet and greets that are worthy of their characters. Some meet and greets are out in plain view like Pluto in Town Square at Magic Kingdom or Buzz Lightyear in Tomorrowland, but most have their carefully created meet and greet areas that truly lend themselves to amazing photos to cherish.
I know that it may seem difficult to spend time in line for character meet and greets with so many attractions at Walt Disney World, but there are some tips to help meet as many characters as possible and avoid those pesky lines. Here are a few that may help do just that.
There are many character meet and greets that you can actually use a FastPass+ reservation. I definitely would not suggest using all of your FastPass+ on reservations on meet and greets but one of the three on occasion is not a bad idea. It is a great idea at Epcot, where it can be difficult to find 3 attractions worth using a FastPass+ reservation, to use one for The Character Spot. Not only did you get great use out of that reservation but you are able to meet several characters all at once, including Mickey Mouse! Other great uses of the FastPass+ reservation would be Anna and Elsa at Magic Kingdom (Good luck with that one) and either of the two Star Wars character meet and greets at the Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
If you are planning on having a few table service meals on your vacation and especially if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, character meals are great ways to meet several characters without having to wait in line. At character dining experiences the characters come to your table one by one and sign autographs, take photos, and interact. Many times you will see the characters a few times during your meal. Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of my favorites as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto visit with you as you enjoy the buffet. Another favorite of ours is Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. I have never seen such a collection of Princesses in one place. When we dined there we were met by Belle at the door for a photo and Ariel, Aurora, Snow White, and Cinderella visited our table.
Pick the right Time
There are times that are busier than others depending on the location of the character. Standing in line as the park opens for Pluto in Town Square at Magic Kingdom may not be the best idea as everyone is funneling into the park right past that queue. That wait may be a little shorter if you allow the crowds to make their way through the rest of the park and you make your move at that point. I think there is a great time to meet most characters so that there is a minimal wait. It is just about finding that time. That being said, if there is a character that is on your child, or your, must do list, just stand in the line. Please don’t miss meeting Mickey! There is nothing worse than putting something off and then never getting to experience it because time runs out.
I hope that these tips help plan for some fantastic meet and greets on your future vacations to Walt Disney World. While I agree that the attractions at Walt Disney World are great, I also think that it is very important to meet some of the great Disney characters as well. As I said earlier it just may be some of the most memorable and magical moments of your vacation.