12/5/13 Update: Updated Meet and greet times, added links to verify times with Disney, added new characters and removed retired ones.
This is the second part in the character prioritization series. Check out the Magic Kingdom edition here. It provides a little color about what you’re looking at below as well. Basically, the point of this article is to identify where the various characters are located and create a plan to minimize waits as much as possible. While even the “lowest priority” characters will have afternoon waits of 10 to 15 minutes, it simply isn’t possible to meet every character first thing in the morning when waits will generally be shortest. Because of that, we need to identify the characters that will have the longest afternoon waits and visit them first. Then we can move on to the “less popular” characters later in the morning or whenever we can expect their waits to be shortest.
Luckily, it’s much easier to meet the characters in the Studios because there are fewer of them, Let’s have a look at who we can expect to see:
Overall Strategy: The three key character meets are Buzz Lightyear/Woody, Sofia the First, and Phineas/Ferb. If all three are priorities, you’ll want to start with Buzz/Woody and then move on to either Sofia or Phineas/Ferb. You can also minimize waits at Sofia or Phineas/Ferb by getting in line about ten minutes before they’re scheduled to return after a a lengthy break. I like to save the Animation Courtyard/Building characters for the early evening. If you head over to Sorcerer Mickey, The Incredibles, Wreck It Ralph/Vanellope, and the Disney Jr. characters after 5pm, you should find much shorter lines than the afternoon.
Buzz Lightyear and Woody – Buzz As RocketMan and Woody as Sheriff Woody Pride
The entrance is located right across the street from Toy Story Midway Mania. The line starts out here (when necessary) and continues inside.
Usual Meet Times:
Process: Get in line and wait your turn. There are a few props inside that make good photo ops. If you arrive in the late morning or afternoon, you may need to line up outside first. Luckily, the interior portion of the queue is air-conditioned. Usually both Woody and Buzz meet alongside a statue of Hamm.
Interaction: Good. Woody in particular has a lot of fun with guests.
Wait Times: The Toy Story Friends ordinarily see the longest wait times of any Studios characters. It’s one of only a few Meet and Greets that has a posted wait time outside:
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