Prioritizing the Magic Kingdom Characters – Locations, Pictures, Wait Times, Best Times to Meet etc.

12/9/13 Update: Characters and their locations updated along with meet times and a few changes to prioritization. Added links to verify meet times.

There are a lot of wild cards in the world of Walt Disney World characters.  As you read over the following, you’ll probably find yourself saying, “NO THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I WAS THERE” and you may very well be right.  Lines can jump in length with just a few extra groups of people.  A group of ten people taking pictures in every conceivable configuration can push a wait for Daisy Duck that would ordinarily be 5 or 10 minutes to 15 or 20 minutes.  By some stroke of fortune, someone has inevitably arrived at Merida to find only a few people in line smack dab in the middle of the afternoon.  “Anything is possible.”    By having the following knowledge, you’ll be able to prepare the best possible plan and truly roll with the punches as Rapunzel throws them at you.  You’ll know which characters have the longest waits, where they meet guests, when they meet, which characters are available elsewhere with much shorter (or longer) waits, what the characters are wearing, and much more.

Magic Kingdom is where you’ll find the largest assortment of characters in Walt Disney World.  It’s also the only location to meet several characters, including Rapunzel, Merida, and Tinker Bell.  Let’s take a look at who we can expect to find.  I’ve ordered them from “highest priority” to “lowest priority” based on expected wait times later in the day.  The reality is that most characters will have the shortest lines in the early morning and the longest lines in the afternoon and early evening.  Unfortunately, it’s only possible to visit one or two characters first thing in the morning.  We’ll want to visit the characters with the longest afternoon waits first thing in the morning or whenever else is best.  In some cases, the standby waits can hit 60 or more minutes in the afternoon.

Belle at Enchanted Tales with Belle – Yellow Gown

Priority: Highest

FastPass+: This is a FastPass+-enabled attraction and it makes a lot of sense to use one of your experiences here. The attraction takes about 25 minutes to complete, even without an initial wait, and standby waits are 25 to 50 minutes most of the day.

Location:

Enchanted Tales is located inside Maurice’s cottage in New Fantasyland.  As you enter New Fantasyland, you’ll see it on the far left before you arrive at Be Our Guest Restaurant or Gaston’s Tavern.

Usual Meet Times:

Process:

Enchanted Tales is not like most traditional Meet and Greets and includes a small show and multiple rooms.  See this post for more pictures and a more drawn out explanation of what you’ll see.  You’ll begin by lining up outside.

Inside the first room, you’ll have an opportunity to look around the cottage.

Then, a neat effect transports guests to Beast’s Castle.

This is where things get a little hokey.  Here, guests from the audience are selected to perform a little play for Belle in the next room.

If you want a picture with Belle at the end, it would be a good idea to participate. After assigning the principal roles, the cast member will ask if anyone else wants a role. Belle takes pictures with everyone that participates. If you didn’t participate, you’ll need to get in line with the participants at the conclusion of the play.  Belle makes a quick exit after taking pictures.

The Lumiere animatronic is even better than the Wardrobe.  It’s almost worth doing the meet just to see these guys in action.

Lumiere welcomes Belle and the six-or-so minute play begins.  It’s usually a mixture of cute and awkward.

Belle then takes a photo with the participants.  A PhotoPass photographer is also on hand.  She does not sign autographs.

FastPass+ Process: The entrance is right next to the standby line and users proceed right into Maurice’s Cottage and into the next show.

Interaction: Mixed.  On one hand, this interactive experience is more interesting than your typical Meet and Greet.  On the other hand, there is not a lot of personal interaction with the character unless you’re chosen to be Beast.  The quality of the play depends largely on Beast – it’s either very cute or extremely awkward.

Wait Times: Very long.  Enchanted Tales with Belle will have a 40+ minute posted wait within 15 minutes of the Park opening due to the number of people that will be headed back there and the extremely limited capacity.  The wait will continue to be 40+ minutes for the rest of the day, potentially easing up in the evening, particularly during Wishes and the Parade.

Best Times to Meet: Ideally, you want to head here absolutely first thing in the morning – no ifs, ands, or buts about it.  That includes moving to the far left or right of the train station in order to be among the first people inside the Park.  The second best time to do Enchanted Tales is as late in the evening as possible.  You’ll find the shortest waits right before Wishes begins.  There is usually a lull in actual waits around 10:15am.  Everyone who arrived first thing and knows to go straight to Belle will have moved through and few people arriving after rope drop will naturally visit Enchanted Tales first thing in the morning.  The posted wait will likely not be lowered, but you can gauge the line from outside. Consider using FastPass+.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Epcot – Belle meets in the France Pavilion in her blue and white (scrappy) outfit.  She no longer greets with Beast here.  Lines are usually 20 to 40 minutes.
  2. Epcot – Belle greets guests dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion and takes pictures with them upon arrival, but does not meet tableside.

Princess Merida – Red Hair, Scottish-ish Accent

Priority: High

Location:

Merida greets guests in the location previously occupied by Rapunzel.  It is kind of difficult to explain exactly where it is.  From Main Street or The Hub, take the right path immediately next to Cinderella Castle.  You’ll see her Meet on the left.  From Fantasyland, take a right at Mad Tea Party and continue walking so that Cosmic Ray’s is on your left.  You’ll see her Meet location on the right.

Usual Meet Times:

Process:

You have a few options at the Merida meet.  In the center of the area is a table where kids can color a picture of Merida with her horse.  Crayons are provided.  A parent can save the child’s spot in line at the Bow and Arrow Lesson or the line to actually meet Merida, which runs off to the right.

The target.

Definitely a cute little activity to occupy the kids’ (or adults’) time.  Anyone is welcome to learn how to shoot.

Otherwise, get in the far right line that runs up a little slope towards Merida.

Like before, you will likely line up outside the meet area.  Everyone that will be able to meet Merida during her set will be moved into the Meet and Greet area at one time.

Interaction:

Very good.  Merida has a lot more personality than most princesses, but she no longer greets with the bears pictured, unfortunately.

Wait Times: Waits are usually 30 to 60 minutes in the afternoon, depending on crowds.  Merida is more popular now that more people know about her.

Best Times to Meet: If you’re skipping Enchanted Tales with Belle, I would head directly to Merida in the morning.  This is the easiest line to save spots in because the exterior queue is freely accessible.  You may want to have an adult save a spot while another collects FASTPASSes or brings the kids to other attractions.  If the morning isn’t possible, get in lines in the evening when waits are shorter than the afternoon and temperatures are a little cooler.

Other Meet Locations: None at this time.

Tinker Bell and Rosetta, Vidia, Terrence, or Another Fairy – Tinker Bell in her Green Skirt, Vidia in Purple, Rosetta in Pink, Terrence in a Manly Fairy Outfit

Priority: High

Location: This is the entrance to Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook, which is located in Adventureland.  As you enter Adventureland from The Hub, you’ll see the Magical Nook on your right side before you arrive at Swiss Family Treehouse (on your left) or Aloha Isle (on the right).  From Frontierland or Adventureland, it’s on your left after you pass Aladdin’s Magical Carpets, Jungle Cruise, and Swiss Family Treehouse.  Immediately to the right of this door is the Adventureland Veranda Patio, where Ariel used to meet.

Usual Meet Times:

  • 15 Minutes After Regular Park Opening – One Hour Before Regular Theme Park Close

For example, if Magic Kingdom was open from 9am – 10pm with Evening Extra Magic Hours, Tinker Bell and Friends would meet from 9:15am – 9pm.  They do not meet during Extra Magic Hours.

Process:

You’ll first wait in this interior queue for your turn to enter the portal.

Entering the portal, where you’ll shrink to Fairy size.

Once it’s your turn, you’ll enter the Meet and Greet area.  Usually, only about ten people are admitted at any given time.  First, you’ll meet a Fairy other than Tinker Bell.  It could be Vidia, Rosetta (most likely), or Terrence.  It’s worth noting that Vidia (the one in purple) is the “not nice fairy.”  She may very well have an “attitude” and “make a face” in the photo.  This is just her being in character.  I recommend complimenting her on her flying speed if you’d like to cheer her up a bit.  Next, you’ll move on to Tinker Bell who always appears.

Interaction: Excellent.  You get quality time with two characters.  Tinker Bell is great.

This is what Vidia looks like when she gets along with someone.  We actually really hit it off:

Wait Times: Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook is one of few Meet and Greets that actually has a posted wait time.  Unfortunately, it’s not terribly accurate.

The sign is posted right outside the entrance.  Expect to wait 35 to 60 minutes most afternoons.

Of the queues for all the characters, this one is actually the most pleasant.  It’s nearly freezing in here for whatever reason, which is a welcome respite from the afternoon heat in the summer.  It’s not uncommon to see people face down in the corner laying on the floor.  So if there’s one of the high priority characters you’re putting off until the afternoon, I’d make it this one.

Best Times to Meet: If you’re interested in meeting Merida or another priority on the same day, I would head there first.  Enchanted Tales with Belle remains the highest priority if you’re interested in that. The standby wait at Tinker Bell later in the day won’t be as long and the queue is air-conditioned.  Most days, the Fairies meet later into the evening as well, giving you more opportunities to visit.  I recommend heading over there about an hour before they are scheduled to stop appearing, especially if it’s late at night.  If that conflicts with Wishes or the Nighttime Parade, visit as late in the evening as possible with enough time to get out and in position for the nighttime entertainment.  Lines will be even lower if the operating schedule allows you to visit after the nighttime entertainment.  If you aren’t interested in Merida or Belle, head here first thing in the morning.  It isn’t as much of a race as Merida or Belle.

Other Meet Locations: This is the only opportunity to meet Tinker Bell and her Fairy Friends under normal circumstances.

  1. Mickey’s Not So Scary/Very Merry Christmas Parties 2013 – The characters met for the entirety of both Parties at Tinker Bell’s Nook.  Their outfits were similar, though Tinker Bell sported pants in the winter.

Princess Fairytale Hall – Rapunzel/Snow White in one line and Cinderella/Aurora in the other

Priority: High

FastPass+: Both sets of characters are FastPass+ enabled, but you’ll need to use one experience on each set, or two experiences to meet all four princesses. Most people will have other priorities.

FASTPASS: Legacy paper FASTPASSes are distributed to the left of the entrance to Peter Pan’s Flight. Rapunzel’s are distributed faster and usually run out first.

Location:

Fairytale Hall is located where Snow White’s Scary Adventures used to be, behind the Castle and to the left of the Carousel.

Usual Meet Times:

Process:

There are two separate lines here. The FASTPASS entrances are nearby. With FASTPASS/FastPass+, you skip the rest of the queue pictured below and continue straight to the princess area.

Regardless of which set you choose, you’ll wait in the same hallway.

While scenic, the area is one of the loudest and most uncomfortable spaces in the theme parks.

Interaction: Very good. The princesses are very sweet and take plenty of time with each group.

Wait times: Rapunzel almost always has a longer wait – usually 35 to 50 minutes in the afternoon. Cinderella’s wait is usually five to ten minutes shorter.

Best Times to Meet: Using legacy FASTPASS is best if you can swing it. You may also want to consider FastPass+ for Rapunzel in particular. Otherwise, first thing in the morning is best. The second best time is later at night, ideally during an Electrical Parade or Wishes. If that isn’t in the cards, as late in the evening as possible is best.

Other Meet Locations:

Cinderella – All in her usual blue dress:

  1. Epcot – She greets diners at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion.
  2. Magic Kingdom – Cinderella greets guests and takes pictures with those dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Castle.  She does not visit the tables – only takes a picture with your group before you’re seated.
  3. Grand Floridian Resort: She meets with guests dining at 1900 Park Fare for dinner along with Prince Charming and The Tremaines.
  4. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – She met with Prince Charming in the same location. Wait times were 45 to 75 minutes.
  5. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013 – She appeared with Prince Charming in the same location. Waits times were 45 to 75 minutes.

Aurora – All in her usual pink dress:

  1. Epcot – Aurora meets in the France Pavilion.  She ordinarily has short lines there, especially if you arrive just before she is scheduled to appear, but you won’t have the opportunity to meet the other other princesses.
  2. Epcot – Aurora meets diners at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion.
  3. Magic Kingdom – Aurora meets diners at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
  4. Grand Floridian Resort – She appears during the Perfectly Princess Tea Party at the Grand Floridian Resort.
  5. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – She appeared with her Prince in the same location.
  6. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013 – She met with her Prince in the same location.

Rapunzel – This is the only place Rapunzel usually meets.

Snow White:

  1. Epcot – Germany Pavilion in the same outfit. Waits are usually 15 to 25 minutes.
  2. Epcot – She greets diners at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion.
  3. Magic Kingdom – Meets with diners at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
  4. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – She appeared with her Prince in the same location.
  5. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013 – She met with her Prince in the same location.

Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen – Very Regal Outfits

Priority: Moderate High.

Location:

Tiana and Naveen meet in this gazebo in Liberty Square.  It’s behind Liberty Tree Tavern.  From Liberty Square, walk past Hall of Presidents, which will be on your left side.  The gazebo will be on your right after you pass the shops and just before you arrive at the bridge over to The Hub.  From The Hub/Cinderella Castle, you’ll see Sleepy Hollow Refreshments on your right and the walkway over to the gazebo on the left right after you cross the bridge.

Usual Meet Times:

Princess Tiana only:

Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen:

  • Naveen begins appearing with Tiana from 4:45pm or 5pm

Process: Line up straight back from the gazebo and wait your turn to meet Disney royalty.

Interaction: Excellent, especially in the evening when both characters are present.

Wait Times: Late morning and afternoon waits can easily hit 25 minutes and may even be 40 or more minutes if you include the break.  With two talking characters, interactions can easily be one or two minutes per visitor.  That means a 20 group line could easily take 30 or minutes, plus the 30 minute break.

Best Times to Meet: The relatively late evening is the best time to visit Tiana and Naveen.  You’re more likely to meet both characters and you’re not necessarily missing out on prime touring time if you meet them later in the day.  An arrival at 4:30pm is perfect.

Other Meet Locations: Neither character ordinarily appears at other resorts or theme parks.

  1. Mickey’s Not So Scary/Very Merry Christmas Parties 2013 – Both characters continued to meet intermittently throughout the Parties in their usual outfits.

Woody and Jessie – Woody as a Gunslinger and Jessie as a Yodeling Cowgirl

Priority: Moderate to Moderate High

Location:

Woody and Jessie meet near the exit to Splash Mountain.  This is on the right side after you pass the entrance to the railroad.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: The line for Jessie and/or Woody winds around in front of them.  It’s fun to see their interaction with other guests.

Interaction: For non-speakers, Woody and Jessie are a hoot.

Wait times: Waits ordinarily hit 25 to 40 minutes in the afternoon, but can be even longer in the summer when Splash Mountain is more popular.

Best Times to Meet: If you can get there right around 9:55am you’re in business.  That should give you enough time to do some of the other characters, several attractions in Tomorrowland, or most of the Fantasyland priorities before moving over here.  You may want to pop over to meet them before riding Splash and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad around 10am as well.  Remember, those major attractions move through thousands of people an hour and offer FASTPASS.  These guys might make it through 100 people in an hour if several of the groups are large and only want a couple of pictures.  Getting in line about ten minutes before they appear after a long break is also wise.  Otherwise, arriving at 11:50am or 3:30pm would be best.

Other Meet Locations:

Jessie:

  1. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween/Very Merry Christmas Parties 2013: She hosted a dance party at the Diamond Horseshoe with Woody and Bullseye.

Woody

  1. Hollywood Studios: Woody meets alongside Buzz Lightyear and a statue of Hamm across from Toy Story Midway Mania in Pixar Place.  Wait times are ordinarily even longer at the Studios, but there are fewer character priorities there.
  2. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween/Very Merry Christmas Parties 2013: Woody hosted a dance party along with Bullseye and Jessie.

Aladdin and Jasmine – Classic Outfits

Priority: Moderate

Location:

Aladdin and Jasmine meet in Agrabah Bazaar in Adventureland.  It’s behind Aladdin’s Magical Carpets, which is across from Jungle Cruise.  Sunshine Tree Terrace is to the left and Aloha Isle to the right.

Usual Meet Times:

Process:

Hop in the line that zig zags in front of them.

Interaction: Excellent.  Very friendly and they take a lot of time with visitors here, especially in the morning when it isn’t as busy.

Wait Times: For whatever reason, Prince Ali and Jasmine are more popular than they used to be, with waits often in the 30 to 40 minute range in the afternoon.

Best Times to Meet: This is one that you can safely put off until after 11am if you have more pressing business elsewhere.  Like most things at Disney World, lines are shorter in the early morning.  But it’s probably worth spending a couple more minutes in line here in the afternoon rather than spend a lot of time elsewhere in the afternoon and take care of this first thing.  If you can, arrive at 9:25am to minimize waits. You may be able to pop over here right after nearby Tinker Bell.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Epcot – Both characters meet in the Morocco Pavilion in the same outfits.  Lines are usually even longer there, making Magic Kingdom a better choice.
  2. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Aladdin, Jasmine, Abu, and Genie met in the same location in pairs of two throughout the night.
  3. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013 – Aladdin, Jasmine, Abu, and Genie met in the same location in pairs of two throughout the night.  Aladdin appears in his “Prince Ali” outfit and Genie/Abu wore scarfs.

Mickey Mouse – Usually Talks In His Magician Outfit

Priority: Moderate

FastPass+: Mickey distributes legacy FASTPASSes to the left of the entrance and is an option with FastPass+. Legacy FASTPASSes are not connected to the rest of the system, so you can collect them even if you have FASTPASSes to another attraction. Using legacy paper FASTPASS is the best plan if you have access to the system with a Key to the World card or paper ticket.

Location:

Mickey Mouse is located in Town Square Theater. Just after you enter Magic Kingdom and pass underneath the railroad station, you’ll see this building on your right.  Walk up the steps and enter the queue on the right.

Usual Meet Times: Mickey Mouse meets from regular theme park opening to 30 minutes prior to close.

Process:

Mickey used to meet next to the Princesses before they moved to Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland. Now the entire area is dedicated to the Mouse. He has a standby wait posted outside, but it really takes a minimum of 20 minutes to visit with secondary waits.

The queue is inside but has no view of the character until right before you meet him.

Once it’s your turn, you’ll be directed to the appropriate dressing room.

Interaction: This is currently the only meet where Mickey talks to guests.

He picks up on things like anniversary buttons, ages, sports team apparel, etc. It’s really pretty neat and it really does feel like Mickey is having an intimate chat. Note that occasionally there are technical difficulties and Mickey will be his usual quiet self.

Wait Times: Since talking, Mickey’s wait times have gone up, perhaps because they have fewer talking versions. Expect afternoon waits of 35 to 50 minutes.

Best Times to Meet: With FASTPASS or FastPass+ in the afternoon is best. During major daytime or evening entertainment like Wishes or the Electrical Parade is your second best shot. Otherwise, as late in the evening as possible will result in shorter waits.

Other Meet Locations: Now you’ve done it.

  1. Animal Kingdom – Mickey meets alongside Minnie in his safari/park ranger outfit at Camp Minnie-Mickey.  Waits are usually about the same and you have the added bonus of meeting Mickey.  From mid-November through December, he wears a Christmas sweater and Santa hat.  During the holidays, his lines will be even longer.
  2. Animal Kingdom – Mickey meets diners at Tusker House Restaurant in his safari outfit for breakfast and lunch.
  3. Epcot – Mickey meets in his classic outfit along with Minnie and Goofy at the Character Spot.  Afternoon waits are similar (20 to 45 minutes), but you do get to meet one character after the other.
  4. Epcot – Mickey meets diners at Garden Grill in his farmer’s outfit.  He meets along with Pluto, Chip, and Dale.
  5. Hollywood Studios – Mickey meets inside the Animation Building as Sorcerer Mickey.  Lines are usually sinilar – 20 to 40 minutes.
  6. Contemporary Resort – Mickey meets diners at Chef Mickey’s in his chef outfit along with Minnie, Pluto, Chip, and Dale.
  7. Fort Wilderness Campsite – Mickey meets diners at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ in his cowboy (hoe-down?) outfit along with Goofy, Chip, and Dale.
  8. Polynesian Resort – Mickey meets diners in his luau outfit along with Lilo, Stitch, and Pluto.
  9. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Mickey met in the same location.
  10. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2012 – Mickey met in the same location.

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger – Just a Red Shirt on Pooh

Priority: Moderate if you want to meet them here.  The wait is much shorter at Epcot in the United Kingdom Pavilion or Character Landing at Animal Kingdom.

Location:

Pooh and Tigger greet to the left of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Fantasyland.

Usual Meet Times:

Process:

The queue winds around in front of them.

Interaction: Okay.  Tigger is particularly happy to meet you.

Wait Times: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger were in flux for a long time, but recently found a new home in a location that makes a lot of sense.  Because the meet is popular next to the attraction, waits are now much longer and the characters take frequent breaks, which also increases waits.  Expect to wait 30 to 40 minutes to meet them here.

Best Times to Meet: I really do recommend meeting them at Epcot, where their Meet is indoors with a much shorter line.  If you must meet them here, try to get in line at 10:30am before the characters first appear.  Luckily, they do begin greeting later than most other characters, so you will be able to get some things down before it’s time to get in line.  Waits would also be shorter in the evening.  You could try getting in line after 5:30pm.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Animal Kingdom – Both Tigger and Winnie the Pooh meet at Discovery Landing.  Ordinarily, you meet each character individually.  Eeyore may or may not join them.  They normally appear in their classic outfits, but may have scarfs and hats around the holidays.  Lines are usually short because the entrance to the queue is far away from where they actually meet and the characters aren’t visible unless you really know where to look.
  2. Epcot – Winnie the Pooh and Tigger meet in the Toy Solider shop in the United Kingdom Pavilion.  It’s way in the back of the store, which is way in the back of the Pavilion.  Lines are ordinarily less than five minutes.
  3. Magic Kingdom – Winnie the Pooh meets diners at Crystal Palace on Main Street with Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore.
  4. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Winnie the Pooh met with Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger in their Halloween costumes in this location.
  5. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013 – Winnie the Pooh met with Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger in scarfs in this location.

Minnie Mouse and Daisy – Daisy Fortuna and Minnie Magnifique

Priority: Moderate

Location:

Daisy and Minnie greet guests at Pete’s Silly Sideshow in the back of Storybook Circus, across from the Barnstormer.  Goofy and Donald meet in the same tent, but their line is separate.

Usual Meet Times:

Process:

Fairly straightforward.  You’ll enter the queue and wait your turn with the characters in front of you.

Interaction:

Madame Daisy Fortuna meets in front of her gypsy caravan.

Interaction is average and similar to most other non-speaking characters.  The sets are more fun than most though.

Wait Times: These gals are popular and wait times are usually 5 to 15 minutes longer than Goofy/Donald next door. Expect to wait 20 to 30 minutes in the afternoon.

Best Time to Meet: Wait times drop off substantially after 8pm and these two meet more or less continuously most of the day.  I would visit them in the evening if possible.  You could also pop over after the other New Fantasyland priorities, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Journey of the Little Mermaid, and Ariel’s Grotto and find short waits.  Long waits don’t tend to materialize until around 11am as people make their way up here.

Other Meet Locations:

Daisy:

  1. Animal Kingdom – Daisy greets guests at Tusker House Restaurant for breakfast and lunch in her safari outfit.  She is expected to move alongside Donald to the Character Landing in the near future.
  2. Hollywood Studios – Daisy greets at Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat alongside Donald in summer attire, usually through the early afternoon.
  3. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Daisy met with Donald in her Halloween costume outside Storybook Treats.

Minnie:

  1. Animal Kingdom – Minnie greets with Mickey at the Adventurers Outpost.  Waits are usually 25 to 40 minutes but it’s FastPass+ enabled and you have the bonus of Mickey beside her.
  2. Epcot – Minnie greets at Character Spot in her traditional polka dot dress along with Mickey and Goofy.  Waits are usually 15 to 30 minutes and it may be ideal if you want to meet the other characters.
  3. Hollywood Studios – Minnie greets at Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat in a pink dress through the early afternoon. Waits are usually shorter.
  4. Beach Club – Cape May Cafe for breakfast only in a beach-y outfit.
  5. Contemporary Resort – Chef Mickey’s in an apron.
  6. Fort Wilderness – Mickey’s Backyard BBQ for dinner in her picnic outfit.

Ariel – Fins

Priority: Moderate low.

FastPass+: Ariel offers FastPass+ but most people will have other priorities.

Location:

Ariel meets in a dedicated Grotto to the right of her attraction, Journey of the Little Mermaid, in New Fantasyland.  When it opens, the Mine Train will sit in front of it.

Usual Meet Times:

Process:

There isn’t a whole lot to it.  The queue is covered, but outside.  It winds around a bit until it’s your turn.  There are actually two Ariels here, so wait times are half of what they would be otherwise.

The setting is a cute clam shell.

FastPass+ Process: Guests enter the queue next to the standby line and wait a minute or two before meeting Ariel.

Interaction: Great.  They only let one group in at a time, so the meet is among the most intimate on property.

Wait times: Waits usually peak in the 35 to 45 minute range in the afternoon.

Best Times to Meet: I would pop in before doing Journey of the Little Mermaid in the morning.  It’s inconvenient from anywhere other than New Fantasyland.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Epcot – Ariel usually greets tableside at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.
  2. Magic Kingdom – Ariel is usually found tableside at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
  3. Mickey’s Not So Scary/Very Merry Christmas Party 2013: Ariel met in the same location in the same outfit.

Buzz Lightyear – To Infinity and Beyond!  And Then Beyond That!  And Beyond That!

Priority: Moderate Low

Location:

Buzz Lightyear meets in between the exit to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin and the Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland.  You’ll exit Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and be looking directly at him, assuming he’s meeting at that time.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: You’ll enter the line to meet Buzz to the right of where he’s located and then say hello when it’s your turn.  Watch out for that laser – it could take your head off!

Interaction: Okay.  He is not particularly chatty, but he does pose and interact the best way he can.

Wait times: Buzz usually has wait times in the 20 to 25 minute range in the afternoon.

Best Times to Meet: Arriving 5 to 10 minutes before he’s scheduled to appear in the morning or afternoon should be perfect.  Wait times are fairly consistent around 15 to 20 minutes because kids see him as they’re exiting Space Ranger Spin.  If you arrive before he appears, few people will be in line waiting because it isn’t obvious who will appear or when they will appear.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Hollywood Studios – Buzz Lightyear meets guests in Pixar Place across from Toy Story Midway Mania.  There, he normally appears with Woody and a statue of Hamm.  Wait times are usually much longer there, making this an easier place to meet him unless you visit him in Hollywood Studios at a highly recommended time.
  2. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Buzz met intermittently in his usual location and his usual rocketman suit.

Goofy and Donald – The Astounding Donaldo and the Great Goofini

Location:

Goofy and Donald greet guests in a tent at Pete’s Silly Sideshow in the back of Storybook Circus, across from Barnstormer.  Minnie and Daisy greet in the same tent, but their line is separate.

Usual Meet Times:

Process:

You’ll enter the tent through Pete’s mouth – the line on the right is for Goofy and Donald.

Their line wraps around in front of them.  There isn’t a whole lot to it.  You’ll meet Goofy first and then move over to Donald.

Interaction:

These costumes are more elaborate than usual, resulting in some fun meets.

It’s somewhat difficult to get a decent picture in here with the lighting.  The characters do their best to communicate and the expressions on their faces indicate they’re happy to see you.

Wait Times: Donald and Goofy are less popular than Minnie and Daisy and their wait time is usually 5 to 15 minutes shorter.  Expect to wait 10 to 20 minutes in the afternoon.

Best Times to Meet: There are many higher priorities and the tent is inside and air-conditioned, so this isn’t the worst place to spend 15 minutes in the afternoon.  I would plan to visit after the higher priorities when you’re otherwise in Storybook Circus.  It’s a bit of a hike out here, so I would meet them in conjunction with Minnie and Daisy and ideally with Barnstormer and Dumbo.  Wait times are also much lower in the evening, particularly after 8pm.  You could plan to visit them later in the evening as well.

Goofy’s Other Meet Locations:

  1. Animal Kingdom – Goofy also meets in DinoLand across from TriceraTop Spin.  It’s hard to characterize his outfit there – sort of a summer picnic safari.  He usually appears with Pluto, though they also appear individually.  Wait times are usually slightly longer there.
  2. Animal Kingdom – For guests dining at Tusker House Restaurant in Africa, he appears in a second safari outfit.
  3. Animal Kingdom – He may appear in front of the Animal Kingdom’s entrance or in the Oasis in a safari outfit, but this is less common.
  4. Epcot – He meets in his classic outfit at Character Spot with Minnie and Mickey. Waits are typically 20 to 30 minutes but you have the benefit of meeting the other two characters.
  5. Hollywood Studios – Goofy meets at the Sorcerer’s Hat intermittently through the early afternoon in blue pants and a blue top hat.  He normally appears with Pluto.  Lines are variable, but usually longer than Magic Kingdom.
  6. Hollywood Studios – In 2013, Goofy met as Santa Goofy from 1pm through 9pm. Waits were similar during the day and much longer after 6pm.
  7. Beach Club Resort – Goofy meets diners at Cape May Cafe’s breakfast in a lifejacket and otherwise ridiculous beach outfit.
  8. Contemporary Resort – Goofy meets at Chef Mickey’s in a chef outfit.
  9. Fort Wilderness – Goofy meets at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ in a cowboy-ish outfit.
  10. Mickey’s Halloween Party 2013 – Goofy greeted near Barnstormer.
  11. Mickey’s Christmas Party 2013 – Goofy hosted a dance party along with Pluto, Chip, and Dale in his Santa outfit at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

Donald’s Other Meet Locations:

  1. Animal Kingdom – Donald meets in the Camp Minnie-Mickey Character Greeting Trails in his safari outfit.  Around the winter holidays, he also dons a wreath.  Wait times are comparable to Magic Kingdom, generally speaking.
  2. Animal Kingdom – At Tusker House Restaurant, he takes pictures and interacts with diners before they are seated.  He does not visit tableside.  He’ll be in his safari outfit.
  3. Epcot – Donald meets in Mexico in a sombrero.  Waits are usually shorter.
  4. Hollywood Studios – He meets alongside Daisy at the Sorcerer’s Hat, usually through the early afternoon.  Waits are short before 10am, but are usually equivalent or longer than Magic Kingdom from 10am until they stop appearing.  On the plus side, you do get to meet Daisy at the same time.  Both characters are in summer-y outfits.
  5. Beach Club Resort – He meets in a (ridiculous) beach outfit at Cape May Cafe’s breakfast.
  6. Contemporary Resort – Donald appears at Chef Mickey’s in his chef’s outfit.
  7. Mickey’s Halloween Party 2013 – With Daisy near Storybook Circus in flannel.
  8. Mickey’s Christmas Party 2013 – With Daisy and Scrooge in Storybook Circus.

Stitch – Naked

Priority: Moderate Low

Location:

Stitch meets in Tomorrowland somewhere around Space Mountain, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, and Carousel of Progress.  Here, he is standing near the entrance to the PeopleMover.

More recently, Stitch has been greeting guests in the very back of Tomorrowland to the right of Space Mountain. If he’s greeting guests here, lines will be shorter because it’s not at all obvious that he’s back here unless you’re looking to smoke a cigarette.

Usual Meet Times:

  • 8am – 9am if Magic Kingdom has a normal 8am opening
  • 9:00am – 10:40am
  • 12:10pm- 12:30pm
  • 12:40pm – 1:10pm
  • 2:10pm – 2:30pm

Process: Find him, get in the informal line, and take your chance at meeting everyone’s least favorite Disney alien!  Other than that other alien!

Interaction: Average to good.  He has plenty of antics.  Ask him what his favorite ride is.  I bet it isn’t Stitch’s Great Escape!

Wait Times: Waits depend on where he greets. If he’s back by Space Mountain, expect to wait just five to ten minutes.  If he’s closer to Astro Orbiter and PeopleMover, waits can be 10 to 25 minutes.

Best Times to Meet: If you’re headed to Tomorrowland first to take care of Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin first thing in the morning, I recommend popping over to Stitch after.  There shouldn’t be more than a handful of people in line, if that.  Otherwise, try to arrive in Tomorrowland about five minutes before Stitch is scheduled to appear.  If that isn’t possible, you’re probably going to be looking at some lines unless you luck out and time it so that you arrive at the start of one of this sets.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Hollywood Studios – Stitch appears intermittently at the Sorcerers Hat through the early afternoon. Waits are similar.
  2. Polynesian Resort – Stitch greets diners along with Lilo, Mickey, and Pluto for breakfast in a floral lei.
  3. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013: Stitch hosted a dance party at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

Pluto – Just A Collar

Priority: Low

Location:

Pluto meets opposite of Marie at the Flagpole, just inside the Magic Kingdom’s entrance.  That’s Town Square Theater on the right and Cinderella Castle is up Main Street behind him.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Pluto’s line usually branches off to your right, his left.  Get in line and wait to meet your new best friend.

Interaction: Pluto is usually more excited to meet you than you are him.  And he lets you know it by trying to tackle you to the ground.

Wait Times: Waits develop early because this is one of the first characters you’ll happen upon.  Expect to wait 15 to 20 minutes as early as 10am.

Best Times to Meet: In the afternoon is best.  Most people will have other morning priorities.  Try to arrive around 1:20pm to guarantee meeting him.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Animal Kingdom – Pluto meets in DinoLand across from TriceraTop Spin.  He often meets with Goofy in his usual outfit (just a collar).  Over the holidays, he may have a jingle collar and scarf.  Waits are similar to Magic Kingdom – usually 10 to 20 minutes and you have the benefit of possibly getting a picture with two characters at once.
  2. Animal Kingdom – Pluto may also meet in the Oasis or out in front of Animal Kingdom in his usual outfit, but this is rarer.
  3. Epcot – Inside the main entrance on the right.
  4. Epcot – Pluto greets diners at Garden Grill in Future World alongside Mickey, Chip, and Dale.  He appears in a slightly different collar.
  5. Hollywood Studios – Pluto meets at Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat in the morning with a slightly different collar.  He usually appears with Goofy.
  6. Contemporary Resort – Pluto greets diners at Chef Mickey’s in a chef hat and apron.
  7. Polynesian Resort – Pluto meets alongside Lilo, Stitch, and Mickey at ‘Ohana Breakfast.
  8. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013– Pluto hosted a dance party alongside Chip, Dale, and Goofy at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in his jingle collar.

Marie – Just A Cat

Priority: Low

Location:

Marie greets guests just inside the entrance at the Flag Pole alongside Pluto.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Marie’s line runs casually off to the left.

Interaction: Poor for the most part.  Known to many as simply “The Cat,” she poses with guests, but doesn’t do much else.

Wait Times: When she met in the France Pavilion, waits were ordinarily five to ten minutes.  In her more prominent location in Magic Kingdom, waits are longer, 15 to 20 minutes in the afternoon with a chance that you’ll have to wait through a break.

Best Times to Meet: I would head back here around 1pm to meet Pluto and Marie at the Flag Pole and then move over to the Princesses and Mickey with FASTPASSes.  Since she is one of the two characters guests see as they enter the Park, people tend to get in line to meet her more often from 9:45am – 11:30am.

Other Meet Locations: This is her only current meet.

Alice and White Rabbit – Alice In Her Blue Dress, White Rabbit in His Classic Animated Look

Priority: Low

Location: They meet in front of Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland on the Tomorrowland side.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: This Meet and Greet is not as formal as some.  The line simply veers off to the right of them.  Once it’s your turn, approach them and ask the time.

Interaction: Above average if you get both.  They don’t seem to have as much fun as some of the other characters, but it’s still a lot of fun to meet them.

Wait Times: It can vary because this Meet and Greet is out in the open in the middle of a popular walkway.  Usually, these characters aren’t as popular as you might imagine.  Wait times are usually 10-20 minutes, even in the afternoon when Magic Kingdom is crowded.  Chalk it up to the nondescript blue dress and funny heart bib.

Best Time to Meet: You’re more likely to meet both of them in the morning, so I recommend trying to get over there by 10:15am.  If you’re visiting Fantasyland first thing, you may also be able to pop over here right at 9:20am and encounter no line.  Most people will have higher priorities, whether that be attractions, shows, or other characters.

Other Meet Locations:

White Rabbit:

This is the only Meet and Greet where White Rabbit appears.

Alice:

  1. Epcot – Alice appears along the promenade in the United Kingdom Pavilion.  Her lines are usually longer there.
  2. Grand Floridian Resort – She meets diners at the 1900 Park Fare Breakfast Buffet.
  3. Grand Floridian Resort – She meets guests at the Wonderland Tea Party.

Gaston – Would Probably Like to Have More Antlers

Priority: Low

Location:

Gaston meets out in front of his Tavern in New Fantasyland.  Be Our Guest Restaurant is to his left and Journey of the Little Mermaid to the right. He may appear closer to the bridge over to Belle’s Village.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Gaston’s Meet and Greet is among the most informal at Disney World, to the point where there may not even be a line to greet him.  Guests are encouraged to form a group in front of him and take turns interacting and taking pictures with him.  When crowds are heavier, he may greet closer to the bridge and have a line that runs up the side of the bridge.

Interaction:

Among the best.  Gaston may very well have more personality than any other Disney character.  Expect to swoon.

Best Times to Meet: Pop over when it’s convenient.  New Fantasyland is sort of out of the way, so you may be around here at 10am to ride Journey of the Little Mermaid and meet Ariel.  You would want to meet Gaston at that same time.  Crowds are also low in the early evening.  He isn’t a major priority in most circumstances.

Other Meet Locations: A man as important as Gaston can only be found in one place.  And this is it.

Peter Pan and Wendy – Lost Boy and Found Girl

Priority: Low

Location:

Peter Pan and Wendy meet to the right of the entrance to Peter Pan’s Flight.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Find him then enter the short line that will be to either side of him.

Interaction: Great, especially if someone in your party is dressed like a pirate or fairy.

Best Times to Meet: If you’re headed to Fantasyland first thing, try to pop over here as early as possible. They are in a less obvious location and wait times are short to nonexistent early.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Contemporary Resort: After the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage that sets sail from the Contemporary Resort, Peter Pan will be on the dock to greet you upon the completion of your voyage.
  2. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013 – Peter Pan met with Wendy in her blue dress in the same location.

The Tremaines – Drizella, Anastasia, and Lady Tremaine – Classic Attire – Very Sexy

Priority: Low

Location: The Tremaines greet behind Cinderella Castle.

Usual Meet Times:

  • 9:20am – 12pm with intermittent breaks

Process: Simply get in line, wait for your turn, and hope no one in your party is wearing a Cinderella or Prince Charming costume.  They don’t care much for them.  Actually, try to dress someone in your party up like Cinderella or Prince Charming.  Ask Drizella to show a little ankle.  She’ll be flattered and Anastasia will kick you.

Interaction: Best.  The Tremaines are hilarious.

Wait Times: Short, usually just 5 to 10 minutes.

Best Times to Meet: I would arrive around 11:15am for the 11:20am meet.  While waits are short, they don’t greet for much of the day, so you will need to visit before lunch.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Grand Floridian Resort – Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella host dinner at 1900 Park Fare along with Prince Charming and Cinderella.

Chip and Dale – We Love America

Priority: Low

Location:

Chip and Dale greet in Donald’s old spot in Frontierland, which is across from the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade on the walkway that connects Liberty Square and Frontierland.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Their line runs casually off to the right of them.  Wait your turn.

Interaction: Good, considering they don’t talk much.  These are two of the naughtier Disney characters and they like to get themselves into trouble.

Wait Times: If you don’t have to wait through a break, waits should be in the 10 to 15 minute range.

Best Times to Meet: If you see them in the morning with a short line, I’d pop in line.  Otherwise, I’m not sure there’s a specific time that would be better than others.  Like the other characters, early is better.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Animal Kingdom – Chip and Dale meet at Camp Minnie-Mickey Greeting Trails in their usual attire.  From the middle of November through New Year’s, they meet in scarfs and hats.
  2. Epcot – They appear outside the Character Spot across from the entrance to the Land Pavilion in their usual attire (naked).  Lines are usually shorter.
  3. Epcot –  They greet diners at Garden Grill in their usual attire (still naked) along with Mickey and Pluto.
  4. Hollywood Studios – Chip and Dale meet at the Sorcerer’s Hat in the morning in hats and ties, usually through the early afternoon.  Lines are usually shorter before 10am but may be longer after.
  5. Fort Wilderness – They join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ in their grill master outfits.
  6. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013 – Chip and Dale hosted a dance party at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe wearing scarfs and hat with Goofy and Pluto.

Fairy Godmother – Sparkly

Priority: Lowest

Location: Fairy Godmother is usually behind Cinderella Castle near the entrance to Cinderella’s Royal Table.  She can also be to the left of the Castle Couture store.

This is the Fairy Godmother to the left of Castle Couture. If you don’t see her to the left or right of the back of Cinderella Castle, look here.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Her line is off to the side of where she meets.  Wait your turn and hope that she grants you a wish with fewer strings than Cinderella’s.

Interaction: Excellent.  Few characters are sweeter.

Wait Times: Wait times are usually just five minutes.  She isn’t in the most obvious location and she disappears so often that long lines rarely form.

Best Times to Meet: I would meet her in conjunction with the Tremaines in the late morning.

Other Meet Locations: None.  At one time, Fairy Godmother met at Cinderella’s Royal Table and dinner at 1900 Park Fare.  As of this moment, she no longer meets at either location.  Cinderella’s Royal Table features more princesses at each meal and 1900 Park Fare includes Cinderella, Prince Charming, and the Tremaines.

Mary Poppins – White/Red Dress and Umbrella

Priority: Lowest

Location: Mary Poppins meets around Town Square.  Normally, she is right in front of Tony’s Town Square Restaurant and The Chapeau:


The first image above shows where you can expect to find Mary Poppins.  Her exact location depends on whether other characters are present.  In the second image, she’s standing in front of The Chapeau store on Main Street.

Usual Meet Times:

  • 8:20am – 9am for morning Extra Magic Hour
  • 9:20am – 11am with intermittent breaks

Process: The line should be short, nearby, and informal.  Look for the few people in a little line nearby.

Interaction: Good.  It’s Mary Poppins and she’s usually “very” in character, which leads to the occasional snooty interaction.  I’m sure it will be fine though.

Wait Times: Afternoon wait times are usually short – in the 5 to 10 minute range.

Best Times to Meet: Most people won’t want to take the time to meet her in the early morning.  I would arrive about five minutes before she’s scheduled to appear for the 1:15pm or 2:10pm appearance.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Epcot – Mary Poppins meets throughout the afternoon in the United Kingdom Pavilion.  Her lines are usually much longer there.
  2. Grand Floridian Resort – Mary Poppins meets diners at 1900 Park Fare breakfast.
  3. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013: Mary met with Bert near Prince Regal Carousel.

Mickey Mouse – Usually Talks In His Magician Outfit

Priority: Moderate

FastPass+: Mickey distributes legacy FASTPASSes to the left of the entrance and is an option with FastPass+. Legacy FASTPASSes are not connected to the rest of the system, so you can collect them even if you have FASTPASSes to another attraction. Using legacy paper FASTPASS is the best plan if you have access to the system with a Key to the World card or paper ticket.

Location:

Mickey Mouse is located in Town Square Theater. Just after you enter Magic Kingdom and pass underneath the railroad station, you’ll see this building on your right.  Walk up the steps and enter the queue on the right.

Usual Meet Times: Mickey Mouse meets from regular theme park opening to 30 minutes prior to close.

Process:

Mickey used to meet next to the Princesses before they moved to Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland. Now the entire area is dedicated to the Mouse. He has a standby wait posted outside, but it really takes a minimum of 20 minutes to visit with secondary waits.

The queue is inside but has no view of the character until right before you meet him.

Once it’s your turn, you’ll be directed to the appropriate dressing room.

Interaction: This is currently the only meet where Mickey talks to guests.

He picks up on things like anniversary buttons, ages, sports team apparel, etc. It’s really pretty neat and it really does feel like Mickey is having an intimate chat. Note that occasionally there are technical difficulties and Mickey will be his usual quiet self.

Wait Times: Since talking, Mickey’s wait times have gone up, perhaps because they have fewer talking versions. Expect afternoon waits of 35 to 50 minutes.

Best Times to Meet: With FASTPASS or FastPass+ in the afternoon is best. During major daytime or evening entertainment like Wishes or the Electrical Parade is your second best shot. Otherwise, as late in the evening as possible will result in shorter waits.

Other Meet Locations: Now you’ve done it.

  1. Animal Kingdom – Mickey meets alongside Minnie in his safari/park ranger outfit at Camp Minnie-Mickey.  Waits are usually about the same and you have the added bonus of meeting Mickey.  From mid-November through December, he wears a Christmas sweater and Santa hat.  During the holidays, his lines will be even longer.
  2. Animal Kingdom – Mickey meets diners at Tusker House Restaurant in his safari outfit for breakfast and lunch.
  3. Epcot – Mickey meets in his classic outfit along with Minnie and Goofy at the Character Spot.  Afternoon waits are similar (20 to 45 minutes), but you do get to meet one character after the other.
  4. Epcot – Mickey meets diners at Garden Grill in his farmer’s outfit.  He meets along with Pluto, Chip, and Dale.
  5. Hollywood Studios – Mickey meets inside the Animation Building as Sorcerer Mickey.  Lines are usually sinilar – 20 to 40 minutes.
  6. Contemporary Resort – Mickey meets diners at Chef Mickey’s in his chef outfit along with Minnie, Pluto, Chip, and Dale.
  7. Fort Wilderness Campsite – Mickey meets diners at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ in his cowboy (hoe-down?) outfit along with Goofy, Chip, and Dale.
  8. Polynesian Resort – Mickey meets diners in his luau outfit along with Lilo, Stitch, and Pluto.
  9. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Mickey met in the same location.
  10. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2012 – Mickey met in the same location.

Beast – His Version of a Tuxedo

Priority: Must have dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant

Location:

Beast greets guests inside Be Our Guest Restaurant in the room just off to the right once you enter the Castle.  This doubles as the area where you would place your order at lunch.

Usual Meet Times: Dinner service begins at 4:30pm and Beast should first appear at 5pm.  He walks through the restaurant and then begins greeting guests.  He’ll make a pass through the restaurant every half hour or so to remind people that he’s present and foreboding. He continues appearing until the last guests leave.

Process: After finishing dinner and (hopefully) paying the bill, your server should inform you that you can head over to meet Beast.  This is one meet where character attendants will try to get groups to take one picture together, which in turn lowers wait times for everyone else.  If you want multiple pictures, it would be best to split your group up into smaller parties and then reconvene at the end for a larger group shot.  Of course, you may just want the one picture.  The only way to meet him is to have dinner at the Restaurant, which you most likely will need a reservation for.

Interaction: Poor in the grand scheme of things.  It’s cool to see him, but he does not interact much and doesn’t sign autographs.

Wait Times: It depends on how many people have recently finished their meals and there isn’t a whole lot you can do to mitigate waits.  Expect to wait around ten minutes.

Best Times to Meet: After dinner is really your only option.  There would be fewer people in line earlier in the evening.

Other Meet Locations: This is it.

Comments

  1. keri says

    When I went to get a photo with Mickey last November, I had no idea that Minnie usually appeared, too. They had her hiding behind a screen and Mickey put his hand to his mouth like “shhh!” and motioned us in, and Minnie popped out “surprise!”. It was really, really neat!

    Figured I’d mention that for anyone who might have kids who ALSO adore Minnie like I do and don’t want to spoil the potential bonus surprise.

    Thanks for this list, though! I had no idea there were so many character m&g at the Magic Kingdom – I can’t wait to go visit again and NOT be embarrassed to interact and get my photo taken. (As a single person without kids with me and in my late 20s, it was kind of awkward standing in line. Like, okay, I’m taking time away from kids, lemme hurry through… but I can’t wait to get a photo with the Tremaines or Fairy Godmother – I didn’t realize they met regularly at the MK)

  2. marlaine8 says

    Thank you! This is great! I didn’t know about Donald in Frontierland or Pirate Goofy!
    Love the picture of Vidia! Looks like the start of a great relationship!
    Does Bullseye still do M & Gs? I think I saw him listed at a MNSSHP, but we never found him.

  3. cupcake says

    You and Vidia make a cute couple! But what kind of name is “Vidia” anyway? It doesn’t sound very fairy-esque to me.

    Great post though, mega-informative! I don’t do much character seeking outside of the halloween party (oh how I miss the Naveen from late 2010 though!), but it’s a question I’m always being asked by coworkers planning day-trips so now I’ll know where to point them to!

  4. Dennis says

    I’m not a “character” person, but you did a great job here. Folks with small children should find this project an invaluable resource that I believe is internet unique.

  5. Peaches says

    Excellent information and well presented, this should be a sticky of some sort. I also love the Tremaines the few times I have had a chance to interact with them I have been so impressed with their ability to improvise, those ladies are very quick witted. I checked out Kenny the Pirates site he has some excellent info.
    That was a lot of work, thanks! Stitch attire naked, hehehe.

  6. KS Joe says

    Exactly what i was looking for. Thanks Josh!

    Now if only someone had the guts to get out to Fort Wilderness before April. I mean what is that transportation system all about (Seinfeld voice)?

  7. Marty says

    Good info Josh! Think we should of had more pictures of you with the characters, from the one I did see looks like you like to interact with them just as much as they like to interact with you.

  8. Alicea says

    Thanks for the info! Will you be making lists for the other parks as well? My son would love to see Lightning McQueen. (He’s 2, so he would actually love to see “ka -chow” as he calls him)

    Love this site, btw! You have the best job.

  9. Jill says

    Thanks, Josh, this is great info! One question – for the Mickey and princesses Fastpasses, will those be accepted “late” or do you have to return during your assigned time? Thanks!

  10. Katie says

    Has pirate Goofy replaced frontier Goofy? In March 2010, we met both frontier Goofy and frontier Donald in front of Liberty Tree Tavern (we were actually having lunch there and saw them doing the meet right outside the window and decided to pop into line after lunch).

    Love this post–the same thing for the other parks would be great too!

  11. RebeccaMcK says

    Great info! I hope this article will be a clickable link along the right margin of your home page? It will be helpful to many park goers in the future if it’s easily findable there. One thing: Rapunzel is in purple, not pink. All of Rapunzel’s stuff is themed purple…it (and the super long hair) is what distinguishes her from the other princesses’ color themes. With good planning, it’s possible to meet almost all the characters on one’s list AND do all the fun attractions you want to do at Magic Kingdom. I know, because in just TWO days at MK, over a year apart from each other, I had my daughter meet just about everybody and we left around 5 pm on one day and 7 pm on another day (having been there since opening time and didn’t watch any parades). We were very impressed that in October (just day 2 of her ever visiting MK since two Mays before that) we saw Rapunzel, Tinker Bell, AND Woody with Jessie (AND Buzz Lightyear AND the Tomorrowland Chipmunks) without missing any of the rides we wanted to do. Didn’t go in any shops, but that’s when you have to prioritize anyway if you want to hit your favorite rides and shows. Certainly with another day at MK you’d get to meet everyone else you didn’t get to meet earlier. And now, along with the characters my kiddo met on a Disney cruise and at Disneyland, AK, DCA, DHS and Epcot, we have a nice “professional” photo book that contains all her photo meets (no autographs…we don’t do autographs, just photos). We have a “once and done” policy, so once she has met someone, as long as it was a satisfying meet we never need to line up to meet them again. Except we do have multiple photos with Mickey, Minnie and Pooh. It’s also good to note that Tinkerbell often has her “autumn cape” on over her regular outfit in the fall and winter….so if you want the true Tink look in your photo with her, try to do it during Spring or Summer so she’ll look like herself.

  12. Ben says

    Josh,
    We drawing the circles/arrows on your pictures–are your eyes open or do you just use the Force to guide the mouse.

  13. Selena says

    Nice to know that Vidia is often there. My 8 year old is devouring the Fairy series books right now and when i told her who she may meet in May, she was a little bummed that Vidia may be there. “She’s a mean fairy”. So, I appreciate being able to prepare her and have her ready to have fun with it instead of having to console her for not being able to meet one of the others she’s read about. The rest is amazing as well, you are the best!!

  14. Trudie says

    This is an excellent breakdown of the character meet and greets – thank you so much! Would you mind if I added this blog post as a link in the Guide to Making Your Own Autograph Book Thread on the Disboards?

  15. Dionne says

    excellent breakdown! A little tip for Rapunzel-seemed to work well for us in Dec–right after the 3pm parade–I grabbed our daughter and ran to her line–we watched the parade right on the path near the castle that leads to her. Anyway-the line was long, but they let the first group in and then we were like 10 back or less for the very next group-so our wait was 40 minutes almost on the dot. Behind us people were looking at well over an hour or more wait! The wait was so worth it–best photopass pic of our trip is my daughter looking wide eyed up at Rapunzel who really really really knows how to interact with her “subjects.” Excellent experience.
    So bummed we missed out on Tink, but we had so much fun with all the characters we did meet. Goofy is hilarious. Another tip for those with small kids–watch the characters on YouTube before you go–our 2 year old wasn’t afraid of any of them since we had spent the month before watching the “puppies” “the duck” and “mimmie” over and over on youtube!

    We loved Tiana and Naveen and Ariel as well!! Excellent interactions

    keep up the great work with this blog!!!!!

  16. Dionne says

    Alicea–Lighting and Mater are in Hollywood Studios–no animation or voices, but there for the photo op–my son had to see the “truck” They are near the back lot tour–exit area–street scene–near the honey i shrunk the kids playground!

  17. Nancy says

    Wow. Since my youngest is nearly 15, we haven’t bothered with characters for years now – but this post reminds me of how much fun it was…and how much has changed! Thanks for all the photos and maps!

  18. haven_alise1997 says

    Good job Josh. Not to mention other sites but have you seen the Character Finder utility at http://www.wdwinsiders.com? I only like it for the fact you can see pictures of very rarely seen characters and people post when they saw them last.

  19. Melanie says

    Great run down Josh! Armed with this knowledge, we will be more likely to track down lesser known characters on future trips.

    We had the pleasure of visiting Rapunzel in January 2011, not long after Tangled came out in theaters. At the time Flynn Rider was still part of the meet and greet, and he was a hoot! Flynn took our then 18 year old son aside to teach him “the smolder” while our 6 year old daughter chatted with Rapunzel. We have a favorite family picture with Flynn and our son off to the side, smoldering away. We’d brave the line if Flynn came back.

  20. Jedi Wizard says

    Last year Tink and the fairies were available for greeting in Epcot during flower and garden. I think they will be again.

  21. josh says

    Rusty Shackleford – Oh, is that right?

    keri – Yeah, I guess the downside there is the fact that Minnie isn’t “guaranteed” to be there like Mickey is. It is certainly a nice “almost always” bonus though.

    marlaine8 – Bullseye is not normally available for meet and greets. He does appear intermittently at Diamond Horseshoe Dance Parties during Mickey’s Halloween/Christmas Parties. He did in 2011 at least.

    cupcake – Me too. I type “vidalia” half the time, which is an onion.

    Dennis – You seemed like a Frontier Donald or Pirate Goofy kind of guy.

    Peaches – Yes, the Tremaines are great. They didn’t get as far as they did based on their looks, after all….

    KS Joe – If you’re renting the $55/day golf cart….

    Marty – Vidia and I just hit it off because we have similar dispositions.

    Alicea – Yep, Lightning and Mater are located in Hollywood Studios. They ordinarily have short waits – maybe ten minutes max in the afternoon.

    Jill – Well, when you asked that question they could be used anytime. But as you might have seen, it looks like the times might be changing: http://www.wdwmagic.com/Other/FASTPASS/News/06Feb2012-Big-changes-coming-to-FASTPASS-in-March.htm

    Wei – You’re welcome.

    Katie – There isn’t normally a Frontier Goofy anymore. There was when Liberty Tree Tavern was a character dinner, but not since then.

    Puffyjj – No, you are.

    RebeccaMcK – I guess I’m focusing on the pink sleeves.

    Ben – I have a highly paid professional do all my artwork.

    Selena – Vidia/Tinker Bell seems to be the most common pair. I have never actually seen Rosetta with my own eyes.

    Trudie – Not at all, thanks for taking the time to ask.

    Dionne – Yeah, it’s virtually impossible to do any better than 30-40 minutes there. 40 minuets isn’t bad at all.

    Nancy – You’re welcome!

    haven_alise1997 – Yes I have. It’s difficult to keep up on the here and now. Sometimes looking back to past characters is more fun. It would be nice to see many of them again.

    Debbie – Thanks!

    Stephanie – Yes, but the pay is zero.

    Melanie – Can’t beat a good smolder!

    Jedi Wizard – I doubt it. They were without a permanent home last year with “rumors” that they would end up in Hollywood Studios. Then they moved to Magic Kingdom. “Anything is possible” though.

  22. Dawn says

    Hey Josh, great to know what you look like, thanks for the picture!
    Seriously great info, Ive been to Disney five times in the past eight years and Ive NEVER seen the Tremaines!…didnt know they were available!…We did see Rosetta last time, 2010, in the fairies previous location in Mickeys Toontown Fair..Ü
    I think you should forget Vidia and look up Keri, seems like you’d have alot in common Ü..just sayin’ HA!…

  23. Ferg says

    I LOVE this! Thank you, Josh! I know it was a lot of work and really appreciate it. I look forward to the other 3 parks as you develop those as well. GREAT stuff!

  24. Debora says

    Josh, THANK YOU VERU MUCH!!!!!
    People always say we need 2 days to visit MK, well you just turned it in 3! Two days to walk around the park and one day just to chase all the characters!
    And how about Mickey in his president outfit at Hall of Presidents?

  25. Shares says

    Just got back from a 4 day trip (2/3-2/6) and having this info BEFORE I went could have saved me a lot of aggravation. Thanks so much for this. Heading back for Flower Festival and I WILL meet the Tramaines and the Fairy Godmother this time.

  26. Stephanie says

    Wonderful as always! THank you .
    I have a question about the Mickey and Princess fast pass, does everyone in your group have to get a fast pass or can you just get one for the entire group?

  27. Natalie says

    I just shared this with my daughter and showed her everyone she gets to meet in 2 weeks. She loved it. Thanks so much!

  28. RebeccaMcK says

    @Josh
    WDWmagic reported today: “With the upcoming character shuffle on April 15, Ariel and Prince Eric will be moving their meet and greet to the glass gazebo next to the Adventureland Veranda, opposite the Swiss Family Treehouse. The Adventureland Veranda porch will become home to Rapunzel and Flynn Rider for the summer.” Maybe that news can make it into a new blog entry some time so people going in April will know?
    Also, while there is no characters article here yet for Animal Kingdom, apparently the UP characters Dug and Russell are now meeting in front of the ITTBAB show entrance (where Flik used to meet). I don’t know if that’s a permanent change or if it’s just for a little while.

  29. RebeccaMcK says

    “Rapunzel and Flynn Rider for the summer” was highlighted as a clickable link in what I copied from before, so I clicked on it and it took me to this: “According to the official Disney Parks Blog, beginning in mid-May there will be a new meet and greet featuring Merida from the upcoming Disney-Pixar movie ‘Brave’ (movie opens in late June). Along with Merida, the three bear cubs will also be appearing. The new location will be in the Fairytale Garden, which is currently home to the Rapunzel meet and greet. Rapunzel will be leaving the garden on April 15 to move to the Adventureland Veranda, and will welcome back Flynn Rider. It is speculated that at the end of the summer Rapunzel will have a new home in the former Skyway station area currently under construction in Fantasyland.”
    I hope when she gets her permanent home in Fland, Rider will be with her but I doubt it.

  30. Claudia says

    Will Ariel and Rapunzel still have the same schedule after their move April 15th? And should they still be prioritized the same way? Thanks!

  31. RebeccaMcK says

    This changes things about Rapunzel’s meet (noted in Josh’s “Clerical” post today, too). From wdwmagic’s site: “We reported last week that Rapunzel would be relocating to the Adventureland Veranda as the changes are made to the Fairytale Garden for the new Merida meet and greet. Plans appear to have now changed, and Rapunzel will now be moving to the Town Square Courtyard next to City Hall, with Ariel now remaining at the Adventureland Veranda. Flynn Rider, who was expected to join Rapunzel in the Veranda location, will now not be part of the meet and greet, but instead, will appear daily with Rapunzel in the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade. These changes come into effect on April 15 2012 through the summer, when Rapunzel will likely be moving again to her new home in Fantasyland.”

  32. MarkC says

    Josh,
    I will be visiting WDW solo in June while my son and his mom are in California. I would love to have my photo with as many characters as possible because I think its fun. However, being a 48-year old dude, I find it hard to get over the self-consciousness of doing the meet and greet, especially with any of the face characters like the princesses. Do you just man up and do it? Or just avoid it so as not to be seen as that creepy old guy getting his jollies from standing next to Tinkerbell?

  33. josh says

    I have a similar mindset. I just grin and bear it. I usually tell them that I just want a picture just to speed up the line behind me. The characters see all sorts of weird behavior and you’ll be far from the oddest thing they’ll see that day.

  34. says

    When last October our family were the first people in the line of Pinoccio, something funny happened: he began to sign the book and suddenly she stopped and began to take his big head. He showed the book to the Cast Member, and she also took the head. When I saw the book I realized that was going on: he had started to sign “Mickey Mo. ..”. He had not yet entered character. (sorry for the english, i am from argentina).

  35. Phil Smith says

    Thank you so very much! Times have certainly changed! Back when you could see characters every which way, but you are so right on with that first assessment…”A group of ten people taking pictures in every conceivable configuration can push a wait for Daisy Duck that would ordinarily be 5 or 10 minutes to 15 or 20 minutes.” Because typically it’s “No, that picture didn’t work…no she wants one where she’s standing not kneeling…” etc. etc. But I am currently at Disney World (my 15th Trip here actually!) and I just went to the Magic Kingdom today and was pretty disappointed I didn’t get to see as many characters as I wanted to. I got to meet Mickey and Minnie via the Town Square Theater area, since it was after all a designated meeting area.

    But most all I really want to meet the Tremaine family and personally “propose” to Anastasia! Where do you usually get those “rings” anyway? This has helped me immensely and I will use it when I go back on Thursday. Luckily I have a 4-Day Magic My Way pass so tomorrow I hit EPCOT, then Wednesday Hollywood Studios, and then a return trip to Magic Kingdom Thursday primarily for tracking down characters. I’m specifically hoping to have every human character record a video on my camera congratulating me on my 15th trip to Disney World!

    Thanks again for you help!

  36. Meredith says

    I LOVE this post. What great advice! Do you have any plans to update it now that some things have changed (i.e. Rapunzel’s meet location, Merida’s arrival, etc.)?

  37. Amanda says

    I’m late to the party on this post, but thanks. I will have to find the Tremains. Last visit, in 2009, we met Captain Hook (is he still around??) and it was the funniest interaction we had even though he doesn’t talk. The most recent autograph in the kids’ books were Tink’s so he pretended to refuse to talk to us. Then he offered his hand to my kids for a high five and then pulled it away. When he did this to my 2.5-year-old the third time, she started crying. And then things got really funny. Mr. Smee and Captain Hook acted all dismayed and Captain Hook jumped over a rope to pick a flower from a garden bed to give to my daughter. She still wasn’t sure about him, but the rest of us thought he was a hoot. There should be a lot more “bad guys” to meet. They are the BEST.

  38. Claytonia says

    Homie, you’ve got Ariel labeled as Aurora up there. Otherwise, though, this is awesome info! I think Donaldo and Goofini are so freakin’ cute…good to know that the wait isn’t usually terribly long.

  39. Jenn says

    Thanks for updating this! So Belle now does not meet at Royal Table? Who are the 4 princess now? I know she used to be in there in blue and white outfit. If not who is the replacement? And I have read Beast meets in Be Our Guest durijng dinner but only for pics. Is this still true? Thanks!!

  40. Lynne says

    You forgot Gaston!!! He was the best character of all. Full of personality and himself! Even my husband is still talking about him.

    Storytime with Belle was not too impressive for our family as the kids are 20, 18, and 12. It was nice to finally see her with her yellow gown though. If your kids are little it is great and hopefully they get to participate!!

    Jenn, Beast is available after you have eaten at Be Our Guest in the library. We were seated at 4:40 and he appeared at 5, walked through the dining room to the west wing and back to the library. He then went in the back room at about 5:55 and reappeared at 6. You need to show your bill to prove you have finished eating and then have a picture with him. Photopass is available, but you do not get a photo package like you do at Royal Table.

  41. Heather says

    So is it totally out of the question to do ETWB and Merida on the same day without massive wait times for one of them? I’m taking my daughter for a very short girls trip in Sept- right before her 5th birthday. It’ll be a 1 crowd level, recommended day at MK. We’re doing MNSSHP on arrival day and just 2 days in the parks. Was planning RD at MK (after an 8am BBB- that worked great for us last year- we should get to new FL ahead of the main gate rush) and the other RD at DHS.

    We were lucky enough to get to meet Vidia with Tinkerbelle last August. She was fantastic- rivals the stepsisters at 1900PF for interaction! Vidia was having a great time teasing my 15 yr old son and the pictures are hilarious!

  42. Ruth says

    @Jenn. We ate at Cinderella’s table for lunch last month. We had Snow White, Aurora, Jasmine and Ariel come to the table, and of course Cinderella downstairs.

  43. Kevin says

    We really enjoyed Story Time with Belle, but the lighting in there is awful. monochrome LEDs that make it so no camera’s white balance can figure out something decent.

  44. dusty cheatham says

    JOSH QUESTION ?? WHAT ARE YOUR FAV. SNEAKS. TO WEAR ? ON A STILL BROKEN HEART NOTE IN DEC 12 TRY TO HI- FIVE THE ” BEAST ” AFTER OUR DINNER . HE IGNORED ME

  45. Jenny Lind says

    We are going to be there March 25th-28th. Magic Kingdom will have Extra Magic Hours from 7-8AM before regular opening at 8AM. So, if I am correct, no princesses or characters are scheduled during the morning Extra Magic Hours.?

  46. Dawn says

    yikes! thats ALOT of information ! this must have taken you FOREVER! thank you so much, now I will re-read it and take NOTES!

  47. Chicago Mama says

    Just wanted to add that we were there in January, and Tinkerbell was meeting with Periwinkle from Secret of the Wings. I thought my 4 year old daughter was going to have a stroke she was so excited!

  48. Lane says

    Have to disagree with you on interaction with Beast. Even though he’s almost immobile, we had a wonderful interaction with him. He bowed and danced with our little princess, making her night.

  49. armscrossed says

    Chip and Dale ( not the chippendales) usually can be found at the evening moivie and banjo thing In Fort Wilderness campgrounds (Meadows behind the pool). They show up just before they light the ‘Smores’ campfire.

  50. Pam says

    We saw Stitch last summer at Epcot. He was off to the right, after entering the park, before passing Spaceship Earth. Last I read, he was still available for pictures there. The lines were also pretty short.

  51. Janae says

    Not sure if anyone else has commented on this, but a few years ago on our last visit, while waiting for my son to use the restroom-I think it was just coming from the hub going to Tomorrowland-there was an employee area where characters were going in and out(shift changes). I saw a number of miscellaneous characters! So fun watching them “in character” reacting to people around the bathrooms. Going back to MK in two weeks-I want to check out this spot again. I hope it is still as good a character viewing spot as it was last time, and this time I’ll be ready with a camera!

  52. NancyB says

    At the 2013 Christmas party (early December), Mary Poppins was meeting with Bert and 2 penguins at the Carrousel. Very good interaction with both face characters….penguins not so much. :)

  53. Jim says

    Where did you find Stitch’s schedule? I couldn’t find him on the Times Guide, Disney website or their app. Only place I found him was on that pirate’s website and app.

  54. Tiffany says

    Thank you, Josh. We were at AK today. This guide was accurate and succinct. I like how it was organized with the index of each characters’ location across parks.

  55. Erin says

    I wasn’t happy with the last time we met Beast at Be Our Guest. We were very rushed by the character attendant. They announced to the line of 8 total people that no single photos could be taken. My daughter really wanted a picture with us and one alone.

  56. Caroline says

    While I appreciate your attempt at helping people plan their vacations and their meet and greets with the characters, I am appalled at your lack of character integrity. It’s something Disney takes really seriously and writing things like “There are actually two Ariels here” really breaks the integrity. While we’re all adults and (in general) know how these things work, it’s something that shouldn’t be posted on a public website. There is only one Ariel, there is only one Mickey Mouse. Character integrity is a big deal for Disney. Just remember that.

  57. Staci says

    @Caroline: seriously? You think children who still believe that the “real” little mermaid is greeting people at the grotto would be on this site AND would read all the way through this long guide to notice this?

    Interesting response to the hours of work put into this.

  58. Mary says

    You might walk in and find the Mickey line to look overwhelming but we were in a line that was two whole queue lengths in that indoor picture you see above and it only took us 15 minutes to get through. Also a lot of the outdoor character meet and greets (Merida is from a little bit of distance) you can stand nice and close and still get pictures OF the character, if you don’t want to get actual pictures WITH the character (Woody/Jesse, Aladdin/Jasmine, etc).
    And to Caroline: They do indeed have multiples of some characters. We went with a group that was rather large(12 total) and in many occasions we were split up, Mickey was one of those occasions. The two groups were ushered to two separate rooms where we each met with Mickey, so I would not be surprised if it was the same with other characters where they send you in by smaller groups.

  59. Melissa says

    Thank you sooo much for this! I have planned 5 trips using your site, along with Kenny the Pirate. As my child grows and his interests change, I still turn to you for help. I only wish I could help you out!

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