FAQ About Disney World Character Meet and Greets
What do you say to Disney characters? Do they talk?
Most of the “fur characters” in the Disney parks, such as Mickey and Winnie the Pooh, do not speak but may interact through gestures or other non-verbal means. In contrast, characters like the Disney Princesses often engage in conversations with guests. The characters that can speak are referred to as “face characters.”
Which is better: in-park meet and greets or character dining?
In-park meet and greets allow the most personal, focused interaction with characters. Even though they’re brief, the character gives you their full attention for photos and a magical moment. Character meals allow you to meet multiple characters while you dine.
Are Disney World character meet and greets free?
Standard meet and greets inside Disney World parks do not cost anything extra beyond park admission (unless you wish to purchase Genie+ to limit your time waiting in line at some locations). Some special holiday or priority meet and greets may incur an additional cost. Disney character meals are not free, but the character interactions are included with the price of the meal. Additionally, you may have the option to pay for professional photographs taken by PhotoPass photographers at select character locations, either as individual photographs or as part of a Memory Maker bundle.
What is the best character meet and greet at Magic Kingdom?
Town Square Theater is ideal for meeting Mickey Mouse and Tinkerbell in charmingly themed environments. Pete’s Silly Sideshow and Crystal Palace offer lively interactions with classic Disney characters. And Fairytale Hall truly brings magic to life, with Cinderella greeting guests alongside a rotating visiting princess like Rapunzel or Tiana in an immersive regal setting.
What is the best character meet and greet at Epcot?
Epcot offers character meet and greets in the 11 countries of World Showcase. Our top pick is the Norway Pavilion, home to both the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall with five Disney princesses and the Royal Sommerhus meet and greet with Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Other great options include Chip ‘n Dale and friends at Garden Grill in The Land pavilion, and classic Disney characters like Minnie and Goofy at the park entrance.
What is the best character meet and greet at Hollywood Studios?
Star Wars Launch Bay and Toy Story Land offer interactions with rare, beloved characters from those universes. Meeting Disney Junior stars at Hollywood & Vine is perfect for younger fans. We all enjoy Red Carpet Dreams, where Mickey and Minnie greet guests dressed in Hollywood glamour.
What is the best character meet and greet at Animal Kingdom?
Adventurers Outpost satisfies families who want to meet Mickey and Minnie in their safari gear amidst wilderness theming. For character dining, Tusker House has Safari Donald, Daisy, Mickey, and Goofy visit tables while guests enjoy African-inspired cuisine. It’s the best way to enjoy Disney characters in a setting perfect for animal lovers.
Can You Use Your Own Camera at Meet-and-Greets with Disney Characters?
Absolutely! Although most Disney World character greeting spots and many character dining restaurants are staffed by Disney PhotoPass photographers, you are still permitted to take your own photos. Feel free to snap away yourself, or even ask the PhotoPass Photographer to capture a few images with your camera or phone, too. They’re usually happy to do so.
Do You Need Reservations for Disney Character Meet and Greets?
If you plan to meet your favorite characters as part of a meal (character dining), reservations are a must. These are among the most popular dining reservations and it’s very likely the restaurant will not be able to accept walk-ups during your visit (especially during the more-crowded times of year). Standalone meet and greet locations (outside of restaurants) don’t take reservations per se, but some of them are offered as part of Genie+ which allows you to receive a scheduled return time and avoid the regular standby lines.