When I was young, my dad spent large amounts of time planning our Walt Disney World trips, and a huge part of that was finding out where characters would be and then planning our days around that (and this was back before the internet, so it was no small task!). Nowadays, Disney has made it easy to find your favorite characters, with their character spots – one in the, and another in , where the same characters appear daily for autographs, hugs, and photos with their many fans!
Epcot’s Character Spot – is located in Future World in Epcot, and here you can meet up with the ‘fab five’ – Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald, and Chip and Dale also make occasional appearances! When we went, the wait was relatively short (around 10 minutes), and they keep you moving through the characters pretty quickly. Each character has a photopass photographer, who will snap your official photopass pictures as well as take one with your camera
Town Square Theater– Located in the Main Street USA area of the Magic Kingdom, this character location features the Mouse himself, as well as various Disney Princesses. One bonus of this location – it utilizes the Fastpass service, so you can grab your Fastpass, go enjoy some of the Magic Kingdom’s other attractions, and then come back to meet up with the characters with a much shorter wait time!
In addition to these locations, other characters make semi-regular appearances at various spots within the Parks (like Duffy in Epcot, and many others!), your best bet would be to check out the official Walt Disney World website, and once you arrive at Disney, to check the Times Guides for each Park so you can make sure you know when and where you can meet up with your favorite characters!
If you don’t want to wait in line, you can always try a delicious Character Meal, which I love because it combines two amazing things – food and Disney characters! In my opinion, Chef Mickey’s is one of the best, but don’t trust my opinion – try some for yourself next time you’re in WDW!
So how about you, what characters do you like to visit and what tactics do you use (character spots, character meals, catching them around the Parks) to make sure you make that meet and greet a reality?
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