Ultimate Guide to Character Experiences at Disney World

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    Find Your Favorite Character in a Flash

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    For many kids, meeting a beloved character is a highlight of any trip to Disney World. If your child has a favorite character, don't have to leave it up to chance. Disney's new MyMagic+ planning system makes it easy to schedule character experiences (as well as dining, rides, and other attractions) even before you leave home. 

    Click through for a tour of character experiences at Disney World or jump directly to your favorite characters. Choose Mickey and the classic characters or click on your favorite Disney film to see where the characters hang out:

    • A Bug's Life
    • Aladdin
    • Alice in Wonderland
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • Big Hero 6
    • Brave
    • Cinderella
    • Disney Junior Pals
    • Elena of Avalor
    • Finding Nemo
    • Frozen
    • The Incredibles
    • Inside Out
    • The Jungle Book
    • Lilo & Stitch
    • The Lion King
    • The Little Mermaid
    • Mary Poppins
    • Mulan
    • Peter Pan
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Pocahontas
    • Sleeping Beauty
    • Snow White
    • Star Wars
    • Tangled
    • Tarzan
    • Toy Story
    • Up
    • Winnie the Pooh
    • Zootopia
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    Where to See Mickey & Classic Disney Characters

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    Magic Kingdom:

    • Meet classic Disney friends at Town Square on Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom.
    • Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater on Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom. This is one of the most charming meet-and-greets in the park.
    • Meet Donald Duck and Goofy as daredevil circus stars at Pete's Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus, located in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. 
    • Meet Minnie, Daisy, Donald and Goofy as vaudeville performers at Pete's Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus, located in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.
    • You can also see Mickey, Minnie and dozens of Disney characters in the Festival of Fantasy Parade.
    • You can see Mickey, Minnie, and plenty of Disney and Pixar characters in the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party on Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom.

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    Animal Kingdom:

    • Meet Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost on Discovery Island at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
    • Meet Donald Duck on the Cretaceous Trail in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
    • Meet Pluto and Goofy near Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
    • Meet Chip 'n' Dale at Rafiki's Planet Watch, located in Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

    Character Meals:

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    Where to See Anna and Elsa

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    Where to See Belle, Beast, and Gaston

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    The Disney animated classic "Beauty and the Beast" provides the backdrop for much of Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

    • At Enchanted Tales with Belle in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland, guests can portray a character from “Beauty and the Beast” and join Belle and Lumiere in an interactive storytelling experience.
    • You can meet Belle at Epcot's France Pavilion.
    • Meet the incorrigibly manly Gaston in the French courtyard near Gaston's Tavern in Fantasyland.
    • The crowning jewel of Fantasyland is Be Our Guest Restaurant in Beast's Castle, which immerses diners into the elegance and fairytale charm of Beast's world in three richly appointed rooms that bring the story to life. Beast often appears at the end of dinner.

    Also:

    • Belle is often present at Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.
    • You can watch a live musical version of "Beauty and the Beast" on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Studios (duration: 25 min.)
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    Where to See Ariel

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    Where to See Merida

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    • Meet Merida from "Brave" inside Fairytale Garden, located in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. You can also practice archery, and color your own “tapestry” of Merida and her horse, Angus, and interact with the three mischievous bear cubs from the film.
    • You can also see Merida in the Festival of Fantasy Parade.
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    Where to See Cinderella

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    • Meet Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall, located in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.
    • Dine with Cinderella and classic princesses at Cinderella's Royal Table in Fantasyland. (Note: Beginning January 8, 2015, the Disney princesses will welcome guests to Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa while Cinderella’s Royal Table is renovated.)
    • You can also meet Fairy Godmother at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland.
    • Enjoy the Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
    • Cinderella is often present at Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the World Showcase at Epcot.
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    Where to See Princess Jasmine and Aladdin

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    • Meet Princess Jasmine and Aladdin in the Agrabah Bazaar in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom.
    • Meet Aladdin and Princess Jasmine near Restaurant Marrakesh in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot.
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    Where to See Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Jessie

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    • Meet Buzz Lightyear at Star Command Headquarters in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom.
    • Meet Woody and Jessie near Splash Mountain in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom.
    • Meet Woody and Buzz Lightyear on the set for your very own photo shoot. Inside the Pixar Studios Camera Department at Pixar Place in Hollywood Studios, you can strike poses from some of the most iconic scenes from "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2."
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    Where to See Rapunzel

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    Where to See Aurora

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    Star Wars Experiences

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    • Is there a Padawan in your family? At Hollywood Studios, a selection of kids ages 4 to 12 can don brown robes and enter the Jedi Training Academy for a 20-minute session that sharpens their lightsaber skills and ends with the Jedi Oath and an encounter with the Dark Side. The academy is located in Echo Lake at Hollywood Studios. Note: You need to register your child for this experience at a specific time.
    • Witness Captain Phasma and obedient storm troopers in the March of the First Order, which happens in Hollywood Studios.
    • Meet Chewbacca at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Hollywood Studios.
    • Meet Kylo Ren at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Hollywood Studios.
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    Where to See Snow White

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    Where to See Winnie the Pooh & Friends

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    Where to See Peter Pan & Tinker Bell

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    Where to See Alice & Friends From Wonderland

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    Where to See the Incredibles

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    • Calling all super heroes: You can hit the dance floor with Mr. and Mrs. Incredible and Frozone during this outdoor Incredibles Dance Party that takes place on Rockettower Plaza in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. 
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    Where to Meet Disney Junior Pals

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    Meet Doc McStuffins and Disney Junior pals at the Animation Courtyard at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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    Where to See Zootopia Characters

    Zootopia Characters at Disney World
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    Where to See Elena of Avalor

    Elena of Avalor at Walt Disney World
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    Where to Find More Disney Characters

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    Magic Kingdom:

    • Kids can learn the fine art of scallywaggery in the 25-minute Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial located in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" session includes sword fighting, pirate lingo, and how to flee from your enemies.
    • You can also see dozens of Disney characters in the Festival of Fantasy Parade.

    Epcot:

    • Meet Mulan at the China Pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot.
    • Meet Mary Poppins at the United Kingdom Pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot.
    • Meet Joy and Sadness from "Inside Out" at the Epcot Character Spot in Future World at Epcot.
    • Meet Baymax from "Big Hero 6" at the Epcot Character Spot in Future World at Epcot.
    • Located in The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion at Epcot, Turtle Talk With Crush is an interactive show where you can have a personal conversation with the laid-back turtle.

    Animal Kingdom:

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