On our most recent trip to Disney World, we met over 50 characters in 6 days! And how did we find all these characters you might ask?
The Times Guide. The free guide that Disney gives out with their maps at the entrance to the park. Anyone and everyone can read over the list and find out what characters are going to be where!
Here are the characters that meet at Animal Kingdom and the approximate time that they meet. Always check the Times Guide when you arrive though. You can also find it online here (just click on the park you want along the top). He posts it on Saturday for the next week.
Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and sometimes Tiger at the Character Landing across from Flame Tree Barbecue – 9:30am-1:30pm & 2:10pm-4:40pm
Lilo* and Stitch at Island Mercantile – 9:15am – 4:25pm
Flik* at Disney Outfitters Character Meet and Greet from 9:20 to 2:10 pm
Camp Minnie Mickey
Definitely the best place to meet the characters. I always find very short lines here! Characters come out at 9:30 am
Minnie the Mouse
Chip and Dale
I’ve also seen Rafiki here
Goofy and Pluto 10 am to 2 pm and 2:30 pm to 4:55
Rafiki’s Planet Watch
10:15 am – 5 pm
Africa Greeting Trails
9 am to 3:30 pm
During the day I have seen characters meeting at the entrance
My tips for meeting the characters:
- Almost all characters sign, make sure you have an autograph book (write your cell phone number in it) and pen for them to use (their hands are big so you might want to get one of the fat sharpies but don’t get green! They won’t use a green pen because it won’t come out of their clothes.)
- Character handlers (the cash members that work with characters) have a light blue shirt on. If you see someone standing around with a light blue shirt, it means a character is about to come out. Ask them!
- When you get in line, ask the cast member when the character plans to go get a snack. You might not want to wait the extra 5 minutes for their break.
- Only face characters (like the Princesses) speak. You could explain this to your child by saying that the other characters have to save their voices for the parades and shows (where they do speak).
- It is okay to ask questions to the characters about their movies, life, etc. It might be fun while you wait in line to come up with a question to ask them. Just don’t ask Chip and Dale where they keep their nuts!
- When we meet a character, we get the autograph first (make sure you open your book to a clean page while you are waiting in line), give hugs and then take a picture. The characters will help your children to turn around to pose for the picture.
- Don’t forget to say “please” when asking for an autograph & photo and then “thank you” afterwards.
- Take a picture of your child as they walk towards the character. I’ve caught some cute pictures of Jacob with his arms outstretched towards the character. It’s so cute.
- Most characters have a Photopass Photographer with them. They will take pictures with your camera too. Don’t be afraid to ask!
- It is okay to have a picture made with just your kids and then you jump in for a second shot.
- If you have more tips for this list, please add them to the comments so I can update it.
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