It’s Disney Eve! Actually, by the time you’re reading this, we’ll be traipsing around Epcot on the first full day of our spring Walt Disney World trip. We’re taking a pair of newbies along with us on this trip, a friend and her daughter. One of the first things the daughter asked me about was getting character autographs. Being the character nuts we are, I whipped up a personalized autograph book for her while my little guy filled her in on the ins and outs of meeting Disney celebs, including a few of our favorite character spots.
So, what are our favorite Character spots in the Disney parks?
1. Coke Corner in Disneyland Park
This isn’t technically a character meet and greet, per se, but the kids absolutely loved playing musical chairs with Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Tweedles and Peter Pan. We also saw a few characters coming and going by way of this sweet refreshment spot.
Get Park Wise: If you’re feeling a little peckish around 2:30, try to grab a spot at Coke Corner, and you’re sure to have a very entertaining show with your snack.
2. The Magic of Disney Animation in Hollywood Studios
This is a great, climate-controlled, spot to meet some of your favorite Disney characters. Typically, Sorcerer Mickey and the Incredibles meet in this building, while the featured meet and greet area hosts recent Disney characters like Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz. Try to plan your stop in this building during the 4:00 or 5:00 hour. You may be treated to a fun surprise!
3. The World Showcase in Epcot
Ok, so this might kind of be cheating since it encompasses half of a park, but I just couldn’t narrow it down to one spot. As you wander the showcase, you’ll notice characters in their home countries. For example, you can chat with Mary Poppins and Alice in the United Kingdom, Mulan in China and Aladdin and friends in Morocco. Those are just few of the characters meeting in the World Showcase.
Get Park Wise: Don’t forget to glance down toward the International Gateway between the United Kingdom and France. We’ve often seen characters playing in this area with very few guests.
4. Pixie Hollow in Disneyland Park
While Walt Disney World had a Pixie Hollow once upon a time, it didn’t compare at all to this beautiful and fun spot in the original Disney park. With gorgeous colors splashed everywhere and larger than life surroundings, you really do get the feeling that you’ve shrunk to the size of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. The pixies are popular, so if this is a stop on your day’s travels, I’d suggest trying to visit as close to its opening time as possible. Check your times guide when you get into the park.
5. Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Magic Kingdom
One of Walt Disney World’s newest character spots features the Great Goofini, Astounding Donaldo, Madame Daisy Fortuna and Minnie Magnifique against some fantastic backdrops. Housed indoors, this meet and greet has two lines, one for Minnie and Daisy and the other for Donald and Goofy. Wait times seem to be minimal since its opening in October 2012.
Those are some of my favorite spots to meet characters. What are your favorite locations and tips for meeting the characters?