Disney Character Meet and Greets
Disney parks, resorts, and Disney Cruise Line all offer opportunities to meet and interact with Disney characters: Anna and Elsa, Peter Pan and Captain Hook, of coarse Mickey and Minnie, and a whole lot more. They are very popular. You might ask, “Disney character meet and greets are just for kids. Right?” Well,… even as an adult, when at a Disney park or on a Disney Cruise, it is hard not to get drawn into the fantasy. While we (adults) know that Disney characters are fictional, that it is actors portraying them, and that mice really can’t talk, it is still fun and gives a little thrill seeing and talking to a favorite hero or princess or villain.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World offers a ton of Character meet and greets at each of the four parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. These will be listed in the times guide that you pick up as you enter the park.
Some of the best Disney Character Meet and Greets at Walt Disney World are during “special” events such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Disneyland has more seemingly spontaneous Disney character meet and greets with characters often seen wandering the streets. Check the times guide at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure for scheduled Disney character meet and greets. From our experience, Disneyland offers more classic characters than Walt Disney World.
All of the characters stay in character. So, do not expect a sweet, polite Cruella DeVille; or, a meek, gracious Gaston. That is certainly part of the fun! They will usually allow you a photo, though.
Character breakfasts at the parks or at the hotels are a great, though not cheap, way to have great Disney character meet and greets. If you schedule one at a hotel, you do not have to have a park ticket, though.
Disney Cruise Line
Meet and greets are a part of the regular fare sailing with the Disney Cruise Line. You will find the Disney princesses, classic Disney characters like Micky and Minnie, and pirate characters such as Captain Hook and Jack Sparrow.
Disney resorts have character meet and greets, too. Aulani is home to the classic cartoon characters as well as Lilo and Stitch. We have not visited Disney Hilton Head Island Resort or Disney Vero Beach Resort, but I bet they have these, too.
I hope that you have enjoyed our photo introduction to the wonderful world of Disney character meet and greets. As you can see from our photos, we adults can enjoy them almost as much as the kids.