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Princess Ariel in her mermaid form at Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom Characters

Throughout Magic Kingdom you’ll have the opportunity to meet over 30 Disney characters.  Princesses, the Fab Five, and some other old classic and newer Disney friends.  Magic Kingdom characters come in all shapes and sizes.  Magic Kingdom features the highest character interaction opportunity of all the Disney World parks.

While there are several set-in stone places to meet characters, keep your eyes peeled for informal chances to meet characters in the park.  These can be some of the best chances for special and truly unique interactions.

If the characters have the time, they are always willing to interact.  There will be a few instances where they may have to keep moving along due to a commitment.  Don’t take offense.  As an example, check out this random meeting with Alice from Alice in Wonderland, where she was strolling along and our girls simply waved at her.  She came over and took stroll with them.  These can make some of the most cherished memories for you and your kids.  Keep those eyes peeled!

Remember, one of the time-honored traditions of Disney World is that characters will sign autographs.  If you’ve got little ones with you, this is a great way to make a memory that will last for them.  These are some tried and true Disney autograph books.  A good oversized pen is also helpful for the fur characters as their hands are covered with a costume.

Below we’ll lay out for you the formal opportunities and some of the information ones, where you can catch a few minutes with some of your favorite Disney characters.  Note that certain characters can only be met at Magic Kingdom, so if they are on your list must do things make sure you plan accordingly.  The characters you can only meet in Magic Kingdom for free are:

  • Cinderella
  • Tiana
  • Ariel
  • Gaston
  • Aladdin
  • Merida
  • Elena of Avalor
  • Pooh and Tigger
  • Peter Pan
  • The Fairy Godmother
  • Rapunzel
  • Lady Tremaine, Anastasia & Drizella

Note that some of these characters can be met in other parks or resorts at character meals.  Since you have to pay for those meetings by buying food, we don’t consider them “free”.  Some of the meals are a bit pricey and you may choose not to do them.  We’ll note those other chances to meet the characters listed above when we cover them.

Always get a daily Times Guide as you enter each park.  Magic Kingdom characters who are available for meet-and-greets will be listed on there, along with specific times and locations for when and where you can find them.   Also, while times may show as continuous over several hours, be aware that characters take breaks throughout the day, so you may have to wait while the characters take a break.  As you can imagine, an hour in the hot Florida sun and humidity while sporting some of those costumes can take it out of you!

We’ll try to give you rough times of availability, but it’s day to day.  Make sure you confirm times for your specific trip days.  Let’s get to the list of Magic Kingdom characters!

Alice in Wonderland

Where:  Fantasyland – Next to Mad Tea Party

Times:  Shortly after park opening until about noon

Other Characters:  Occasionally you will find Alice with other friends like the Mad Hatter

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Alice also meets in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot and at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian hotel character meal.

Ariel

Where:  Fantasyland – In her Grotto (this is mermaid Ariel)

Times:  All day

Other Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Ariel at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot.  Ariel is a princess here, not a mermaid.  You can also meet Ariel at the Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s Boardwalk.  She’s there for a character meal (breakfast only) along with Prince Eric, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.

Aladdin and Jasmine

Where:  Adventureland – Just north of The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Times:  Usually from about 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Other Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Jasmine at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot.  Jasmine also meets at the Morocco pavilion in Epcot.  Aladdin does not meet anywhere else.

Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

Where:  Fantasyland – Cinderella’s Royal Table (only place currently in Magic Kingdom)

Times:  All day

Other Characters:  All the various Princesses that show to this character meal

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Aurora also is on the rotation for the Princess character meal at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot.  She meets in Epcot in the France pavilion of World Showcase.

The Beast

Where:  Fantasyland – Be Our Guest restaurant

Times:  Usually from about 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM (He only meets during dinner)

Other Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  This is your only chance to meet Beast and unfortunately you have to pay by dining here.

Buzz Lightyear

Where:  Tomorrowland – Between Carousel of Progress and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Times:  Usually from about 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Other Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You’ll find Buzz at Hollywood Studios in Toy Story Land.  Kids may meet Buzz at the Pixar Play Zone at the Contemporary Resort as part of Disney’s evening kids play event.  This is kids only and it costs $65 each.  If you’re looking for some alone time, this may be a place you can drop the kids off.

Cinderella

Where:  Fantasyland – In Fairytale Hall

Times:  All day

Other Characters:  She currently meets with Elena of Avalor

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Cinderella at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot, and at the 1900 Park Fare dinner at the Grand Floridian Resort.

Chip ‘n’ Dale

Where:  Main Street, U.S.A – In Town Square

Times:  Usually from about 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Other Characters:  The character rotation changes often here, so it may be anyone of Chip ‘n’ Dale, Nick and Judy, and other Disney characters.  Make sure you check the park calendar the day you go to Magic Kingdom.

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can also see Chip ‘n’ Dale at Fort Wilderness Resort for their campfire sing-a-long, as well as at Garden Grill in Epcot for a character meal.  You can also find them in Hollywood Studios around the Grand Avenue area.  Lastly, they are in Animal Kingdom in Dinoland, U.S.A.

Country Bear Jamboree Characters

Where:  Frontierland – Outside of Country Bear Jamboree roaming the area

Times:  Off and on throughout the day, but not a consistent schedule

Other Characters:  Rotation changes often.  You’ll find Liverlips, Big Al, Shaker, and Wendell at varying times.

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  No

Donald Duck

Where:  Fantasyland – In the Big Top at Pete’s Silly Sideshow

Times:  Usually from about 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Other Characters:  Donald meets here with Goofy

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Donald in all the parks.

Daisy Duck

Where:  Fantasyland – In the Big Top at Pete’s Silly Sideshow

Times:  Usually from about 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Other Characters:  Daisy meets here with Pluto

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Daisy in all the parks.

Eeyore

Where:  Fantasyland – Crystal Palace (character meal only)

Times:  During regularly scheduled meal times

Other Characters:  Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Piglet

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  No

Elena of Avalor

Where:  Fantasyland – In Fairytale Hall

Times:  All day

Other Characters:  She currently meets with Cinderella

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:  No

Fairy Godmother

Where:  Fantasyland – On the Backside of Cinderella Castle

Times:  Usually between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  Note that she does not meet every day.

Other Characters:  She doesn’t meet with anyone else, but she does alternate times with Anastasia & Drizella

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  She occasionally meets as part of Cinderella’s Royal Table, but not often.

Gaston

Where:  Fantasyland – In front of Gaston’s Tavern

Times:  Usually from about 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Other Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  No

Goofy

Where:  Fantasyland – In the Big Top at Pete’s Silly Sideshow

Times:  Usually from about 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Other Characters:  Goofy meets here with Donald

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Goofy in all the parks.

Lady Tremaine, Anastasia & Drizella

Where:  Fantasyland – On the Backside of Cinderella Castle.  Sometimes near the wall in Fantasyland.

Times:  Usually between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

Other Characters:  None.  Lady Tremaine doesn’t always meet.

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Occasionally you may find these characters at the 1900 Park Fare character meal

Mary Poppins

Where:  Liberty Square Gazebo

Times:  Usually from about 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Other Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Mary Poppins meets in the UK pavilion at Epcot.

Merida

Where:  Fantasyland – Fairytale Garden, which is just to the southwest of Mad Tea Party

Times:  Usually from about 9:15 AM to 6:15 PM

Other Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  No

 

Mickey Mouse

Where:  Main Street, U.S.A – Town Square Theater

Times:  All day

Other Characters:  Minnie

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Mickey meets in all the other parks.

Minnie Mouse

Where:  Main Street, U.S.A – Town Square Theater

Times:  All day

Other Characters:  Minnie meets with Mickey

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Minnie meets in all the other parks.

Peter Pan

Where:  Fantasyland – Just to the west of Peter Pan’s Flight attraction

Times:  Usually from about 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Other Characters:  Occasionally Peter Pan meets with Wendy

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You also get a chance to meet Peter Pan at the conclusion of the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage.  You’ll also see Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.

Piglet

Where:  Fantasyland – Crystal Palace (character meal only)

Times:  During regularly scheduled meal times

Other Characters:  Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  No

Rapunzel

Where:  Fantasyland – In Fairytale Hall

Times:  All day

Other Characters:  She current meets with Princess Tiana

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Rapunzel at Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s Boardwalk.  She’s there for a character meal (breakfast only) along with Flynn and Ariel and Prince Eric.  Rapunzel may also meet at Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot.

Snow White

Where:  Fantasyland – Cinderella’s Royal Table (only place currently in Magic Kingdom)

Times:  All day

Other Characters:  All the various Princesses that show to this character meal

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Snow White in Epcot at the Germany pavilion.  She is also on the rotation for the Princess character meal at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot.

Stitch

Where:  Tomorrowland – Stitch’s Great Escape

Times:  Until around 6:00 PM

Other Characters:  None

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Stitch at the character breakfast at ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Village Resort.  You can also sometimes meet Stitch at Typhoon Lagoon during the warmer times of year.

Tiana

Where:  Fantasyland – In Fairytale Hall

Times:  All day

Other Characters:  She current meets with Rapunzel

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:  No

Tigger

Where:  Fantasyland – By the Winnie the Pooh attraction

Times:  Usually from about 10:45 AM to 7:00 PM

Other Characters:  Winnie the Pooh

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Pooh and Tigger, along with Piglet and Eeyore at the Crystal Palace character meals.

Tinker Bell

Where:  Main Street, U.S.A – Town Square Theater

Times:  All day

Other Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:  No

Winnie the Pooh

Where:  Fantasyland – By the Winnie the Pooh attraction

Times:  Usually from about 10:45 AM to 7:00 PM

Other Characters:  Tigger

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Pooh and Tigger, along with Piglet and Eeyore at the Crystal Palace character meals.  Pooh also shows up at the 1900 Park Fare character meal.

The Random Character Town Square Meet and Greet

In addition to these scheduled meet and greets, Disney has recently started a more random Magic Kingdom character meet and greet.  The times aren’t so random as the characters are.  In the center of Town Square, where Chip ‘n’ Dale meet there will be another character interaction available.  However, for now it appears Disney is okay with this being a random set of characters.

There have been reports of Nick and Judy from Zootopia, as well as other characters.  It isn’t clear what the character schedule is as of right now.  This random meet and greet should keep the same hours as Chip ‘n’ Dale.

Wrapping Up

That’s all of the Magic Kingdom characters.  Most free, but there are a few that you have to pay to meet by eating a meal.  If characters are really your interest right now, below are links to the character articles we have for each of the other parks.

Epcot Characters

Animal Kingdom Characters

Hollywood Studios Characters

We tried to cover the basics of character here.  Well maybe it’s a bit more than the basics, but this should give you a good idea of what Magic Kingdom character availability is.  If you found this Magic Kingdom character listing useful, please share it on social media so others can discover this great and free content.  Just use our social sharing buttons on the page!

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