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How and Where to Find Characters at Disney World

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Last Updated on January 20, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

You are finally here. You’ve planned the perfect, most magical vacation for your beautiful family, you walk hand in hand up to the turnstile gates with your matching Disney t-shirts, you’ve got your Mickey and Minnie ears; now where to find all of the characters at Disney World?

Chances are you have a child who must meet Mickey, one that just has to see Cinderella, and a character photo with Googy is high on your list But how can you make the most of your epic family vacation without wandering around just hoping to catch a glimpse of you, **cough cough** your child’s favorite characters from afar.

The absolute top place to find out when and where your must-see Disney World characters will be by using the My Disney Experience app. 

How to Use the Disney World Character Locator

On the home screen, you see a map symbol right here; click it for the park map.

how to use the disney world app to find characters at disney world

Once you click, you’ll see this map of Walt Disney World. At the top, it defaults to “Wait Times,” but if you click it a drop-down menu will appear. Click Characters!

how to use the disney app to find character sightings

You will now see little Mickey symbols all over the park. 

how to use the disney world app to find characters at disney world

Click a Mickey once to bring up which character will be in that area. Click it again to see the exact time!

More Great Ways to see Characters

how to use the disney world app to find characters at disney world
how to use the disney world app to find characters at disney world

Character Meet and Greets at Disney World

After years of social distancing, you can finally hug all your beloved friends and get their autographs! Thankfully, the app lets us know exactly where and when each character will be. No more roaming the park, just hoping to stumble upon one. 

These are some of the most cherished memories for you and your little ones, so make the most of them and make a plan to visit the rides and attractions near the characters you plan to see. 

By making a plan, you’ll be able to check more things off your must-do Disney checklist. But don’t forget to leave room for flexibility; we all know that family life and vacations rarely go as planned.

As of today, here are where a few of the characters appear:

  • Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at Town Square Theater
  • Snow White on the Town Square Theater Porch
  • Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Elena of Avalor at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Belle at Enchanted Tales with Belle 

Character Dining at Disney World

Chef Mickey’s

Dining located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This is one of our favorite character meals! The food is delicious and the character interactions are always so sweet!

At Chef Mickey’s, you’ll enjoy an all-you-can-eat family-style meal. Mickey and his gang will make appearances throughout the different dining rooms while you enjoy your magical meal.

Check the Disney World website for the most current reservation and dining experience information.

Hollywood & Vine

Dining is located in Echo Lake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Minnie and her friend make appearances while you enjoy your breakfast.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Dining is located in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Dining at the castle is truly magnificent! Beast makes his way around the room during your splendiferous dining experience.

Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White

Dining is located in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs appear during your delectable dinner.

Tusker House Restaurant

Dining is located in Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Donald Duck and his Disney friends host the meal and take photos for you to treasure forever.

2022 Character Parades at Disney World

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

You can enjoy the music and dancing twice daily as Disney comes to life in the Fantasy Parade. It is a great way to see many of the Disney Characters in one place! Tangled, Peter Pan, and The Little Mermaid are often on display on the magical floats as they make their way down the street.

Disney Princesses at Walt Disney World Resort

If seeing princesses is important to anyone in your crew, check out this entire section of the Disney World site dedicated to all things Disney princesses.

Don’t forget to purchase the Disney PhotoPass and Memory Maker. Character Photos at Disney World are one of the most treasured memories your child will keep for a lifetime.

Premium princess-themed PhotoPass locations:

Magic Kingdom 

  • Cinderella and Elena can be found at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Rapunzel and Tiana are at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Merida is found at Fairytale Garden
  • Ariel is in Her Grotto


  • Jasmine in Morocco
  • Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus
  • Meet Mulan in China
  • Belle in France
  • Snow White in Germany

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Pocahontas at Discovery Island Trails

What characters do you plan to find on your next Disney World trip?

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