Disney Junior character meets have returned to Walt Disney World in late 2021! You can now meet your favorite television characters during your visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
The Disney Junior characters are some of the best meets available at Disney, especially for younger children. So I would imagine if you have children that fall into this age group, you are probably familiar with the latest and most popular Disney Junior characters.
What you might not know is that many of them meet at Hollywood Studios in several different locations. For starters, you’ll find characters like Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, and more meeting guests daily in Animation Courtyard.
In addition, several Disney Junior characters meet with guests at Hollywood and Vine each morning for a character breakfast. This experience will require an advanced dining reservation. Related: Disney World Character Dining Guide
The third location to meet Disney Junior characters is at the Disney Junior Dance Party. We have a full review of this entertainment offering here.
For the sake of this review, we’re going to cover the Disney Junior character meets located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While these meets have returned, make sure you are aware of these two things:
- Character autographs have not returned at this time.
- PhotoPass Photographers will probably not be available.
Disney Junior Characters
The Disney Junior characters are located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is also the dance party’s location for Disney Junior fans and the home of Star Wars Launch Bay.
Below is a picture of the overall character meet area. These characters meet from about 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Make sure to check the times for each character meet in the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit. Or you can view the schedule here on Disney’s website.
Times and appearances can change from day to day. However, these specific characters are usually fairly consistent.
From my experiences, the lines for these character meets are usually busier earlier in the day than in the afternoon. That can vary a good deal, though, based on what time of year you’re visiting.
On the day I initially took photos for this review, I met all four Disney Junior characters in about 40 minutes’ time. That was on a late Friday afternoon during warmer weather. I felt the wait was extremely reasonable, and noticed that most children standing in line were eager to meet each character.
What Disney Junior Characters Meet at Walt Disney World?
Below are the current Disney Junior characters meeting at Hollywood Studio. Keep in mind as new shows become popular, characters here change. However, since this meet has returned, the characters are still the ones who were meeting before.
- Fancy Nancy
- Doc McStuffins
First, we have Fancy Nancy, meeting on the far end of the Animation Courtyard.
She is the first meet you will see in the line-up of Disney Junior characters.
As shown above, there is a sign in front of each meet and greet area. One of the good things here is that all four characters meet in the same location. That makes it easy to meet one character and then immediately get in line for the next.
Fancy Nancy is in front of a cute house with a picket fence. Her line is actually to the right side of her meet area.
The Disney Junior characters all sign autographs. Make sure to have a pen and paper handy. Some children like to have autograph books, but any paper or small notebook would work for this.
Here’s a look at her autograph. Most of the characters have unique signatures, and this is something fun they can take home. It might be something you would like to include in a frame or scrapbook with a picture of your child and the character.
The next Disney Junior character you will run into at the Animation Courtyard is Vampirina. She is probably the most energetic and hip of the characters meeting in the area.
I thought it was cute how her hair flaps like bat wings when she jumps up and down.
Vampirina will provide you with an autograph.
It took her a minute to write it out, but it was worth it. She dot’s her I’s with bat wings!
On down the line, you will bump into Doc McStuffins. She is actually toward the end and next to the entrance for the Disney Junior Dance Party.
Here is a look at her sign below and autograph. She added a band-aid with a heart on it.
Her setup is naturally like that of a child-friendly doctor’s office.
Usually, the characters will greet you, sign the autograph and then take a few pictures with you and your family.
A note to make here is that these character meets are all partially outside. Therefore, in the event of rain or storms, they do cease to meet.
Additionally, due to the heat and wearing these costumes for extended periods, they often take breaks. So if you are in line for a character and you see them exit, do not fret. They will be back in about three to five minutes. You will more than likely see this happen if you plan to meet all of the characters in this area.
Last, but not least, we have everyone’s favorite dog pal, Pluto!
Oh, Pluto! He is for sure to make you laugh. Hollywood Studios is one of the easier places at Walt Disney World to meet him. You might remember he also has a character meet at Magic Kingdom over in Storybook Circus.
Pluto signs autographs as well. He’s so silly, he signed one on top of his nose for me. Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks?
A PhotoPass photographer will take pictures during the meet. There is one available at each of these meets. If you have your own camera or cell phone, the PhotoPass photographer will take a picture for you if needed. This is a good option for a family photo.
Final Thoughts on the Disney Junior Characters
Meeting the Disney Junior characters at Hollywood Studios is a lot of fun for the younger fans! I noticed during my visits that a lot of the children were ecstatic while waiting in line to meet these characters. If your children watch any of these popular shows, this is a must-do character meet for them while on vacation.
The Animation Courtyard is also home to, In Character, a popular Disney Junior retail store. This might be a good stop to pick up an age-appropriate souvenir.
For more information about meeting characters and up-to-date meet information, we have a complete list here in our guide to Disney World Character Meets. It includes links to every single character meet we’ve experienced to date including popular meets in all of the Disney Parks.
For more character information, we have these individual reviews:
- Character Cavalcades at Magic Kingdom with Times
- Meet Mickey Mouse at Magic Kingdom
- Meet Disney Princesses at Epcot
- Princess Fairytale Hall Character Meets
Additionally for anyone planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you might enjoy browsing our Disney World Resort Reviews. We have an extensive list of on-property resort reviews and recommendations for the best off-site resorts near Disney World.
Does anyone in your family have a favorite Disney Junior character they’d like to meet? Leave a comment below and let me know!