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 targeted 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 Walt Disney World on a regular schedule. You’ll find characters like Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, and more meeting guests daily in Animation Courtyard.
In addition, the Disney Junior characters meet guests at Hollywood and Vine each morning for a character breakfast. This dining experience is also located at Hollywood Studios.
The third location to meet Disney Junior characters is at the Disney Junior Dance Party (review here).
2021 Update: At the time of this last update, the Disney Junior characters participate in the pop-up parades at Hollywood Studios and are available at the character breakfast mentioned above. You can read more about the Hollywood Studios Motorcades here.
This review covers the Disney Junior character meets available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We will take a look at each character’s meet, autographs, PhotoPass, and daily schedules. I’ll update these fully when they return.
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.
Here is a picture of the overall character meet area. These characters meet from about 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. I always try to remind everyone to check the times on the day of your visit. They can change, and since this isn’t an all-day-long character meet, you could miss them.
There is no FastPass+ option or length of wait time offered for the Disney Junior characters. From my visits to this area, the lines appear to be fairly busy earlier in the morning. I met all four on a late Friday afternoon in about 40 minutes. This was extremely reasonable, and it never felt like I waited long for each character.
What Disney Junior Characters Meet at Walt Disney World?
The Disney Junior characters at Hollywood Studios were the following when they were the last meeting. Keep in mind as new shows become popular, these tend to trade out. For instance, Mira from “Mira, Royal Detective” recently had a one-day appearance at Walt Disney World. Hopefully, we’ll see more of her in the future.
- 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, they will have a sign in front of each meet. One of the good things here is that all four characters are 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 set up 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 probably 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.
If you have any interest in other characters meets at Walt Disney World, visit our character page. There is a lot of information and tips on how and where to meet popular characters at all the Disney theme parks. Check here for more characters at Hollywood Studios.
For more information about the Disney Junior characters available at Hollywood and Vine, you might enjoy our Disney character dining review.
Leave me a comment below with your favorite Disney Junior character!