Magic Kingdom Characters Guide (with Helpful Tips, Autographs, and Photos)
This article covers everything you need to know to meet characters at Magic Kingdom. We’ll discuss which characters meet in the park, where to find them, and more.
You’re planning a day at Magic Kingdom, and your children have mentioned half a dozen characters they are hoping to meet. Your schedule is already daunting with a lengthy list of rides and entertainment, and your mother-in-law insists on taking the time to get a family photo with Mickey Mouse.
At least the photo will make for a fun souvenir.
As you let out a heavy sigh, you think, how will we squeeze in all of the character meets at Magic Kingdom?
I’ll be honest. Meeting favorite Disney characters at Magic Kingdom can be quite a task. Typically, close to 25 character meets are available daily.
However, with a bit of planning, you can narrow down the ones that are most important to your group. Then you can schedule each character’s meet into your day where it best fits.
So in this Magic Kingdom’s character guide, we’ll look at which characters are currently available and their location. In addition, I’ll provide a few conversation starters for speaking characters along with autograph details and photos.
This article was updated on February 22, 2023.
Magic Kingdom Characters List
Below is an alphabetized list of all the characters currently meeting at Magic Kingdom.
- Aladdin and Jasmine
- Anastasia and Drizella
- Belle (Enchanted Tales with Belle)
- Buzz Lightyear
- Chip and Dale
- Country Bears
- Donald Duck
- Daisy Duck
- Jack Sparrow
- Mickey Mouse
- Minnie Mouse
- Peter Pan
- Snow White
- Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
The following characters previously met daily at Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately, their meets are not scheduled to return yet:
- Fairy Godmother
- Mary Poppins
- Tinker Bell
Below we’ll preview each individual’s character meet.
Aladdin and Jasmine
Aladdin and Jasmine meet as a couple in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom. This is the only location at Walt Disney World to meet Aladdin.
However, Jasmine has a separate character meet location at Epcot in the Morocco Pavilion.
Related: Meet Jasmine at Disney World
Aladdin and Jasmine meet in a partially covered area directly behind the Agrabah Bazaar Market in Adventureland. Their times are listed in the My Disney Experience app.
This Magic Kingdom meet is extremely popular. Therefore, you’ll want to try and get in line for this character meet before the scheduled time.
For example, the app may list the afternoon times for this meet as 1:50 p.m., 2:20 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. So if you’re in the general area around 2:00 p.m., get in line for the 2:20 p.m. meet early.
By 2:20 p.m., the line will likely be full to the point that a cast member will cut it off. We got in line for this meet five minutes early.
Here is a photo of the line that had already formed.
I ended up waiting for a total of 40 minutes to meet the pair. Additionally, only a few people could join the line behind me before it was cut off for the day.
My best advice for many of these character meets is to remember the phrase, “If you’re not early, you’re late.”
Aladdin and Jasmine love to talk about magic carpets, Abu, Rajah, and Agrabah. However, they’re probably not fans of the evil Jafar. He did a number on Jasmine’s dad one time.
Both characters sign autographs and a PhotoPass photographer is often available at the meet.
Related: Meet Aladdin and Jasmine at Magic Kingdom
Anastasia and Drizella
Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Cinderella’s evil stepsisters many times. While I’m not a huge fan of villains, this character meet has won me over.
Anastasia and Drizella are two of the most entertaining characters at Magic Kingdom. Yes, they are every bit as loud, obnoxious, and rude as you would expect.
But their personalities make them hilarious. On my last visit, Drizella asked how I was doing. Anastasia butted in and said, “Well, would you like to know how I’m doing? “
Smirkily, I replied, “Sure, why not.”
Drizella burst into laughter, but Anastasia never cracked a smile and said, “Not very well.” Then she went on with her typical whining about how bad things were.
I recommend mentioning something that might rub them the wrong way. Don’t worry. They’ll love you for it.
The worse the reaction, the better the meet.
Anastasia and Drizella meet directly behind Cinderella Castle next to Cinderella’s fountain. Both characters sign autographs, and a PhotoPass photographer is usually available.
For more details, we have a separate article covering the meet in its entirety.
Related: Meet Anastasia and Drizella at Disney World
Ariel, the little mermaid, is one of the more unique characters that meet at Magic Kingdom. She meets guests in Ariel’s Grotto in Fantasyland.
This character meet is usually open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. However, you’ll want to check the exact times in the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit.
This character meet is part of the Genie+ service and has a separate Lightning Lane.
Related: Meet Ariel at Magic Kingdom
Belle is not a typical Magic Kingdom character. However, she is available at Enchanted Tales with Belle, which reopened in 2023.
Enchanted Tales is a walk-through story experience that provides interaction with Belle. You’ll find Enchanted Tales with Belle in New Fantasyland at Maurice’s cottage.
Inside, you’ll walk through a magical portal that leads to the Beast’s castle. There Lumiere, with the help of Belle, narrates the story of how Belle met the Beast, which eventually led to an endearing friendship.
Belle also meets daily in the France Pavilion at Epcot. We have a complete guide listing all her locations around the parks.
However, you might steer away from mentioning Gaston. He is a bit of a brute and has a bad reputation around New Fantasyland.
Belle enjoys talking about the Beast, her papa Maurice, her horse Phillipe, and any of her enchanted friends from the castle.
Related: Meet Belle at Disney World
Buzz Lightyear meets guests during the day at Magic Kingdom on the Tomorrowland Plaza Stage.
This character meet is still considered a character sighting. Buzz appears on the stage and waves to guests from a distance. He is not a talking character.
Related: Meet Buzz Lightyear at Disney World
Additionally, Buzz Lightyear has a meet-and-greet in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Nearby, Jessie and Woody have a duo meet in front of Toy Story Mania.
Chip and Dale
While Chip and Dale are not talking characters, they are usually pretty good at expressing themselves. These two furry friends meet guests daily at Magic Kingdom toward the back of Storybook Circus.
Chip and Dale sign autographs at this location. However, there wasn’t a PhotoPass photographer available at this meet when I last visited.
You’ll find the times and location for this meet listed in the My Disney Experience app.
Related: Meet Chip and Dale at Disney World
Cinderella has a traditional character meet-and-greet at Magic Kingdom. That location is Princess Fairytale Hall.
Princess Fairytale Hall is directly behind Cinderella Castle in Fantasyland. Cinderella meets alongside Elena from Elena of Avalor.
This is the only location outside of character dining to meet Cinderella at Walt Disney World. Cinderella is present at Cinderella’s Royal Table located inside the castle.
Additionally, she’s usually one of the princesses at Akershus Royal Princess Hall at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot. But unfortunately, that character dining experience hasn’t returned yet.
Related: Dining with Characters at Disney World
Cinderella enjoys talking about her mice friends like Gus Gus and Perla. Or you could ask her what Prince Charming has been up to lately.
Cinderella signs autographs and a PhotoPass photographer is available at this location.
Previously, you could meet Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, and a few other characters at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian. As of this update in 2023, that location has not reopened.
The Country Bears roam Frontierland from time to time. However, they aren’t always listed on the My Disney Experience app.
These guys are true roaming characters. Therefore, cast members do not allow lines to form for the Country Bears. So if you see one, you will need to catch them while you can!
Often you can look up and see either Big Al, Liverlips, Shaker, or Wendell on the balcony near their attraction, Country Bear Jamboree.
Donald Duck has several meet-and-greets at Walt Disney World. He’s quite the popular character.
At Magic Kingdom, Donald meets at Pete’s Silly Side Show toward the back of Storybook Circus. Here Donald meets alongside Goofy. He plays the part of a Snake Charmer at this unique meet-and-greet.
Unfortunately, Donald Duck is not a talking character but does sign autographs. Additionally, Donald meets daily in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot.
Related: Meet Donald Duck at Epcot
You don’t have to go far from Donald to find Daisy Duck at Magic Kingdom. She meets at Pete’s Silly Side Show.
Daisy plays the role of a gypsy fortune teller and even has a crystal ball. She meets next to Minnie Mouse at this location.
Related: Pete’s Silly Side Show Character Meets
Elena of Avalor
Elena is one of the four princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom. She meets guests daily as the visiting princess with Cinderella.
Elena is a talking character and loves to gush about the Jaquins or her pet Flo. She is from the Disney Channel animated series Elena of Avalor.
Additionally, Elena signs autographs, and a PhotoPass photographer is somtimes present at this location.
Related: Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom
A visit to Disney World wouldn’t be complete without stopping in to say hi to Goofy. He is the most considerate, albeit “goofy” character.
Goofy meets at Magic Kingdom alongside Donald Duck at Pete’s Silly Sideshow. Here, Goofy meets as the Great Goofini.
Additionally, Goofy has a kiddie coaster, The Barnstormer, located nearby in Storybook Circus. He usually meets outside his attraction during the Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom.
Related: Characters at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Our favorite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, is a roaming character in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom. As of late, you can find him hanging out near the Adventureland stage, which sits across the walkway from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
Jack Sparrow is a talking character and, as you can probably imagine, a rather interesting one. Conversations range from pirate-y drinks, spoiler it’s rum, to hidden treasures.
Unfortunately, I don’t know where any treasures are buried, and nor does he. Or so he claims.
Regardless, you’re sure to leave this fun Magic Kingdom character meet singing to the tune, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate’s Life for Me.”
Related: Meet Jack Sparrow at Disney World
*This meet-and-greet location will be replaced with a Mirabel (Encanto) meet-and-greet later in 2023. We’ll provide updates when these changes take place.
Of all the character meets returning to Magic Kingdom, Merida from Brave was one I looked the most forward to seeing. She is an excellent meet.
Merida’s meet-and-greet is in an outdoor location, Fairytale Garden, on the right-hand side of Cinderella Castle. You’ll run into this location on the walkway to the left before you reach the Mad Tea Party.
This location is a little challenging to see, but guests usually line up for this meet on the walkway that leads up to the castle. You’re probably in the right place if you see a random line in the area.
Merida is a talking character, and she enjoys discussing bows and arrows, her brothers, and what it’s like to turn into a bear! She will be happy to sign autographs, so don’t forget your autograph book.
Related: Meet Merida at Magic Kingdom
Mickey Mouse currently meets guests in his special 50th-anniversary outfit at Town Square Theater. However, this meet-and-greet should conclude in the coming months.
At that point, he should continue to meet at the same location. But he will likely return to his Mickey the Magician character meet.
Mickey and Minnie were greeting guests together for a limited-time offering. However, that offering concluded when Minnie returned to Pete’s Silly Side Show.
The only other place to meet them as a pair is Adventurer’s Outpost at Animal Kingdom, where they meet in safari suits. This location is on Discovery Island near the bridge to Asia.
The last time they met at this location was a few years ago when Mickey was celebrating his 90th birthday party. At that time, they met in their special birthday outfits.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse do not talk but give the best hugs. Additionally, both characters sign autographs.
Related: Meet Mickey at Magic Kingdom
Minnie Mouse has recently returned to her character meet location at Magic Kingdom. She meets next to Daisy at Pete’s Silly Side Show.
You can usually meet the pair daily between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. However, don’t forget to check the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit for their exact times.
Peter Pan is another excellent Magic Kingdom character meet. Since this meet returned, he’s moved around a good bit. However, it looks like he’s settled back in front of the Neverland Map near Peter Pan’s Flight.
This character meet is listed in the My Disney Experience app. We have a full walk-through of this meet-and-greet.
Related: Meet Peter Pan at Magic Kingdom
Additionally, you can see Peter Pan daily in the parade. Check out our complete guide to seeing the parade for more photos and details.
Related: The Festival of Fantasy Parade
Pluto has had several character meet locations at Magic Kingdom over the years. His last meet was located at Pete’s Silly Side Show.
He met guests in Minnie’s spot since Minnie had joined Mickey Mouse for his 90th birthday celebration. Hopefully, he will meet here again when he returns.
Thankfully, Pluto is a relatively easy character to meet at Disney World. If he has yet to return to Magic Kingdom during your vacation, you can find him at these meets:
Pluto meets at Animation Courtyard at Hollywood Studios alongside several Disney Junior Characters like Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, and Doc McStuffins.
Next, we have Rapunzel from Tangled. Rapunzel meets at Fairytale Princess Hall next to Tiana.
This character’s location is great because there are two lines. One line is for Cinderella and Elena. The other line is for Rapunzel and Tiana.
I don’t know about you, but I love a two-for-one character meet, which means you stand in one line and meet two characters.
Rapunzel is endearing. While she looks like a dainty princess, she has a lot of grit. If you ask to take her photo, she’ll surely want to know if you got the nose right.
They never get the nose right.
Rapunzel enjoys talking about her horse Maximus, her lizard Pascal, and then Eugene Fitzherbert, aka Flynn Rider. What’s not to love about a bad guy turned good?
Additionally, Rapunzel signs autographs, and a PhotoPass photographer is often present at this location.
Snow White meets at Magic Kingdom on the far right of Town Square Theater. She previously met in a covered area at Town Square Gardens.
Related: Meet Snow White at Magic Kingdom
However, since she returned, you can usually find her out late morning to the early afternoon close to the entrance of Mickey’s meet-and-greet.
Her exact location and times are listed in the My Disney Experience app. Additionally, Snow White meets daily in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot.
Related: Meet Snow White at Epcot
Stitch has become a classic Disney character meet over the years. At this time, he greets guests from the Tomorrowland Plaza stage in Tomorrowland.
He shares this character sighting location with Buzz Lightyear.
Stitch formerly met at the flagpole at Magic Kingdom’s main entrance. Then his meet was moved to the former Stitch’s Great Escape building in Tomorrowland after the attraction closed.
Additionally, Stitch is at one of the character meals at ‘Ohana. We recently visited to provide an updated review.
Related: ‘Ohana Breakfast Review
Tiana from The Princess and the Frog meets guests daily alongside Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall. She wears her beautiful lily pad ballgown from the movie.
Tiana enjoys discussing life on the Bayou, frogs, and Prince Naveen. Her southern drawl is delightful.
Princess Fairytale Hall is usually open daily from 9:00 a.m. until later in the evening, depending on what time of year you visit. The best time to meet the princesses with little to no wait is usually after 7:00 p.m.
However, if you need an afternoon break from the heat, most of the queue for this meet is inside. So you might consider adding it to your schedule mid-afternoon or when there’s impending inclement weather.
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger are another set of characters who meet at the Magic Kingdom. This pair meets in a partially covered outdoor area next to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Fantasyland.
Related: Meet Winnie and Tigger at the Thotful Spot
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger are not speaking characters; they sometimes sign autographs. The cast member attending the meet will warn you to have your autograph book out and ready when they are signing.
The queue for this meet is entirely outdoors. You can expect a long wait in the sun, given the popularity of these characters.
Since this meet-and-greet is located outdoors, the characters do take breaks often. So if you see them leaving while you’re waiting, don’t fret. They will return momentarily.
Additionally, Winnie the Pooh has a character sighting location at Epcot.
Related: Meet Winnie the Pooh at Disney World
For more characters, you can meet Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh daily at Crystal Palace, a character dining location at Magic Kingdom.
Related: The Crystal Palace Breakfast Review
Other Magic Kingdom Character Meets
The following characters used to meet daily at Magic Kingdom. However, Disney has not announced the return of these meets yet.
So far, all the meets we’ve previously discussed have returned except for Pluto. In the meantime, we’ll look at these former meets and update them as they return.
Alice in Wonderland formerly met outside the Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland. This meet-and-greet was usually available in the mornings and early afternoon.
Occasionally, you might see her and the White Rabbit first thing in the morning. It is not uncommon for the pair to ride Mad Tea Party together when Magic Kingdom first opens.
However, seeing them ride the teacups is not guaranteed. But it is a rather special moment.
Alice is a speaking character. She enjoys talking about her cat Dinah, the Mad Hatter, and she’s constantly wondering if you’re there or maybe she’s only dreaming.
In addition, Alice signs autographs, and a PhotoPass photographer might be available. You can find Alice in the United Kingdom Pavilion when you visit Epcot.
Related: Meet Alice at Epcot
The Fairy Godmother is a very rare character sighting. She used to meet in the same area as Anastasia and Drizella once or twice weekly.
On the days that the Fairy Godmother met, Anastasia and Drizella didn’t meet. So if you happen upon this character meet, make sure to stop in and say hello.
The Fairy Godmother is endearing, and she’ll be sure to impart a few words of wisdom or at least leave you feeling bibbidi-bobbodi-boo! She’s good at that.
Ugh, he’s the worst but yet so entertaining to meet. Oh, what a guy, that Gaston. Over the past couple of years, Gaston has become a rare character to find.
He formerly met daily at Magic Kingdom on the side of Bonjour! Village Gifts. There’s an awning on the side of the gift shop where you might find him.
Unfortunately, the queue for this location is in direct sunlight. Gaston, however, stands in the full shade. No one would want to inconvenience him, would they?
Like many others, this meet is worth a few extra minutes if you see him out. Gaston can carry a conversation like no other.
Naturally, that conversation will be all about him. So don’t expect anything else or to get a word in edgewise.
It’s always a pleasure to see Mary Poppins at Magic Kingdom. She formerly met guests in the mornings at the gazebo in Liberty Square.
Sometimes you might see her with Bert as they mingle with guests on Main Street U.S.A at park open. They both wear their Jolly Holiday outfits.
Hopefully, we’ll see the return of Mary Poppins at Magic Kingdom real soon. In the meantime, she meets guests daily at Epcot in the United Kingdom Pavilion.
Related: Meet Mary Poppins at Disney World
It’s always fun to save the best for last, but I’m disappointed that Tinker Bell hasn’t returned to Magic Kingdom. She is one of the most classic characters of all time.
Tinker Bell formerly met at Town Square Theater in a separate line next to Mickey Mouse’s meet and greet. You’ll get sprinkled with pixie dust and shrink to fairy-size as you enter Pixie Hollow to meet her.
We’ll update you if and when this character meet returns.
Other Characters at Magic Kingdom
*Additionally, you can see Moana, Mirabel, and Coco in the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade at Magic Kingdom. That cavalcade usually happens twice per day in the late afternoon. You can find the times for it under the “entertainment” section of the My Disney Experience app.
*Anna and Elsa are in the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom. However, their formal meet-and-greet is at Epcot. They are also in Mickey’s Friendship Faire, the castle stage show, daily along with Olaf.
Final Thoughts on Meeting Characters at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom is a huge park with many things to do in a day. I hope this guide to meeting characters gave you an idea of who you want to meet and where to find them.
I recommend sprinkling these character meets into your day here and there. However, remember that it is essential to be aware of the times the characters meet.
The last thing you want is to plan to meet Merida and then go to find her at 5:00 p.m. only to learn her meet already concluded for the day. Many of the characters only meet for limited times throughout the day.
Unfortunately, those schedules can also change from day to day. You’ll want to check the My Disney Experience app on the morning of your visit to see what characters are scheduled and meeting times.
Additionally, the character’s meets can change on a whim due to the weather, emergencies, or other issues. So be aware that things happen, and if they do, it’s always better to roll with the punches.
Don’t let missing a character meet, a food item, or an attraction ruin your day. The main thing is to enjoy the time you have with your family.
To learn more about meeting characters, try the entire list of meets per park in our complete guide:
Or you might enjoy these other character guides per park:
- Epcot Meet and Greets (Character Guide)
- Meet Disney Princesses at Epcot
- Hollywood Studios Character Meet and Greets
- Character Dining at Disney World
In the comments:
Is there a character you’re hoping to meet at Magic Kingdom? Do you have questions about the character meet and greets at Magic Kingdom?