Dug and Russell from ‘UP’ are meeting again at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The pair meet at Dug & Russell’s Wilderness Explorer Clubhouse. Below, we’ll discuss the details of this meet-and-greet and preview a few photos of both characters and their autographs.
Dug and Russell were meeting separately and intermittently on the day of this visit. Their individual times are listed in the My Disney Experience app. You’ll want to check the app for availability and exact timing on the day of your visit. From our experience, each character met for approximately 25 minutes. Then that character would leave, and the other would return.
The Wilderness Explorer’s Clubhouse sits near the front of the park. If you’re facing the Tree of Life, you can take the path to the right of the tree toward Asia. The clubhouse will be on your left, in front of the Lemur exhibit. It’s before you reach the entrance of It’s Tough to Be a Bug.
Here is a look at the area. The queue is partially covered. But since this is an outdoor meet-and-greet, it’s subject to inclement weather.
Given the popularity of these characters, wait times are typically lengthy. If you get in line and see one of them disappear, don’t worry. Another will be back within a few minutes. Typically, a cast member will tell you who you will meet when you join the line.
I joined the line at 10:25 a.m. with approximately 12 sets of guests ahead of me. Russell was meeting at the time. A cast member near the entrance indicated we would meet Dug because Russell was about to leave. I met Dug at 10:38 a.m. for a total wait time of 13 minutes, which wasn’t too shabby.
Dug is adorable!
He was more than eager to sign his autograph.
After I met Dug, the cast member said that Russell would return at 11:00 a.m. So we got back in line at 10:59 a.m. and met Russell shortly after.
He was kind to show me his badges.
Here is a photo of his autograph.
While waiting to meet Dug and Russell, we saw Kevin roaming the area. We have an article that shares a few tips for finding Kevin at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Unfortunately, Mr. Frederickson does not meet at Walt Disney World. He has made surprise appearances at special events from time to time. But he is one of those rare characters you likely won’t find on a regular park day.
For more information about meeting characters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you might enjoy:
- Meet Moana at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Meet Donald at Donald’s Dino-Bash
- Meet Daisy at Donald’s Dino-Bash
- Meet Chip and Dale (Chipmunk O’ Saurus)
- Meet Pluto at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Meet Mickey and Minnie at Adventurer’s Outpost
You might also enjoy previewing our entire list of character meet-and-greets at Walt Disney World.
In the Comments
Do you hope to meet characters from ‘UP’ when visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Would you love to meet Russell and Dug?