Where You Can Find Your Favorite Characters At Disney World In 2022



Aurora at Epcot

Character meet and greets are back at Walt Disney World! Since the parks opened after closing for the COVID-19 pandemic, interacting with characters has been slowly returning. When the parks re-opened, characters were mostly only found in cavalcades throughout the day. This transitioned to socially distanced meet and greets up until last week when the traditional experience returned. This means you can now hug, high-five, and take selfies with characters once again. You may be wondering where you can currently find your favorite characters at Disney World.

Not all of the character meet and greets that are typically offered are available yet but there are still many characters around Disney’s parks to be excited about! Here is a list of the character meet and greets at Disney World in 2022.

Goofy at Epcot entrance
Look for Goofy, and other classic characters, at the entrance of Epcot.

Magic Kingdom

At Magic Kingdom, several traditional character meet and greets have returned. Quite a few characters can be found in Fantasyland. The following meet and greets are available at Magic Kingdom.

  • Mickey Mouse – Town Square Theater
  • Rapunzel – Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Tiana – Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Cinderella – Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Elena of Avalor – Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Belle – Maurice’s Cottage
  • Anastasia and Drizella – Fantasyland
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale – Storybook Circus
  • Captain Jack Sparrow – Adventureland
Princess Tiana
Princess Tiana, as well as Cinderella, Elana of Avalor, and Rapunzel, can be found at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland.

A few character experiences are still social distanced at Magic Kingdom. These characters include:

  • Buzz Lightyear – Tomorrowland
  • Stitch – Tomorrowland
  • Country Bears – Frontierland
Country Bears
Look for the Country Bears in Frontierland!

Epcot

Epcot‘s is full of character once again! This is especially true for the World Showcase and the Imagination Pavilion. Here is where you can meet characters at Epcot.

  • Goofy – Near park entrance/Spaceship Earth
  • Pluto – Near park entrance/Spaceship Earth
  • Mickey Mouse – Imagination Pavilion
  • Vanellope von Schweetz – Imagination Pavilion
  • Joy – Imagination Pavilion
  • Minnie Mouse – World Showcase
  • Alice – UK Pavilion
  • Mary Poppins – UK Pavilion
  • Belle – France Pavilion
  • Princess Aurora – France Pavilion
  • Princess Jasmine – Morocco Pavilion
  • Snow White – Germany Pavilion
  • Mulan – China Pavilion
  • Anna and Elsa – Royal Sommerhaus
  • Donald – Mexico Pavilion
Elsa at Royal Sommerhaus
You can meet Anna and Elsa at the Royal Sommerhaus in Norway.

One character is still available only at a distance.

  • Winnie the Pooh – Near Imagination Pavilion

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, character meet and greets are going to be found mostly in the Animation Courtyard and the Red Carpet Dreams building. The characters you can have a meet and greet experience with at Disney’s Hollywood Studios include:

  • Minnie Mouse – Red Carpet Dreams
  • Mickey Mouse – Red Carpet Dreams
  • Olaf – Celebrity Spotlight
  • Vampirina – Animation Courtyard
  • Doc McStuffins – Animation Courtyard
  • Fancy Nancy – Animation Courtyard
  • Pluto – Animation Courtyard
  • Sulley – Walt Disney Presents
Mickey Mouse Meet and Greet at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Mickey Mouse is in his sorcerer’s outfit at Red Carpet Dreams.

A bunch of characters are still being offered from a distance, especially in Star Wars: Galaxy Edge. The following characters are socially distanced at Hollywood Studios.

  • Daisy Duck – Balcony at front entrance
  • Donald Duck – Balcony at front entrance
  • Goofy – Tower of Terror balcony
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale – Near Brown Derby
  • Kylo Ren – Star Wars: Galaxy Edge
  • Rey – Star Wars: Galaxy Edge
  • Chewbacca – Star Wars: Galaxy Edge
  • Vi Moradi – Star Wars: Galaxy Edge
  • First Order Stormtroopers – Star Wars: Galaxy Edge
Stormtrooper Star Wars Galaxy Edge
Stormtroopers patrol Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There are currently no traditional character meet and greets being offered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Luckily, there are still several socially distanced character experiences available. This character experiences are:

  • Kevin – Discovery Island
  • Russel – Discovery Island
Characters on boat at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Sometimes characters, and other entertainment, can be found on boat at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Things To Remember

As more and more character meet and greets return to Walt Disney World, it is important to remember that entertainment is always subject to change! This means that even though your favorite character is typically offered, this can change from day to day. This also means that there could be more of your favorite characters at Disney World!

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Written by

Emily Murray


Contributing Writer

For as long as Emily can remember, Disney has played a huge role in her life. Her infatuation with Disney resulted in many hours spent rewatching Toy Story and creating multiple powerpoints to convince her parents to book yet another vacation to the “Most Magical Place on Earth”. In 2015, Emily followed one of her dreams and moved to Orlando, Florida where she spent just over five years working for the mouse in three separate roles. Emily is passionate about writing and using words creatively and concisely. She loves to make others laugh and hopes to sprinkle a little bit of magic into everything she does.

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