Character Spotting at Walt Disney World

Ever wanted to spot that unique character that you have been looking for on your next vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort, but don’t know how to? Here at, we would love to be of assistance! Not only are we your No. 1 online source for discounted Disney tickets, along with discounted admission to all of the top Central Florida attractions (including Universal Orlando and Sea World Orlando), but we also like to pass along our knowledge of the Disney theme parks so that you can make your next trip down to Orlando your best one yet!

In order to find characters wandering around the park, it’s especially beneficial if you keep certain things in mind. First of all, your main resource will be inside the parks each day. When you first enter the park, pick up a Times Guide or a Character Location Guide. The Times Guides are available at the entrance to the park as well as at all merchandise locations. These guides will not only tell you the hours of operations for attractions and shows, but it will also give you character greeting times and locations throughout the parks.

Another invaluable resource in the parks each day is the Guest Relations center. Here, a Guest Relations host/hostess can answer specific questions you have on where specific characters will be at all times of the day. While these meet-and-greets are always subject to change (and remember, characters only come out for a certain period of time before they have to go back in), they can give you the best “inside scoop” of where and when to spot your favorite character that day.

There are locations at each of the parks where you should head if you want to see guaranteed character spotting. At the Magic Kingdom Park, characters will always be around in different locations, but the Mouse himself can be seen at Town Square Theater. At Epcot, you will find many character littered throughout the World Showcase countries and also special characters like Mulan in China! Or, if you’re visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, try Adventurers Outpost. This is a great place to go first thing in the morning to avoid long lines – and you never know who else might join Mickey!

If you want to see rare and unique characters, those are a bit tougher to find. You may be able to find Aladdin and Princess Jasmine in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom Park.  While Ariel’s Grotto will guarantee you a picture with the underwater princess, did you know that Tinker Bell from Peter Pan is at the Town Square Theater.

As we mentioned earlier, Epcot is a great place to spot different characters in their elements around the world. For example, The Seas with Nemo and Friends is a great place to spot Nemo, China is great for spotting Mulan, Snow White in Germany, Aladdin and the Genie in Morocco and characters from Winnie the Pooh can be found in the United Kingdom pavilion in one of the gift shops. 

At the Disney’s Hollywood Studios, by far the best place for character spotting for rare and the not-so-rare characters is on Mickey Avenue. Especially in the morning, and all throughout the day, meet-and-greets will be set up there with dozens of different characters. For those Jedi among your group, Star Wars characters are available throughout the park for meet-and-greets, with high profile characters like Darth Vader making the rounds at the park.

And finally, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, you will find a plethora of characters outside the park’s main entrance before you even enter! Don’t let that take up too much time, however, as you will have plenty more spottings throughout the day, including Rafiki’s Planet Watch and in Discovery Island!

But remember, no matter what character you would like to find at Walt Disney World, you will need tickets to get in! We at can help you with that, so be sure to get tickets at unbeatable prices today!