If you have a princess fan in your family, meeting characters on your Disney vacation is a must do. Across all four Walt Disney World Resort parks, there are dozens of opportunities to meet your favorite princess characters. Here’s our ultimate guide to meeting princesses at Disney World.
Know Before You Go
Before heading to Walt Disney World, download the MyDisneyExperience App to check out which princesses are at what park and see meet and greet times. You can find Cinderella, Elena of Avalor, Rapunzel and Tiana at Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom. Snow White is normally near the entrance by guest services early in the day. Ariel is in her Grotto during park hours in Fantasyland right next to her ride. Belle is also available in the ‘Storytime with Belle’ attraction, though she will not sign autographs during the experience.
At Epcot you can find several princesses in their ‘countries’ around the World Showcase. Mulan meets in China, Anna and Elsa are in Norway, Snow White is in Germany, and Belle (in her blue town dress) and Aurora are in France. Animal Kingdom hosts a daily meet and greet with Pochontas and Hollywood Studios has Sofia the First.
Dine with a Princess
To make the most of your time at the park, consider booking a Princess Dining Experience. Reservations must usually be made well in advanced in order to accomplish this. My favorite dining spot is Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Located in Epcot, right next to the Frozen Ever After ride, this restaurant hosts six princesses who travel around while you eat. We love booking a breakfast time slot because it’s cheaper than dinner and starts your day off right. Characters can include Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel, Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, and Jasmine.
Another option is the Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s Boardwalk. This breakfast has themed food like Rapunzel’s Tower of Pancakes and serves pastries in a frying pan. So fun! You can meet Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Prince Eric and Ariel. We’ve eaten here twice! It’s one of the cheaper options and doesn’t require park entry. See my full review >>
There is also a Cinderella themed dining option with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine and the Ugly Stepsisters at the Grand Floridian. Cinderella’s Round Table, which is located inside of Cinderella’s castle is at Magic Kingdom. It’s similar to the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, but MUCH harder to get a reservation for.
If you plan to attend a princess character meal, keep in mind, PhotoPass photographers do not walk around with the characters. You will be on your own to capture photos on your device. The lighting is general not that great. Many of my pictures came out dark. Luckily, I used my Canon so I could edit them later. Characters will sign autographs. Interaction is generally shorter and less formal than during a ‘meet and greet’. You never quite know when the character will pop up by your table but they (generally) won’t come back a second time. You must be ready to capture the interaction right away even if you have a mouth full of food.
Princesses will typically sign their autograph. I recommend buying an autograph pad before you go (like this). Some people are extra creative and have characters sign a photo frame, t-shirt, pillowcase, or even Polaroid pictures. If autographs are important to you, don’t forget to ask each princess to sign during your meet and greet time.
Tips for Interaction
Wear something “princessy”
Whether it’s princess themed Mickey ears, a cute t-shirt, a Disneybound inspired outfit or something else, we always have the best interaction with princesses when they can see you’re excited to be there.
You’ll be surprised to hear their witty responses when you ask the princesses questions. Ask Cinderella about her shoes or Ariel about a dinglehopper. They all have creative ways to answer and make you believe they’re the real deal. The harder the question, the more impressed you’ll be with the answer.
For Little Ones
If you’re bringing a little one to visit princesses, it can be an overwhelming experience. Don’t be surprised if they act shy and won’t talk to the princess. That is normal! Show them videos on YouTube before your trip and talk about ‘meeting’ the princesses. Ask them what they want to ask and practice a few questions to give them confidence for when you’re at the park. If your child is 3+ consider scheduling a trip to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique too! See our experience >>