Written by Maritza Navarro – Magical Tripcations Travel Planner
If you have a princess-obsessed little one and want to meet them at Walt Disney World, here are some tips and tricks that have been learned over several Walt Disney World vacations:
Tip 1 – Character Meals
The easiest way to meet princesses quickly is to book a princess themed character meal. The most coveted of these is Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom which is based on availability for either breakfast, lunch or dinner. There you will meet and take a formal photo with Cinderella and meet four other princesses at your meal. Another option is at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, located in the Norway Pavilion inside the World Showcase at EPCOT. This is based on availability for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You will take a formal photograph with Belle in her yellow gown and then meet four other princesses at your meal. Another option to consider for a princess meal, on a smaller scale, is at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. There you will meet Rapunzel and Princess Ariel, along with Flynn Rider, and Prince Eric. This is only available for breakfast and it’s a delicious meal. The final option is at 1900 Park Fare (dinner only) inside the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where you will meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, Cinderella’s step-sisters, Anastasia and Druzella, and Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s step-mother. This is such a fun dinner with amazing character interactions.
If you are on either the Disney Dining Plan or the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, all of these options would be 1 Table-Service credit other than Cinderella’s Royal Table which is 2 Table-Service credits.
Tip 2 – Fast Pass+
Another way to meet princesses is to utilize your Fast Pass+ options on princess meet and greets. The Magic Kingdom has 3 different Fast Pass+ meet and greets. At Princess Fairytale Hall, you’ll have the opportunity to meet different princesses. Cinderella and Rapunzel or Elena and Tiana are typically available for meet and greets during normal park hours. There are two experiences so you would be meeting two princesses at a time. The 3rd Fast Pass you can get is for Ariel, as a mermaid, in her grotto. This is the only place at Walt Disney World where you can meet Ariel as a mermaid.
Tip 3 – Character Meet and Greets
If you want to meet the other princesses, you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way and wait in line. It’s always best to get into these lines early. Walt Disney World doesn’t have wandering characters like Disneyland Park so there is always some sort of formal line. The park guide will give you locations, along with the times where they show up. Here is a list by theme park, as with all meet and greets, these are subject to change and availability:
Besides the Princess Fairytale Hall, you can meet Aurora near the Town Square and Merida at the Fairytale Gardens in Fantasyland. Snow White’s location at Magic Kingdom can change, so it’s best you check the guide. In Adventureland near the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, you will find Jasmine and Aladdin himself. Belle has her own attraction, Story Time with Belle, and you will be able to meet her there. She does not sign autographs but will usually take photos with each child at the end of each story time.
You won’t find any princesses in Future World, as all are in the World Showcase. Anna and Elsa have their own meet and greet in the Norway Pavilion. There is no Fast Pass+ for this line and unless you get there early, expect to wait. The wait is usually between 15 – 40 minutes depending on the time of day and time of year. There are a few princesses you can meet in their respective country pavilions. Mulan can be found in China, Snow White in Germany, Aurora in France and Princess Jasmine, along with Aladdin, can be found in Morocco. Provincial Belle (in her blue and white dress) is also at the French Pavilion. This is the only location at Walt Disney World where you can meet Provincial Belle. Meet times are posted at their meet and greet locations and in the park guide.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios is home to the Disney Junior characters, so it is the only place where you can meet Princess Sofia from the animated show, Sofia The First. There is a meet and greet line for Sofia inside Animation Courtyard. She can also be found at the Disney Jr. Play & Dine Breakfast at Hollywood & Vine.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is where you will be able to meet Pocahontas and her line can get very long. It’s best to get there early, if possible. She is the only princess at Animal Kingdom.
Tip 4 – Special Occurrences
If you are lucky and are at the right place at the right time, you might be able to catch a cast member who is training but these are a matter of luck and are rare. The best location to find these training cast members is near the entry to the International Gateway between the France and England Pavilions. Another possible place to meet princesses as well as other rare characters is at Hollywood Studios. Before Fantasmic!, some of the characters (including some Princesses) might go out and do a quick meet and greet. These are not announced and locations change, so it’s all a matter of luck! Do not plan your Hollywood Studios day around it!
This all may seem overwhelming, but that’s what your Magical Tripcations travel planners are here for! Our travel planners at Magical Tripcations will work with you to plan out your entire trip so that your little one has the best opportunity to meet each princess. Remember all our planning services are completely FREE to you! Learn more about working with a Magical Tripcations Planner, here. Let us do the work so your trip is stress-free!
Happy Princess Hunting!