Tips For Meeting Characters At Disneyland
One question I answer the most is about character meet ups. How do you meet many characters in one day without standing in line for most of it? The answer is character dining and or arriving when the park opens.
If you want to meet Mickey your best is when the park opens. Mickey will be on Main Street or on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure. This is when lines are shortest. Mickey's House in Toontown can have a long line.
Character Dining is a smart way to meet characters. Goofy’s Kitchen is my favorite. Storytellers Café at the Grand Californian is Chip ’n Dale Critter Breakfast. Surf's Up breakfast at the Paradise Pier Hotel is a fun option where you can meet Stitch. Plaza Inn is great too. You will interact more with characters during a dining experience than in a line.
Make a reservation before Disneyland opens you can meet at least 4-5 characters before the park even opens. They come to your table, sign your autograph book, and pose for pictures. If you're traveling with kids, this is great.
The best value breakfast is at the Plaza Inn. I am suggesting the Plaza Inn because you will meet the most characters. You will get 5-7 characters.
Interested in meeting the Princesses? There is the Royal Court in Fantasyland where the wait is anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. You will meet three princesses. Sometimes a princess is outside. Which means meeting four princesses if you stand in two separate lines.
Characters appear in both parks. Download the Disneyland app free to find character locations some stay out for a short period wait or come back at your convenience. I love character dining because of this you meet many characters in a small span of time.
Disney Characters like the Fab Five and Chip and Dale visit the Disneyland Hotel. Visit the hotel check out each tower which each has amazing displays.
Not every character can sign an autograph book. Some characters lack opposable thumbs. Always have your autograph book open and your pen ready for the characters. It is a lot easier for them to sign.
If you do not want to spend money on character dining than plan and use the Disneyland application. It will help you find more characters.
In California Adventure there are several spots to see characters. Earlier in the day, Disney Junior characters will be out. Superheroes will be near Monsters Inc near the stage and by the Bathrooms check with the app.
It is not unusual to see members of the Fab Five on Buena Vista Street those lines get long.
If you want to meet Elena of Avalor ask if she will be at Pixar Pier. She can receive visitors at Paradise Pier Gazebo near Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.
Main Street in Disneyland is the best place to meet characters in the morning. If you get to the parks early before ten in the morning, you can get a lot more meet and greets done. Characters meet and greets are inside the entrance to Disneyland early in the day.
Mickeys Towntown opens an hour after Disneyland does. Mickey and Friends open Toontown and will walk with children. This is a do not miss.
In Fantasyland, you will meet Alice and the Mad Hatter. Sometimes Tweedle Dee and Dum walk around with the Queen of Hearts. Peter Pan and Captain Hook will make appearances. Mary Poppins and Burt walk around from time to time.
To meet Woody and Jessie visit Frontierland and Tiana and Dr. Facilier are often at The Mark Tawin.
If you are Disney Chase cardholder check the Disneyland app for information on card member exclusive photo opps.
Characters are all over in the morning. The characters will wander the land appropriate to their story. Like Peter Pan will be in Fantasyland. Arriving early as possible ensures you will meet them.
Enjoy your visit if you have questions, please ask.
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