I love meeting all the Disney characters, but there’s nothing in the world like spending a few minutes with my main mouse, Mickey. Since he’s pretty popular around Walt Disney World, I’m sharing my best tips for meeting the cute little guy!
Magic Kingdom® Park
Location: Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A.®
During the Fantasyland® Area expansion, Mickey Mouse can be found in the Town Square Theater located just inside the Magic Kingdom® Park entrance on Main Street, U.S.A.® The theater is beautifully decorated in a turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century theme with posters proclaiming Mickey Mouse as the star of the magic show. The queue makes you feel like you’re in the backstage corridors of the theater!
Best Time to Go: Early in the morning or during Main Street Electrical Parade.
Due to Mickey’s popularity, Disney now offers its FASTPASS service for this character meet and greet opportunity. Without a FASTPASS there are several ways to minimize your wait. Town Square Theater usually opens for business when the park opens, so the line to meet Mickey will be fairly short at that time. If you’ve already seen the Main Street Electrical Parade or if meeting Mickey is your top priority, go during the parade. The last time we were there, the line was only 5 minutes long. It was awesome!
Location: Epcot® Character Spot in Future World West (across from Innoventions® Pavilion)
Epcot® Character Spot is a classic Disney character lover’s dream. In addition to Mickey, you’ll get to meet Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy. Epcot® Character Spot is in an air-conditioned building with a bright animation-theme…a perfect backdrop for pictures. Be sure to have your autograph books open to a section with several blank pages; once you’re at the front of the line you’ll meet the characters one right after the other.
Best Time to Go: Early in the morning or late in the evening.
Epcot® Character Spot opens usually when the park does, so like most things theme park-related this is the best time to go. The wait time during the day varies, but even if the line looks long the Cast Members keep it moving pretty smoothly and remember, you’re waiting in ONE line to meet FIVE characters (with Mickey being the most important, of course).
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Location: Greeting Trails at Camp Minnie Mickey
Head to Greeting Trails at Camp Minnie Mickey in Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and you’re in for a real treat. This may just be my favorite place to meet Mickey because he’s not dressed in his typical garb; he’s ready for a safari!
Best Time to Go: During Festival of the Lion King show
The Festival of the Lion King Theater is directly across from the Greeting Trails. The entire area can be really crowded before or after the show, so the best time to meet Mickey here is right after the Festival of the Lion King begins. Other guests will already be inside theater or will have moved on from the previous show. Right after the park opens is also a good time. (Do I hear a broken record?)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
Location: The Magic of Disney Animation building in Animation Courtyard
If you want to meet Sorcerer Mickey, this is the place. (I guess he hangs out here before the big Fantasmic! Show show.) He has his own area in the back of the building and stands in front of a really cool Disney’s Hollywood Studios® backdrop.
Best Time to Go: As soon as Mickey Mouse starts greeting guests or later in the evening.
Mickey Mouse usually greets guests from 10 a.m. until park closing. The other characters in the building begin a little later. The Magic of Disney Animation attraction is housed in the same building and lasts about 20 minutes so if not everyone in the group is as excited to meet Mickey as you are, they’ll have something to do.
Mickey Mouse has lots of responsibilities around the parks, so be sure to check the Times Guide when you arrive for schedule updates.
For more character greeting tips, check out Tad’s blog: Attention Character Groupies.