How to Find Character Meets at Disney

How to Find Characters at Disney

Chances are if you’ve ever visited a Disney destination, then meeting your favorite Disney characters is a must. Today I’m going to discuss how to find character meets at Disney. Since Disney is always switching things up, this post won’t simply be a list of who and where to find them. This is a how to find character meets at Disney. That’s right, I’m going to share with you how to find the current meets for Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani and more! Let’s get going then!

How to Find Characters at Disney

Walt Disney World

Let’s start with the biggest Disney destination, Walt Disney World. With four major theme parks, two water parks, resorts, and a giant shopping center, Walt Disney World is huge! That means there’s no shortage of character meets there.

Walt Disney World Website

When looking to find Disney character meets at Walt Disney World, the first thing you need to do is check out their website before you travel. Did you know you can even schedule fastpasses for some character meet and greets?That means if you plan to stay as an on-site guest, you’ll want to check out these options before your 60 day FastPass booking date. If you are staying off-site, make sure to book your FastPasses 30 days prior to travel.

How to Find Characters at Disney

To find character experiences available, you can simply head over to Walt Disney World’s website. To start, hover over the Things To Do tab and click on Character Experiences. This will take you to a large list of all the character-based experiences available for that day.

How to Find Characters at Disney

You’ll then need to filter the experiences to only show character experiences for which you can meet and interact with them. You’ll need to update the calendar date so that you’re looking at character experiences available for your travel dates. Once you’ve done that, you can scroll through and explore which characters are available to meet.

If you click on a specific meet experience, you can also view what times they’re available and if they are eligible to be booked as a fastpass experience. You can even click on Show In My Plans located below the available times so that you can add them directly to your itinerary! I do this for all of my clients and it’s a great way to ensure character meets won’t be forgotten once at the theme parks. But what about if you’re already at the park you ask?

My Disney Experience App

If you’re already in a park and want to see what’s available, you can use the My Disney Experience app to find them! Simply open your app and click on the map at the top. You’ll then want to click on the top filter (usually loads with wait times first). Select Characters. This will load character experiences available, but you’re not quite done. Next, you’ll want to click the filter and select the specific park you’re in so that it will load everything near you.

How to Find Characters at Disney

As you can see in my screenshot, my app is currently showing Characters experiences and has 1 filter for the Magic Kingdom. There are so many characters to meet at Magic Kingdom! But what about character dining?

Let’s talk about character dining next!

Character Dining

If you’re looking to dine with characters, then this is how it’s done! Under the Things to Do tab, select All Restaurants under Dining. This will load a list of Walt Disney World restaurants for you. Once this list is loaded, you’ll need to once again use the filter option to select Character Dining and be sure to update the calendar for your travel date. That’s it! So easy and there’s so many options to choose from! The Garden Grill, 1900 Park Fare, Ohana, and Cinderella’s Royal Table are some of our very favorite character dining locations. What’s your favorite character dining location?

How to Find Characters at Disney

But what about Disneyland for our west coast fans? Next, let’s head to Disneyland so I can tell you how to find characters at Disney land too!

Disneyland

Exciting news, as finding character experiences at Disneyland is exactly the same as Walt Disney World! Simply head over to the website, click on Things To Do, and filter by Character Experiences and your travel date. It really is that easy! What’s more, the app works the same too!! But what about international Disney parks you ask?

How to Find Characters at Disneyland

International Parks

This same search and filter method works for all the Disney parks destinations! Simply direct your browser to the Disney park website of your choice and follow the steps I’ve provided above for Walt Disney World to find characters within all the Disney parks around the world! You can find the website for all of the Disney parks here. This search method even works for guests visiting Disney’s Aulani, a resort and spa in Hawaii! Just load the Aulani page and hover over Activities to click on Character Experiences.

How to Find Characters at Disney Parks

But Meredith, you’re forgetting the Disney Cruise Line, you say. Let’s set sail next and discover how to find character meets at Disney aboard the Disney cruise ships!

Disney Cruise Line

Although this same search gameplan works mostly the same for Disney Cruise Line, there are some differences. The first and major difference is once you’re on the Disney Cruise Line website and loaded the Character Experiences page under the Our Ships tab, you’ll want to go ahead and filter the list by the specific ship you’ll be sailing on since some characters are available only on certain ships.

Disney Cruise Line Characters

The second difference is that DCL features several character meets that require tickets to be requested ahead of time. This includes meeting the Princesses, the Frozen sisters, the Star Wars and Marvel characters (for those sailing on these select themed sailings), and the Disney Junior characters. You can secure tickets for these meets once your booking window opens. It’s good to know that you must be paid in full to be able to login and book onboard activities. It’s also good to know that these experiences book fully super fast and you’ll want to be ready to book them as soon as your window opens. If you’re unable to secure tickets for a meet you’d like to experience, don’t worry! You can always head over to guest services once onboard and request tickets and in most cases, they have more available for guests at that time.

How to Find Characters at Disney

Character Dining Onboard

Disney Cruise Line features a very special meet and greet onboard called the Royal Court, Royal Tea. This exclusive tea party is an additional charge and functions more like character dining does at Disney parks. We’ve been fortunate enough to experience this (thanks Mom & Dad!) and enjoyed it very much! Not only do the princesses come out and sing, dance, and interact with guests, but they bring each child a special gift!

Disney Cruise Line also offers a Disney Junior Character Breakfast for sailing of 6 or more nights. Tickets can be obtained for free by clicking on book onboard activities once you’re logged into your account, paid in full, and your booking window is open. This is a special character breakfast that has special breakfast foods located at Animator’s Palette and features favorite Disney Junior Characters. They’ve just recently added Vampirina and Fancy Nancy to the lineup!

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Additionally, you can meet exclusive characters during special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Each event has its own exclusive characters and you can find information about these character meets once you’re at the event via the printed times guide available when you enter. In some cases Disney will list exclusive characters on their website, but that’s not always the case. Checking your times guide is the best way to ensure you find all these exclusive characters. We were able to meet Moana this year at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party because she isn’t available during regular operating hours at Walt Disney World.

Now that you know how to find characters at Disney, be sure to check out these other great posts to help you prepare for your trip! You won’t want to miss our Ultimate Disney Packing List! Be sure browse our posts about Walt Disney World and Disneyland too!

S2E13- Sarah’s Experience with Disney’s Social Media Moms Event

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Season 2: Episode 13

Tuesday : Sarah’s Experience with Disney Social Media Moms

Today’s topic is all about Sarah’s recent trip and her experience with the Disney Social Media Moms! From Walt Disney World to the Disney Cruise line, she was able to experience all sorts of amazing things! So if you’ve ever wondered what it takes to be invited to Disney’s special event, don’t miss this episode!

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Did we miss something? Please share your story with us! Post to our facebook page or tag us on instagram!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and dont’s… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

S2E12: Top Five Disney Villains

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Season 2: Episode 12

Top Five Disney Villains

Although Sarah and Amy are out today, Meredith is having a bit of fun with Amanda and Ashlee – our Disneyland blog contributors and resident Disneyland Annual Passholders. That’s right, it’s time to rate the baddest of the baddies! Who’s on your Top Five Villains list?

 

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Did we miss something? Please share your story with us! Post to our facebook page or tag us on instagram!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

S2E7: Disney Travel Apps

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Season 2: Episode 7

Tuesday : Disney Travel Apps

Today’s topic is all about the apps that correspond to different Disney Destinations. From the Disneyland and Walt Disney World to the ever-popular Disney Cruise Line, we’ve got you covered. This episode is perfect for everyone, so whether you’re always at Disney or going for your first time, don’t miss this episode!

Episode Links

My Disney Experience: Desktop iOS Playstore

Disneyland: Desktop iOS Playstore

Disney Cruise Line: Desktop iOS Playstore

 

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! Did we miss something? Please share your story with us! Post to our facebook page or tag us on instagram!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and dont’s… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

DIY Mickey Mouse Valentine Garland

DIY Mickey Mouse Valentine Garland

Adorable Disney Valentine decor doesn’t need to be expensive. Save some money by doing it yourself. Gather supplies around the home for this project and then it won’t cost you a thing! It’s super easy to show off your love of everyone’s favorite mouse and Disney with this DIY Mickey Mouse Valentine Garland!

Supplies

You will need cardboard cutouts of Mickey heads and some hearts. Search online for “Mickey head template” and you can find tons to print and copy. Recycle an old cardboard box for your cutouts, and don’t stress about the cutouts being perfect. It will turn out great in the end, trust me! You will also need some twine in the length that you want your garland, white yarn, red twine, scissors, and tape. If you don’t have yarn or twine, experiment with supplies that you do have around the house like ribbon.

Instructions

Begin by taping the start of your yarn to the back of the Mickey cutout to secure it. Start wrapping the yarn around the cutout in different directions. Make sure to keep it tight, or it will come unraveled.  Always be careful with Mickey’s ears, because you don’t want to bend them!After you have wrapped a good amount, place your garland twine across the back, just under the ears. Continue to wrap the yarn over the garland twine until no sign of the cardboard is visible. Take your time to make sure your yarn doesn’t slip off or get tangled up. When you are satisfied, tie off the end of the yarn to another piece in the back.

Repeat steps for the heart, but use red twine instead of yarn. Place the garland twine just under the top dip in the heart. This helps the heart so it doesn’t lean over when hanging due to weight.  Continue to repeat steps for the remainder of Mickey heads and hearts that you want on your garland. Make placement adjustments by simply sliding your Mickey heads and hearts across the garland twine. Tie a loop at both ends of your garland twine to easily hang.

Time to Enjoy

Hang up your adorable creation and sit back to enjoy! Your guests won’t even realize that you saved a ton by making it yourself, and you will be so proud of your super cute project. I just may leave this up all year round!Create your own DIY Valentine Garland inspired by Mickey Mouse! We include all of the materials needed and the step by step instructions. Celebrate Valentine's Day with a touch of Disney!

Thanks to our contributor, Beth, for creating this adorable DIY project!

Episode 92: What Would You Do With One Day at Walt Disney World?

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What Would You Do With One Day at Walt Disney World?

It’s Official! You’re going to Walt Disney World for one day only.Okay, so not really. Let’s pretend for a minute we are though, and will have one solo day at Walt Disney World. What would you do with a single solo day? Join Sarah and Meredith as they discuss how they’d approach planning a solo Disney day. If you want to check out the links we mention in this episode, you can find them here, here, and here.

As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! What would do with a single solo Disney day?


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

Episode 89: 20 Questions Disney Cruise Line Style

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20 Questions Disney Cruise Line Style

What better way for Sarah and Meredith to talk with Amy about her most recent cruise than to play 20 Questions Disney Cruise Line Style?! That’s exactly what we’re here to do today. So sit back and have a listen as we answer questions ranging from kids clubs to rainforest shower rooms and beyond! As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know. For more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube.

Easy DIY Painted Disney Shirts

DIY Painted Disney Shirts

Easy DIY Painted Disney Shirts

We recently got back from a whirlwind Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise vacation. I tried my hand at making my own Disney shirts for our trip, and was super pleased with the results, and knew I had to share this easy craft with you. We made so many cute and unique shirts for our trip with only a few hours of work. Once you figure out the method for these easy DIY painted Disney shirts, the options are endless!

What You Need

  • Freezer paper
  • Exacto Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Permanent Marker
  • Fabric Paint
  • Sponge Paint brush
  • Printed design
  • Tshirts (pre-washed with no fabric softener)
  • Iron

Make your own shirts for your next Disney vacation! Our tutorial is so easy, you'll be making your own shirts in no time. Follow these simple steps for an easy DIY painted Disney shirt.

Let’s Get Started

First things first, you will need to print out or sketch your design. I choose the sun from Tangled for one of my designs. There are tons of free images you can search for on the web. I found an image I liked on google, and printed out a few different sizes. If you are good at free-handing designs, you can sketch directly onto the freezer paper. If you are like me and not gifted in the art department, you can take the easy route and print the design.

Next, trace the image on your freezer paper with permanent marker, making sure you trace on the dull side of the paper, and not the shiny side. After you are happy with your traced image, use your Exacto knife to start cutting the design out. It can be tedious, but make sure to take your time, because this will become the stencil that you use to paint. 

 

The Fun Begins

On medium heat, iron your stencil on the shirt with the shiny side down. Make sure you pay close attention to the edges of the design and get a firm seal. This will make sure that no paint gets under your stencil, into an area you don’t want it. You can test how well your image is ironed down by lightly rubbing your finger nail over the edge of the design to make sure you spot any areas that aren’t well sealed. If an area is loose, just iron it down more. Once your image is ironed on securely, take an extra piece of freezer paper or cardboard and stick it inside your shirt. This will protect the back of your shirt from paint that will soak through.

Let’s Start Painting!

With your sponge paint brush, start by generously applying your fabric paint onto your stencil. I recommend Tulip Soft Matte paint; it comes in a ton of colors, and a little bit goes a long way. I found mine at Michael’s, and there are tons of colors available, including glow in the dark paint! I did all my designs as single color shirts, just for simplicity. You can easily make multi-colored shirts, just make sure the paint is dry and you apply carefully. Also, I found out the hard way that if the paint drips where you don’t want it, it’s too bad, so watch for drips!

Coat your design well, being super careful when you are applying the paint near the edges. You don’t want the paint to seep under under stencil.

Make sure that you have really good coverage, and let your paint dry for 20-30 minutes.  You can use a hair dryer on cool to speed the process along. When your paint is completely dry, slowly start to peel the freezer paper off your shirt. A pair pair of tweezers can be used to get an edge up on the freezer paper.

After you remove your freezer paper, let the shirt lay flat for at least 24 hours. Some fabric paints recommend that you wash the shirt inside out after 24 hours. I chose not to do this, and our shirts have held up just fine.

Using the method above of cutting out the stencil and painting the empty spaces, I made the Tangled shirt, a Mickey head silhouette, the Disney Cruise logo shirts pictured below, and some super cute Mickey anchor shirts. We got tons of compliments on our shirts, and the best part was knowing that I made them!

Another Option to Try

If you like, feel free to try and do the reverse! Iron down a solid image, and paint around the design. Leaving the Mickey head stencil in the middle, we painted around the edges with the eraser end of a pencil. Lastly, remove your stencil paper once the paint is dry. This will leave the Mickey design as a blank space, with the painted edges as a border. Super cute! This method would be very fun and easy for a child to do, and fun for a park bag! 

Easy DIY Painted Disney Shirts

Don’t worry if your design doesn’t turn out perfectly. It’s the fun, creative process that counts! Whether you need a Disney vacation shirt or just want a little magic around the house, this DIY project is fun for the whole family.

Episode 83: I Was First

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I Was First: Experiencing Opening Days at Disney

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be one of the first to experience a new attraction at Disney? Or a movie premiere aboard a Disney Cruise ship? And in true first fashion, we’ve got our own first happening! Amanda, our Disneyland blog contributor, is with us today to discuss what it was like to experience opening day of the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout attraction at Disney’s California Adventure! Likewise, Meredith was able to experience Pandora: The World of Avatar on opening day and Amy was able to preview the premear of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie aboard the Disney Dream. So join us as we explore all the fun that being the first to experience a Disney attraction brings! Have you ever experienced a grand opening too? Please share with us!


If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know! And as always, for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Red Rose Taverne Restaurant Review

Red Rose Taverne Restaurant Review

The recent release of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast brought some very welcomed changes to Disneyland! The Village Haus in Fantasyland has received a complete makeover and now is home to the Red Rose Taverne, a Beauty and the Beast inspired dining experience.Try the new Red Rose Taverne at Disneyland! This limited engagement restaurant is sure to please Disneyland and Beauty and the Beast fans alike. Find out why we think you should visit!

Be Our Guest

From the moment you walk inside, you feel like you’ve stepped into the movie. The interior of the dining area is beautifully decorated with images of the classic animated film, but there are also characters from the new film represetned. When you step up to place your order, you feel as though you’re transported to the little village where Belle resides. The attention to detail is truly mind-blowing. I’m sure you are not reading this because you are oh so curious about the décor, so let’s get to the good stuff; the food!Red Rose Taverne Restaurant Review

Crowd Pleasing Entrees

Between the burgers, sandwiches, poutine, salad, flatbreads, and of course desserts, how could one decide what to eat?? Since this was our first visit, my friend and I made sure to divide and conquer. Altogether we tried the Beast’s Burger with Pommes Frites, Pulled Pork Flatbread, Gaston’s Famous Brew, Lemon Rose Cake and the Grey Stuff. The food is reasonably priced and being an Annual Passholder absolutely helps. I was pleasantly surprised with how delicious everything was. The burger was definitely fit for a beast as were the amount of fries you’re given. The flatbread was just enough to “hit the spot,” but still leave room for dessert. My favorite part about it was the sweet spicy BBQ sauce. I was able to wash down that slight kick with Gaston’s Famous Brew, apple-mango punch topped with passion fruit foam which can also be purchased in a souvenir mug.Red Rose Taverne Restaurant Review

Try the Grey Stuff, it’s Delicious!

I made sure to leave room for dessert, even though both desserts looked too beautiful to eat. The lemon rose cake was very light, lemon mousse with strawberry rose filling. I would certainly recommend if you’ve just eaten the Beast’s burger. Red Rose Taverne Restaurant ReviewNow I’ve saved the best for last, the grey stuff! The Disneyland version consists of white chocolate mousse and red velvet cake with a raspberry center. I have also had the grey stuff from Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom which is a Chocolate Shell, Cookie Crème topped with Lumière’s special “Grey Stuff.” At the end of the day, due to my partial bias towards Disneyland, I have to say the Red Rose Taverne knocked this one out of the park.Red Rose Taverne Restaurant Review

Food for Thought

Overall, I would highly recommend going to the Red Rose Taverne! I know I will without a doubt be returning and trying out the rest of their menu. The food and the ambiance are definitely worth your time! Next time you and your family are asking yourselves where to eat, consider the Red Rose Taverne! If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, in theaters now!

Thanks to our Disneyland contributor, Amanda, for this review and accompanying photos!

Episode 61: Disney for Adults

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Sarah and Amy discuss Disney for Adults! It’s sometimes hard to remember with all the fantasy and princess stuff, but Disney isn’t only for kids! There’s loads to do on an adults only trip and we’re here to talk all about it. So, give us a listen and then don’t hesitate to gift that special someone in your life the magic of an adults only Disney vacation! I’d also like to note that this will be the last episode for this year. We’ll be back in 2017 with more Disney fun, so please be sure to come back in the new year!

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If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please let us know and be sure to include what your favorite adult things to do at Disney! And for more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a blog! www.mouseandmonorail.com You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

Make Your Vote Count

We are roughly 200 days away from our next Disney trip, and I’m coming to you today because I need advice! I can’t make up my mind about what we should do on our next trip. Who else should I turn to but our trusted Mouse & Monorail readers for their input and opinions. So here goes…

We are taking our family on another Disney cruise in late May 2017 for our son Roo’s 6th birthday. It will be my husband, our 2 sons (ages 10 and 6) and myself. I know that there is simply no way I can cruise from Port Canaveral and NOT visit Walt Disney World. The question then turns to, “what do I want out of our next Disney trip?” We are wanting to be there for a couple of nights before our cruise, and we don’t want to break the bank. Here are a few options I’m tossing around:

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Option 1: Stay in a value or moderate resort, perhaps Pop Century or Caribbean Beach. We would purchase a 1 day water parks and more tickets and visit Magic Kingdom and Typhoon Lagoon. We haven’t visited the WDW water parks yet, so this would be fun and new for us. The boys love water parks, and I think with their ages there would be plenty to do to keep us all happy.

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Option 2: Once again stay in a value or moderate resort, and purchase 2 day tickets. We would visit Magic Kingdom and either Epcot or Animal Kingdom. I would like to see the new Animal Kingdom light show when it comes out, but a date hasn’t been set for that. The kids would probably enjoy Animal Kingdom (especially Expedition Everest) more than Epcot, but Jeremy and I fell in love with Epcot on our last trip. I’d love to really explore Epcot more, and allow them to see all the fun things around the World Showcase. And hello, Soarin’ and Test Track!

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Option 3: Skip the parks all together and splurge on a savanna room at Animal Kingdom Lodge. This resort is on my bucket list, and I would absolutely be in heaven waking up and seeing the giraffes outside my room. If we picked this option, we would probably explore the resort, eat at restaurants we’ve never tried, play in the pools and visit Disney Springs. We might even get tickets to La Nouba by Cirque de Soleil. It would truly be 2 days of relaxation enjoying the resort amenities to the fullest. I’d also like to do the starlight safari at Animal Kingdom.

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So those are a few of my ideas. What do you think? Which option would YOU pick if it were your trip? Feel free to throw out other ideas in the comments. I’m truly open to all suggestions, and can’t wait to hear which choice you would pick. Have a magical day! ~Amy ºoº