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  • On Aug 8, 2019
    Kathleen from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Are characters walking around the parks at WDW available for autographs or are autographs only available during specific character experiences. Also is there an age limit for autographs or can anyone get them?

    Hi, Kathleen!One of the most iconic experiences at Walt Disney World Resort is meeting the characters and getting autographs; this is something kids and adults of all ages can enjoy! Although there are occasions when you'll see characters wandering around the resorts and Parks (I recently bumped into Pooh hunting for honey at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa), these encounters are usually very brief. Attendants do a great job of keeping the characters moving and on schedule. Let's discuss some tips to help you get those famous monikers, especially from the Big Cheese, himself!

    The first thing you'll want is an autograph book and a pen; my writing utensil of choice is a black retractable Sharpie. Next, you'll need a master list of all the character Meet & Greets. Open the My Disney Experience app and tap the map at the top of the page. Click the arrow next to "Wait Times," scroll down to "Characters," and choose the blue "Show List" link on the right. On the left, Guests can filter the characters by Park. For example, if you want to see that practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins, in Magic Kingdom Park, you'll see her appearance schedule, map locations, and walking directions on how to find her. It's as easy as saying Bippity boppity boo!"

    If meeting the Princesses is at the top of your list, I'd recommend using FastPass+. During these experiences, you'll have plenty of time to chat, take photos (there's always a PhotoPass photographer here), and get autographs. Favorites, such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Tiana have Meet & Greets at Princess Fairytale Hall. The Frozen sisters greet Guests at Royal Sommerhus in Epcot. And the best place to strike a pose with your pal Mickey is at Town Square Theater.

    If you'd like a chance to meet characters without waiting in line, then booking a Character Meal is the way to go! Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort is a favorite, and you'll meet Mickey and the Fab Five in their chef attire. My nieces loved chatting with Cinderella's crazy stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella, at 1900 Park Fare (and the Prince was pretty Charming that night, too). I also recommend Epcot's Garden Grill Restaurant, where you can visit with Chip 'n' Dale while slowly revolving around the scenes from Living with the Land. During meals, characters stop at each table and encounters usually last for several minutes allowing Guests to get those Instagram worthy selfies and signatures. 

    Good luck, Kathleen! 

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Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania!  I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique.  It’s amazing how many people you can find who love talking about, "The Most Magical Place On Earth!"  I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at middle school basketball games waiting for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical.


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