Ariel in the parade at Magic Kingdom
  • On Jun 19, 2023
    Danielle from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Where can we meet Price Eric? When will character dining be back a Trattoria al Forno. Thank you!

    Hi Danielle! Thanks for reaching out to planDisney with your question.

    Oh Prince Eric, what would we give to live where you are? What would we pay to stand right beside you? What would we do to see you smiling at us at a meet and greet or character dining experience? Danielle, I hear you, trust me! The Little Mermaid has been my favorite movie since it came out in 1989 and now that the fabulous live-action story is here, I want to meet our favorite prince more than ever! Alas, at this time, he is not meeting and greeting, but that will likely change as the spookiest and merriest times of the year get closer!

    While a full list of characters has not yet been announced for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (both at Magic Kingdom Park), Prince Eric can often be found greeting his royal subjects during these events alongside the mermaid love of his life, Ariel! While not guaranteed, I have my fins crossed that we'll see him and his beloved when these parties start. Be sure to stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for any updates as these events get closer. And don't forget that you can see him in the Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction in Fantasyland and get some treats at Prince Eric's Village Market too!

    Speaking of Disney Parks Blog, I would also keep an eye out for any mention of character dining returning to Trattoria al Forno on Disney's BoardWalk. This is an experience I personally am hoping comes back as I love this restaurant and it's not every day you get to eat with princesses and their princes!

    In the meantime, there are other princes that you can meet and see around the parks. You can usually find Aladdin (fabulous he, Ali Ababwa) meeting Guests in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. There are also usually a few princes waving to you (yes, one else) during the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom Park. And when I'm in that park, I always stop by to say hello to Ariel herself and ask her how Prince Eric is doing. When I go this summer, I'm hoping to catch Ariel from the new live-action story in Disney's Hollywood Studios and ask her as well (she's meeting for a limited time).

    Danielle, I don't know when, I don't know how, but I think we should start something right now. We're both going to wish upon a star, watch, and see if someday our dreamy Prince Eric will be part of our world again.

    Please reach out again if you have any other questions!

    Life the bubbles,
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Meet the Panelist: Matt, New Jersey

Well hello there! I'm Matt and I'm a Disney-loving husband, teacher, and uncle from New Jersey. You can often find me tasting my way around an EPCOT festival, rope-dropping Magic Kingdom Park, or conquering all of the Disney Mountains. I can't wait to help you reach out and find your happily ever after on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Matt

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