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  • On Jun 13, 2022
    Devik from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do we need to wait in line for a meet and greet or do a character dining reservation to get character autographs at W? We haven't been able to get reservations. and wondering if we should skip autograph books for our 7 yo?

    Hiya, Devik!

    Welcome back to planDisney! The recent announcement of the return of traditional Character Greetings was such exciting news. Hi-fives, hugs, and autographs are back; and your favorite pals are ready to say hello! I am happy to report that there are a variety of options and locations to spot your favorite friends, even without a character dining reservation. So, don't cross the autograph book off of your packing list just yet!

    Before we dive into Character Greetings and interactions, I want to recommend that you keep checking for your favorite character dining option. Plans change all the time, and you may be able to secure a last-minute reservation due to a cancellation. Some locations offer the option of joining a walk-up list, including Tusker House Restaurant, Hollywood & Vine, and Garden Grill. Walk-up lists offer limited availability so I recommend joining the wait as soon as the restaurant opens. You will need to be near or at the location to join the list, unlike a traditional reservation. Should you find yourself enjoying character dining during your magical stay, you will be delighted to hear that you will not need to wait in a traditional line for autographs. The characters make their way from table to table to greet their Guests! So sit back, relax, and enjoy a fabulous meal with fun interactions. 

    You can also have your favorite autograph book or merchandise signed at Character Greeting spots. Pals Like Mickey Mouse and Queen Elsa are happy to sign their signatures while saying hello. It is also worth noting that some friends, like Olaf, are welcoming warm hugs but can't offer an autograph. It's hard to sign with twigs! You can locate all of the current character spots in the My Disney Experience mobile app. Select your favorite park by choosing the location icon at the bottom of the screen. You can filter character options with the drop-down menu at the top of the map (center option). This is a great tool for checking what time your best pal will be saying hello, without having to make your way across the park only to find an empty location. Character Greetings will have traditional queues with some wait time expected. 

    If waiting for hugs and autographs is not part of your itinerary, you can still see a variety of pals in parades and shows. While these interactions do not offer the opportunity for autographs, they are still so much fun. And the smile on your Ohana's faces when they see their favorite pal is priceless!. 

    I hope your upcoming adventure is memorable and magical!
    We'll see ya real soon!
    Tammy 
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Meet the Panelist: Tammy, Illinois

Hey Everyone! I'm Tammy. My Ohana and I live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I am a preschool teacher and I also coordinate events for youth and families. I have been visiting Walt Disney World Resort since I was a teenager. I'm always looking for a new adventure to explore or an amazing snack to try. I love to share my tips and experiences because I want to help make all trips as memorable and magic as my travels have been.  Learn More About Tammy

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