• On Aug 9, 2019
    Anna from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Does Timon do character meet & greets anywhere in Disney World?

    Jambo, Anna! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Aren’t Timon and Pumbaa the best? I just love their problem-free philosophy and the way they dance through life with such carefree attitudes, while still being great friends and teachers to Simba. (We won’t talk about their, ahem, table manners. Slimy yet satisfying!)

    At this time, Timon doesn’t officially meet Guests at Walt Disney World Resort, but I have a few tips for where you might be able to spot him. I’ve seen him on Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but that’s not an official character experience, which means finding him is kind of spur-of-the-moment. I like to use the My Disney Experience Mobile App to search for characters: when you open the app, tap the map and then select “Characters” from the drop-down at the top. From there, you can either view a list of characters currently meeting, or navigate the map and tap on the Mickey heads to see which characters are at which location. I usually look at the app in the days leading up to a trip to get a sense of who can be found where; just remember that character appearance locations and times are subject to change.

    In celebration of The Lion King’s 25th anniversary and the release of the live-action movie, there are several celebrations around Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party on the Discovery Island Stage features Timon and other friends from The Lion King; this is a limited-time experience, and it may be over by the time of your visit. Timon doesn’t meet Guests here, but it’s a great opportunity to celebrate with him.

    The Festival of the Lion King is a fabulous show and also provides some fun Timon time. You can check with a Cast Member as you enter the theater to find out where to sit if you want the best view of Timon, and then sit back and enjoy the incredible performances and festival vibes.

    Anna, the Disney Parks Blog recently shared their must-try Lion King experiences, so check that out for more ideas for working on your roar. I see that you’ll be visiting in early November, so be sure to read this article about all-new holiday experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom beginning November 8 – it sounds absolutely enchanting.

    I’m sending you some leaf-flavored pixie dust that a visit with Timon is in your future! Hakuna Matata, and have the BEST time this November!

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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