The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, is known as 'The Happiest Place on Earth' and it's not hard to see why. With four world class theme parks to explore and enjoy, a whole host of rides and shows to experience, and more magic and excitement than almost any other location on Earth, Walt Disney World is where dreams come to life and memories are made to last a lifetime.

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One of the most exciting reasons why many people, both young and old alike, love to visit Disney World is to meet the various characters and heroes of the films they love. Disney movies have had a magical effect on countless people all over the world, affecting us all as we grow up and shaping us into the people we become. Characters ranging from Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Anna and Elsa from Frozen are simply iconic, and the thrill of meeting them in real life is simply unbeatable. Things to do in Orlando

How to Meet Disney World Characters

The characters you know and love so well can be found in all four of the Disney World parks, namely Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom. Some characters can be seen and spotted in all four parks, while others are exclusively found in just one or two of the parks. A fun thing about visiting Disney World is that you never know what you might find around the next corner, and each day is different, so you can sometimes get lucky enough to simply spot these characters walking around the park.

In general, however, the easiest and most convenient way to meet the Disney World characters is to visit one of the designated character meet-and-greet locations. Each park has specific zones where the characters will hang out and congregate, waiting to meet their many fans for photos, autographs, and hugs. Queues in this areas can get busy, especially in the summer months and at peak park times, but if you want to meet the heroes (or villains) you like the most, this is the way to do it.

Other ways to get up close and personal with the Disney World characters include the live parades and shows, which are held in each park at certain times of day. These shows will feature various characters marching around the streets or standing atop floats and waving to the park guests. Character breakfasts and other meals can also be booked, in which guests enjoy fine dining while various characters walk around from table to table to greet them and pose for some snaps.

Disney World Characters by Park

If you’re looking to meet a specific character or want to know which characters can be found in each park, check out the list below.

· Disney World Characters in Magic Kingdom

The Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom is a great meet-and-greet spot to encounter all the popular princesses like Cinderella, Elsa, and Rapunzel. Mickey's Toontown Fair is another good spot to meet characters like Mickey himself, Pluto, Minnie, Chip, Dale, Belle, Snow White, and more. Buzz and Stitch can be spotted in Tomorrowland, while the Brer characters like Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox can be found in Frontierland. If you love Aladdin, meet him, Jasmine, and the Genie near the Magic Carpets attraction.

· Disney World Characters in Epcot

Epcot is home to many different characters, especially around the World Showcase are. Each country has characters associated with it, like Pinocchio in Italy or Mulan in China. Winnie the Pooh can be spotted in the UK, Belle and the Beast in France, Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco, Anna and Elsa in Norway, and many more. The Epcot Character Spot is another good place to meet the classics like Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto.

· Disney World Characters in Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is one of the best spots to meet Disney World characters, including some Star Wars characters and Pixar characters like Buzz and Woody too. All the Toy Story team can be found at Toy Story Land, the Monsters Inc. guys can be found around the Studio Backlot, Star Wars heroes like BB8 and Chewbacca are located at the Animation Courtyard, while villains like Darth Vader can be found near the Star Tours ride. The huge Sorcerer Hat in this park is another good meeting spot for characters like Mickey, Chip, Dale, Goofy, Donald Duck, Tigger, Winnie the Pooh, and others.

· Disney World Characters in Animal Kingdom

For Disney World characters in Animal Kingdom, check out Discovery Island for Winnie the Pooh and Lilo and Stitch stars, the main Oasis entrance for classics like Mickey and Minnie, the Africa zone for Jungle Book stars, and Camp Minnie-Mickey for Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, Eeyore, and more.