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One of the best parts of a trip to Disney World is getting to see the incredible princesses in person. It's a truly magical moment for tadpoles and frogs alike. You can see the princesses at Disney World through meet and greets, parades, shows and even celebrate them with royal food and experiences. Get excited as World Princess Week runs from Aug. 20 to 26, featuring some extra sweet treats! Read on for our froggerific guide to seeing the princesses at Disney World.
When you think of Disney, it's hard not to picture the many princesses and their classic stories. I remember Lily's "Frozen" phase vividly (I'm partial to Tiana myself — who doesn't love a good frog story?). From classics such as Cinderella and Snow White to newcomers such as Moana and Rapunzel, each princess has a unique story and different ways to connect with others. All of the Disney princesses are represented in some way at Disney World.
When finding the princesses at Disney World, I automatically think of character greetings, of course. There's just something magical about meeting the princesses in person. It's so fun chatting with Belle about our favorite books or letting Lily show off her matching dress with Rapunzel (royal hugs are the best hugs). There are also other ways the princesses and their stories may appear across the resort, whether it's an animatronic on a ride or a painting in a princess-themed hotel room.
Here are all the ways to celebrate the princesses at Disney World!
The best way to experience a royal trip at Disney World is to interact with the princesses. You'll find the most princesses at Magic Kingdom, followed by EPCOT.
Traditional meet-and-greets are the best way to get individual time with the princesses at Disney World. It's so lovely to chat with our favorite royalty as they sign autograph books and give out royal hugs!
Royal fans can't leave Magic Kingdom without visiting Princess Fairytale Hall! There is one queue for Cinderella and Elena and another line for Rapunzel and Tiana (though sometimes you'll get a mystery visiting princess like we did on our last visit). We love this location because it's indoors, and there are usually PhotoPass photographers at each princess to capture the wonderful memories. Other princesses at Magic Kingdom include Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White and Merida.
Did you know many of the princesses' stories originate from various countries around the world? You can meet the princesses throughout World Showcase at EPCOT, each one representing a part of a real-life culture. See Mulan in China, Snow White in Germany, Jasmine in Morocco, Aurora and Belle in France, and Queen Elsa and Anna in Norway. Check the app for set times — we recommend arriving earlier in the set if possible, as the lines can get cut off toward the end.
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Make way, make way! Over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, you can now meet Moana! She greets guests at Character Landing on Discovery Island — however, starting Oct. 16, you'll be able to find her in World Nature at EPCOT. Currently at Disney's Hollywood Studios, you're also able to meet Ariel from the live-action "The Little Mermaid"!
Parades and Cavalcades
As we said, if you want to see as many princesses as you can in one park, head to Magic Kingdom. Many of the princesses also appear in either the Festival of Fantasy parade or the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade. This is a great chance to wave at rarer princesses such as Moana or unofficial princesses such as Mirabel. Double-check the My Disney Experience app for showtimes.
Pocahontas is one with the wilderness at Disney's Animal Kingdom! She may be just around the river bend as she randomly travels via boat. Sometimes Meeko even joins for an adventure! The boats travel around Discovery Island; we recommend trying to see them from the bridges into the different lands as well as most parts of Africa and Asia.
Princess Character Dining
A great way to meet princesses at Disney World is to book a character dining experience. At Magic Kingdom, enjoy dining in the castle at Cinderella's Royal Table and greet Cinderella and other princesses. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in EPCOT also offers a variety of princesses. Over at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, you can see Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and the Evil Queen at the Story Book Dining at Artist Point. We are still waiting for the other princess-themed character dining experiences to return at 1900 Park Fare and Trattoria al Forno.
Besides meeting princesses, there are plenty of ways to celebrate their royal stories.
Rides Featuring Princesses at Disney World
You, too, can be a part of Ariel's world with Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid. This slow-moving ride takes you through the whimsical scenes from the movie (and is a great way to beat the heat). Fans of Snow White will love a ride on the frog-favorite Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Be just like Jasmine in a whole new world on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin soaring around Adventureland. Or, see the story of "Frozen" unfold through a slow-moving boat ride on Frozen Ever After in Norway at EPCOT.
Future attractions include a "Moana"-themed attraction in October 2023 as a part of EPCOT's ongoing transformation. Journey of Water will be a walkthrough experience with interactive elements. In late 2024, you'll be able to join froggy royalty as part of Tiana's Bayou Adventure (a reimagined Splash Mountain). Picking up after the film, join Tiana and friends as they prepare for an exciting Mardi Gras celebration.
Shows Featuring Princesses at Disney World
Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can see Anna and Elsa in "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration" at the Hyperion Theater. Get ready to "Let It Go" with this show for the whole family. Now, this isn't just any "Frozen" sing-along. This fun and comical retelling of the events of "Frozen" will have all frogs laughing and singing along.
Also at Hollywood Studios, Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage is a Broadway-style show that takes you through Belle's iconic story, with plenty of musical fun! Can't get enough of Belle? Sing all of your favorite tunes at the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along in France over at EPCOT.
The nighttime show Fantasmic! showcases tons of Disney characters and includes sequences with beloved royalty such as Belle, Ariel, Snow White, Pocahontas, Mulan, Elsa and Moana.
While more of an interactive experience than a show, Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom is a good pick for tadpoles who want to live their own "Beauty and the Beast" story. Guests are invited into Belle's cottage, where they're given the chance to play a role in a live re-enactment of her story, culminating in the chance for each guest to meet Belle herself. PhotoPass photographers are on-site to capture the enchanted moments.
Other Princess-Themed Experiences
"Tangled" fans of all ages may enjoy the themed restrooms in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. You can even spot Rapunzel's tower from Frontierland! Look for wanted posters with familiar faces around the area, and try to find all of Pascal's hiding places.
For the ultimate royal experience, consider booking a visit to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! Princesses and knights ages 3 to 12 can enjoy magical transformations with the help of the Fairy Godmother’s apprentices, including hairstyling, makeup, dresses, accessories and more. Reservations are now available for booking at the Magic Kingdom location — the Disney Springs and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa locations will reopen at a later date. Check out our Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique guide for all the magical details!
Princess Theming in Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Are you staying at a Disney World Resort hotel? Slumber like Aurora in special princess-themed guest rooms at some of the hotels. Disney's Polynesian Village Resort underwent a major refurbishment in 2021 and now the guest rooms have a "Moana" theme. See if you can spot Moana, Maui and Hei Hei in the decor! At Disney's Port Orleans - Riverside, request a Royal Guest room, which highlights Tiana and her fellow princess friends. Over at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, stay in one of The Little Mermaid rooms and relax at the Flippin' Fins Pool.
Sweet Treats in Honor of the Princesses
Savor lots of drinks and treats worthy of royalty with lots of princess-themed goodies at Disney World! We are always amazed at how Disney food can be such works of art. They're almost too pretty to eat ( ... almost)! Each of the four parks, Disney Springs and many of the resorts offer various princess-themed items, especially for World Princess Week each August. We definitely want to try goodies such as the Cinderella Cupcake from Disney's Contemporary Resort, Aurora Cone from Storybook Treats at Magic Kingdom, Little Mermaid Milkshake from Hollywood Scoops at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Rapunzel Cone from Swirls on the Water at Disney Springs.
Some offerings are only for a limited time through Aug. 31 and are subject to availability. You never know what specialty items you might find!
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Time to be as swift as a coursing river with the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend! Taking place every spring, this runDisney event celebrates the kindness and courage of the many Disney princesses. With varying race lengths from 5K, 10K and half marathon (or try the Fairy Tale Challenge if you're up for running 19.3 miles in two days), there is something for beginner and advanced runners alike. Have you ever wanted to run through Disney World? Now you can, and some of the races take you straight through Cinderella Castle! Just don't be like Cinderella and keep both shoes on.
With rare character greetings along your route, themed medals and more, the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is a perfect way to celebrate the princesses.
Now that you know how you can see the princesses around Disney World, we've compiled this list so you know exactly where to find each princess.
Note that with the popularity of "Frozen," we even made a separate guide just for finding our favorite Arendelle sisters, Elsa and Anna! And though not a princess, we wanted to point out that the popular Mirabel from "Encanto" can be seen in the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade at Magic Kingdom, and will soon have her own meet-and-greet coming Sept. 15, 2023.
Well, that covers the royal gamut! Who is your favorite princess? Have you spotted her at Disney World? Be sure to share with us in the comments below!
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So do you just show up and get in line? Looking at the Disney website for Elsa and Anna for example says no times available no matter which day you look.
Generally, if a character has an indoor location, then yes - you can just get in line! If a character is outdoors, they may take more frequent breaks throughout the day, but the My Disney Experience app should tell you where and when they meet guests (and we would recommend arriving at that spot a few minutes early before a line forms). Using your example, Anna and Elsa meet guests at Royal Sommerhus at EPCOT every day from 9:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Let us know if we can help with any other questions!
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