More than a year after the debut of the animated film "Frozen," meeting Elsa and Anna at Disney World remains as popular as ever. The Disney World powers that be have made changes over the course of the year to make it easier to meet the sisters. But the fact remains that meeting Elsa and Anna at Disney World remains a top must-do for most visitors, and the waits can still be very high.
One big change that helped with lowering wait times and increasing the odds of securing a FastPass+ for Elsa and Anna was increasing their greeting time period from park opening until 30 minutes prior to closing. Additionally, the sisters greet in the same room, but no longer together, so you'll get a solo pic with Elsa and then move on to Anna. While this does make the experience a little less magical, it has made it possible for more people to meet the sisters. Disney World experimented over this summer with cast members distributing paper, old-Fastpass-style return tickets to guests wishing to meet Elsa and Anna who did not have FastPass+ reservations. But so far, nothing permanent has come of that test.
Meeting Elsa and Anna at Disney World is an absolute delight. Anna is as spunky as she appears on screen, warm and super friendly to all. Queen Elsa is more reserved by nature, but as regal as you would expect of a queen.
Waits for Elsa and Anna are still consistently much higher than any other meet-and-greet at Disney World. So, yes, meeting Elsa and Anna at Disney World still requires careful planning in order to visit them with minimum wait times. It’s important to have your strategy in place BEFORE you head to the parks if you want to meet Elsa and Anna with the shortest waits.
1. Book FastPass+ reservations for the sisters.
We recommend you make your reservations as soon as you are eligible to. For resort guests, that's 60 days in advance starting at midnight EST. Guests staying off-site can make reservations up to 30 days in advance. You don't want to mess around and lose out on the opportunity to book FastPasses for Princess Fairytale Hall, so definitely book these as early as you are eligible to. If there is no availability on the day you are looking to visit Magic Kingdom, keep trying!! Yes, we think it's worth setting the alarm for this one. Another trick is to see if there is availability to book one FastPass+ reservation. If you can secure one, you can then try to copy your selections to your other party members. From the desktop, select FastPass+ under My Disney Experience and then select Add Friends and Family to existing FastPass+. From the app, select FastPass+ > Modify My Existing FastPass+ Selections and then "Copy existing FastPass+ selections from one Party Member to another." That is often a "backdoor" way to get difficult reservations, but you might have to still keep trying to get it.
2. Book an early breakfast in Magic Kingdom Park.
This, too, requires advance planning. But if you're set on meeting Elsa and Anna, this is another strategy. Make an advance dining reservation ADR for breakfast at Magic Kingdom before the park opens, and make sure you are lined up outside of Fairytale Hall no later than 8:40 a.m. We hear that cast members are holding restaurant guests and park guests together, so getting to the park early enough to be one of the first people in the park will be as effective. Be sure to check our crowd calendar, because this won't work on a day when Magic Kingdom has the morning Extra Magic Hour. The only hitch is that you actually should make this reservation ahead of FastPass+, since you can book your ADRs 180 days in advance of your trip (reservations open at 6 a.m. eastern online). AND the Magic Kingdom table service reservations fill up quickly.
3. Visit them during morning Extra Magic Hours
The princesses do greet guests during the Extra Magic Hours starting at 8 a.m., so if you are a resort guest, this gives you an opportunity to get a jump on the crowds. We generally don't recommend visiting a park on EMH days because of the extra crowds that come with it, but if Elsa and Anna are a priority, then this is a solid strategy. If you are going to do this, we recommend getting to the entrance to Magic Kingdom by 7:30 a.m. Also, bear in mind that you are going to lose valuable touring time because you will still be using a fairly significant chunk of time meeting the sisters when crowds are at their very lowest.
The Frozen sisters appear daily at Magic Kingdom in the Welcome Show before the park's official opening and in the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade. During the holiday season, you can catch them in "A Frozen Holiday Wish," in which Kristoff, Olaf and Anna encourage Queen Elsa to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace. Over at Disney's Hollywood Studios, you can see both sisters in "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration."
Those are our tips for meeting Elsa and Anna at Disney World. Have a tip we didn't mention? Share it in comments below.
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