No trip to Disney World is complete without taking a bit of time for the family to meet Mickey Mouse. After all, he’s the main character attraction no matter which of the Disney parks you go to. Mickey Mouse can be found in each of the Disney Parks, from Magic Kingdom to Hollywood Studios, and he also visits several dining establishments across Disney property, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet him.
Meet Mickey at Magic Kingdom
If you only meet Mickey Mouse in one place, you probably want to meet him in the most iconic Disney World park, Magic Kingdom. Mickey currently meets guests in the front of the park, in an area known as Town Square Theater. In this location, Mickey generally meets in a magician’s costume.
While you might find yourself waiting for a while, you can use a FastPass to Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater. According to TouringPlans, wait times can range from 40-80 minutes depending on the crowd. Looking to avoid long wait times? Try going during the nighttime parade for shorter lines.
During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Mickey meets in his holiday outfits.
Mickey typically meets here by himself, although Minnie Mouse occasionally meets with him for special events. A nearby line lets you also meet Tinker Bell, but you’ll have to wait in a separate queue. Photopass is on hand at Mickey Mouse’s meet and greet to take photos of you and your family’s interactions with the mouse that started it all.
Meet Mickey at EPCOT
If you’re looking to meet Mickey Mouse in his classic attire, including red shorts and a yellow bow tie, you’ll want to meet Mickey in EPCOT. Mickey used to meet in an area called Character Spot in Future World, but his meeting location changed as of September 2019, so it may not be in an area that you remember. He meets in Innoventions West, and in one line, you can also meet Minnie Mouse and Goofy in their classic outfits. Just note, they don’t meet together.
If you’re making your way around the park to grab character autographs, right next to Mickey and pals you’ll find separate meeting areas for Joy and Sadness from Pixar’s Inside Out, Baymax from Big Hero Six, and you may even find Chip ’n’ Dale roaming nearby.
During busy times in the park, you may find that the line to meet Mickey and friends can be rather lengthy. If meeting him is important to your group, it’s best to do it early in the morning or late in the evening. In Mickey’s new location at EPCOT, you will be able to use a FastPass, and wait times can range from 30-70 minutes.
Photopass is available to take photos of your group’s interactions, and don’t forget to bring your autograph book to get Mickey’s signature.
Meet Mickey at Animal Kingdom
If you’re in the mood for a little adventure, you can meet Mickey at Adventurer’s Outpost in the Discovery Island section of Animal Kingdom. There, Mickey Mouse meets with Minnie Mouse, and both are dressed for a safari adventure. This location is the only location in the parks where you can meet Mickey and Minnie at the same time, posing for a picture with this iconic couple.
Photopass is available at this location, with a photographer ready to take your pictures. Mickey and Minnie also generally have a friend nearby who can help hold your autograph books or take additional photos of you and your group. Arriving early in the morning is a good idea, but Fastpass+ is also available, allowing you to wait in a shorter line when meeting Mickey and Minnie.
Luckily, Adventurer’s Outpost is air-conditioned, so waiting in line can be a refreshing break from the heat during Disney’s hotter months.
If you’re a big fan of Sorcerer Mickey, it is best for you to meet him in Hollywood Studios in his meeting area along Commissary Lane. There, Mickey Mouse meets in his sorcerer outfit straight from Fantasia. Mickey meets guests by himself in this area of Disney World, although you will also be able to meet Minnie Mouse separately from the same line. In addition to Mickey’s impressive outfit, Minnie meets in a Hollywood starlet outfit.
Expect to wait in line to see Mickey in Hollywood Studios. There is no queue for Fastpass+. Wait times range from 30 minutes to 70 minutes depending on crowds. This meet-and-greet is open during Morning Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios, which can be a good time to beat the crowds.
A Photopass photographer will be on hand to take your picture when you pose with Mickey. Don’t forget your autograph book to have Mickey sign his name alongside other Disney characters that you meet throughout the parks.
One of the more unique ways to meet Mickey Mouse when you’re visiting Walt Disney World is through a character meal. Mickey bounces around the dining establishments in and out of the parks, allowing you to meet him in a variety of outfits and with other characters. You’ll want to have a camera handy as Photopass photographers are not available at all of the locations. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended, and there is no Fastpass+ for the restaurants.
Outside of Magic Kingdom, Mickey Mouse meets at Chef Mickey’s, one of the most iconic restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. Mickey and friends meet in chef outfits, and the restaurant is inside the Contemporary Resort. A Photopass photographer is usually on hand to take photos at your table. Meal options include breakfast, brunch, and dinner.
You can also meet Mickey at the Garden Grill in EPCOT’s Future World. Here, Mickey is dressed as a farmer and you can eat as the restaurant spins around, providing views of the building and the Living with the Land ride. Photopass photographers are not usually present, but you do have the opportunity to meet Pluto, Chip, and Dale. Meals served include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and pre-park opening breakfasts tend to be popular to give you a jumpstart on the line to Soarin’.
In Animal Kingdom, you can meet Mickey Mouse and friends at Tusker House. He and the other characters meet here in their safari outfits, and there are options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Photopass photographers are not available, so you’ll want to be prepared to capture your own memories while meeting Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy.
Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine
Dining in Hollywood Studios at Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine gives you the opportunity to meet Mickey Mouse in a variety of different outfits, which tend to change with the season. For example, during the summer months, the characters meet in beach-inspired gear. You can make reservations to eat lunch or dinner here, and there is a Photopass photographer, but there may only be one for the entire restaurant, so plan on taking some of your own photographs.
You can also meet Mickey Mouse at ‘Ohana in the Polynesian resort at breakfast time. Mickey meets with other characters such as Pluto, Lilo, and Stitch. While there is a Photopass photographer present, they generally only follow Stitch around, so you’ll want to take your own photos. This meal is a great option to meet characters and enjoy Polynesian dining options.
Getting to See Mickey Mouse
There are several shows and parades around the parks where you can see Mickey Mouse, although you won’t have the opportunity interact with him. These are almost all concentrated in Magic Kingdom. If you’re not interested in actually meeting Mickey and getting your picture taken, this can be a great way to see a variety of characters and watch some fun musical numbers. These shows and parades include:
- Boo-To-You Halloween Parade (Magic Kingdom)
- Disney Junior Dance Party! (Hollywood Studios)
- Fantasmic! (Hollywood Studios)
- Festival of Fantasy Parade (Magic Kingdom)
- Let the Magic Begin Welcome Show (Magic Kingdom)
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade (Magic Kingdom)
- Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire (Magic Kingdom)
- Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party (Magic Kingdom)
With so many places to meet Mickey Mouse across the Disney World parks and restaurants, there are plenty of opportunities to meet Disney’s most beloved character. Sometimes he pops up in unexpected places, such as greeting guests at the resorts around the holidays, but this isn’t something you can readily plan for.
If there’s a specific outfit you want your photo taken with Mickey wearing, then you’ll want to make note of the park that he meets in, like meeting him as a sorcerer in Hollywood Studios. No matter where you meet him, you’re bound to have a good time meeting Mickey in the house that the mouse built!
Don’t Forget Your Autograph Books
When you’re making your away from park-to-park, there’s no better activity than collecting character autographs. Make sure you have autograph books ready for the whole family to collect signatures from Mickey Mouse and all of his Disney pals!