The Central Florida area is known for many things, but chief among those is great theme parks and attractions. And you know what comes along with that – the chance to meet some of your favorite animated and real characters! Indeed, for some families visiting the City Beautiful, it’s not about the roller coasters – it’s about the character experiences!
The Walt Disney World ® Resort is unmistakingly the No. 1 place in Central Florida for character meet-and-greet experiences. From meeting your favorites in the four Walt Disney World ® Theme Parks to sharing a meal with them, Disney has no shortage of opportunities to get up close and personal with these legendary figures. In the theme parks, the top places for character experiences are in Pixie Hollow at the Magic Kingdom ® Park (where guests can meet their favorite Disney fairies), on the Camp Minnie-Mickey Greeting Trails at Disney’s Animal Kingdom ® Theme Park or at Epcot ®, which is home to both meet-and-greets at the Character Spot and around the pavilions of the World Showcase, where characters mingle around in their native settings. Disney’s Hollywood Studios ™ also gets into the act ever summer, hosting Star Wars Weekends, which have become popular because of the unique opportunity for guests to meet some of the characters from the series while also meeting the actors/actresses who bring them to life on the big screen.
The Walt Disney World ® Resort also revolutionized the character meet-and-greet experience with its character dining concept, where guests can dine on delicious cuisine in the company of famous characters, such as the Once Upon a Time Breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table or at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where guests of all ages can dine with Mary Poppins for breakfast, Prince Charming for dinner or have afternoon tea with Alice in Wonderland!
Speaking of character dining, the Walt Disney World ® Resort parks aren’t the only ones who have jumped on this opportunity, as SeaWorld Orlando has two of the Top 10 character experiences with Breakfast with Elmo and Friends or the Dine with Shamu experience, both of which are “whale” worth the time and money! Universal Orlando also has a character breakfast on select mornings as well at Universal Orlando’s Island of Adventure, just one of the many character-spotting experiences at this theme park!
The theme parks in and around Central Florida may be known for their rides, attractions and icons, but when it comes down to it, each and every thing in these parks revolve around their popular characters, which is easy to see from this Top 10 list of the best character experiences in Orlando!