There are a lot of character meet and greet opportunities on a Disney Cruise. Some character meets are widely advertised and open to everyone, while others require some pre-planning to attend. Characters vary from ship to ship and from cruise to cruise. We have some tips for how to meet some of your favorite characters on board the ship!
Character Meet and Greets General Information
Listed on your Personal Navigator or on the Disney Cruise Line app will be a schedule of character meets. It is recommended that you show up to the meets a few minutes early (10 minutes should be enough) in order to limit the amount of time you spend waiting in line and to maximize the amount of time you spend meeting characters.
When heading into a character meet check to see whether the characters will be signing autographs. This information may be listed in your Personal Navigator or you can just ask the cast members at the character meet. If the characters are signing autographs and you want a signature, be sure to have your autograph book ready with a pen or marker at hand.
Some character meet and greets are extremely popular. Due to the massive crowds that some characters can attract the more popular character meet events are ticketed. These are FREE tickets, you just have to sign up for them in advance so that you don’t miss your favorite character. You can get your tickets by booking through the My Cruise Activities page of your online account. The advanced booking window for character meet and greet tickets varies depending on the Castaway Club level of the guest. Sometimes additional character meeting tickets are available on the first night of the cruise if you visit guest services. A few of these ticketed events include: Marvel characters, Star Wars characters, and Frozen characters.
Characters on board may vary across sailings and ships. You never know exactly who may be aboard your Disney Cruise.
These characters can be expected on most Disney Cruises:
- Chip n’ Dale
- Doc McStuffins
- Sofia the First
These characters are often on special sailings such as Marvel Day at Sea or Star Wars Day at Sea:
- Iron Man
- Black Panther
- Darth Vader
Disney Cruise Line Character Meeting Locations
Character meeting locations can vary per sailing and per ship, but here are the common locations for character meet and greets. Check you Cruise Line app or Personal Navigator to be sure you find the right location. You can always ask a cast member as well. Also, keep your eyes peeled, you never know when or where a surprise character encounter may come up!
- Lobby Atrium
- Oceaneer Lab
- Oceaneer Club
Disney Dream and Fantasy
- Donald’s Pool
Disney Magic and Wonder
- Goofy’s Pool Stage
- Deck 4 Midship or Balcony
Other Meet& Greet Opportunities
Aboard Disney Cruise Lines all ships will have deck parties and celebrations where you can bet a few of your favorite Disney characters will be making the rounds. Embarkation Day always includes a visit from Mickey and friends, as well as the famous See Ya’ Real Soon and ‘Til We Meet Again parties.
The Disney Junior Character Breakfast typically offers greetings with Mickey Mouse, Sofia the First, Vampirina and Doc McStuffins. The Disney VIP Breakfast typically features characters such as Mickey Mouse and more.
Most of the rotating dinners will include visits from characters as well, including Tiana, Rapunzel, and more. Dining on the High Seas can help you find which dining experiences and restaurants will include a character meet and greet.