Walt Disney once said, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing –that it was all started by a mouse.” There are many, many different things to see and do at Disney World these days, but it seems safe to say we haven’t forgotten the mouse who started it all. Mickey is as popular as ever, and no trip is complete without stopping for a hug from the main mouse! Here are our top ten places at Walt Disney World to say hello to Mickey Mouse:
#10: Epcot Character Spot – Mickey certainly gets around at Walt Disney World, and he wears many hats – and many different outfits – at his various meet and greets. If you want to find him in his classic black tux, red trousers, and yellow shoes, the Character Spot in Future World at Epcot is your best bet. The lines can get long, but you can use one of your Fastpass+ reservations on this location.
#9: Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – YEE HAW! Mickey’s throwing a hoedown dinner party at the seasonal character dining event held at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. You’ll find him dressed in his cowboy duds and ready to two-step. This is one of the pricier ways to see Mickey at about $60 per adult for the dinner buffet and show.
#8: Donald’s Dining Safari – Donald Duck (he’s always trying to upstage Mickey!) has managed to get top billing at the breakfast and lunch at Tusker House, but Mickey Mouse still makes the rounds – along with Daisy and Goofy – to greet guests as they’re dining. The exotic African eats on the buffet are also delicious!
#7: Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party – Mickey rides by on one of the floats in the Magic Kingdom’s mini street party parade, and when he reaches the hub, he hops off to dance with the crowds! This isn’t your traditional meet and greet where you wait your turn for a few minutes autographs and photos, but it is a fun chance to bust a move with the big cheese.
#6: Chip ‘n Dale’s Harvest Feast – Epcot’s rotating dining room offers a family-style feast with Chip, Dale, Pluto, and…you guessed it: Mickey Mouse! You’ll be looking out at different farming scenes from Living with the Land during your meal, and you’ll be seeing Mickey dressed in his farmer overalls.
#5: ‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast – Want to meet Mickey while munching on Mickey waffles? The character breakfast at the Polynesian Village is the place to be. Mickey’s got a great Hawaiian shirt and is hanging loose with his pals Lilo, Stitch, and Pluto. Say it with me: “ALOOOHA!”
#4: – Adventurer’s Outpost – Mickey and Minnie have been trekking around the world, but they’ve made a stop for a meet and greet at the Animal Kingdom. They’ve got safari photos in the (air conditioned!) waiting area, and their luggage is waiting nearby for the next adventure. If Donald’s Dining Safari doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you can still get a photo with Mickey in his safari gear here.
#3: The Magic of Disney Animation – You can join Sorcerer Mickey for a picture on the red carpet inside Animation Station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Let’s hope there are no brooms lurking in the shadows! This is a great spot for characters, as other favorites like Minnie and the Incredibles also hold greetings nearby.
#2: Chef Mickey’s – Are you ready to PARTY? Chef Mickey is waiting to celebrate at the Contemporary Resort’s character buffet. It’s located on the Grand Canyon Concourse, so you’ll be dining as the monorails glide by! You can choose from breakfast or dinner, and you’ll also find Goofy, Donald, Minnie, and Pluto coming to the table during the meal to say hello.
#1: Town Square Theater – Mickey is waiting to welcome his guests just steps inside the Magic Kingdom turnstiles. He’s been practicing some magic tricks and might even have one or two to show you! Most guests will find this Mickey can actually talk, although he might not be able to answer every question. To avoid long lines, you can book your time in advance with Fastpass+.
Where will you be meeting Mickey on your next trip?