As a current Disney Cast Member I run into a lot of guests that don’t know much about Walt Disney World. Many guests come to Disney with only passes to the parks and hotel reservations, no dining reservations or Fast Passes. While you can still have a magical vacation with hotel reservations and park passes, you will mostly be eating hot dogs and hamburgers and waiting at least 30 minutes for each ride. Today I wanted to share some Disney basics with you so you are prepared for your first trip to Disney and have a magical time.

FastPass+

Disney FastPass+, referred to as Fast Passes, let you reserve times for rides, entertainment, and more. Once you’ve purchased a ticket to Disney World you can make Fast Pass selections 30 days ahead of time. If you booked a Walt Disney World resort hotel you can make your selections 60 days in advance.

Fast Passes are a free benefit in the Disney parks and you can make up to three passes for each day online or through the My Disney Experience app (more on the app later in this post). Once you have used your three passes for the day, you can add another selection to your day on the My Disney Experience app on your phone or at one of the Fast Pass kiosks in the parks.

And for reference from a Cast Member, here are some of the current most popular FastPass+ rides by park:

Magic Kingdom: 7 Dwarves Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, and Splash Mountain

Animal Kingdom: Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest, and Kali River Rapids

Hollywood Studios: Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania, and Star Tours

Epcot: Frozen Ever After, Test Track, and Soarin’

My Disney Experience App

My Disney Experience is a free app that you can access from your cell phone that is an easy guide to the parks. You can view your Fast Passes, reservations, see wait times, access digital park maps, make Fast Passes, find restrooms, find character spots, view your Photo Pass photos, and more. This app is truly a great resource to have while visiting the parks and I highly recommend downloading it before your vacation so you can play with it for a bit.

Resort reservations

Staying on property in a Walt Disney World resort is nothing short of magical. By staying in a Disney resort you have bus/monorail/boat transportation to the parks, meal plan options, and the magic of Disney Cast Members and all things Mickey shaped. Many resorts will also have dining areas to stop by for a quick breakfast as well. The basic break down of Walt Disney World resorts is value, moderate, and deluxe. Here’s a bit of a breakdown as well, just remember that there are more options such as campgrounds and villas that you can check out on the Disney website.

Value resorts: These resorts have bus transportation to the parks, Disney Springs, water parks, etc. and range in price from $100-300 a night. Value resorts include Pop Century, All-Star Music, All-Star Movies, All-Star Sports, and Art of Animation.

Moderate resorts: These resorts have bus transportation to the parks, Disney Springs, water parks, etc. and range in price from $200-400 a night. Moderate resorts include Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, Coronado Springs, and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness.

Deluxe resorts: These resorts boast bus, boat, and/or monorail transportation (when making reservations you will be able to view what transportation is available) and range in price from $300-$3000 a night. Deluxe resorts include Animal Kingdom Lodge, Polynesian Village, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club, Contemporary, Yacht Club, and BoardWalk Inn.

Dining reservations

Not making dining reservations is one of the most common mistakes that guests make when coming to the parks. Disney has a lot more guests than it did 10 years ago when you could walk in and wait for reservations. Now starting 180 days before your arrival date you can begin making dining reservations for your trip. There is a limit on reservations if your stay exceeds 10 days.

While I highly recommend doing your own research on Disney dining, as I could make a full post on this topic alone, if you are wanting to dine at Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table make it 180 days in advance or 99% of the time you will not get a spot.

Also, the character dining options are some of the best dining experiences Disney has to offer. Some of my personal favorites are Chef Mickey’s, The Crystal Palace, Be Our Guest, and Ohana.

I also highly recommend 50’s Prime Time Café, Blaze Pizza, Coral Reef Restaurant, Flame Tree Barbecue, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, and Kona Café.

Book experiences

Disney Magic is a wonderful thing and shouldn’t be taken for granted. I highly recommend looking into many of the amazing experiences that Disney has to offer. While there are many more than what I will be listing today, I’m sharing the two experiences that guests never seem to know about.

Magic Kingdom’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: One of the hidden gems for princesses and knights between the ages of 3-12 is this wonderful place tucked into Cinderella’s Castle. You can be transformed into a princess or a knight by a fairy godmother in training. This experience is always completely booked, so be sure you make your reservations 180 days in advance.

Disney’s Backstage Tours: If you want a backstage peek at Disney’s operation and to learn more about the history of Disney world, a backstage tour is for you. Fun fact: If you book the Key’s to the Kingdom tour you get to go back stage to view the tunnels. Yes, they are in fact real and you can see part of it too. I highly recommend looking up the tour options if you are a Disney kid at heart.

Extra Magic Hours

When planning what days you will be in the parks, look up when there will be Extra Magic Hours in the parks you are visiting. Extra Magic Hours are exclusive to those staying in Disney resorts and give you an hour before park open and 1-2 hours after park close to enjoy the rides with much shorter wait times. Each park typically only has one day a week with early Extra Magic Hours and one day a week with later Extra Magic.

Magic Bands

Magic Bands look kind of like a FitBit in that you wear it on your wrist, but it’s much different. Your Magic Band is your hotel room key, how you get into the parks, what you scan for your Fast Passes, allows you to charge things to your room, and more. If you booked a Disney World resort stay you should receive an e-mail and/or a pamphlet in the mail with information about making a Magic Band selection for your party as they can be personalized with your name on the inside and there are many colors to choose from.

Pin Trading

Now that I’ve covered booking your trip, I want to cover some of the things in the parks that you might not be super familiar with if you’ve never been to Disney. One of the popular things to do in the parks is pin trading. A lot of the cast members that aren’t in safety critical roles will be wearing pin trading lanyards that you can trade with. You can trade two pins with a cast member as long as they are not broken and they are Disney pins. I highly recommend looking on Amazon or E-Bay for trading pin packs so you have plenty of pins to trade.

Pressed Pennies

Pressed Pennies are also a very popular item in the parks. They are a perfect souvenir and are a fun thing to collect as you run into the penny press machines. I highly recommend going into your vacation with quarters and pennies packed. Keeping them in plastic M&M containers is the perfect way to go.

Buttons and stickers

You will see a lot of guests with Mickey stickers or buttons that say Happily Ever After, I’m Celebrating, Happy Birthday, or First Visit. Buttons and stickers are available in almost every retail shop in the parks. Insider tip: if you are ever talking to a cast member whether they are at the front desk, a bus driver, custodial, working in a retail shop, etc. ask if they have stickers. There are lots of fun stickers that cast members have although don’t be upset if they don’t have any or are out, sadly our stickers go pretty quickly and we do run out every so often.

Shop Disney Parks App

If you see someone with something you are interested in or if you want to know if there is any good merchandise for Minnie Mouse, the Shop Disney Parks app is for you. This app allows you to search merchandise sold within the parks, locate where particular items are sold in the parks, and even have merchandise sent back to your house.

Package Pick-up and Resort Delivery

The final thing that people don’t always know about in the parks is package pick-up and resort delivery. If you purchase merchandise in the parks you have the option to send it to the front of the park, just as long as you will be in the park for at least another 3 hours and send it to the front at least 3 hours prior to park close. Your package will be available for you to pick up at the front of the park after 3 hours. Another option is resort delivery which allows you to send your package back to your resort and then you can pick it up the next day after 1 pm in your main resort gift shop. Just make sure you send your merchandise to the resort three hours prior to park close and if you miss that time frame your merchandise won’t arrive to your resort for two days.

Are you planning your first trip to Disney? Was there anything new you learned from this post? If you’ve been to Disney before, are there any tips you would add to this post? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

As a blogger something that is important to me is supporting fellow bloggers. I’ve been in the blogging community since I was in 6th grade and stumbled upon The Pioneer Woman’s blog and have been hooked ever since. And while a lot has changed since I (finally) started my first blog during the 8th grade, something that hasn’t changed is supporting and encouraging other bloggers. I had plans to write a 2017 blogger’s post round up at the end of the year, but simply couldn’t wait any longer to share some of my current favorite posts. While I plan on the round up for 2017 being much longer, I thought I’d share a little bit of the love with all of you. And be sure to stay tuned for the post coming at the end of the year too.

Disney

Our Top Tips for Disney Cruises by Laura Pitcher of The Bucket List Narratives

Flower and Garden Festival Part 1, 2, and 3 by Emily Jones of Oh Yeah Em

Magic Kingdom’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour by Jaycee of Sisters from Disney

How to Plan a Disney Cruise on a DCP Budget by Miranda Townson of Ms Townson

Planning

Review of the 2017-2018 Erin Condren Life Planner by Jennifer Mackintosh of Wildflowers and Marbles

How I Use My Planners by Dani of Dani Dearest (yes, I know it wasn’t published in 2017, but I stumbled upon this most in March and had to share!)

Setting Up My Day Designer for a New Year by Kayla Rivoli of Kayla Blogs

College

College Backpack Essentials by Caiti Sloman of Caiti Nicole Blog

The 4 Lessons That Got Me Through College by Sara of College Compass

A College Graduate’s Advice for High School Students and Incoming Freshman by Samantha of As Life Grows

Beauty and Fashion

Sneakers 101 by April Collins of Darling April

Summer Internship Capsule Wardrobe by Cristina Mandujano of Cristina Was Here

Wardrobe Essentials: Splurge vs. Save by Kendall of My Styled Life

Travel

What to Eat and Where to See in Nashville by Kayla Rivoli of Kayla Blogs

10 Day Travel Guide: Rome and the Amalfi Coast by Amy Littleson of I Believe in Pink

What It’s Really Like to Move Abroad After Graduation by Sara of Sara Laughed

Blogging

How to Start a Fashion Blog by Dani Austin of The Dani Austin

20 Lessons I’ve Learned Since Becoming a Full-Time Blogger by Erica Ligenza of Coming Up Roses

How to Grow to 2,500 Daily Blog Views by Morgan Timm of Mostly Morgan

Creating an Instagram Aesthetic by Alex Eisenhardt of Alex Marie

What is LIKEtoKNOW.it? by Rachel of Hello, Her

The Pressure of Social Media by Rebecca of Sunny Rebecca

Where to Promote Your Blog Posts After You Hit Publish by Jamie Beckham of The Blonder Life

Are there any posts that you have been loving lately? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

As a Disney Cast Member I can say I’ve learned a lot about what you need to carry with you for a day at the parks. I hear it all the time – “I wish I knew to bring ___”. So instead of letting my readers go to the parks unprepared, I thought I would make you all some of the most prepared people at the parks. While yes, I realize that it sounds like you will be camping at the parks with how long this list is, I promise I can fit this stuff in my backpack and make it in the parks.

Cooler with waters, sodas, and snacks

Water and soda at the parks range from $3-4, so to save yourself some money pack drinks and snacks with you. My favorite thing to do is to pack two waters that are ready to go and freeze two waters over night to pack into my lunch box to have ready to go for the next morning so they are still cold in the afternoon while I’m at the parks.

Cooling cloths/wash rags

In Florida it gets hot. The best thing you can do to keep cool is have a cooling cloth or a wash cloth with you. I personally use a wash cloth. I wet it the night before and put it in the freezer. In the morning before I go to the parks I throw it in a Zip Lock bag and have it ready to go in the parks.

Portable phone chargers

Between using your phone to take pictures, checking My Disney Experience for wait times, and playing phone games waiting in line your phone battery will die very quickly. I’ve watched way too many guests run around looking for outlets to charge their phones and quite honestly, you have much better things to be doing on your trip than looking for charging locations.

Portable fans

Portable fans are your life savers in the parks, especially with how many rides have outdoor ques. I picked up several from my local Wal-Mart that I always have with me in my backpack.

Rain ponchos

Florida weather is crazy. One minute it can be 100 degrees and the next it’s pouring rain. Disney’s ponchos cost $10 a piece and the lines to get them are crazy. Bring lots of rain ponchos with you! And pro-tip, when it rains is the best time to head over to Splash Mountain if you are in Magic Kingdom.

Autograph book and Sharpies

If you plan on meeting the characters, I highly recommend coming to the parks with an autograph book and Sharpies in hand. Despite rumors, no, the characters do not keep Sharpies/pens with them, so make sure you bring your own.

Camera with extra batteries and memory cards

Instead of using up all of your phone battery, use a camera instead. This also means that you can have better quality vacation photos than the ones from your iPhone.

Deodorant and perfume

These are must haves since Florida is hot and there is too much on the agenda for the day to not smell good. Plus, with how hot it is another layer of deodorant is never a bad feeling.

Extra change of shirt and socks

Whether it’s because of rain or sweat a change of clothing is never a bad idea. If anything, I highly recommend having an extra shirt and change on socks on hand.

Pennies and quarters

The penny press machines in the parks are very popular. I highly recommend getting some shiny pennies and quarters before you head out for your trip. Pro tip: the easiest way to carry these around is in empty plastic M&M containers.

Pouch for trading pins

If you plan on trading pins with cast members around the parks then you definitely want a pouch to carry the pins in that you are willing to trade. This way they won’t get confused with the ones you are keeping and they won’t fall off your trading lanyard.

Make-up to touch up

While this isn’t a necessity, I would highly recommend it if you have plans to take lots of nice family pictures or if you have reservations at one of our nicer sit down restaurants.

Hand-sanitizer and baby wipes

Thousands of people are in the parks every day so it’s very important to have hand-sanitizer with you. I also highly recommend baby wipes or sanitizing wipes of some sort as you never know what instances will come up.

Photo ID

For purchases over a certain amount cast members are required to ask to see a photo ID before completing your transaction. If you don’t have a photo ID, you will be turned down from making the purchase, so definitely make sure you have an ID on you. (yes, it sounds harsh, but Mickey wants us to ensure it is you making such a big purchase. You will never imagine how many lost credit cards are found on the ground every day.)

Band-Aids and over-the-counter medicine

Band-Aids for blisters and any over the counter medicines to help with an upset stomach, head-ache, and motion sickness are highly recommended.

Feminine hygiene products

Sadly, these are typically out in the bathrooms so you have to walk-up to first aid. Keep some with you at all times, ladies.

Hair brush and hair ties

As I’ve said, Florida is hot. Have hair ties with you in case you want to pull your hair up and a hair brush to touch your hair up after rides, before pictures, and before nice dinners.

Sun screen, aloe, and sunglasses

Need I say more since we’ve covered how hot Florida is? And even if you go in December, bring sun screen, sunglasses and aloe.

Bug Spray

This is a must if you are staying in the parks until the evening time.

Sweatshirts, hats, scarves, mittens, and hand-warmers

If you are in the parks anytime late October-late March, items to stay warm are a must. Believe it or not, Florida gets cold. You definitely don’t want to be heading back to your hotel instead of heading back to you hotel because it’s chilly.

Bubble refills

If you are traveling to Disney with young children or are simply a child at heart, bring bubble refills with you for the bubbles wands sold in the park. While Disney does sell refills, they are expensive and often very hard to find in the parks.

Is there anything you would add to this list of what to take to Disney World? Did you see anything on this list that you wouldn’t have thought to bring with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

My first job when I was 16 was at my local Chick-Fil-A. If I’m being honest, I wasn’t too happy about it. Since I’m from a small town most of the retail stores only hired 18 year olds and my mom couldn’t get me to step foot into any other fast food place to put in my application. Little did I know that after almost three years with the company I would walk away with so much more appreciation for not only the people that work at fast food restaurants, but the importance of having a strong brand. And that I would still say my pleasure in the most awkward situations and be recognized around town as the energetic girl on headset. Here’s what I learned working fast food from nearly three years in food service.

Turn off your windshield wipers in the drive-thru

A good portion of the time I spent working at Chick-Fil-A was spent either handling money at the drive-thru window or on head-set for the drive-thru. Since Chick-Fil-A is built on southern hospitality values it’s against the rules to close the window if a guest is waiting for their food, so whether rain or shine (or snow) the window is open. When you pull up to the drive-thru at any fast food place and see a soaking wet person the register, chances are it’s because guests have their windshield wipers on and it’s getting the person working window wet. I promise it’s much appreciated if you turn them off. I can actually recall several guests I served at the window who laughed as they turned off their wipers and said, “I worked food in high school too, wind shield wipers are the worst!”

Delays in food being ready are out of our control

I can’t tell you how many times guests would say that we were simply watching their food get cold or didn’t know what we were doing when there were delays in food getting out, but the delays were typically beyond our control. One time one of the fryers was out, sometimes it was because of dinner rush, and other times it was because we were short staffed. We will always do our best and never want you to have to wait too long for food, but sometimes the delays are out of our control.

If you have change or exact change, don’t feel like you need to be in a hurry to get it to us

Never feel bad about taking a few extra seconds to hand us change/exact change. Speaking from experience, I can say I definitely appreciate getting more change to put in my cash drawer, especially if you have pennies or quarters.

We really do say “my pleasure” at the most awkward times outside of work

Yes, it’s true. Chick-Fil-A employees especially will say my pleasure at the most awkward times outside of work. To this day my most awkward moment was visiting a local shoe store, going to pay, the employee thanking me for handing her my card, me replying “my pleasure!” and then her saying that she knew I was the girl from drive-thru at Chick-Fil-A. Even after leaving Chick-Fil-A two years ago this woman still recognizes me when I walk into her store.

The person on headset can hear you just as well as you can hear them (Read: they probably can’t hear you very well)

As I mentioned previously I spent a lot of time on headset. Most of the time I heard the guest say, “could you repeat that? I can’t hear you.” Chances are, if you can’t hear the person on headset, they also can’t hear you very well. You will basically become the guest of the day if you speak loudly and clearly and are patient if you are asked to repeat part of your order because we can’t hear.

We appreciate (and typically remember) the customers who smile, are nice, and thank us

Customer service isn’t always the most fun field to work in. Guests are often rude and generally not very happy. Was that last sentence harsh? Yes. Is it true? Absolutely. And not all guests are rude, but a larger portion than what people realize aren’t the nicest people out there. If you can break that spell of rude and unhappy, we will appreciate and remember you. I’ll never forget getting yelled at by a guest for being useless for not giving her a meal for free when the next guest walked up to me and smiled and said, “I’m so sorry she yelled at you. I hope you are having a good day though.” Then stayed and chatted with me until I felt better after being yelled at. I recognized her every time she came through our door after that.

We will go out of our way to give you the best service we can

Even when guests aren’t the nicest, we want to go out of our way to give you the best service possible. I’ll never forget watching my managers and fellw co-workers go running out the front door to get something to a car that went through drive-thru that they forgot or when it was pouring rain and my managers were outside with umbrellas walking guests in from their cars.

We ask you to take the lid off your cup for a refresh for efficiency and cleanliness

Probably one of the most awkward questions to be asked while working at Chick-Fil-A was “is taking off my lid for your sake or mine?” It’s for efficiency so we don’t have to grab you a new lid and straw after we’ve taken it off and for cleanliness so we aren’t touching a lid you’ve been touching and spreading germs both ways.

You should never feel that you are “above” or “too good” for any kind of work

Working in fast food taught me a big lesson: I should never be “above” or “too good” for any kind of work. One day I could go on to be the chief marketing officer of a company, a manager, or own lots of businesses, but I never want to feel above the people that work fast food. You never know why someone is working any kind of minimum wage job. Maybe they went back to college at 40 and it’s a second job to help pay off debt, they needed to get out of the house and a job was the perfect way to do so, or it’s how they pay their bills. Never do I want to look down on people working any form of minimum wage job no matter where I make it in life.

Appreciate your co-workers, no matter their age, gender, etc.

Always appreciate your co-workers no matter how old they are, what their position is with the company, etc. Your co-workers are the ones that make your work experience, which makes it extra important to treat them well. I was not happy when I realized I’d be working in food, but my coworkers are what made my experience wonderful. I promise, work friends are a wonderful thing.

Chick-Fil-A gives you high expectations for any brand, food service, or customer service

The marketing and brand nerd in me is talking when I say after working for Chick-Fil-A I have super high expectations for how customer service should be. Working for a company where it’s policy to have the drive-thru window open the whole time a guest is waiting, where the goal is to have the guest’s food and drink in hand by the time they make it to the drive-thru window, and where we value face-to-face communication to the point where employees stand outside with iPads to take your order, I have rather high expectations for customer service. I won’t go too much into detail, but to say the least I have very high expectations for how customer service needs to be now.

Have you ever worked fast food? Have you worked in customer service? What did you learn from the experience? Anything you would add to this list? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Meeting the princesses in Walt Disney World is a bit of an art. The princesses manage a very full, busy schedule, often greeting guests in more than one park during the day. It’s all about knowing which park to go to and when. So today I’m going to give you a complete guide to meeting the Disney princesses in the parks. Restaurants are on this list as well, so just remember the princesses use lots of pixie dust to get back and forth between the restaurants and their meet and greets, so be patient when they have to leave to have a quick sip of tea and greet other guests.

Snow White

  • In the mornings, you can often find Snow White in the front of Magic Kingdom meeting with guests. Snow White is a “hidden” so she won’t be on your app or on the times guide. If you can’t find her, as she is typically very well hidden, be sure to ask a character attendant or cast member
  • In the late afternoon/evenings you will find Snow White in Epcot at the Germany Pavilion. She’s tucked in a corner and you will often see a line waiting for her to make her entrance.
  • You can also meet Snow White at Cinderella’s Royal Table, a restaurant that is strictly reservations only.
  • She can also be found occasionally in Akershus Royal Banquet Hall restaurant in Epcot.

Cinderella

  • Cinderella currently meets exclusively in Magic Kingdom’s Princess Fairytale Hall. She is a very popular one to meet, so if you’d like to see her I’d recommend getting a Fast Pass. Cinderella shares a meet-and-greet room with Elena.
  • Cinderella also meets at her restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Royal Table. This restaurant is reservation only, so make sure you book this ahead of time.
  • Cinderella also occasionally meets in Epcot’s Akershus Royal Banquet Hall restaurant in Epcot.
  • Cinderella can be found at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa during dinner time.

Aurora

  • You can meet Aurora in the France Pavilion in Epcot. She’s typically in the gazebo area, so keep your eye out.
  • Aurora can also be found at Cinderella’s Royal Table, a reservations only restaurant in Magic Kingdom.
  • Aurora also meets at the Perfectly Princess Tea Party at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
  • You can also occasionally find her in Epcot’s Akershus Royal Banquet Hall restaurant.

Ariel

  • Ariel meets in Magic Kingdom at her Grotto. This is her meet-and-greet where you can meet her with her fin. Pro-tip: If you plan to be in Fantasyland before meeting her, pick up a dinglehopper. It’s the perfect thing to have her sign!
  • Ariel meets in her turquoise dress in Cinderella’s Royal Table, a reservations only restaurant in Magic Kingdom.
  • Ariel can also occasionally be found in Epcot at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, a restaurant in Epcot in the Norway pavilion.
  • Ariel also meets at the Bon Voyage Breakfast on Disney’s Boardwalk.

Belle

  • While you can’t actually meet Belle here, it’s the only place that you can see Belle in her ball gown. In Magic Kingdom you can meet her at Enchanted Tales with Belle. Fun fact for this princess as well: if you are in the show with her she gives you a book mark with her autograph and you can get a picture with her in her dress. But this is only if you are chosen to be in her show.
  • Belle also meets in the late afternoon/evening in Epcot’s France pavilion.
  • Belle also occasionally meets in Akerhaus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot.

Jasmine

  • You can meet Jasmine and Aladdin in the Magic Kingdom in the mornings until mid-afternoon. This meet and greet is included on the times guide and is by the flying carpets across from Aloha Isle.
  • Jasmine meets in the Morocco pavilion in Epcot in the evenings as well. She is tucked away in the pavilion, so you have to keep your eye out for her.
  • Jasmine also spends some time meeting guests in Cinderella’s Royal Table, although sometimes she won’t make an appearance because Aladdin took her on a carpet ride between meeting guests in Epcot.
  • Jasmine can be occasionally spotted at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall restaurant in Epcot.

Pocahontas

  • Pocahontas meets exclusively in Animal Kingdom on the Discovery Island Trails. This meet-and-greet is included on the Animal Kingdom times guide, so make sure you take the time to meet her if you get the chance.

Mulan

  • Mulan is a hidden character in Epcot that meets in the China Pavilion.
  • Mulan can also occasionally be spotted at the Akerhaus Royal Banquet Hall restaurant in Epcot.

Tiana

  • Tiana meets in Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom. Her line is the one that doesn’t have a FastPass, so the best time to go to meet her is early in the morning after park opening.

Rapunzel

  • Like Tiana, Rapunzel meets in Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom. Again, since there is no FastPass for this, I highly recommend going earlier in the day to meet her.
  • Rapunzel also now meets at the Bon Voyage Breakfast on Disney’s Boardwalk.

Merida

  • Merida meets in Fairy Tale Garden in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This meet and greet is on the times guide so I recommend checking the times and going as early as you can before there is a line.

Anna and Elsa

  • Anna and Elsa meet exclusively in Epcot at the Norway pavilion.

Moana

  • Moana is currently in the process of being moved from Hollywood Studios to Magic Kingdom. Once her new meet and greet opens, she will meet in Magic Kingdom in Adventureland.

As you can see, the princesses definitely use a lot of pixie dust to make it to where they need to be. Which princesses are you hoping to spot during your trip? Are there any princesses that you didn’t know you could meet? Are there updates or anything I need to add to this post? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!