10 Hard to Find Characters at Walt Disney World

By Cassie

Finding the characters you want to get a picture with, or perhaps an autograph from, can make your Disney World vacation an extra special experience. Below is a list of the hardest characters to find in a meet and greet situation. You will find the Disney characters very welcoming and worth waiting in line for. Check the official Disney website for the more common characters schedules or just pick up a Times Guide for the park as you enter to see who, where and when to catch them. Any Cast Member should be able to answer your question about where to find a character in their park.

10. The Beast from Beauty and the BeastAlthough you may expect to see Belle and Beast at Storytime with Belle, the actual Beast does not share in that experience, nor does he appear with Belle in France at Epcot’s World Showcase. You won’t find him outside his castle either. You will only be able to meet him for photographs at Be Our Guest during dinner time.

9. Sofia the First is found just outside the Disney Junior attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studio. The Times Guide just says “Stars of Disney Junior” in the Animation Courtyard, making it hard to know who specifically is there. Jake from the Neverland Pirates also appears here. She is also part of the Disney Junior Play ‘N Dine at Hollywood & Vine Restaurant in the Echo Lake section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

8. Genie and Abu from Aladdinthey come out only for hard ticket events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. You can meet Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco, Epcot, or Adventureland daily.

7. Several Star Wars characters are only out during Star Wars Weekends such as Anakin Skywalker, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, R2-D2, Clone Troopers, Princess Leia, Queen Amidala, and some additional characters.

6. Bert appears with Mary Poppins and Mr. Penguin only appear together during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Mary Poppins has been seen on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom or in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.

5. Jack Skellington of Nightmare Before Christmas- has appeared at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in recent years. Unlike Disneyland, Walt Disney World does not transform the Haunted Mansion with a Nightmare Before Christmas overlay. Jack and Sally made an appearance here during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as well.

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4. Jane Porter, Tarzan and Terk from Tarzan appears in Adventureland during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. You will find them on the Verandah just after crossing into Adventureland from the Cinderella Castle hub.

3. Jessie from Toy Story 2,3- appears in Frontierland along with Woody, near Splash Mountain exit. Even when Splash Mountain is closed, the characters are still there.

2. Mike Wazowski and Sulley from Monsters Inc. appear near the Streets of America, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

1. Pocahontas can sometimes be found on Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom but she is difficult to plan on since her appearances are somewhat random.


About Cassie

Cassie L. I am a lifelong Disney fan. I attended Walt Disney World in 1971, and was there during the opening week of EPCOT, and have visited the Disney Parks for than 30 times. I have had the privilege of visiting Disneyland as a child, and then again with my children. My family recently moved from the northeastern United States to the Walt Disney World area. I now have cast members in my family and enjoy hearing the magical stories at the end of a shift. I love visiting all of the parks and getting to try more Disney food and being able to share it with you to help you plan your own magical day at Disney.