We’ve all seen the commercials – the cute little kid spots Mickey Mouse and runs into his arms for a truly magical moment.
Those magical moments do certainly happen, but what a first-time visitor may not know is that Mickey Mouse does not randomly roam the parks. However, with a little planning, you too can have picture perfect Mickey moments. And let’s face it, a trip to Walt Disney World isn’t complete without seeing the Big Cheese himself.
Here is where to meet Mickey at Walt Disney World.
The Magic Kingdom
Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater (located on Main Street immediately to your right after entering the park)
If you only plan to meet Mickey once on your trip, go here! Through the magic of Disney, Mickey actually speaks and interacts with guests. Only a few groups at a time are admitted into Mickey’s meet and greet dressing room (so your child doesn’t have to wait long once Mickey is visible), and PhotoPass photographers are present. Mickey will also sign autographs here. This meet and greet is open continuously during park hours, and FastPass+ is available.
Tip: If meeting talking Mickey is high on your list and your little one is low on patience in line, get a FastPass+. Fourth FastPasses are also frequently available, though they are usually for later in the evening/night.
Magic Kingdom Welcome Show – Every morning, 20 minutes before the official opening time, a Main Street official comes out on the train platform in front of the park to welcome guests for the day. He/she is then joined by other Main Street citizens/dancers, and after a couple of songs, Mickey himself makes a grand entrance via train with a variety of other Disney characters to officially open the park for the day. He is also joined by the Family of the Day, who get to be up on the platform with him. There are no posed photograph or autograph opportunities during the show. If you can make it to the Magic Kingdom that early with your little ones, though, it really is a magical way to start off your day. (Note: there are different versions of the Welcome Show, for example, if the train isn’t running, but the show always goes on.)
Dream Along with Mickey – A 20-minute show with Mickey and friends that takes place on the stage in front of the Cinderella Castle. This show is offered several times throughout the day, so check the Times Guide (pick up a copy near the park maps at the front of the park on your way in), official Disney website or the MyDisneyExperience app. Mickey does not directly interact with guests, and there are no posed photograph or autograph opportunities.
This show will be replaced with Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire this summer, which will still feature Mickey, but with additional characters from The Princess and the Frog, Tangled and Frozen.