Tips for seeing Anna and Elsa at Disney World (and Olaf too!)

(Article last checked: April 23, 2017)

Disney World has had a surge in attendance in the last couple of years, in huge part due to people wanting to take their Frozen-obsessed kids (or themselves) to see anything related to the movie.

Here's an overview of all of the places you can find Anna and Elsa at Disney World...

Epcot

Frozen Ever After

Anna and Elsa at Disney World

This new ride at Epcot is located in the Norway pavilion of the World Showcase and features some of the best animatronics at Disney World. It's a gentle boat ride with a slight drop and backward movement. Although the World Showcase as a whole doesn't open until 11 a.m., the Norway pavilion (including this attraction) opens at 9 a.m.

Due to its popularity and frequency of closures, it's ideal to have a FastPass+ for this to reduce wait times (if it breaks down, you can return at any time to use your FastPass+). Without a FastPass+, you should plan to arrive at Epcot at least 45 minutes before the official park opening and head straight there when the park opens.

Royal Sommerhus (the only place you can actually meet Anna and Elsa at Disney World)

Anna and Elsa at Disney World

The only place where you can actually meet Anna and Elsa at Disney World and take a pic with them is at Royal Sommerhus, also located in the Norway pavilion at Epcot. This meet-and-greet does not have a FastPass+ option, but that shouldn't be a big problem due to relatively low wait times.

At this meet-and-greet, you will enter the sisters' summer home and go into a room where you will meet them each separately. You cannot meet them both at the same time.

Since the Frozen Ever After ride is nearby, it will usually make sense to do them together. If you plan to ride Frozen Ever After at park opening, head to this meet-and-greet right afterward. Wait times will be low and it will be a nice continuation of the ride since the ride ends at the sisters' summer house.

Magic Kingdom

There are a couple of spots you can see Anna and Elsa at Magic Kingdom.

Festival of Fantasy parade

Anna and Elsa at Disney World

Festival of Fantasy is so much fun to watch because the floats are so huge and colorful and it's just pure FUN.

The train station at the front of Magic Kingdom is a recommended place to view the parade. You used to be able to watch from the top of the station under the covered portion, but now that area is reserved for VIP guests (every time we find a good idea, Disney finds a way to charge for it!).

You can still watch from the uncovered portion on the top level of the train station if you'd like, or watch from the bottom level of the train station which is still covered and will get you out of the sun (a VIP tour guide said she much prefers the bottom level vs. the top level).

After the parade, you can easily exit the park from here or hop on the train to travel to another part of the park, avoiding the crowds that have gathered on Main Street.

During the holidays

There are some additional ways to see Anna and Elsa during the holidays at Magic Kingdom. One requires a ticket to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and one does not.

Frozen Holiday Wish
Anna and Elsa at Disney World

This stage show takes places twice each evening in front of the castle (on nights with a Christmas party, one takes place before the party and again during the party) and includes a bit of dialogue between the Frozen characters, including Olaf.

The finale of this stage show is the lighting of the castle which is beautiful. Find a spot in The Hub area about 30 minutes beforehand to make sure you get a spot to see the show.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party parade
Anna and Elsa at Disney World

During the Christmas party, characters from Frozen can be seen in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade which is shown twice during the party.

The second parade will always be more lightly attended. Find a spot near Casey's Corner to view it so you can get the full effect of the snow falling on Main Street with a view of the castle and the parade.

Hollywood Studios

Although Hollywood Studios has become a bit of a construction site due to all of the changes being made there, there are some Frozen attractions you might want to check out.

For the First Time in Forever - A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Anna and Elsa at Disney World

This 25 minute sing-along takes place in the Hyperion Theater (former home of the American Idol Experience).

The show is basically clips from the movie with historians as the hosts. Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff appear on stage for a portion of it. This show is a lot of fun for people who are fans of the movie, and since the historians are hilarious, even non-Frozen fans can be kept entertained.

FastPass+ is a good idea to guarantee entry because most shows get full. A FastPass+ allows you to enter before the standby line and sit closer, if you'd like (about 5-10 rows back from the stage in the center is a good spot to watch).

Meet Olaf

Anna and Elsa at Disney World

You can now meet Olaf at Hollywood Studios in the Celebrity Spotlight area, located near Star Tours.

There's a rarely much of a wait to see him, but stop by in the morning or at the end of the night for the lowest wait times.

Check out this overview of new Hollywood Studios character meets for even more info.

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So, is Frozen a big part of why you're planning your trip? Do you still have questions about finding Anna and Elsa at Disney World?

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Kevin Fouche

Going to Epcot in 3 weeks. So for the meet and greet there are no FP available or needed and the wait lines are not as long as they were at MK last year, is that what I’m getting out of this? I know Epcot generally isn’t as busy as MK but just curious as to if that is true because my girls would love to meet them.

Trish

Hello. We are heading to Magic Kingdom on April 18th or 19th, 2017. Please tell me that my 6yr old will see Elsa and Anna there! Thank you 🙂

Kelly McLaughlin

Just got back from WDW on the 24th. The best way to see Anna ^ Elsa is to have a before the park opens reservation at Akershus. We finished dining at 9:05am from a 8:15 reservation. We got finished with 6 princesses by 9:30. We also walked right onto the Frozen Ever after ride with only a 10 minute wait. No Fast pass needed.

Kaleigh

My boyfriend and I are visiting WDW in September 2016. The schedule on the WDW website only has Olaf available mostly for Mondays and Wednesdays for almost the whole month, and we’re only there Thursday night through Sunday. Does anyone know if this is a tech glitch, or if we’re really not able to meet Olaf while we’re there? Thanks!!

Kelly

My family and I are going to WDW in September 2016. I know the Elsa and Anna meet and greet has moved from Magic Kingdom to Epcot but will they be in Epcot in September?

Kelly

Thank you!

Anne

We just got back last week. We went during the fireworks one night and waited maybe 15 minutes. If you’ve seen the fireworks before and weren’t able to get a fast pass, this is an easy way to market off the list.

Kristin Christensen

Hi there. I am wondering if you think the current meet and greet will close when the new one opens at Epcot. I have fastpasses at MK for late May…. do you think we will be OK on that?

Carrie

We just got home today from a week long trip. The ONLY “must do” fast pass I couldn’t get was Anna and Elsa. We had MK scheduled for Sunday and they opened at 8. I drug the whole family out of bed at 5:45, to have time to get breakfast and make it to MK by 7:30. They opened the park at 7:45 (which was the theme of our trip. Any day we made rope drop, they opened early) and we booked for Fairytale Hall. We were able to see Anna, Elsa, Cinderella, rapunizal , and Ariel (not in FH but nearby) within the first 20 minutes of being in the park. While being up that early wasn’t ideal (since we were park hopping to HS for EMH that night, it put us at almost 18 hours on our first day), it was the most productive day of our whole trip!

Catherine

We were able to meet Anna and Elsa without using a fastpass. The secret is to go during the 9 o’clock electric parade. All the families with young children are at the parade. We had a 10 minute wait, shorter then Cinderella!

Nicole

How long can I expect to be in line IF I’m able to snag a fast pass with Elsa and Anna?

jeni Wilmot

very helpful question and answer! Thanks!

Larissa

We actually just left MK. We were able to meet Elsa and Anna without a FastPass and with only a 15 minute wait. How?! We had a breakfast reservation at Be Our Guest at 8:00. The park didn’t open until 9. We preordered our food the night before and were done eating by 8:30. My husband went over and snagged us a spot. We were 3rd in line! My girls were so EXCITED!! Anna and Elsa were so great! So, this might be an option if you can snag breakfast in the park before it opens!

Jennifer

How do you pre-order your food ?? I have breakfast @835…”be our guest”& would love to get to Anna /Elsa like you did —

Sebastian

WE have an 8:05 reservation in November and plan to do the same thing. I was googling to see if it would work, and it looks like it does. Thanks!

Colemarieg

Would this strategy work with our Chef Mickey breakfast at 715? Would it be feasible to get in line for Anna & Elsa after that? We couldn’t get Fastpasses for them and, like practically every over 9yo there, my daughter realllllly wants to meet them. We have breakfast reservations at Akershus one day and there are people that have met them there, aside from what this post says. Anyone else met Anna and Elsa at Akershus?

Jen

Smart! Good job!

Sarah

Do you think there is any chance that they would rename Cinderella castle a frozen name? And do you feel that they are over doing it just a bit much with all the frozen things? I know that all the little kids love it and everything it is just sort of sad.

Cody bolen

We have A&E fast pass for anyone that might need it And I’ll drop it. We got one for Monday along with a BBB Apoinment that morning. Just let me know. I’m looking for dinner at Cinderella royal table that night as well.

Summer

What day is it for? and time? Thanks!!!

Nick

I had a quick question since we’re planning our first trip. For character meetings like this one, do I need to fastpass+ for the entire family for Anna and Elsa? Or just the kids?
Thanks in advance!

Sophie

do only need a FP for the kids

Pamela Duval

We are going in the fall of 2015 with my 4yr daughter. If I don’t get a FP I am not to worried. She will never know the difference. She can’t be upset about something she doesn’t know about.

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