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Complete Guide to All Characters at Animal Kingdom (with our favorite tips!)

Complete Guide to All Characters at Animal Kingdom (with our favorite tips!)

While Animal Kingdom does not have the most character meets of any park, they do have some of the most unique character costumes.

In the post below, we have a list of every character you can see at Animal Kingdom. To make it easier to plan out your day, we’ve broken them down by land.

Let’s go!

Note: You’ll notice that we don’t list the meeting times below. That’s because those times can frequently change. Instead, we have an entire post on how to use My Disney Experience to locate characters and find their current meeting times. Make sure you take a few minutes reviewing that if you’re new to the process! Interested in meeting other characters on your next trip? Be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Characters at Walt Disney World for info on other characters.

DinoLand U.S.A.

DinoLand U.S.A. is home to a fun celebration called Donald’s Dino-Bash and is where you can find some of your favorite characters prepared for a prehistoric party.

Chip

Chip Dale Animal Kingdom
  • Meeting Location: Cretaceous Trail – DinoLand U.S.A. – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Dinosaur
  • Photopass Available? Yes
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Tip: Chip and Dale meet together at this location.

Dale

chip and dale photopass animal kingdom
  • Meeting Location: Cretaceous Trail – DinoLand U.S.A. – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Dinosaur
  • Photopass Available? Yes
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Tip: Chip and Dale meet together at this location.

Donald Duck

Donald Animal Kingdom
  • Meeting Location: U.S.A. Welcome Center – DinoLand U.S.A. – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Dino-bash Welcome Suit
  • Photopass Available? Yes
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: No

Daisy Duck

Daisy Animal Kingdom
  • Meeting Location: Design Studio – DinoLand U.S.A. – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Designer
  • Photopass Available? Yes
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: No

Pluto

Pluto in DinoLand
  • Meeting Location: Near Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures – DinoLand U.S.A. – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Dino-Bash collar
  • Photopass Available? Yes
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: No

Goofy

Goofy in DinoLand
  • Meeting Location: Near Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures – DinoLand U.S.A. – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Dino-Bash suit
  • Photopass Available? Yes
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: No

Discovery Island

Discovery Island is where you can find the main mice – Mickey and Minnie Mouse. You can also see some favorites from Up, as well as Moana.

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Minnie at Adventurers Outpost at Animal Kingdom
  • Meeting Location: Adventurers Outpost – Discovery Island – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Adventure
  • Photopass Available? Yes (automated)
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: Yes, included with Genie+
  • Tip: Mickey and Minnie meet together at this location.

Minnie Mouse

Mickey Minnie at Adventurers Outpost at Animal Kingdom
  • Meeting Location: Adventurers Outpost – Discovery Island – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Adventure
  • Photopass Available? Yes (automated)
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: Yes, included with Genie+
  • Tip: Mickey and Minnie meet together at this location.

Russell

Russell Animal Kingdom
  • Meeting Location: Wilderness Explorers Club House – Discovery Island – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Wilderness Explorer
  • Photopass Available? Yes
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Tip: Dug used to meet at this location but you can now find him roaming Discovery Island.

Talking Dug

Talking Dug at Animal Kingdom
  • Meeting Location: Various – Discovery Island – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Sighting (he roams around Discovery Island)
  • Costume: None
  • Photopass Available? No
  • Autographs: No
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Tip: This experience happens intermittently throughout the day.

Kevin

Kevin from up - animal kingdom
  • Meeting Location: Various – Discovery Island – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Sighting (she roams around Discovery Island)
  • Costume: None
  • Photopass Available? No
  • Autographs: No
  • Lightning Lane available: No
  • Tip: This experience happens intermittently throughout the day. You can also find appearance times in the My Disney Experience app.

Moana

moana meet and greet at animal kingdom
  • Meeting Location: Character Landing – Discovery Island – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Dress from the movie Moana
  • Photopass Available? Yes
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: No

Pocahontas

  • Meeting Location: The Oasis – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Meet & Greet
  • Costume: Traditional
  • Photopass Available? Yes
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Lightning Lane available: No

Dining

Character meals are a popular way to meet lots of characters without waiting in long lines.

Animal Kingdom has 1 character meal: Tusker House.

Reservations for this dining experience can be hard-to-get, so make sure to check out our tips for snagging difficult reservations if you think you’d like to check one out on your next trip.

Mickey Mouse

mickey at tusker house
  • Meeting Location: Tusker House – Africa – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Character Dining
  • Costume: Safari
  • Photopass Available? No
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Available Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tip: The character meal at Tusker House often includes Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Goofy.

Donald Duck

donald duck at tusker house
  • Meeting Location: Tusker House – Africa – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Character Dining
  • Costume: Safari
  • Photopass Available? No
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Available Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tip: The character meal at Tusker House often includes Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Goofy.

Daisy Duck

daisy duck at tusker house
  • Meeting Location: Tusker House – Africa – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Character Dining
  • Costume: Safari
  • Photopass Available? No
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Available Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tip: The character meal at Tusker House often includes Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Goofy.

Goofy

goofy at tusker house
  • Meeting Location: Tusker House – Africa – Animal Kingdom
  • Type of character experience: Character Dining
  • Costume: Safari
  • Photopass Available? No
  • Autographs: Yes
  • Available Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tip: The character meal at Tusker House often includes Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Goofy.

Tips for meeting characters in the parks

  • Character meet and greets can be extremely popular. For characters who have set appearance times (for example 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:30 pm) we recommend lining up no later than about 15 minutes BEFORE the scheduled appearance time. Otherwise, you may miss out, since they will cut off the line as soon as the number of people waiting is the maximum the character can meet in the scheduled appearance timeframe.
  • Some of the meet and greets will have PhotoPass Photographers or automated camera boxes to capture the moment. Cast Members (including PhotoPass Photographers) can also take pictures with your camera or phone, too. If you think you’ll be capturing lots of pictures, consider purchasing Memory Maker which will enable you to download all photographs for one price.
  • Most of the character meet and greets can be found in the My Disney Experience App. If you need help with how to do that, we have an entire post with screenshots that will walk you through it.
  • Some character meets are available with Genie+. While we don’t recommend making them your first selection of the day, if meeting one of the characters available is a priority for you, it can be a good use of Genie+ for later in the day.
  • Autographs make a fun and inexpensive souvenir. You can purchase autograph books in the parks, or if you are crafty, you can make an autograph book yourself.

What happened to the Flotillas?

Flotillas were kind of like a mini parade but in a boat on the water. They typically had 1 boat and some characters and/or Cast Members on board and traveled around the park by way of the Discovery Island Lagoon.

However, in May 2024 Disney ended the last of the remaining flotillas at Animal Kingdom. We were sad to see them go because they were such a pleasant surprise to see around the park.