We love Disney World. Well, the kids and I love Disney World. T tells me he needs a vacation whenever we get home from our “vacation” at Disney! He prefers the beach. Perhaps my daughter, A, who is 4.5 years old loves Disney the most though. And her love is all for the Disney Princesses. So when I plan our Disney itinerary I included these top ways to meet the Disney Princesses at Disney World!
Have you planned a Disney trip lately? I’ll do another post about it, but planning for Disney is completely necessary. You should take advantage of FastPasses in order to make it to all the attractions you want to see. This is especially important if you have kids of different ages and interests so you want to see and ride a wide range of attractions. I’ll mark which attractions we FastPass and when we usually book them.
The name of the game is to see as many Disney Princesses as possible and the Princess Breakfast at Akershus Banquet Hall in Norway is the way to do it! I highly recommend this breakfast which will satisfy both your little prince or princess and any other family that is with you. Here is where you will meet Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White, and Belle. The food is good but the main draw is the princesses who come to every table for a hug and a photo. They also do a princess parade around the restaurant which is adorable.
You should make reservations as soon as possible to attend this breakfast. If you are staying at a Disney Resort, you can make reservations starting on the 180th day before your trip. In the past, I’ve made reservations for 8am, 8:30 am, and this past year, 9:20 am. I was worried about doing a 9:20 am breakfast but it worked out really well. Here’s why.
Next to Akershus Hall is the Royal Sommerhaus, where you can meet Anna and Elsa, AND ride the Frozen Ever After ride. Epcot typically doesn’t open until 9 am. However, if you have a breakfast reservation they will let you in early. At 8:45 am, I was at the entrance and they let me in because I had an early reservation. I then went straight to the Royal Sommerhaus so when Anna and Elsa arrived at 9 am we were second in line. (A line that quickly grew!) We leisurely thrilled my daughter with Elsa and Anna and then strolled over to get in line for our 9:20 am reservation for the Princess Breakfast.
I also booked a FastPass for the Frozen Ever After Ride for 11 am. After our princess breakfast, we used the restrooms, glanced in the shops, and got in line for our fast pass.
That’s right. In one morning, we knocked out the top ride my daughter wanted to go on in Disney and met SIX princesses. It was my daughter’s dream day!
TIPS for your princess morning at Epcot
- Book early both the breakfast (180 days in advance for people staying at the resort), the Frozen Ever After ride (60 days in advance for people staying at a resort).
- You can enter Epcot early with a dining reservation. Technically, I think this only applies to reservations before the time it opens, but I’ve found they will let you in a few minutes early for reservations that are within a half hour of opening to accommodate walking time.
- Pack a Disney Princess outfit. We don’t pack actual costumes, though you certainly could if you wanted, but we do stock up on what I call Daytime Princess Clothes any outfit that is styled like a Disney Princess or features a Disney Princess.
- Go straight to the Anna and Elsa meet and greet when you enter the park. This line gets long and they seem to spend a few extra minutes with you if you are there early.
Just like Epcot, the key to meeting Princesses at the Magic Kingdom is to get there early. If you are a resort guest, plan to get to MK during the magic hour when the resort is only open to resort guests. If you are staying off property, you can book a breakfast at the MK (there are several character breakfasts, including at Cinderella’s castle) so you can enter the park early. Otherwise, get to the park for the opening as early as possible and try for one of the entry lines at the edges farthest away from the buses where there should be fewer crowds.
Once in the park go straight for Fairytale Hall. Ideally, you will have an early morning fast pass to see either Cinderella and Elena or Rapunzel and Tiana. Hopefully, you will be early enough to get in the other line. Then once you see those princesses, you can switch to your fast pass line. Remember, you can use your fast pass up to an hour after the time of the FastPass.
The only other princess experience we always go to in MK is Enchanted Tales with Belle. This is an interactive show in which all the kids participate. At the end, every child meets Belle and has her picture taken. It’s very cute and a great chance to meet Belle.
If lines are short, or you have a big fan, definitely go meet Tinkerbell at the Town Square Theater. Or you can see Tinkerbell before going to a fast pass at the Fairytale Hall.
TIPS to Meet the Disney Princesses at the Magic Kingdom
- Get there early!
- FastPass one of the two pairs of princesses at Fairytale Hall. When you arrive at MK either go to the OTHER set of princesses OR go to see Tinker Bell at Fairytale Hall.
- FastPass the Enchanted Tales with Belle experience. Have your camera ready to take pictures!
There aren’t many princess experiences at Hollywood Studios. However, it is the only park to meet Princess Sofia the First! There are two ways to do this: Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood and Vine and meet and greet at the Animation Courtyard. We always opt for Hollywood and Vine because Doc McStuffins is also there. (And we know I like to kill two bird with one stone!) We also chose the breakfast because it allows us to enter the park prior to opening time, eat before the park is open, and thus hasten over to Rockin’ Rollercoaster to ride without a FastPass before the lines get long.
Hollywood and Vine has a large selection of breakfast options and the food is pretty good. Besides Princess Sofia and Doc McStuffins, both Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Handy Mandy come to your table. This is a must character meal for anyone with Disney Jr. fans.
Tips to meet the Disney princesses at Hollywood Studios
- If you visit the Animation Courtyard, make sure you don’t plan on visiting Sofia near the time of the Disney Jr. performance. She goes inside during the show.
And there you have it! My guide to how to meet TWELVE princesses at Disney World with minimal lines! Which princess is your favorite?