Disney’s Animal Kingdom Characters to Meet and Greet

One of the most fun things to do at theme parks is meet characters. Animal Kingdom characters are unique to the park offering guests fun and engaging meet and greets at Animal Kingdom.

Character Meet and Greets are temporarily unavailable due to new safety guidelines. Please read our Animal Kingdom Itinerary article for more information.

When planning a Disney World vacation most guests want to add character meet and greets to their itinerary. At times it can be confusing. What characters are at Animal Kingdom? Where can you meet them at the park?

With a little planning you can easily incorporate meeting characters into your Animal Kingdom itinerary. The characters at Animal Kingdom follow the “animal” and “adventure” theme of the park, and there are a few characters that you can only meet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Characters to Meet at Animal Kingdom

The characters at Animal Kingdom are located throughout the park with the majority in DinoLand U.S.A. or the Discovery Island area of the park.

Rafiki & Timon at Discovery Island, Character Landing

Rafiki & Timon welcome guests at the Character Landing area of Discovery Island. On our last visit Rafiki was meeting guests at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. It was a fun meet at great at Animal Kingdom but a bit out of the way for some guests. This new meet and greet is a unique character in a convenient location.

Meeting Rafiki at Rafiki Planet Watch.

Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse at Discovery Island, Adventurers Outpost

Mickey and Minnie meet at Adventurers Outpost as you are headed to the Asia area of the park. Here guests can meet Mickey and Minnie in their Safari outfits. This is the only character meeting at Animal Kingdom that has a FastPass option.

Pocahontas at Discovery Island, Discovery Islands Trails West

Pocahontas is the only princess meet and greet at Animal Kingdom. You will find her to the left of the Tree of Life as you enter the park and head back towards Africa.

Dug & Russell at Discovery Island, Dug and Russell’s Wilderness Explorers Club House

Dug & Russell are one of my absolute favorite to meet. They are so fun and engaging with the kids and we love to stop by to say hello when we visit Animal Kingdom.

Another fun thing to do at Animal Kingdom is based on Dug and Russell’s movie UP!. Guests can participate in the Wilderness Explorer program and earn badges as they explore the park. Learn more about How to Become a Wilderness Explorer.

Scrooge McDuck at DinoLand U.S.A., Scrooge’s Outpost

Guests can meet Donald’s money loving Uncle who has been introduced to a new audience with the new Ducktales. We think meeting Scrooge is a fun addition to Animal Kingdom.

Chip & Dale at DinoLand U.S.A., Upper Cretaceous Trail

Chip and Dale are always fun to meet and at DinoLand U.S.A. it is no different. They are fun and playful. We always have a blast meeting them no matter what park we are at.

Launchpad McQuack at DinoLand U.S.A., Aerial Adventure Base

Launchpad McQuack is one of our favorite characters from DuckTales! He is the comic relief and adds so much character to the show. He can be met near Restaurantosaurus.

Photo Courtesy of Walt Disney World, Matt Stroshane, photographer

Goofy at DinoLand U.S.A., at Slam-o-Saurus

Goofy is always fun to meet. He meets at DinoLand U.S.A at Animal Kingdom but you can also meet him at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

Pluto at DinoLand U.S.A., Near Chester and Hester’s

Pluto is also a fun meet and greet at Animal Kingdom. Pluto can be met at all four Disney parks and you can find him at Animal Kingdom near Chester and Hester’s area of DinoLand U.S.A.

Donald Duck at DinoLand U.S.A., at Celebration Welcome Center

There are a few other places at Walt Disney World to meet Donald Duck, like the Mexican pavilion at Epcot, but in DinoLand its a festive and fun meet and greet.

Photo Courtesy of Walt Disney World, Matt Stroshane, photographer

Character Dining at Animal Kingdom

Tusker House at Animal Kingdom offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner options with your favorite Disney characters. Characters can change but are typically Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Daisy Duck.

Character at Animal Kingdom can really enhance your visit to the park. We like to visit characters as we explore each area of the park and work it into our itinerary for the day.

Read Next: Animal Kingdom Fastpass Tips & Animal Kingdom Itinerary

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