A Grand Guide to Disney Princess Experiences at Disney World
Even though it was all started by a mouse, it was a princess – specifically, Snow White and her seven dwarfs – who catapulted Disney from the small screen to the silver screen and, eventually, the theme park biz. Naturally, it’s no surprise that meeting Disney Princesses or immersing oneself in their stories is at the top of the to-do list for many guests heading to Walt Disney World.
If that sounds like you, grab your best gown (or just have your Fairy Godmother manifest one for you) and don your tiara as we round up the many ways you can channel your inner princess or fangirl with your favorites with Disney Princess experiences at Disney World.
Celebrate Disney Royalty During World Princess Week
2022 marks the return of World Princess Week at the Disney Parks. This year, the regal event runs from August 21 to 27, 2022, with limited-time offerings at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and even in your own home. Plus, for the first time in forever, another warrior princess is joining Mulan and Merida in the royal ranks of Disney Princesses: Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon.
At Walt Disney World, princesses and princes of all ages can get in on the fun with such special activities as:
Alfresco showings of your favorite Disney Princess films at Movies Under the Stars at select Disney World hotels
Giveaways of Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen-inspired paper crowns at The American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot
A princess-y DJ dance party at Disney Springs
Resplendent, Disney Princess-themed desserts and drinks throughout the Central Florida resort (click here for our foodie guide)
Can’t make it to one of the Disney Parks for this princess-inspired party? No worries! Fire up Disney+ and pop some popcorn for a Disney Princess movie with the family. Or, for more hands-on fun, head to the official website of the Disney Princesses for a downloadable (and free!) World Princess Week Activity Book.
Live the Fairytale Life with Disney Princess Experiences at Disney World
Disney Princesses can be found throughout The Most Magical Place on Earth, and we aren’t just talking about actually meeting princesses at Disney World – although that’s obviously a huge part of it. From fairytale attractions and character meals to enchanting special events and makeovers, here are the many ways you and your family can have a royally good time with the Walt Disney World Disney Princesses.
Sadly, due to COVID-19, some of these royal offerings remain temporarily on pause. As others, such as Disney Princess meet-and-greets, have slowly returned, we are hopeful that the still-unavailable activities will be making a comeback in the near future. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the My Disney Experience app.
Meet Princesses at Disney World
Disney Princesses are, in our opinion, some of the most magical character meet-and-greets available at Walt Disney World. Unlike Mickey Mouse and his pals, these ladies love to chat it up with guests, which makes for some truly memorable experiences. For example, try asking Tiana for some cooking tips or talk to Belle about her favorite book.
Best of all, as of April 18, 2022, Disney Princess Disney World meet-and-greets have gradually returned to their pre-pandemic glory. In other words, hugs are back! And, for the perfect souvenir, don’t forget to grab an autograph book and score a signature from your favorite Disney Princess.
Disney World offers up-close character interactions with Disney Princesses at three of the four theme parks (sorry, Hollywood Studios). Here’s where to meet Disney Princesses at Disney World:
To check a ton of princesses off your list at once, head to Princess Fairytale Hall. Nestled behind Cinderella Castle, this meet-and-greet location plays host to many of the park’s resident royals. Princess Fairytale Hall is divided into two separate queues, with Cinderella and Elena of Avalor on one side and Rapunzel and Tiana on the other side.
So, if you want to see all four of them, you’ll need to wait in line twice. You may even get to meet a mystery princess. Disney PhotoPass Photographers are on hand to capture the magic, and since everything is indoors, the whole place is blissfully air-conditioned.
But, don’t make a beeline straight there once you enter the park. First, stop to see Snow White near Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A. Want to see Belle instead? Currently, this book-loving Disney Princess greets her adoring fans in her blue village dress at Maurice’s Cottage.
Then, make your way to the opposite end of Fantasyland to say ‘hello’ to Merida in the Fairytale Garden. On the way there, pop by Under the Sea – Voyage of the Little Mermaid to meet Ariel at her grotto.
Believe it or not, Epcot isn’t just your Disney destination for eating and drinking around the world, but it’s also the perfect place to see some of the Disney Princesses in their element. Several Disney Princesses’ stories are inspired by cultures from across the globe, just like World Showcase.
So, you’ll often find them holding court with guests outside the countries they call home. Disney Princesses at Epcot include:
Anna and Elsa in the Norway Pavilion
Mulan in the China Pavilion
Snow White in the Germany Pavilion
Jasmine in the Morocco Pavilion
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Belle in the France Pavilion
As you can probably guess from the name, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is more focused on wildlife than royalty. This makes it the ideal spot to see Disney’s nature-loving princess, Pocahontas. While you can watch her float just around the river bend of Discovery Island, she also does meet-and-greets on the Discovery Island Trails.
Eat with Royalty at a Disney Princess Breakfast (or Dinner)
Unlike Disney Princess meet-and-greets, which are largely back to normal, royal character dining experiences have been relatively slow to return. That being said, you’ll typically find several different Disney character meals available with the princesses at restaurants across Walt Disney World, both in the theme parks and resorts.
Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom
When it comes to dining with the Disney Princesses, it doesn’t get any more quintessential than Cinderella’s Royal Table. From its storybook setting inside Cinderella Castle to the menu of elegant dishes, this signature restaurant is fairytale fine dining at its best.
While not technically a character meal at this time, Cinderella does pop in to say ‘hello’ to diners. During normal times, other royal friends on the guest list include Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White and Aurora.
Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho – it’s off to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge we go! Take a step into the Enchanted Forest (AKA Artist Point Restaurant) for an immersive meal styled after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Savor a three-course, prix fixe menu of regal yet rustic dishes inspired by the story of Disney’s first princess, from Hunter’s Pie to “Cottage” Beef Stroganoff to a “Poison” Apple. In between bites, hang out with Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy and The Queen.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot
Can’t score a table at Cinderella’s Royal Table? Make a reservation for Akershus, Epcot’s princess dining destination in World Showcase’s Norway Pavilion. Held in a medieval castle, this Disney character restaurant would surely make Anna and Elsa feel right at home.
Akershus features regal appearances by the likes of Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan and Snow White, as well as a three-course, prix fixe menu of cozy Scandinavian dishes, complete with an authentic smorgasbord.
Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk
Start your day in style with Trattoria al Forno’s Bon Voyage Breakfast at Disney’s BoardWalk. By day, this welcoming restaurant cooks up AM classics with Italian flair and just a sprinkle of pixie dust. Here, two newer Disney Princesses and their princes mingle with diners, including Ariel & Prince Eric and Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.
Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
While Cinderella’s Royal Table dishes up a decidedly more refined meal, Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offers an amusing glimpse into the iconic princess’s family dramas. Along with appearances by the titular princess, diners can also enjoy entertaining interactions with the likes of Prince Charming and her evil stepmother and step-sisters, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella.
Disney’s Perfectly Princess Tea at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Treat your little princess or prince to a regal character experience at the Perfectly Princess Tea at the Grand Floridian Resort. Held in The Garden View Lounge, this pricey party doesn’t come cheap, costing upwards of $330 for one adult and one child.
However, along with the traditional teatime trimmings and a refreshing cuppa (of apple juice), young partygoers also receive a lengthy list of gifts, interactive activities, and possibly even a special appearance by Sleeping Beauty.
(BONUS!) Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom
Though not technically a character dining experience, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more enchanting eatery at Walt Disney World than Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. Designed after Beast’s Castle from Beauty and the Beast, including a meticulous recreation of The Grand Ballroom, it’s a beautiful spot for a meal. While you can’t meet Belle, the Beast has been known to make an appearance at dinnertime.
(FOR THE ADULTS) Enchanted Rose at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Like Be Our Guest, Belle doesn’t visit guests at Enchanted Rose. However, what Enchanted Rose lacks in Disney Princess appearances, it more than makes up for with a sprawling menu of floral-heavy craft cocktails and a sophisticated setting filled with details inspired by Beauty and the Beast. All in all, it’s a chic addition to Disney World’s bar scene and a must-visit for grown-up Disney Princess fans.
Enjoy Disney Princess-Inspired Attractions & Entertainment
Meet-and-greets aren’t the only way to enjoy the Disney Princesses at Walt Disney World. You’ll also find an array of attractions and entertainment offerings styled after their stories at Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
If you or your child is a fan of the Disney Princesses, then you absolutely cannot miss the Magic Kingdom, specifically Fantasyland. With queenly attractions, royally fun entertainment, regal restaurants, the most regal meet-and-greets of any Disney World theme park and even a Rapunzel-inspired restroom, the Magic Kingdom is your one-stop shop for all things Disney Princess.
Without a doubt, these Magic Kingdom attractions are sure to leave you feeling downright royal:
Enchanted Tales with Belle – Relive the story of Beauty and the Beast during an intimate live reenactment starring Belle, Lumiere and a few lucky audience members
Mickey’s PhilharMagic – Hum along to songs like “Be Our Guest” and “A Whole New World” during this lighthearted 4D film featuring a cast of Disney characters
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – Hop astride Cinderella’s horse (just look for the golden ribbon in its tail) for an easy-going romp around Fantasyland
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Pretend you’re Jasmine soaring over the rooftops of Adventureland on this high-flying spinning ride
Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid – Dive deep below the ocean in a colorful clamshell and follow Ariel’s voyage to be where the people are on a slow-moving dark ride through scenes from the film
(COMING 2024!) Tiana’s Bayou Adventure – Join Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and Louis the jazz-loving gator on a musical Mardi Gras adventure into the bayou (post-Splash Mountain reimagining)
Hoping to catch a glimpse of the Disney Princesses while exploring Magic Kingdom? Don’t miss out on these regal displays:
Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade – Watch some of the more adventurous Disney Princesses (including Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Merida, Moana and Elena) roll past alongside other Disney and Pixar characters
Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade – Enjoy a processional of fabulous costumes and floats, including ones themed after Disney Princesses like Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Ariel, Tiana, Rapunzel, Anna and Elsa
Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire – Catch Mickey and his pals as they take to the Cinderella Castle Stage along with royal friends from Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Frozen for this musical stage show
But, that’s not all. While visiting Magic Kingdom, be sure to visit the Tangled-themed restrooms in Fantasyland next to Liberty Square. And, this creative corner of Magic Kingdom isn’t just for relieving yourself or fixing your makeup.
You’ll also find some truly beautiful design details, like paper lanterns, wanted posters featuring the denizens of the Snuggly Duckling and even Rapunzel’s tower. In the daytime, keep an eye out for 10 Hidden Pascals dotted around the area. Then, once the sun sets, hop in line for a PhotoPass Photo featuring one of the movie’s iconic glowing lanterns.
Although there aren’t as many princess-y attractions or shows at Epcot as there are at Magic Kingdom, you can still get in the royal mindset with these fairytale offerings:
Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along – Wander past galleries featuring costumes and artwork inspired by great works of French literature – such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast – in Tale As Old As Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen, then sing your heart out to songs from Beauty and the Beast during this 15-minute film narrated by Mrs. Potts (AKA Angela Lansbury)
Frozen Ever After – Climb aboard a Norwegian sailing vessel bound for Arendelle as you journey into Troll Valley and past Elsa’s ice palace
(COMING 2023!) Journey of Water Inspired by Moana – Be inspired by the restorative magic of water in this verdant exploration trail and aquatic play area
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is all about showbiz, baby. Naturally, guests can take in not one but two stage shows themed after the Disney Princesses. They include:
Beauty & The Beast Live on Stage – Watch Belle, The Beast and a cast of enchanted objects sing and twirl across the stage in this Broadway-style retelling of the film
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration – Belt out “Let It Go” during this entertaining retelling featuring a blizzard of stories and songs
Get a Disney World Princess Makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Disney World is home to a slew of Disney Princesses, and what better way for your children to meet them than getting all dressed up like one of their favorites? If your little princess (or prince) wants to feel like the belle of the ball during their Walt Disney World vacation, book them a makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Under the watchful eye and practiced hands of one of the Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices, wannabe royalty undergo a magical transformation, complete with hairstyling, makeup, accessories and an avalanche of glitter. Disney World princess makeovers are offered at all three Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations in Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle, Disney Springs and the Grand Floridian Resort.
To participate in a full Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique makeover, guests must be between the ages of 3 and 12. (Too old for a makeover but still looking for some princess-y flair? Swing by the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for a complimentary sprinkle of pixie dust in your hair.) Prices range from $100 to $450 or more, plus tax, depending on the chosen princess makeover, while knightly transformations are more budget-friendly at between $20 to $80.
Stay in a Regal, Princess-Themed Hotel Room
Keep the regal vibes going even after you leave the theme parks with a stay in a princess-inspired guestroom at one of the Walt Disney World hotels. Storybook accommodations are available at three resort hotels at Disney World, from subtle design details to immersive rooms filled with royal Easter eggs.
Moana-Inspired Rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Reopened in 2021 after a yearlong renovation, rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort now boast a vibrant, tropical design inspired by Moana. From the massive accent wall styled after Maui’s tattoos to colorful pieces of art, guests will enjoy spotting characters like Moana, Hei Hei and Pua hidden throughout the room.
Royal Guest Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Princess Tiana loves playing host to some of her famous friends. So, she’s decked out some guestrooms over at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside with royal knickknacks, which are sure to make them feel at home.
Located in the Magnolia Bend part of the resort, the Royal Guest Rooms are positively chockful of royal details, from Aladdin’s Magic Carpet and a faucet inspired by the Magic Lamp to portraits of the princesses and much more.
The Little Mermaid Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Take a trip under the sea with a stay in one of the Little Mermaid-themed rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. As a value resort, there aren’t as many amenities at Art of Animation as there are at the Polynesian Village or even a moderate resort like Port Orleans Riverside. However, whimsical design details like a seashell-shaped headboard and coral-like fixtures are sure to enchant guests of all ages.
Run Like Royalty at the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
The Disney Princesses are known for their tenacity, and what better what to pay homage to them than by participating in Disney World’s runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend? Runners of all ability levels can choose from a variety of race lengths, including a 5K, 10K and half marathon.
Or, for the ultimate physical test, try your hand (feet?) at the Fairy Tale Challenge, a grueling, 19.3-mile task that combines the half marathon with the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K.
Runners are encouraged to dress up like their favorite Disney Princess – sneakers only, no glass slippers. And, with races crisscrossing much of Disney World, including through Cinderella Castle, as well as themed medals and character meet-and-greets along the route, it’s a must-try event for sporty Disney Princess fans.
Well, princess lovers, that wraps up our guide to all things Disney Princess at Walt Disney World. What is your favorite way to have a royally good time at Disney World? Let us know in the comments! Then, find out how to save some cash with our discounted Disney World tickets.