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When most people think of Disney, they think of princesses. While there are lots of attractions at Walt Disney World targeted towards princesses, there are plenty for boys and anti-princess girls as well. Here is a compilation of the best character meet and greets, rides, restaurants, and other attractions for non-princess Disney fans.
Animal Kingdom is probably the best park for the non-princess fan, which is probably why it is my 12 year old stepdaughter’s favorite park. The only princess who meets at this park is Pocahontas. None of the rides or shows are princess themed. If you have little ones, be sure to watch the height requirements on Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, Dinosaur, and Primevil Whirl.
Who to see: Russell, Dug, Winnie the Pooh, and Tigger at Discovery Island; Rafiki, Chip, and Dale at Rafiki’s Planet Watch; Baloo and Louie at Upcountry Landing; Mickey and Minnie at Adventures Outpost; and Goofy, Pluto, and Donald at Dinoland USA.
What to see: Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade, Flights of Wonder, Finding Nemo-The Musical, and It’s Tough to Be a Bug
Other attractions: Wilderness Explorers
Epcot has a good mix of attractions for both princesses and non-princesses. None of the rides are princess themed. If you are avoiding princesses, skip eating at Akershus. Watch the height requirements on Soarin’, Test Track, and Mission Space.
Who to see: Disney Pals (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald, and Goofy) at the Epcot Character Spot; Chip and Dale outside the Epcot Character Spot; Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Alice in Wonderland in the United Kingdom; Duffy the Disney Bear near Showcase Plaza; and Donald Duck in Mexico
What to see: Turtle Talk with Crush, The Circle of Life, Captain EO, illumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Other attractions: Kidcot Fun Stops, Club Cool, and Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure
Hollywood Studios has a lot of great shows for non-princesses. If you are avoiding princesses, skip seeing Voyage of the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage. Disney Junior’s Play ‘N Dine at Hollywood and Vine and Disney Junior Live on Stage both feature Sofia the First, but they also feature Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, so you might have to put up with a princess if you have a pirate fan. Watch the height requirements on Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Star Tours, and Rock n’ Roller Coaster.
Who to see: Buzz Lightyear and Woody at Pixar Place; Green Army Man ouside Pizar Place; Frozone and Mr. Incredible, Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope, Sorcerer Mickey, and Minnie Mouse at The Magic of Disney Animation; Chip ‘n Dale, Donald and Daisy Duck, Pluto and Goofy, and Stitch near the Sorcerer Hat; Indiana Jones near the Indiana Jones Stunt Show; Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates in Animation Courtyard; Lightening McQueen and Mater next to Mama Melrose restaurant; Mike Wazowski & Sulley near the Backlot Tour exit; and Phineas and Ferb beside Mama Melrose restaurant.
What to see: Fantasmic, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, and Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show
Other attractions: The Magic of Disney Animation, Pizza Planet Arcade, and Jedi Training Academy
The Magic Kingdom is by far the most princess heavy park. If you are avoiding princesses, stay clear of Cinderella’s castle, Princess Fairytale Hall, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid, and Ariel’s Grotto. Watch the height requirements for Tomorrowland Speedway, Stitch’s Great Escape, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Goofy’s Barnstormer
Who to see: Alice in Wonderland and the White Rabbit near the Mad Tea Party; Buzz Lightyear next to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Chip ‘n Dale in Frontierland; Donald, Daisy, Minnie, and Goofy at Pete’s Silly Sideshow; Marie and Pluto in the Town Square; Mary Poppins at The Chapeau, Mickey Mouse at the Town Square Theater, Tinkerbell and Periwinkle at Tinkerbell’s Nook; Peter Pan and Wendy near Peter Pan’s Flight; Stitch near Space Mountain; Winnie the Pooh and Tigger near The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh; and Woody and Jessie near Splash Mountain
What to see: Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, Stitch’s Great Escape, Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Main Street Electrical Parade, and Wishes Nighttime Specular
Other attractions: Pirate League, The Enchanted Tiki Room, Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, Tomorrowland Arcade, Swiss Family Tree House, Tom Sawyer Island, and Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
What are your favorite non-princessy things to do?