After seventeen character-themed posts, I thought it was about time I featured a member of the Fab Five. I’d like to work up to the Big Cheese, so I decided to start with Donald Duck. That mischievous, lisping duck has many fans, and if you’re one of them, you’ll enjoy this list of things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Donald Duck.
1. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Although the attraction is named after Mickey, Donald is really the star of this show. He steals Mickey’s sorcerer hat and then takes a trip through classic scenes from Disney movies. He gets his comeuppance at the end, giving you the opportunity to see him somewhat more up-close and personal. To avoid giving it away, I won’t say any more.
Also, remember to look up in the store by the exit to spot Donald again.
2. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
Donald also gets into trouble in this boat ride in the Mexico Pavilion in World Showcase in Epcot. His fellow caballeros, Panchito Pistoles and José Carioca, go looking for him through a variety of scenes highlighting the sights and people of Mexico. Don’t miss the Donald pinata in the fiesta scene!
3. Disney Junior—Live on Stage!
One of the four shows featured in Disney Junior—Live on Stage! is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so of course Donald makes an appearance. The gang is trying to plan a surprise birthday party for Minnie, and Donald’s task is to come up with a song for the birthday girl. He gets some help from Handy Manny and his tools.
4. Donald as Davy Crockett in Frontierland
Outside of the attractions, you can also find Donald in many meet-and-greet locations throughout Walt Disney World. The first I’ll highlight is Donald as Davy Crockett in Frontierland. His appearances aren’t always listed in the Times Guide, but you can ask at Guest Relations if he might make an appearance that day.
5. Donald in a Sombrero in Mexico Pavilion
You can find Donald in another location-appropriate costume in the Mexico Pavilion in World Showcase in Epcot. There you’ll find him in a sombrero and poncho. Again, his appearances aren’t always scheduled, but you can ask when he might appear.
6. Camp Minnie-Mickey Greeting Trails
Donald, in safari costume, often can be found on the Camp Minnie-Mickey Greeting Trails in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The greeting trail hours are listed in the Times Guide, although the specific characters appearing aren’t. Even if Donald’s not there in person, you can spot him fishing and Huey, Dewey, and Louie hiking with Daisy nearby.
7. Epcot Character Spot
Donald also makes appearances in Epcot Character Spot. If you want a picture with him wearing his traditional blue sailor suit, this is where you’ll want to look for him. The Character Spot is open most of the day, but again when Donald will appear isn’t listed in the Times Guide.
8. Donald’s Dining Safari Breakfast and Lunch
If you like character meals, you can do breakfast or lunch with Safari Donald in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The meal takes place at Tusker House. I did it back when it was Donald’s Safari Breakfastasaurus at Restaurantosaurus in Dinoland, U.S.A., and it was a lot of fun. Make sure to make your advanced dining reservations before your trip.
9. Beach Club Breakfast Buffet
Another character meal option featuring Donald is the breakfast buffet at Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. There you’ll see Donald, Minnie, and Goofy in their beachwear. Since it’s at a resort rather than inside a park, no park admission is required, so this could be a fun way to start a non-park day at the pool or Downtown Disney.
10. Chef Mickey’s
Another character meal found outside of the parks is at Chef Mickey’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Although it’s clearly Chef Mickey’s establishment, Chef Donald usually makes an appearance as well. Since the Contemporary is on the monorail line, we sometimes begin a day of resort-hopping with breakfast there.
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Your Donald themed day will be a mix of guaranteed sightings and serendipitous findings. You’ll want to start your day with breakfast with Donald at Donald’s Dining Safari, Beach Club Breakfast Buffet, or Chef Mickey’s. If you chose the Beach Club Breakfast Buffet or Chef Mickey’s, head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom when you’re finished. If you chose Donald’s Dining Safari, you’ll already be in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so you can head straight to the Greeting Trails to see if you can find him there. Then head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and catch a showing of Disney Junior—Live on Stage! Next, take the boat over to Epcot. You can experience the Gran Fiesta Tour and see if Donald happens to be hanging around the pavilion or Epcot Character Spot. From there, take the monorail over to Magic Kingdom. Check if Donald is in Frontierland, and then go see Mickey’s PhilharMagic.
How many Donald fans do we have out there?