My Review of Character Locator: A Website to Help You Plan Your Next Disney Vacation

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My Review of Character Locator:  A Website to Help You Plan Your Next Disney Vacation

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Planning a trip to Disney World?  There’s an online tool called Character Locator, which promises to help you “play more” and “wait less” during your next trip to the park!

With Character Locator’s detailed park information, like character and show schedules, ride information, and more, you’ll be able to save time during your Disney World trip.

Disney Character Locator
Plan Your Trip to See Mickey and Minnie With the Disney Character Locator Website

I’ll show you how the Character Locator website works.  And help you decide whether you could benefit from using it on your next Disney vacation!

Disney Character Locator

Link:   Disney Character Locator

Character Locator is meant to help you plan a great trip to Disney World.  The site provides information like character schedules, show schedules, ride information, park hours, and more.

Using the site is fairly straightforward, plus it’s desktop AND mobile friendly.

From the homepage, you can select the park you plan to visit by clicking the park’s name.

Disney Character Locator
You’ll Find a Menu on the Main Page of Character Locator, Making it Easier to Find What You Need

From there you’ll see a list of characters.  And you can filter the information by shows, rides, and dining too.

I chose the Magic Kingdom for my search.  You can see the park’s hours at the top of the page and a long list of characters below.

But if you wanted to see the dining options in the Magic Kingdom, for example, you could click the “Dining” tab.

Disney Character Locator
Character Locator Will Help You Plan Your Day at Disney World. So You Can Visit All the Characters You Want to See!

To find character information, just click on the character you want to see.  Then you’ll be able to see more detailed information, like where they’ll be, the times they’ll be available, whether you can get an autograph or picture with them, and more.

Disney Character Locator
Character Locator Tip: Pose Like You’re Riding a Magic Carpet When You Take Your Picture With Jasmine

Character Locator even provides information about whether or not the meeting location is air conditioned, and tips for interacting with the characters!

Plus, you can click on the park map from within the site that will show you where the character, show, ride, or restaurant is located.  And it will tell you whether or not a ride or event is FastPass+ eligible too!

I also like that Character Locator offers a number of suggested park touring plans.  That could be especially useful for folks who have never been to Disney World before.  😉

Drawbacks

The main drawback of Character Locator is that the majority of information on the site is “premium content.”  So you’ll have to have a subscription to access it.  But that’s not a big deal, because a year subscription is only ~$8.

Once you pay for a subscription, you’ll be able to see information for every character, ride, show, and restaurant in Disney World.  And have access to information like restaurant menus and touring plans.  That’s certainly worth ~$8!

Other than that, the site is a little hard to navigate and looks outdated.  Especially when compared to Disney’s app (though that’s no surprise!).

Similar Websites & Apps

I’ve written about Touringplans.com, a website that helps visitors by providing park itineraries, ride wait times, projected crowds, restaurant menus and prices, and hotel reviews.  And Touringplans’ app, Lines, that can help you experience more rides at the park.  It also lists characters’ specific show times, dates, and show wait times.  But you have to pay for the service (~$15 per year).

There’s also the My Disney Experience app, for both Apple and Android devices.  This seems to be the most comprehensive app of them all.  Plus, it’s free!

Disney Character Locator
The “My Disney Experience” App Has It All. Including Wait Times, Character Locations and Times, Dining Information, and More

The My Disney Experience app will show you ride wait times, show times, park hours, restroom locations, and character locations and times.  And the neat thing is, you can get directions from one park location to another within the app, because there’s an interactive map built in!

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Bottom Line

Character Locator is a mobile-friendly website built to help you plan and save time during your next trip to Disney World.

It provides a lot of great information, like character locations, show schedules, ride information, and dining options.  But you’ll have to pay for an ~$8 subscription to see most of the content.  And Disney’s own app, My Disney Experience, is free, easier to use, and provides even more information!

Do you have a special tool or app you use when planning your trip to any of the Disney theme parks?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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We love character locator-

We have an internet savvy family, and we still find heaps of things on Kenny’s site that we don’t see elsewhere.

Their crowd calendars, character locations, and specifically party info are super helpful.

It’s not expensive, and it supports Kenny’s posts on his page, which I follow more closely than “official” sources.

If you’re paying five zillion dollars for a Disney trip anyway, this is a way better value than one of those planning books that are quickly out of date.

Great point Mandy. I totally agree! $8 certainly sounds worth it for the info the app provides.

Character Locator and all the other awesome features of the paid site are the best! I use the crowd calendar religiously when planning my trip. There is a literal ton of information that can’t be found on other apps or web sites. Love, love Character Locator.

I have used the Character Locator app for a few years now. It is well woth the $8 annual subscription. I have been able to meet many rare characters with little to no wait. Characters not listed on the free Disney app. This alone makes it well worth the $8. I find the app very user friendly.

Thanks for sharing your first-hand experience. Lots of other readers agree with you!

Comparing Character Locator and MDE is like comparing apples to oranges! Although MDE looks more sleek, the content is lacking! CL is by far one of the most complete and accurate planning/character websites around! The reason the app/website is lacking on “polish” is because Kenny (the designer) coded it so it could be used on most formats and therefore used by more people. Our family uses and recommends Character Locator!! We use MDE for our hotel and dining reservations only. Perhaps another look at the app/website is in order?

Very disappointed in this review. As a personal user of the Character Locator “app”, to say that it doesn’t offer more than MDE clearly means you have not A. Used CL vs. MDE to actually go though a day at Disney especially with character greets as a focus or B. Actually spent $8.00 to give the full app a fair review.

The tips, times, and details is invaluable to those who want to meet hard to find characters which aren’t even listed on MDE and the interaction ideas make for a far more magical experience.

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