While most character meet and greets are easy to navigate at Walt Disney World, I wanted to highlight one that can be a little tricky.

You can meet Princess Merida and the bear cubs from the movie Brave at the Fairytale Garden at the Magic Kingdom. It is located to the right of Cinderella Castle. While you are waiting to meet Merida you can practice your archery skills or if it isn’t raining, color.

Meet and Greet Entrance

On the right side of the area where Merida and the cubs are there is a ramp. But unfortunately there are stairs to the left where you exit. This area used to be used as just a stage which is probably why there are not ramps on both sides.

Meet and Greet Exit

There are two solutions. We just waited in the area next to the stairs. The Cast Members at the entrance noted our place in line and told the Cast Member with Merida. Once our turn came around Merida joined us and we had our photo taken in front of some of the tapestries from the film.

The next solution is just an idea we had so keep that in mind. If you or your children would like the full experience and want to meet the cubs, ask the Cast Members at the entrance if you can go last. That way you can get up and down the ramp that is used for the entrance without anyone else being there. This could mean that you would have to wait longer depending on when you get to the meet and greet. And remember, this was just something we thought of. I think officially wheelchair users are asked to do what we did so if the Cast Members can’t do it don’t be upset.

UPDATE: I’ve read on a few Disney blogs that the bears may be leaving the meet and greet so getting on the stage would not be any different.


  1. Jennifer Reinert Fontenot on September 17, 2012 at 2:34 am

    When we went in March, it was Rapunzel. My daughter is in a wheelchair, and we just got in line with everyone else, met Rapunzel, and went right back down the ramp. There was enough room for people to stand to the wall to let us pass. Now, if there were 2 wheelchairs, I’m not sure how that would go. Go on up and get the full experience!

  2. DWDelights on September 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    seems so silly to have a ramp on one side and stairs on another- why not two ramps? It’s like a half thought out idea.

    Either way, very cute picture of you all. We’re not one for the character meet and greets, but I’m thinking Merida is a must!

  3. M Patricia Titus on September 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Why don’t they just reverse the queue direction? If the line went up the stairs and down the ramp, the ramp would be clear for someone in a wheelchair to go up and then right back down when it’s their turn, without having to wait until everyone else was done.

  4. Beth D. on September 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    My girls cannot wait to meet Merida!

  5. Capturing Magical Memories on September 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I have never been to a meet and greet over there. Glad you got a chance and it looks really themed.

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