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Complete Guide to Magic Kingdom characters & cavalcades

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Complete Guide to Magic Kingdom characters & cavalcades

Interested in seeing some characters on your next visit to Magic Kingdom?

From traditional character meet and greets, to cavalcades, to parades, to other interactions, there’s a range of character options at Walt Disney World.

Here’s where you can find characters in Magic Kingdom right now.

Looking for info on the other parks?

Check out our other posts for character information across Walt Disney World:

What is a Cavalcade?

Cavalcades are kind of like a mini parade. They typically have 1 float and some characters or Cast Members on foot or horseback.

And we love them.

Parades are great – don’t get us wrong – but if you’ve stood around and waited for the 3 p.m. parade in July you know why they are not ideal.

For a majority of the year 3 p.m. is hot and humid. And for the most part, the spots to watch the parade have limited to no shade.

It is the perfect storm for epic meltdowns to happen (and we mean with the kids too, not just the adults).

When you spend all that money for a ticket it is natural to want to see and do as much as you can while you’re in the parks – something we absolutely understand. And lots and lots of people just love the parades.

But we think there’s a good chance you’ll love the cavalcades as much – if not more.

disney adventure friends cavalcade - the incredibles

Cavalcades are magical

Cavalcades just feel more magical. Yes that sounds cheesy but we think it is true, and here’s why:

  • Cavalcades are smaller, providing a more intimate experience. You won’t be stuck in the 2nd or 3 row of a crowd – you’ll be front row with lots of opportunities to wave – and for the characters to wave back.
  • They are quick – no standing in the hot sun for an hour. You get a dash of magic and then you move along to your next adventure of the day.
  • Cavalcades bring these magical character sightings into parts of parks we haven’t seen before like seeing Moana and Aladdin move down Main Street, U.S.A. or characters in boats on the water.

How do you know one is coming?

Just like with a parade, music is your cue (at least for most of the cavalcades).

Before you’ll be able to see a cavalcade you’ll likely be able to hear it.

You can also check the My Disney Experience app for cavalcade schedules. They usually run about every 15 minutes or so.

magic kingdom cavalcade schedule

Cavalcades & Other Character Interactions

Magic Kingdom Cavalcades

Magic Kingdom formerly had a lot of cavalcades offering many opportunities to see a range of characters.

But, with the park going back to pre-pandemic operations, many of the cavalcades are no longer running. There are a couple you can still catch, though.

Here are all of the former and current cavalcades at Magic Kingdom.

Mickey Celebration Cavalcade (For The 50th Anniversary)

mickey's celebration cavalcade 50th anniversary magic kingdom

Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy, and Chip ‘n’ Dale on two tiered floats (it’s from the Move it! Shake it! Mousekedance it! Parade) and a crew of dancers accompanied by the special 50th anniversary anthem, “Magic Is Calling”
Where: starts at the back of the park near Splash Mountain in Frontierland and moves towards the front, exiting next to the Main Street Fire Station (this is the standard parade route in Magic Kingdom)

Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade

disney adventure friends cavalcade - magic kingdom

Characters: Nearly 30 characters, including Mirabel from Encanto, Miguel from Coco, Nick and Judy from Zootopia, Baloo and King Louie from The Jungle Book, Miguel from Coco, José Carioca and Panchito from The Three Caballeros, Merida, Moana, The Incredibles, and more (features “the most characters of any cavalcade to date”)
Where: starts at the back of the park near Splash Mountain in Frontierland and moves towards the front, exiting next to the Main Street Fire Station (this is the standard parade route in Magic Kingdom)

Mickey & Friends Cavalcade (Currently Unavailable)

Mickey and friends cavalcade

Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Pluto on a tiered float (it’s from the Move it! Shake it! Mousekedance it! Parade) and a crew of dancers
Where: starts at the back of the park near Splash Mountain in Frontierland and moves towards the front, exiting next to the Main Street Fire Station (this is the standard parade route in Magic Kingdom)

Tinker Bell & The Lost Treasure (No Longer Running)

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Cavalcade

Characters: Tinker Bell
Where: starts at the back of the park near Splash Mountain in Frontierland and moves towards the front, exiting next to the Main Street Fire Station (this is the standard parade route in Magic Kingdom)

A Royal Princess Processional (No Longer Running)

Princess Promenade

Characters: Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, Princess Elena, Snow White, Cinderella, Mulan, and The Fairy Godmother (on the mirror float), Princess Merida (on her horse Angus), Rapunzel and Tiana (on the gazebo float); sometimes the princesses will walk instead of riding on the float
Where: starts at the back of the park near Splash Mountain in Frontierland and moves towards the front, exiting next to the Main Street Fire Station (this is the standard parade route in Magic Kingdom)

mulan at magic kingdom
Merida on Angus

Merida looking quite Brave on Angus.

rapunzel magic kingdom cavalcade

Magic Kingdom Cavalcade (No Longer Running)

Fantasyland Friends

Characters: Moana, Alice, Peter Pan, Aladdin, and Mary Poppins all on a float resembling a stack of wrapped gifts (it’s from the Move it! Shake it! Mousekedance it! Parade), Gaston on horseback
Where: starts at the back of the park near Splash Mountain in Frontierland and moves towards the front, exiting next to the Main Street Fire Station (this is the standard parade route in Magic Kingdom)

moana at magic kingdom

Disney Friends Cavalcade (No Longer Running)

disney friends cavalcade magic kingdom

Characters: Max, Clarabelle Cow, Panchito, José Carioca, and Stitch on a float resembling a stack of gifts (it’s from the Move it! Shake it! Mousekedance it! Parade), and a crew of dancers
Where: starts at the back of the park near Splash Mountain in Frontierland and moves towards the front, exiting next to the Main Street Fire Station (this is the standard parade route in Magic Kingdom)

Parades

Currently, there is one parade running at Magic Kingdom — Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade!

And the good news is the parade runs alongside the cavalcades, meaning yet another opportunity to see characters during your visit.

You can check the My Disney Experience app for that day’s parade time.

Festival of Fantasy (Available with Genie+)

anna and elsa festival of fantasy parade

Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna, Elsa, Belle, the Beast, fire-breathing dragon Maleficent, and more
Where: starts at the back of the park near Splash Mountain in Frontierland and moves towards the front, exiting next to the Main Street Fire Station (this is the standard parade route in Magic Kingdom)

Traditional Character Meet & Greets

You can hug the following characters, take photos, and have them sign autographs (unless otherwise noted).

Mickey Mouse At Town Square Theater
(Available with Genie+)

mickey mouse 50th anniversary outfit town square theater

Characters: Mickey Mouse in his 50th EARidescent outfit (automated PhotoPass available)
Where: On the righthand side of Town Square next to Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Minnie Mouse At Town Square Theater
(Available with Genie+; opens July 6)

Characters: Minnie Mouse in her 50th EARidescent outfit (automated PhotoPass available)
Where: On the righthand side of Town Square next to Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Disney Princesses At Princess Fairytale Hall
(Available with Genie+)

princess tiana meet and greet at magic kingdom

Characters: Tiana, Rapunzel, Elena, and Cinderella
Where: In Fantasyland across from Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and near The Friar’s Nook

Step Sisters

drizella magic kingdom

Characters: Anastasia and Drizella
Where: You can find them behind the castle near the Cinderella fountain

Belle at Maurice’s Cottage

Characters: Belle (PhotoPass available)
Where: inside Maurice’s Cottage in Fantasyland (Enchanted Tales With Belle remains temporarily unavailable)

Peter Pan (returns July 10)

Characters: Peter Pan
Where: Fantasyland near Peter Pan’s Flight

Snow White (returns July 10)

Characters: Snow White
Where: She sometimes makes appearances on Main Street, U.S.A. (between Main Street Bakery and Uptown Jewelers), at Princess Fairytale Hall, or in the Town Square Courtyard

Chip ‘n’ Dale

Characters: Chip ‘n’ Dale
Where: In Storybook Circus near Pete’s Silly Sideshow

Captain Jack Sparrow on Adventureland Stage

Characters: Jack Sparrow
Where: on the Adventureland stage across from the entrance of Pirates of the Caribbean 

Other characters Disney has confirmed are returning in the future (no official dates released yet):

  • Aladdin
  • Jasmine
  • Merida
  • Pooh
  • Tigger
  • Storybook Circus pals like The Great Goofini in Pete’s Silly Sideshow

Other Character Opportunities and “Sightings”

Even with character meet and greets back to normal, there are still some character “sightings” for guests to enjoy.

You can actually have 1-on-1 time with select characters — but at a distance. This means no hugging or autographs.

stitch sighting in my disney experience app

Most of these experiences don’t have PhotoPass photographers, so you’ll need to take photos/selfies with your own camera and/or mobile device.

You can check appearance times for in the My Disney Experience app.

Pooh Friends In Front Of Crystal Palace

rabbit, piglet and eeyore crystal palace

You can also sometimes catch the gang on the porch outside of their old hangout, The Crystal Palace restaurant.

Characters At The Main Street Train Station

characters in 50th outfits at magic kingdom train station

Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Pooh and Friends
Where: on the balcony of the Main Street train station

Let The Magic Begin Welcome Show (Begins 5 Minutes Prior To Official Park Opening)

let the magic begin welcome show magic kingdom

Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Chip ‘n’ Dale, and a crew of dancers
Where: on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle

Country Bears

country bears magic kingdom frontierland

Characters: Country Bears
Where: on the balcony above The Country Bear Jamboree

Buzz Lightyear & Stitch at Tower Plaza Stage

buzz lightyear on tomorrowland stage

Characters: Stitch and Buzz Lightyear (alternates between the 2)
Where: At Tower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland

Main Street Philharmonic

main street philharmonic magic kingdom

Characters: The Main Street Philharmonic band
Where: starts at the back of the park near Splash Mountain in Frontierland and moves towards the front, exiting next to the Main Street Fire Station (this is the standard parade route in Magic Kingdom); sometimes they’ll play on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle

Live Entertainment

The following live entertainment show means you can see characters and enjoy a show all at the same time.

You can always check the My Disney Experience app for the daily live entertainment schedule.

Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire

mickey's magical friendship faire magic kingdom

Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Tiana, Prince Naveen and Louis from The Princess and the Frog, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled, Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Frozen (this is a special 50th edition with EARidescent costumes and an all-new original song called “Where the Magic Feels Like Home”)
Where: Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage

Magic Kingdom Character Dining

Magic Kingdom is currently home to 2 of the character meals you can find on property right now – Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Unlike other meals where multiple characters are present, Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table each only have 1: The Beast and Cinderella, respectively.

Check out our latest Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest reviews for more details on each experience.

Note: It remains unclear if these character dining experiences are offering traditional character meet and greets, along with whether or not the usual princesses are returning to Cinderella’s Royal Table. We’ll update as soon as we learn more.

Cinderella at cinderella's royal table

Seasonal Character Experiences

As we’ve said, one of our favorite things at the parks is the parades. And this is especially true of the seasonal parades offered during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

And with both full parties available in 2022 at Magic Kingdom, there are plenty of opportunities to see and meet characters in fun, seasonal attire!

Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade (runs during MNSSHP)

Characters: Mickey, Minnie, and more characters in costume on floats, along with other spook-tacular performances, including one by the Headless Horseman
Where: starts at the back of the park near Splash Mountain in Frontierland and moves towards the front, exiting next to the Main Street Fire Station (this is the standard parade route in Magic Kingdom)

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade (runs during MVMCP)

Characters: Marching toy soldiers, reindeer, gingerbread men, classic characters dressed in their holiday best, and Santa Claus himself appear in this super fun parade
Where: starts at the back of the park near Splash Mountain in Frontierland and moves towards the front, exiting next to the Main Street Fire Station (this is the standard parade route in Magic Kingdom)

goofy float mickey's once upon a christmastime parade

Sometimes Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade even runs during regular park hours around the last two weeks of December.

Santa Claus Daytime Sighting

In 2021, Santa Claus made appearances during the day at the Liberty Square Gazebo in Magic Kingdom. You could find appearance times in the My Disney Experience app. It’s unclear if this will return in 2022.

santa claus meet and greet very merriest after hours

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