Meeting the beloved characters at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is a must-do experience for many Disney fans.
At Magic Kingdom, you can find a variety of character meet and greets, parades, and even shows that feature many of the most popular characters around, including favorites like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Merida, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, and more!
Ready to see who all you can find on your next visit?
In the post below, we have a list of every character you can see at Magic Kingdom. To make it easier to plan out your day, we’ve broken them down by land. There’s even a handy checklist at the bottom that you can use to keep track of all the friends you meet during your visit.
Looking for info on the other parks?
Check out our other posts for character information across Walt Disney World:
- Cavalcades and Characters in Epcot
- Cavalcades and Characters in Hollywood Studios
- Cavalcades and Characters in Animal Kingdom
Tips for meeting characters in the parks
- Character meet and greets can be extremely popular. For characters who have set appearance times (for example 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:30 pm) we recommend lining up no later than about 15 minutes BEFORE the scheduled appearance time. Otherwise, you may miss out, since they will cut off the line as soon as the number of people waiting is the maximum the character can meet in the scheduled appearance timeframe.
- Some of the meet and greets will have PhotoPass Photographers or automated camera boxes to capture the moment. Cast Members (including PhotoPass Photographers) can also take pictures with your camera or phone, too. If you think you’ll be capturing lots of pictures, consider purchasing Memory Maker which will enable you to download all photographs for one price.
- Most of the character meet and greets can be found in the My Disney Experience App. If you need help with how to do that, we have an entire post with screenshots that will walk you through it.
- Some character meets are available with Genie+. While we don’t recommend making them your first selection of the day, if meeting one of the characters available is a priority for you, it can be a good use of Genie+ for later in the day.
- Autographs make a fun and inexpensive souvenir. You can purchase autograph books in the parks, or if you are crafty, you can make an autograph book yourself.
- Disney Visa cardholders have a couple of special character opportunities located at Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
Adventureland is where you can find one of your favorite swashbuckling adventurers. It is also where you can find the very popular Jasmine and Aladdin meet and greet.
Captain Jack Sparrow
As you can imagine, Fantasyland is PACKED with character meet and greet opportunities, including the popular character meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
Belle (returning February 19, 2023)
Winnie the Pooh
Frontierland doesn’t have any traditional character meet & greets, but the Country Bears make an appearance most days.
Tomorrowland is where you can spot your favorite cosmic friends, Buzz and Stitch.
Main Street, U.S.A.
Main Street, U.S.A. is where you can find the big guy himself – Mickey Mouse! Snow White also often meets here during the day.
Character meals are a popular way to meet lots of characters without waiting in long lines.
Magic Kingdom has 2 character meals: Crystal Palace and Cinderella’s Royal Table.
Reservations for these meals can be hard-to-get, so make sure to check out our tips for snagging difficult reservations if you think you’d like to check one out on your next trip.
Winnie the Pooh
Ariel (returning 2/28/2023)
Snow White (returning 2/28/2023)
Jasmine (returning 2/28/2023)
Aurora (returning 2/28/2023)
Looking for a handy checklist you can take with you into the parks? Here’s one you can save to your phone!
All the shows at Magic Kingdom take place on the stage located directly in front of Cinderella Castle.
Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire Stage Show
Let the Magic Begin
Parades and Cavalcades
Magic Kingdom has a couple of cavalcades and at least 1 parade daily.
The routes for both parades and cavalcades are the same:
Festival of Fantasy Parade
Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade
Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade
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.
Halloween and Christmas
During Halloween and over the Christmas holidays, there are even more opportunities to meet characters during the very popular specially ticketed Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
The characters you’ll find at those special events are unique, not typically available during a regular park day, and are often in special costumes.