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Everywhere you can see characters at Walt Disney World (including cavalcades & sightings)

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Everywhere you can see characters at Walt Disney World (including cavalcades & sightings)

One of the reasons why many of us enjoy visiting the most magical place on earth is thanks to the characters at Walt Disney World.

We love to see them. We love to wave to them. We love to take photos with them. Not only do they star in some of our favorite films and television series, but they also make the experience special. And you know what? The parks would not be the same without characters.

And, as of April 18, 2022, traditional meet and greets are back to normal, including character greetings and dining experiences.

Disney announced on March 31 that traditional character meet and greets are returning to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and Aulani Resort as early as April 18.

Per Disney, “While not all locations will be available immediately, we anticipate reopening in phases throughout the spring and early summer.”

We’ve gathered everywhere you can see characters at Walt Disney World, including cavalcades and other sightings. Let’s dive in!

What Is A Cavalcade?

disney adventure friends cavalcade

Cavalcades are like a parade, but smaller and shorter. This means you don’t have to save a seat beforehand to catch them.

These mini-parades allow you to see characters quickly and multiple times a day.

Cavalcades really are a lot of fun and provide opportunities to wave to characters without feeling tied down to a parade schedule.

You can even easily catch one as you’re on your way to hop in line for an attraction or grab a bite to eat.

Here’s a brief breakdown of why cavalcades are magical and why we love them so much.

  • Cavalcades are smaller, providing a more intimate experience. You won’t be stuck in the 2nd or 3rd 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 Chip ‘n’ Dale dressed up as dinosaurs sailing by on a boat.

How Do You Know When A Cavalcade Is Coming?

jessie in pixar cavalcade hollywood studios

Your biggest clue is music! Not only will you hear a shift in the park area music, but it will also be a bit louder.

Before you’re even able to see a cavalcade you’ll likely hear it first.

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

magic kingdom cavalcade schedule

Here’s how you can find cavalcade schedules in the My Disney Experience app.

Open the app. Click the pin symbol at the bottom (second one from the left)

my disney experience app - magic kingdom wait times

Tap the arrow next to “Wait Times” at the top of the screen. Select “Entertainment”.

my disney experience app filtering

Tap “Show List” on the right at the top of the screen. Scroll to find the cavalcade schedules.

magic kingdom entertainment in my disney experience app

You can also “Filter” for the cavalcade schedule of the park you’re visiting. Simply hit “Filter” in the top left of the screen and select the park you want. Then hit “Apply” at the bottom of the screen.

my disney experience app filtering

Where Can You See Cavalcades At Each Park?

timon and rafiki animal kingdom cavalcade

There are specific locations to catch the cavalcades. Let’s take a look.

Important: Epcot no longer has cavalcades.

Magic Kingdom

Cavalcades 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).

magic kingdom cavalcade route

Hollywood Studios

The cavalcades start at the front of the park and runs down most of Hollywood Boulevard before turning left and heading towards The Backlot Express.

hollywood studios cavalcade route

Animal Kingdom

The cavalcades float around the entire Discovery River.

animal kingdom cavalcade route

Catching cavalcades on the Discovery River can be tricky. You sometimes have to be in the right place at the right time. But here are our favorite spots to see characters float by on boats.

  • Bleachers near Expedition Everest: The seating from Rivers of Light is a great place to catch the Character Cruises, but they can get quite hot during the middle of the day. And now that Disney KiteTails shows here, you can catch the cavalcades and the show all in the same place.
  • Near the Caravan Stage Theater: Across from where Feathered Friends in Flight! takes place, there’s a seating area that offers a good view of the river and the cavalcades.
animal kingdom discovery river amphitheater cavalcade
  • Flame Tree Barbecue: The Quick Service spot in Discovery Island has some great food and an even more amazing view of Expedition Everest and the river, meaning you have the perfect spot for both the cavalcades and KiteTails.
  • Bridges: Most of the bridges will give you a unique angle to shoot photographs as the characters pass below.

Are There Differences Between Park Cavalcades & Characters?

magic kingdom 50th cavalcade

While all of the cavalcades are pretty much similar (they transport characters around the parks to wave to guests in a convenient and quick way), they all do it with different modes of transportation.

  • Magic Kingdom: Standard parade floats
  • Hollywood Studios: Cars, aka Motorcades
  • Animal Kingdom: Boats, aka Flotillas
  • Epcot: None (no more cavalcades)

Of course, each park also has different characters for guests to experience.

Do Disney Characters Sign Autographs?

disney world autograph books

Yes! Disney characters are signing autographs at Walt Disney World.

However, not every character can sign autographs, including:

  • Baymax
  • The Beast
  • Buzz Lightyear (uses stamp)
  • Olaf (pre-signed autograph card)
  • Ralph and Vanellope (pre-signed autograph card)
  • Mike and Sulley
  • The Incredibles
pluto meet and greet - hollywood studios

Will Cast Members Take Photos With Guests’ Phones?

olaf hollywood studios meet and greet

Yes, Disney PhotoPass Photographers aren taking guests photos with select Disney characters.

Keep reading to see where PhotoPass is and isn’t available across all 4 theme parks.

If a character doesn’t have a PhotoPass Photographer, the character attendant will take photos for you — just ask!

Are Characters Part Of Genie+?

princess fairytale hall lightning lane

Yes, select meet and greets can be used with the Disney Genie+ system.

These include:

  • Meet Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall (Magic Kingdom)
  • Meet Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall (Magic Kingdom)
  • Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater (Magic Kingdom)
  • Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight (Hollywood Studios)
  • Meet Disney Stars (Minnie and Sorcerer Mickey) at Red Carpet Dreams (Hollywood Studios)

Can You See Characters At Resorts?

Goofy and Pluto on the lawn of the Contemporary

As far as we know, this fun character opportunity isn’t going anywhere.

In what is a super cute addition to onsite Disney Resort hotels, sometimes you can spot members of the Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald)!

Keep your eyes peeled for the “Caravanning ‘Round the World” shuttle at your resort, because that usually means characters are hanging about for some socially-distant fun.

Currently, the characters can be seen in their new EARidescent costumes for the 50th anniversary.

Beginning July 6, you can also try Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, where you can enjoy a campfire celebration followed by a classic Disney movie under the stars.

Is Character Dining Available?

Mickey at Topolinos

You bet character dining is available at both resorts and the parks, along with character hugs and autographs.

Here is where you can currently experience character dining:

  • Magic Kingdom: Cinderella’s Royal Table (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and Be Our Guest (lunch, dinner), The Crystal Palace (lunch, dinner; returns September 20)
  • Epcot: Garden Grill (lunch, dinner)
  • Hollywood Studios (both at Hollywood & Vine): Disney Junior Play n’ Dine (breakfast), Minnie’s Seasonal Dine (lunch, dinner)
  • Animal Kingdom: Tusker House (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Contemporary Resort: Chef Mickey’s (breakfast, dinner)
  • Riviera Resort: Topolino’s Terrace (breakfast)
  • Four Seasons Resort: Ravello (breakfast)
  • Wilderness Lodge: Story Book Dining at Artist Point (dinner)
  • Polynesian: ‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch (returns September 27)
  • Beach Club: Cape May Café Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast (returns October 4)

You can read more about character dining at the parks below under each park section. For more information, be sure to check out our reviews of the modified character dining that we’ve personally experienced so far.

Now, let’s check out where you can see all of the current cavalcades and characters at Walt Disney World…

Magic Kingdom

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 & Minnie At Town Square Theater
(Available with Genie+)

mickey and minnie - 50th outfits - town square theater in magic kingdom

Characters: Mickey and Minnie in their 50th EARidescent outfits (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

belle at maurice's cottage in magic kingdom

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

Peter Pan

peter pan in magic kingdom

Characters: Peter Pan
Where: In front of Never Land Map near Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland

Snow White

Characters: Snow White
Where: Main Street U.S.A., near Town Square Theater, sometimes at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland

Merida

merida meet and greet - magic kingdom

Characters: Merida (PhotoPass available)
Where: Fairytale Garden in Fantasyland (between the wishing well near Cinderella Castle and Mad Tea Party)

Chip ‘n’ Dale

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

Aladdin and Jasmine

Characters: Aladdin and Jasmine
Where: Adventureland near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Captain Jack Sparrow on Adventureland Stage

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

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

Characters: Pooh and Tigger
Where: Next to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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

  • 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 select character sightings in the My Disney Experience app.

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 (soon to be 3!) of the character meals you can find on property right now – Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table, and returning September 20 – Crystal Palace.

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.

And, when it returns, Crystal Palace will once again have Pooh and Friends (Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, & Eeyore).

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

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)

mickey's boo to you halloween parade

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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Epcot

Epcot Cavalcades (No Longer Running)

Cavalcades are no longer running at Epcot, but there are other character opportunities at the park.

Princess Promenade

Traditional Character Meet & Greets

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

Mickey At Disney And Pixar Short Film Festival

mickey mouse epcot meet and greet

Characters: Mickey Mouse (PhotoPass available)
Where: At the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival next to the Imagination! Pavilion

Joy at ImageWorks

joy at imageworks in epcot

Characters: Joy from Inside Out (PhotoPass available)
Location: ImageWorks in the Imagination! Pavilion

Vanellope at ImageWorks

vanellope meet and greet epcot

Characters: Vanellope from Wreck-It-Ralph (PhotoPass available)
Location: ImageWorks in the Imagination! Pavilion

Disney Visa Cardmember Character Photo Opportunity

disney visa cardmember photo opportunity - epcot

Characters: Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, Pluto (characters subject to change; PhotoPass available)
Location: Building near ImageWorks in the Imagination! Pavilion

Anna and Elsa at Royal Summerhus

anna epcot meet and greet
elsa epcot meet and greet

Characters: Anna and Elsa from Frozen (automated PhotoPass available)
Location: Royal Summerhus in the Norway Pavilion

Minnie Mouse

Characters: Minnie Mouse
Location: In the gazebo in World Showcase Plaza near the Mexico pavilion

Pluto And Goofy

goofy meet and greet - epcot entrance

Characters: Pluto and Goofy
Location: Epcot entrance plaza

Donald Duck

donald duck mexico pavilion epcot

Characters: Donald (PhotoPass available)
Location: Mexico pavilion (outdoor location to the right of the pyramid)

Mary Poppins

mary poppins epcot united kingdom pavilion

Characters: Mary Poppins
Location: while she used to meet in the gazebo, you can now find Mary in the garden outside The Tea Caddy shop in the United Kingdom pavilion

Alice In Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Characters: Alice
Location: In the garden outside The Tea Caddy shop in the United Kingdom pavilion

Aurora

aurora epcot meet and greet france pavilion

Characters: Aurora
Location: In the France pavilion gazebo

Belle

belle france pavilion epcot

Characters: Belle
Location: Along the water adjacent to Chefs de France in the France pavilion (alternates with Aurora)

Jasmine

jasmine epcot meet and greet

Characters: Jasmine
Location: In “Lamps of Wonder” inside the Morocco pavilion

Snow White

snow white in the germany pavilion at epcot

Characters: Snow White
Location: By the wishing well in the Germany pavilion

Mulan

mulan china pavilion epcot

Characters: Mulan
Location: On the bridge in the China Pavilion

Daisy

Characters: Daisy
Location: at International Gateway

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.

winnie the pooh sighting - 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.

Daisy

Characters: Daisy
Location: Near Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in World Discovery

Daisy at Epcot

Winnie The Pooh 

Winnie the Pooh at epcot imagination paviilion

Characters: Winnie the Pooh
Location: Imagination! Lawn

Epcot Character Dining

Epcot is currently home to one character meals – Garden Grill, in the Land Pavilion.

We visited Garden Grill right after it opened, and we are happy to report that our longtime favorite is still a great option. Check out our Garden Grill review for more details.

You can hug characters here and have them sign autographs.

Garden Grill

Seasonal Character Experiences

In 2022, you’ll be able to say hello to Santa Claus as a storyteller during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. He usually is present through December 24.

winnie the pooh santa hat epcot

Winnie the Pooh is usually also be seen around the Imagination! Lawn sporting a Santa Hat and ringing jingle bells.

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Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios Cavalcades

Hollywood Studios used to have a total of 3 motorcades (like a mini-parade), but those have since dwindled.

But, the lone remaining motorcade is still fun and adds magic to the park.

Reminiscent of the old “Stars and Motor Cars” parade, Hollywood Studios uses adorable automobiles for their caval, err, we mean, motorcades. 

This motorcade happens throughout the day, but start and end times may vary, so be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for the latest schedule.

Here are the former and current motorocade available at Hollywood Studios.

Pixar Pals Motorcade

Pixar Pals motorcade

Characters: Green Army Men (drum corps) walking, Woody & Jessie walking, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible walking, Sulley walking, Buzz in a themed car, Edna Mode in a themed car
Where: From the front of the park down Hollywood Boulevard

Edna in her car

Disney Junior Motorcade (No Longer Running)

TIP: You can catch Disney Junior characters at the Disney Junior Play and Dance! show in the Animation Courtyard. You can also check out the Disney Junior “sightings” in the same area or book a breakfast reservation at Hollywood & Vine with Disney Junior characters.

Mickey And Friends Motorcade (No Longer Running)

Pluto

Characters: Mickey and Minnie in separate cars, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale walking, and sometimes Goofy
Where: From the front of the park down Hollywood Boulevard

Mickey in motorcade car
Minnie in motorcade car

Traditional Meet & Greets

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

Minnie Starring In Red Carpet Dreams

minnie meet and greet at hollywood studios

Characters: Minnie (PhotoPass available)
Where: Commissary Lane across from Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Sorcerer Mickey Starring in Red Carpet Dreams

sorcerer meet and greet at hollywood studios

Characters: Mickey (PhotoPass available)
Where: Commissary Lane across from Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Disney Junior Pals In The Animation Courtyard

disney junior character meet and greet at hollywood studios - vampirina

Characters: Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy (PhotoPass available)
Where: In the Animation Courtyard

Disney Junior Come & Meet Pluto

pluto meet and greet - hollywood studios

Characters: Pluto (PhotoPass available)
Where: In the Animation Courtyard

Celebrity Spotlight (Available with Genie+)

olaf hollywood studios meet and greet

Characters: Olaf (no autograph)
Where: In Echo Lake around the corner from Vacation Fun

Sulley at Walt Disney Presents

sulley character meet and greet - hollywood studios

Characters: Sulley (no autograph; PhotoPass available)
Where: At Walt Disney Presents in Animation Courtyard

Star Wars Launch Bay

darth vader meet and greet - star wars launch bay - hollywood studios

Characters: BB-8, Chewbacca, Darth Vader (no autograph)
Where: Inside Star Wars Launch Bay in Animation Courtyard

Toy Story Characters (returning TBD; confirmed by Disney)

Woody and Jessie

Characters: TBD (we expect at least Woody and Buzz Lightyear)
Where: Toy Story Land

Green Army Drum Corps (returning soon)

green army men - toy story land - hollywood studios

Characters: Green Army Men
Where: Toy Story Land

Other Character Opportunities & “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 typically means no hugging or autographs.

rey galaxy's edge appearance 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.

Star Wars Favorites

Star Wars characters

Characters: Chewbacca, Rey, Stormtroopers, Kylo Ren, Vi Moradi
Where: elevated stages near ships as well as in other secured/fenced/blocked off areas around Batuu

Chip ‘n’ Dale

Chip at Hollywood Studios

Characters: Chip ‘n’ Dale
Where: In the small fenced off garden near the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant

Donald & Daisy

daisy at hollywood studios

Characters: Donald & Daisy
Where: At the Hollywood Studios entrance on the balcony above the restrooms next to Oscar’s Super Service

Goofy

goofy tower of terror hollywood studios

Character: Goofy
Where: On the balcony of Tower of Terror (near the back as you enter the hotel while in line)

Goofy & Max

max at hollywood studios

Character: Goofy and Max
Where: Along Echo Lake near Dockside Diner

Live Entertainment

While live entertainment at the Disney Parks isn’t back in full force just yet, there are several opportunities to see characters and enjoy a show all at the time time.

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

Fantasmic! (returning in 2022)

mickey fantasmic

Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Disney Princesses, Pinocchio, Pocahontas, and more (when the show returns there will be a new sequence featuring characters that haven’t been part of the show before)
Where: Fantasmic! theater at the end of Sunset Boulevard

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

frozen sing-along hollywood studios

Characters: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff (Olaf will make a limited-time appearance during the holidays)
Where: Hyperion Theater in Echo Lake

Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

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Characters: Belle, Beast, Gaston, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, Cogsworth
Where: Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard

Hollywood Studios Character Dining

Hollywood Studios is currently home to a couple of the character meals you can find on property right now – Disney Junior Play n’ Dine and Minnie’s Seasonal Dine, both at Hollywood and Vine.

These popular meals are now offered family style instead of as a buffet, with buffet service returning on August 28. Disney Junior Play n’ Dine is available for breakfast only, while Minnie’s Seasonal Dine is offered at both lunch and dinner.

This character dining experience also offers traditional character meet and greets.

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The seasonal theme meal 2022-2023 schedule for Minnie’s Seasonal Dine is as follows:

  • Halloween Dine – spooktacular Halloween feast runs August 12 through November, 2022
  • Minnie’s Holiday Dine – dazzling holiday dinner party begins November 8, 2022 through TBD (usually ends in early January)
  • Silver Screen Dine – glitz and glamour of Hollywood usually starting in January and running through February
  • Springtime Dine – bright and beautiful delights of spring typically run from March through May
  • Summertime Dine – beach-inspired bash runs May 31m through August 11, 2022

Check out our latest Hollywood and Vine review for more details on the Minnie’s Seasonal Dine experience.

Seasonal Holiday Motorcades

During the holiday season, you can expect to see some Christmas spirit added to the existing character motorcades.

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You’ll see a very special guest cruising around in his special themed motorcar… Santa Claus (usually through December 24).

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Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Flotillas

Since the news was announced that Disney would be bringing cavalcades to all the parks, we were very excited to see what that would mean for Animal Kingdom. 

Unlike the other 3 parks, at Animal Kingdom there really isn’t any great space for a parade – no matter how small. At least not on the land, that is.

While Animal Kingdom may be lacking wide pathways fit for a cavalcade, they do have a river: Discovery River, to be exact.

And that means that in Animal Kingdom the characters have taken to the water in fun character cruises or flotillas.

There are quite a few flotillas at Animal Kingdom. Let’s take a look!

Goofy And Pals Set Sail (No Longer Running)

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Characters: Goofy and other friends from Donald’s Dino Bash (most frequently Chip and Dale)
Where: Discovery River

Mickey & Friends Flotilla (Currently Decorated For The 50th)

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Characters: Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto
Where: Discovery River

Discovery Island Drummers

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Characters: Discovery Island Drummers take their music to the water 
Where: Discovery River

Donald’s Dino Bash Flotilla (No Longer Running)

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Characters: Donald, Daisy, Launchpad McQuack
Where: Discovery River

Discovery River Character Cruise

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Characters: Pocahontas and Meeko (Meeko isn’t always included) OR Rafiki and Timon
Where: Discovery River

Adventurer’s Flotilla — Disney Ducks

Characters: Launchpad McQuack and Scrooge McDuck
Where: Discovery River

Adventurer’s Flotilla — Up

Characters: Russell and Dug
Where: Discovery River

Best Places To Catch The Flotillas

Anywhere you can see Discovery River is a great spot, but here’s a few of our favorite places:

  • Bleachers near Expedition Everest. The seating from Rivers of Light is a great place to catch the Character Cruises, but they can get quite hot during the middle of the day. And now that Disney KiteTails shows here, you can catch the cavalcades and the show all in the same place.
  • Near the Caravan Stage Theater. Across from where Feathered Friends in Flight! takes place, there’s a seating area that offers a good view of the river and the cavalcades.
  • Flame Tree Barbecue. The Quick Service spot in Discovery Island has some great food and an even more amazing view of Expedition Everest and the river, meaning you have the perfect spot for both the cavalcades and KiteTails.
  • Bridges. Most of the bridges will give you a unique angle to shoot photographs as the characters pass below.
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Traditional Character Meet & Greets

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

Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost (Available With Genie+)

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Characters: Mickey and Minnie
Where: In Discovery Island across from Eight Spoon Cafe

Donald’s Dino Bash

Daisy Duck

Characters: Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Chip ‘n’ Dale (PhotoPass available with Donald)
Where: DinoLand U.S.A.

Other Character Opportunities & “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.

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.

Kevin from Up

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Characters: Kevin from Pixar’s Up
Where: She roams around Discovery Island

Live Entertainment

While live entertainment at the Disney Parks isn’t back in full force just yet, there are several opportunities to see characters and enjoy a show all at the time time.

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

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond! (Available with Genie+)

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Characters: Nemo, Dory, and more from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory (a reimagined version of original show Finding Nemo: The Musical and set during the timeline of the movie Finding Dory)
Where: Theater in the Wild in DinoLand, U.S.A.

Animal Kingdom Character Dining

Animal Kingdom has one character meal that you can find in Africa at Tusker House Restaurant.

Since Tusker House’s reopening in June 2021, family-style dining has been offered. But, buffet service finally returns on November 1, 2022!

You can meet Safari Donald, Goofy, Mickey and Daisy, while can also enjoying African-inspired foods.

This character dining experience offers traditional character meet and greets, meaning you can hug the characters and have them sign autographs.

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Holiday Flotillas

In 2022, you’ll see get to see the Santa Claus Festive Flotilla, along with the Discovery Island Drummers Festive Flotilla.

Animal Kingdom Santa Flotilla

Usually, you can find Santa cruising around the Discovery River in his sleigh themed boat through December 24.

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