A big part of the Christmas season at Walt Disney World is meeting Santa Claus! Who doesn’t want to say hello to the big guy himself during the most wonderful time of the year?
But, where exactly can you find Santa Claus at Disney World? That is a very good question! And one that we’re here to answer.
In 2023, the holidays kicked off on November 11 and run through the end of December, with some of the decorations most likely sticking around into early January.
But when it comes to Santa, you have to act fast because not only is he a fan-favorite to meet, but as soon as December 25 hits, he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for next year’s festivities.
Now, where can you see Santa Claus at Disney World in 2023? Here’s a complete list!
Note: We have not received all the information for where to find Santa at Disney World in 2023. Most of the information below is from 2022, but will be updated with the latest 2023 information as it is released.
There are several places to see Santa at Magic Kingdom during official park hours and in the evenings when Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP), which kicked off on November 9 and runs on 25 select nights through December 22 in 2023.
Of course, you can spot Santa Claus as he waves hello from his sleigh during the parade.
The parade begins in Frontierland near Splash Mountain and works its way towards the end of Main Street, U.S.A.
During MVMCP, Santa meets at the Liberty Square Gazebo. If there’s bad weather, he won’t make appearances.
Typically, this line can get long due to Santa’s popularity, so plan accordingly.
Keep in mind that a Disney PhotoPass Photographer takes pictures here, which can make for a nice holiday photo!
Side note: You can also meet Santa Goofy at MVMCP! He appears inside the Storybook Circus Calliope Tent near Pete’s Silly Sideshow.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
At the end of December, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will usually show during regular park hours outside of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
In 2022, the daytime parade times were as follows (stay tuned for 2023 times):
- Dec. 23-31: 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for the latest schedule. The parade takes the usual route: starts in Frontierland by Splash Mountain and ends on Main Street, U.S.A. next to the Fire Station.
Liberty Square Gazebo
During the daytime at Magic Kingdom, you can usually meet Santa at the Liberty Square Gazebo, which is the same location he meets during the 2023 MVMCP.
Typically, he begins making appearances during the day in early December. We will let you know if this changes in 2023.
Times are posted in the My Disney Experience app. In 2022, he typically arrived between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. intermittently (stay tuned for 2023 times).
Alongside the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays (runs from November 24 through December 30, 2023), there are plenty of opportunities to see Santa around the World Showcase, including a chance to have a Disney PhotoPass Photographer take your photo with him.
Instead of meeting in the American Adventure Pavilion, like he once did in the past, Santa will once again meet inside the Odyssey Pavilion (between Test Track and Mexico). He first started appearing at the Odyssey in 2022.
You’ll be able to say hello to Santa here through December 24.
Santa is typically available every day for 60 minute windows. Here are the times he’ll meet in 2023:
Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app to confirm schedules on the day of your visit.
World Showcase Storytellers
What makes Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays so special is the chance to learn about how different cultures celebrate the holidays, including how they view Santa Claus and what he means to them.
Stationed in the World Showcase pavilions are “Storytellers,” who share holiday traditions from across the globe.
Some of these Storytellers are Santa Claus’ from different countries, including the following. You can find showtimes for each of these Storytellers in the My Disney Experience app and be sure to double check the following showtimes when you’re visiting.
Important: The following times are from 2022. We will update with the 2023 schedule once Disney shares it.
You can visit with Père Noël in the France pavilion and rediscover the magic of Christmas through the letter of a delightful child.
You can find Père Noël performing 15-minute shows Sundays through Saturdays:
In the Norway pavilion, a mischievous magical Barn Santa visits Sigrid, an unsuspecting Christmas storyteller.
You can find the Barn Santa performing 15-minute shows Sundays through Saturdays:
United Kingdom Pavilion
Father Christmas makes an appearance in the United Kingdom pavilion and shares the traditions of the U.K. and good cheer.
You can find the Father Christmas performing 15-minute shows Sundays through Saturdays:
Even at Animal Kingdom you can spot the one and only Santa Claus!
Santa Claus Festive Flotilla (confirmed for 2023)
Santa Claus floats around in his festive flotilla and waves to guests along the Discovery River. You can’t miss him in his bright red suit!
Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app to see exactly when the festive flotilla (alongside the many other seasonal boats) is running.
Hollywood Studios is yet another park where you can see the actual Santa Claus and a fan-favorite character who dresses up as Santa.
Santa meet and greet
From November 11 through December 24, you can meet Santa at It’s a Wonderful Shop on Grand Avenue in Hollywood Studios.
You can find meet and greet times in the My Disney Experience app.
Santa Claus Merry Motorcade (unconfirmed for 2023)
You can’t miss Santa Claus riding in his bright red motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard, along with his elves and reindeer.
This is a very cute cavalcade that you want to make time for. Check the My Disney Experience app for exact motorcade times.
Minnie’s Holiday Dine
If you’re wondering about Santa Goofy, yes, he’s still around at Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood Studios.
During Minnie’s Seasonal Dine, aka Minnie’s Holiday Dine, Santa Goofy shows up alongside Minnie, Mickey, and Pluto, who are also all donning festive attire.
If you happen to be shopping around Disney Springs, you’ll definitely want to take photos with Santa Claus.
Once Upon a Toy
In 2023, Santa will once again meet at Once Upon a Toy (in the Disney Springs Marketplace near Earl of Sandwich) for photos from November 10 through December 24.
A Disney PhotoPass Photographer will be available to take photos.
Guests are required to join a virtual queue in the My Disney Experience app to meet Santa. A standby queue is not available.
You have to be inside Disney Springs to join the virtual queue, which is available at the following times:
One person from your group will receive a push notification on their phone when it’s your turn. This push notification presents a link to a digital entry code.
There is usually a maximum party size of 10 people.
When it comes to joining the virtual queue, all you had to do is open the My Disney Experience app and then click the 3 lines at the bottom right of the screen.
Then, you select “Virtual Queues” before clicking “Join Virtual Queue.” You have to select the “Disney Springs” tab and follow the onscreen instructions.
In the app, you’re able to see the estimated wait time, which groups are being welcomed, and whether or not you’re eligible to join the queue.
Maria & Enzo’s
Last year was the first time Santa stopped by Maria & Enzo’s in Disney Springs. And he’s returning in 2023!
“Breakfast with Santa” allows you to hang with Santa and his elves throughout the holiday season.
What’s included in 2023:
- Family-style breakfast (view menu)
- Meet and greet with Santa and his elves
- Family photo with Santa
- Takeaway treats for the kids
- Kid-friendly holiday activities
- Prosecco Mimosa (adult tickets)
Here are the 2023 dates for Breakfast with Santa:
- November: 24, 25, 26, 27
- December: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
You can select from 2 seating categories. There’s a Platinum or Gold package, with the former including priority seating at tables with the best views of Lake Buena Vista and the chance to be first in line to meet Santa.
Pricing begins at $45 for children and $69 for adults (plus tax and gratuity) and also varies based on the date, time, and seating category. There Is no charge for children 2 and under.
The experience is 90 minutes. You can make reservations online.
At Blizzard Beach, guests are able to enjoy limited-time holiday offerings throughout the season.
Like he did in 2022, you’ll have the chance to meet Santa dressed in his “holiday-finest beachwear.” You should be able to find his daily meet and greet times in the My Disney Experience app.
In 2022, Santa popped up at different locations, including Sonny’s Sleds, Cross Country Creek, and Tike’s Peak. Stay tuned for his 2023 appearance locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Allow us to answer some questions that may be on your mind!
How long does Santa make appearances?
Typically, Santa will begin making appearances at the beginning of the holiday season through December 24.
Does Santa Goofy still make appearances?
Yes, Santa Goofy still makes appearances, but only during Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood Studios, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom, and usually inside the Odyssey Pavilion at Epcot beginning December 25.
Are character meet and greets back to normal?
Yes, character meet and greets are back to normal and the same can be said for meeting Santa.
Will Santa sign autographs?
While Santa doesn’t typically sign autographs, you can expect Santa Goofy to! But, more than likely, he’ll just sign “Goofy” not “Santa Goofy”.
Will Cast Members take photos for guests?
If there isn’t a Disney PhotoPass photographer with Santa or a character, more than likely a Cast Member will gladly take your photo for you.
All you have to do is ask!
Read more about Christmas at Disney World
Can’t get enough of the holidays at Walt Disney World? Check out these posts for helpful information and tips!
- All About Christmas at Walt Disney World
- Complete Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- Overview of Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays
- Why you should consider purchasing a Candlelight Processional Dining Package
- Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Christmas at Animal Kingdom
- Where to Find Santa Claus at Walt Disney World
- The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll
- Guide to Storytellers at Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays
- Every gingerbread house at Disney World
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