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Where To Find Characters At Walt Disney World

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*Updated Sept. 16, 2020

Due to the ongoing pandemic, character meet and greets have changed at the most magical place on earth. So, let’s discuss where to find characters at Walt Disney World (WDW) right now.

First things first, technically, there aren’t character meet and greets anymore. Currently, they are more like socially-distanced character interactions in which you can take a selfie. And, sadly, no more autographs. Secondly, there also aren’t any full-fledged parades.

Alice socially-distanced photo opportunity at Epcot

But! None of this is permanent and simply a way for Disney to still include the beloved characters into the guest experience, all while maintaining the necessary health and safety measures.

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With that, below is where to find characters at Walt Disney World. Trust me when I say, despite the limitations, seeing and interacting with characters is still so much fun and magical (and even better in some cases).

Seasonal

That’s right, you can find characters at Walt Disney World for Halloween! There are several themed-cavalcades and character interactions at Magic Kingdom that are currently running through Oct. 31, 2020.

Cavalcades 

You can find these cavalcades on the standard parade route. They start in Frontierland by Splash Mountain and end on Main Street U.S.A., exiting by the Fire Station.

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas  with Jack, Sally, and Oogie Boogie  — runs Saturday through Wednesday 
  • Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Daisy, and Donald wearing Halloween costumes and performers from the Boo to You! parade (the song also plays) — runs every day
  • Villains cavalcade with Gaston, Jafar, Queen of Hearts, Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Goob, and Captain Hook ( the Boo to You! song plays here as well) — runs Thursday through Monday

Character Interactions

  • Chip ‘n’ Dale in costume in Frontierland (glide along the Rivers of America)
  • Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore in costume as they ride the Main Street trolley (up and down Main Street, U.S.A.; they also pose for socially-distanced photo at Crystal Palace) — runs every day
  • Mickey and friends, along with Boo to You performers, say hello from the Walt Disney World Railroad balcony

As for other cavalcades that originally debuted when Magic Kingdom reopened (this is only during the Halloween season):

  • A Goofy Cavalcade: runs Tuesday through Saturday
  • A Royal Princess Processional: runs every day

The Tinkerbell & the Lost Treasure and the Fantasyland Friends Cavalcade don’t appear to be running during Halloweentime. BlogMickey.com was the first to report about the cavalcade schedules.

Read can read more about seasonal character dining below.


The following are the standard character interactions and cavalcades that take place across each theme park. 

Character Interactions

There are several character spots across each park, where guests can interact with different characters — and take a photo.

You can’t hug them, pose right next to them, or get an autograph. But, the character interactions are still fun and super cute, like when you get to see Winnie the Pooh hunt for butterflies or the Country Bears in Frontierland waving to park-goers.

Country Bears in Frontierland

Are there specific times when these character come out? No. When it comes to characters, it’s more go with the flow. There isn’t a schedule so guests don’t crowd. Just try to keep in mind where characters have been spotted and you might see one — or a few!

There aren’t PhotoPass photographers, either. You can take a selfie or have someone in your party take a photo for you. Or, you don’t even have to take a picture at all. You can just wave and say hi!

Here’s where to find some characters.

Magic Kingdom

Main Street, U.S.A.

Walt Disney World Railroad Balcony

  • Mickey and Friends
  • Disney Princesses
  • Goofy & Fantasyland Friends

Main Street Trolley

  • Piglet, Eeyore, and Rabbit

The Crystal Palace

  • Piglet, Eeyore, and Rabbit (they are sometimes hanging outside)

Disney princess at the Walt Disney World Railroad

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland Stage

  • Buzz Lightyear and Stitch (alternate)

Frontierland

Rivers of America

  • Western Chip ‘n’ Dale (float by on a raft)

The Country Bear Jamboree Balcony

  • Country Bears

Fantasyland

 Cinderella Castle

  • Anastasia and Drizella (on the castle’s back balcony)

Pinocchio Village Haus

  • Pinocchio (front balcony of the restaurant)

Enchanted Tales With Belle

  • Belle (has been spotted a few times hanging outside of the temporarily closed attraction)

Adventureland

Adventureland Stage

  • Captain Jack Sparrow (on stage across from Pirates of the Caribbean)

EPCOT

Future World

Journey Into Imagination With Figment 

  • Pooh and Joy (alternate in the grassy area outside of the attraction)

Winnie the Pooh at Epcot

Joy from Inside Out at Epcot

World Showcase

United Kingdom Pavilion

  • Alice and Mary (alternate in the gazebo)

Alice in Wonderland at Epcot

Hollywood Studios

Galaxy’s Edge

  • Chewie, Rey, Stormtroopers, Kylo Ren, Vi Moradi (stages near Millennium Falcon and First Order Cargo and the fenced-in area across from Droid Depot and Savi’s Workshop)

Chewie in Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios

Character Cavalcades

Cavalcades are like parades, but shorter and much faster. They don’t run on a specific schedule to prevent guests from lining up and forming crowds. It’s all about maintaining a safe distance from each other.

If you check the My Disney Experience app, you can see what time the cavalcades begin and end. But, a definitive time isn’t given for any of the cavalcades across each park. They run randomly throughout the day.

Character cavalcade schedule at Walt Disney World

I love a good parade, but the cavalcades are really nice. You don’t have to line up hours beforehand to get a good seat and it’s a quick way to see some Disney favorites.

Magic Kingdom

All of the cavalcades in Magic Kingdom take the standard parade route: start in Frontierland by Splash Mountain and end on Main Street, exiting by the Fire Station.

Main Street Philharmonic

The WDW band plays Disney favorites and classics.

The Main Street Philharmonic at Magic Kingdom

The Royal Princess Processional

You can see Merida, Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Jasmine, Princess Elena, Aurora, The Fairy Godmother, Rapunzel, and Tiana.

Merida at Magic Kingdom

Snow White and Cinderella at Magic Kingdom

Tiana and Rapunzel at Magic Kingdom

Tinker Bell & the Lost Treasure

Tinker Bell sits on a large treasure chest as she glides along the street.

Mickey & Friends Cavalcade

This cavalcade stars Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and the dancers from Move It! Shake It! Mouskedance It!

Pluto, Mickey, and Minnie at Magic Kingdom

Dancers at Magic Kingdom

Donald Duck at Magic Kingdom

Fantasyland Friends Cavalcade

Watch as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Alice, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, and Peter Pan float by, along with Gaston on horseback.

Pooh, Peter Pan, and Tigger at Magic Kingdom

Gaston at Magic Kingdom

Aladdin and Mary Poppins at Magic Kingdom

A Goofy Cavalcade

Accompanied with the Move It! Shake It! Mouskedance It! dancers, you can see Goofy, Max, Clarabelle Cow, Panchito, and José Carioca.

Goofy at Magic Kingdom

Jose Carioca at Magic Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Each of Animal Kingdom’s character cruises glide around the Discovery River.

Discovery River Character Cruise

You’ll be able to see Pocahontas and Meeko (sometimes Meeko is missing) or Timon and Pumba.

Meeko and Pocahontas at Animal Kingdom

Discovery Island Drummers

This boat just includes the drummers without characters and they are very good.

Donald’s Dino Boat Bash!

This float is all about the ducks, including Donald, Daisy, and Launchpad McQuack.

Mickey & Friends Flotilla

Safari Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto float on by in their flotilla.

Goofy & Pals Set Sail

Goofy and friends from Donald’s Dino Bash sail together. You can usually expect Chip ‘n’ Dale dressed in their dinosaur costumes.

Good Spots To See The Cruises

Flame Tree Barbecue (Discovery Island): The Quick Service spot has a ton of seating with stunning views of the river and Expedition Everest. (You need to place a Mobile Order in order to access the seating area, due to the new health and safety precautions.)

Expedition Everest views from Flame Tree Barbecue in Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light Stadium (Asia): The arena where you usually sit to watch the now defunct Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular is open for all guests during the day. It makes a great spot to chill and watch the cruises. Keep in mind that there is hardly any shade and it gets very hot.

Nomad Lounge (Discovery Island): The Nomad Lounge is a Table Service spot (it’s casual and not a full TS experience) attached to the signature dining location Tiffins. It’s on your right going into Pandora. If you’re able to grab a table outside, you’ll have views of the river and sometimes the characters will go by.

The Bridges (across the park): Any of the bridges across the park usually offer a view of the boats.

Relaxation Station (between Africa and Asia; near the bird show theater): This Relaxation Station (a designated spot to remove your mask for a select amount of time) is a great place to sit and offers views of the cruises.

EPCOT

There are three processionals for guests to catch and they all take place around the World Showcase.

Frozen Promenade

Watch as Anna rides in her carriage and Elsa walks in front of her sister.

Anna from Frozen at Epcot

Anna from Frozen at Epcot

Elsa from Frozen at Epcot

Princess Promenade

Jasmine, Aurora, Belle, and Snow White ride in a car together and wave.

Mickey & Friends World Tour

Mickey and Minnie ride in their car, as Pluto and Goofy walk.

Minnie at Epcot

Goofy at Epcot

Hollywood Studios

Each of the three motorcades begin at the front of the park and make their way down Hollywood Boulevard. They even feature themed-cars.

Disney Junior Stars Motorcade

Features Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, and Doc McStuffins. Also, this motorcade song is a bop and will be stuck in your head all day.

Mickey & Friends Motorcade

This motorcade stars some of the original Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale.

Pixar Motorcade

The Pixar Motorcade features Mr. & Mrs. Incredible, Edna Mode, Sulley, Woody, Jessie, Green Army Men, and Buzz Lightyear.

Woody at Hollywood Studios

Buzz Lightyear at Hollywood Studios

Sulley at Hollywood Studios

Character Dining

You can also find characters at Walt Disney World thanks to character dining. But, there are only a few modified character dining experiences available at WDW.

Before booking, know that you will not be able to hug or pose right next to characters for photos. Also, characters don’t do autographs, but some will give you a themed-card with signatures as a souvenir.

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood & Vine — Minnie’s Seasonal Dining (Echo Lake)

  • Who: Mickey, Minnie, and Friends
  • Price: $35 to $59.99 per adult
  • Cuisine: American
  • Meal: Lunch and Dinner
  • Link for menu and reservation

Minnie’s Halloween Dine begins Sept. 25 and features Minnie as a happy witch, Mickey as a funny vampire, Goofy as a spooky cowboy, and Pluto in a Halloween collar. You can make reservations beginning Sept. 11 online or via My Disney Experience. Minnie’s Holiday Dine begins Nov. 6 and will feature Minnie, Santa Goofy, and others.

Minnie's Halloween Dine at Hollywood Studios

EPCOT

Garden Grill (The Land Pavilion)

  • Who: Mickey, Pluto, Chip ‘n’ Dale
  • Price: $35 to $59.99 per adult
  • Cuisine: American
  • Meal: Lunch and Dinner
  • Link for menu and reservation

Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest (New Fantasyland)

  • Who: The Beast
  • Price: Over $60 per adult
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Meal: Lunch and Dinner
  • Link for menu and reservation

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Topolino’s Terrace — Flavor of the Riviera

  • Who: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy
  • Price: $35 to $59.99 per adult
  • Cuisine: French, Italian
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Link for menu and reservation

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Good Morning Breakfast With Goofy & His Pals (Ravello)

  • Who: Goofy, Minnie, and Mickey
  • Price: $28 per child, $48 per adult
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Link for menu and reservation

Important: Only available on Saturdays.

In-Park Shows

Currently, there are two new shows (it’s unclear if these are temporary or permanent) in Hollywood Studios that feature characters! They have set showtimes, so be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for that day’s schedule. There are many showings throughout the day.

Disney Junior Play and Dance! — Animation Academy

Along with music and dancing, you can see Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Timon, and Mickey.

Disney Society Orchestra and Friends — Sunset Boulevard

The orchestra plays Disney favorites in the live Beauty and the Beast stage show theater. Spoiler: Characters from the movie show up at the end, including Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Cogsworth, the Beast, and Belle!

The Disney Society Orchestra & Friends at Hollywood Studios

Tips For Seeing Characters

Here are just a couple things to keep in mind when it comes to seeing characters right now.

>Listen for a change in music in the park, because that’s the signal when a cavalcade is coming. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to hear it.

>It’s easy to get excited when you spot characters or a cavalcade begins, but remember to follow social distancing rules. Don’t gather or crowd next to someone. Take a moment to scope out a spot to make sure you’re keeping at least a six-foot distance.

And that’s where to find characters at Walt Disney World!  Even though seeing characters at the most magical place on earth right now is a little bit different, it’s still magical. Yes, hugging characters is wonderful, but you actually get to see more characters throughout the day compared to normal, which, to me, is a major bonus.

For more on Walt Disney World’s reopening, be sure to check out my complete guide detailing everything from, dining, to hotels, to transportation, and much more.

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