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Where To Find Characters At Walt Disney World

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Last Updated on May 17, 2021 by Allyson

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).

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

  • Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit

Disney princess at the Walt Disney World Railroad


Tomorrowland Stage

  • Buzz Lightyear and Stitch (alternate)


The Country Bear Jamboree Balcony

  • Country Bears and Chip ‘n’ Dale


Pinocchio Village Haus

  • Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket (sometimes on the front balcony of the restaurant)

Princess Fairytale Hall

  • Anastasia and Drizella (they are sometimes in front of the character meet and greet)

Enchanted Tales with Belle

  • Belle has been spotted out front on different occasions


Future World

EPCOT Entrance Plaza

  • Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto sometimes make appearances

Journey Into Imagination With Figment 

  • Pooh and Joy (alternate in the grassy area outside of the attraction)
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale can sometimes also be seen here

Winnie the Pooh at Epcot

Joy from Inside Out at Epcot

World Showcase

United Kingdom Pavilion

  • Alice and Mary (alternate in the gazebo in the evenings and in the pavilion’s garden areas during the day)

Alice in Wonderland at Epcot

Norway Pavilion

  • Queen Anna and Elsa (they alternate in the pavilion outside their character meet and greet)

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

Grassy Areas Near Hollywood Brown Derby

  • Donald Duck and Chip ‘n’ Dale have been spotted having fun

The Hyperion Theater In Echo Lake

  • Goofy has been seen on top of the theater waving to guests

Park Entrance

  • Donald and Daisy on the balcony over the restrooms by The Darkroom and Oscar’s Super Service

WDW Resorts

There is a character caravan called “Caravanning ‘Round the World,” where guests can meet Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Minnie, and Mickey.

walt disney world resort hotel character caravan

If you happen to see the shuttle at your hotel, keep your eyes peeled because select Disney characters will most likely be around for socially-distant photos!

socially distant meet and greet with pluto at walt disney world resort hotel

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

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

Magic Kingdom Cavalcade

Watch as Alice, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, and Moana 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.


There is only one processional for guests to catch around the World Showcase.

Princess Promenade

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

princess processional 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

Hollywood & Vine — Disney Junior Play n’ Dine (Echo Lake) 

  • Who: Disney Junior characters (usually Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins, and Roadster Goofy)
  • Price: $35 to $59.99 per adult
  • Cuisine: American
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Link for menu and reservation

vampirina at disney junior plan 'n dine character breakfast in hollywood studios


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

Cinderella’s Royal Table (Fantasyland)

  • Who: Cinderella (she only makes a brief appearance and waves; doesn’t walk around)
  • Price: Over $60 per adult
  • Cuisine: American
  • Meal: Lunch and Dinner
  • Link for menu and reservation

Animal Kingdom

Tusker House (Africa) — Set to reopen in summer 2021

  • Who: Safari Donald, Mickey, Goofy, and Daisy
  • Price: TBD
  • Cuisine: African-inspired dishes
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, 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.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Chef Mickey’s 

  • Who: Mickey and Friends
  • Price: $42 per adult, $27 per child (breakfast); $55 per adult, $36 per child (dinner)
  • Cuisine: American
  • Meal: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Link for menu and reservation

In-Park Shows

Currently, there are only a few shows in Hollywood Studios that feature characters! FYI: you can’t meet the characters, but they are only part of the shows.

The following entertainment has set showtimes, so be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for that day’s schedule. There are many showings throughout the day.

Hollywood Studios

Disney Junior Play and Dance! — Animation Academy

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

For The First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration — Echo Lake

The sing-along featuring Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Arendelle’s comedic royal historians returns to Hollywood Studios on Oct. 5, 2020.

Muppet*Vision 3D — Grand Avenue

The 3D show that runs daily features a few Muppets, including Statler and Waldorf and Sweetums.

Animal Kingdom

Festival of the Lion King — Africa

The beloved show that tells the story of The Lion King with amazing music, costumes, and choreography officially reopens on May 15, 2021 with modifications for health and safety reasons.

festival of the lion king returns in summer 2021

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 a respectful physical 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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