With traditional Character Meet and Greets temporarily paused, you may be wondering where to find Disney characters at Walt Disney World in 2021. Luckily, we are doing a quick round-up of all the places our favorite Disney Princesses, Disney Villains, Mickey and Co., and furry friends. So you can find out where they are showing up across all four Disney Parks. Be sure to catch a glimpse of your favorite Disney Characters during your next visit.
How to Find Disney Characters at Walt Disney World
If you’re looking for Disney characters at Walt Disney World then this is the list for you! We’ve shared the Disney Character Christmas Cavalcades before, but now you get even more chances to see characters across the parks! While some Disney characters can be found in cavalcade, motorcades, and flotillas, others can simply be found smelling the nearby roses! Here are all the places you can find characters at Walt Disney World.
When do Character Cavalcades at Walt Disney World Happen?
Throughout the day! Unlike parades, there are no set times for these fun events, though we’ve generally seen one appear every hour or so. So if you’re looking for Disney characters at Walt Disney World, keeping your eyes open as you stroll the parks is your best bet!
What time do Characters come out at Walt Disney World?
Disney Characters usually start appearing around the parks starting at 11 am. While there is no set schedule for these mini- interactions, they generally can be seen throughout the day until it gets dark.
Is there a 50th Anniversary Celebration Character Cavalcade?
Yes! Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade is a brand new Character Cavalcade in Magic Kingdom as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations. Featuring all FAB 8 characters. We’ll be sharing more details in our Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Most Magical Celebration post.
Magic Kingdom Character Visits
By far the park with the most Disney Characters, you can find Disney Princesses, Villains, and classic characters throughout Magic Kingdom. Just remember your best bet for spotting your favorite friends is during a cavalcade, so be sure to stop and take it in!
Magic Kingdom Character Cavalcades
Royal Princess Processional Cavalcade
This cavalcade features Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, Belle, Ariel, and Jasmine on a glass castle float. And Rapunzel and Tiana on a Gazebo Float.
Fantasy Friends Cavalcade
This one is led by Merida riding her horse Angus as other Disney princesses make their way down Main Street, USA.
The Mickey and Friends Cavalcade
The fab five show up throughout the day on the traditional Magic Kingdom Parade route. Which stretches from Frontierland to the Firehouse on Main Street, USA. This one features Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, and more.
A Goofy Cavalcade
Includes Goofy, the Country Bears, and other Disney Friends
Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure
Tinkerbell shows up on one of our favorite floats from Mickey’s Halloween Party. Atop her giant treasure chest, Tink takes to the Magic Kingdom Parade route spreading pixie dust wherever she goes.
Magic Kingdom Character Appearances
With so many characters across Magic Kingdom, you may just be lucky to spot one throughout your day in the park! Here are all the Disney Characters coming out to play and where to find them.
Eeyore, Rabbit, and Piglet travel in a trolley down Main Street USA throughout the day.
You can find Chip ‘n’ Dale also cruise on a raft down the Rivers of America, near Liberty Square.
Anastasia and Drizella can be found on the balcony of Cinderella’s Castle in Fantasyland, facing the carousel. They come out throughout the day so be sure to catch a glimpse!
Our favorite spacemen, Stitch and Buzz are staples in Tomorrowland and can be found at the Rockettower Plaza Stage
You can still find Captain Jack Sparrow in Adventureland near Pirates of the Caribbean swaggering to his heart’s content.
In Frontierland The Country Bears can be found looking out over the midway in Frontierland, waving to guests from the balcony of the Country Bear Jamboree theater.
Belle, our favorite beauty, can be found in her blue dress at the Enchanted Tales with Belle cottage. Note, the attraction is still closed, but you can usually see her waving from the queue line or strolling the area.
The Beast still shows up in his castle sporadically if you are lucky enough to grab reservations to Be Our Guest for lunch or dinner.
Animal Kingdom Character Visits
Animal Kingdom typically has dance parties, meet and greets, and more, but due to the pandemic, the characters have instead taken to the river for some distanced fun! You can find most of our favorite Animal Kingdom characters on flotillas, so be sure to keep an eye out!
Animal Kingdom Character Flotillas
Donald’s Dino Bash Flotilla
This boat travels on the Discovery River throughout the day from Pandora to Dinoland. This boat cavalcade features Donald, Daisy, and Launchpad McQuack. All dressed up in party boat attire.
Mickey and Friends Flotilla
This boat carries Mickey and Friends down the Discovery River complete in their explorer gear and ready to take to the wilderness!
Goofy and Pals Set Sail Cruise
Chip, Dale, and Goofy show up on this cruise, taking a break from their duties over in Dinoland
Pocahontas and Meeko Character Cruise
Be sure to grab a great spot alongside the Discovery River in Animal Kingdom to keep an eye on you’re your favorite characters! Pocahontas herself and Meeko have a boat of their very own that travels the Discovery River throughout the day.
Lion King Character Cruise
See if you can catch a glimpse of Lion King Characters Timon and Rafiki and others floating along the Discovery River!
Discovery Island Drummers
And if your ears perk up at a new sound, chances are the Discovery Island Drummers are sailing the Discovery River, just playing along. We like the seating area near Mr. Kamal’s Snack Cart as a great place to settle in and watch the procession throughout the day.
Animal Kingdom Character Appearances
Kevin from UP is still being seen around Discovery Island is our favorite tropical bird, Kevin from UP. While you may not see him interacting with his surroundings and waving like the other characters he’s still fun addition of magic to your Animal Kingdom day.
EPCOT Character Visits
By far one of the more active parks for Disney Characters we’re seeing them everywhere! From cavalcades to impromptu sightings across the park, here is everywhere you can find Disney characters at EPCOT.
EPCOT Character Cavalcades
Mickey and Friends World Tour Cavalcade
Watch Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Goofy as they cruise through the World Showcase
Frozen Promenade Character Cavalcade
And you can spot our favorite sisters Anna and Elsa seated in the Royal Carriage on parade for the Frozen Promenade that travels around World Showcase.
EPCOT’s Princess Promenade also happens in the World Showcase, transporting the Princesses via horse-drawn carriage! Featuring all the lovelies you’d find in the World Showcase countries. Snow White, Belle, Aurora, and Jasmine.
EPCOT Character Appearances
As EPCOT begins transitioning to more of a family park with a focus on Disney films, we’re seeing more and more characters out and about in the park! Take a look at these fun appearances happening throughout the day.
Joy from Inside Out takes to the lawn to twirl around and be joyful!
Winnie the Pooh can be found in EPCOT usually hunting for butterflies!
Mary Poppins usually takes up her practically perfect place in the shade of the U.K. Gazebo near the courtyard gardens. Which are dressed up as fairy gardens during the Flower and Garden Festival each year.
Alice in Wonderland can also be found at the Gazebo in the courtyard garden, usually causing mischief of some sort and enjoying the day! Anyone up for skipping?
Chip, Dale, Mickey, and Pluto get dressed up in their farming gear for their Garden Grill appearances in EPCOT’s The Land Building. While you can catch a glimpse just by walking by the restaurant, booking reservations allows you some closer interactions.
Hollywood Studios Character Visits
Visiting Hollywood Studios is all about diving into the worlds of film. As a result, you can get your fill of Star Wars and Toy Story characters now in motorcades and seen from afar. Check out all the places you can find Disney Characters at Hollywood Studios.
Hollywood Studio Character Motorcades
Pixar Pals Motorcade
Hang out with all your favorite Pixar characters in this happy motorcade featuring the Incredibles and the Toy Story crew. You can see Woody and Jessie in their rodeo gear. Buzz Lightyear in his space cruiser. And Edna Mode driving in style down Hollywood Boulevard. Plus Sully from Monsters Inc. gets in on the fun too! All led by the Green Army Men drumming to the beat along the way.
Disney Junior Stars Play and Dance Motorcade
The kids can spot Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins, and Vampirina in fancy colored convertibles in the Disney Junior Stars Motorcade! High energy music is part of this experience, so a great time to dance out that extra energy!
Mickey and Friends Motorcade
Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Chip and Dale all get together in this motorcade. Dressed their best and featuring themed cute cars, and fun music down the Hollywood Studios parade route.
Hollywood Studios Character Appearances
Rey, Chewbacca, Vi Moradi can be found in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge on platforms above the garage in the Black Spire Station or the Millennium Falcon’s spaceport. Ready to recruit visitors to join the Resistance.
Kylo Ren and the Storm Troopers can be found in Galaxy’s Edge as well, near First Order’s TIE Echelon ( across from the Milk Stand) ready to lure you to the Dark Side.
Donald Duck can be found out and about with his watering can, gardening wherever he can!
Chip and Dale are often found on the lawn near the Brown Derby setting up for a picnic of acorns and fun.
Goofy is sometimes spotted on top of the Hyperion Theater just waving to passersby!
Disney Character Meet and Greet Locations
Character Meet and Greets are Coming Back, with Restrictions
Pre-pandemic, Disney Characters could typically be found all over Disney Parks. Whether it be at designated character Meet and Greets or as part of a Disney Dining Experience at one of the many character dining experiences. Now characters can be seen in cavalcades, at select character dining restaurants, and individually. One restriction to the return of Character Meet and Greets is that AUTOGRAPHS ARE NOT PERMITTED. Character time will be minimal, but closer than before and there is an allowance for a picture to be taken. Note, that these experiences are slowly returning. So they will not all be available at once. Check the My Disney Experience App for up-to-date availability.
Magic Kingdom Meet and Greet Locations
- Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
- Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
- Buzz Lightyear near Star Command Headquarters
- Stitch in Tomorrowland
- Aladdin & Jasmine near the Magic Carpet Ride
- Alice, Mad Hatter, and White Rabbit in Wonderland at the Tea Cups
- Ariel at her Grotto near Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Pluto, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, and Goofy at Pete’s Silly Sideshow
- Gaston at Gaston’s Tavern
- Merida at the Fairytale Garden
- Peter Pan near Peter Pan’s Flight
- Rapunzel at Fairytale Hall
- Tiana at Fairytale Hall
- Elena of Avalon at Fairytale Hall
- Cinderella at Fairytale Hall
- Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet at Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Belle at Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Fairy Godmother, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella near Cinderella’s Fountain
- Chip & Dale near Splash Mountain in Frontierland
- Woody and Jessie near Splash Mountain in Frontierland
Magic Kingdom Character Dining Locations
EPCOT Meet and Greet Locations
EPCOT Future World
- Mickey Mouse at the entrance of Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival Building
- Minnie Mouse at the World Showcase Gazebo
- Pluto and Goofy near Spaceship Earth
- Pluto and sometimes Stitch at Park Entrance
- Mickey Mouse & Friends in Future World West
- Meet Daisy at the Gateway to World Showcase Plaza
- Chip & Dale outside of Future World West
- Baymax at Hiro’s Workshop in Future World West
- Joy & Sadness in Future World West, Imageworks
- Ralph & Vanellope Future World West, Imageworks
EPCOT World Showcase
- Mexico- Donald Duck in Mexican hat
- Norway- Anna & Elsa from Frozen at Royal Sommerhus
- Germany- Snow White near the Wishing Well
- China- Mulan near the China Pavilion
- Morocco- Aladdin, and Jasmine in the Moroccan shops
- France- Belle, and the Beast in the French Garden area
- United Kingdom- Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland
EPCOT Character Dining Locations
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway. Disney Princesses including Ariel, Belle, Aurora, Snow White, and Cinderella
- Garden Grill in The Land Building. Chip and Dale. Farmer Mickey and Pluto
Animal Kingdom Character Meet and Greet Locations
- Mickey and Minnie (in safari gear) at Adventurers Outpost
- Chip ‘n’ Dale at DinoLand
- Donald Duck at DinoLand
- Goofy at DinoLand
- Pluto at DinoLand
- Launchpad McQuack at DinoLand
- Scrooge McDuck at DinoLand
- Rafiki and Timon at Character Landing on Discovery Island
- Baloo and King Louie at Character Landing on Discovery Island
- Pocahontas at Character Landing on Discovery Island
- Russel & Dug at Wilderness Explorers Outpost in Asia
- Tarzan behind the Tree of Life
Animal Kingdom Character Dining Locations
- Tusker House Restaurant. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Sometimes Daisy Duck. Dressed in Safari attire.
Hollywood Studios Character Meet and Greet Locations
- Minnie & Mickey at Red Carpet Dreams on Commissary Lane
- Doc McStuffins at Animation Courtyard
- Princess Sofia at Animation Courtyard
- Jake from Neverland Pirates at Animation Courtyard
- Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story Land
- Woody in Toy Story Land
- Jessie in Toy Story Land
- Little Bo Peep in Toy Story Land
- Edna Mode Pixar Place
- Cruz Ramirez near Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
- Olaf Celebrity Spotlight near Echo Lake
- BB8 at Star Wars Launch Bay
- Darth Vader at Star Wars Launch Bay
- Chewbacca at Star Wars Launch Bay
Hollywood Studios Character Dining Locations
- Hollywood and Vine
- Seasonal Dining. Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Daisy Duck, and Goofy.
- Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine Breakfast. Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins, and Roadster Goofy
Disney Resort Character Dining Locations
1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner. Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, Prince Charming, and Cinderella. Supercalifragilistic Breakfast. The Mad Hatter, Alice, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Mary Poppins.
Chef Mickey’s at The Contemporary Resort. Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, and Goofy. Chef Mickey’s Breakfast Review.
Cape May Cafe at The Beach Club Resort. Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Daisy show up in their beach attire.
Garden Grove at the Swan Hotel. Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale show up at Disney’s Swan Hotel seasonally. The Swan Hotel is just off the Disney Boardwalk.
Ohana at The Polynesian Resort. Best Friends Breakfast with Mickey, Pluto, Lilo, and Stitch
Storybook Dining at Artist Point, Wilderness Lodge. Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and the Evil Queen make fun with a multicourse meal featuring absolutely amazing food! Read the Storybook Dining Character Dining Review.
Topolino Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort. Mickey a la Art Breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, and Donald Duck. Read more about Breakfast at Topolino Terrace.
Trattoria al Forno at Boardwalk Resort. Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider show up for the Bon Voyage Breakfast at this resort on Disney’s Boardwalk.
Disney Characters at Walt Disney World
There’s a lot to do at Walt Disney World. Hopefully, this list has made it a little easier to figure out what Disney Characters need to be on your Disney Checklist and where to find them!