The Parks

Where to Find the Characters in the Disney World Parks During the Phased Reopening

The Walt Disney World theme parks have reopened and while we can’t greet our favorite characters, we can see them in fun ways throughout the parks. Learn more below.


1 – New Character Magic

Part of the magic of a Walt Disney World Resort theme park visit is seeing beloved Disney characters. With traditional parades and character greetings on hiatus to promote physical distancing among guests, theme park character experiences have been reimagined in new and different ways. From cavalcades down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park to sailings down Discovery River at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and much more, characters from dozens of favorite Disney stories will surprise and delight guests across all four theme parks. These are just some of the reimagined experiences guests will discover as the theme parks begin their phased reopening.

2 – Magic Kingdom 

Here are the different characters that you’ll find during the day at Magic Kingdom:

  • Here are the different characters that you’ll find during the day at Magic Kingdom:
    • “The Royal Princess Processional” – Several times daily, favorite Disney princesses travel through the streets of Magic Kingdom. Princess Merida leads the way on her steed Angus, followed closely by a gazebo float and crystal castle carrying Cinderella, Tiana, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Rapunzel, and others.
    • Mickey and Friends Cavalcade” – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy, Donald, and Pluto pop up throughout the day, inviting everyone to “Get Their Ears On” as they wave to guests along the park’s parade route.
  • Goofy Cavalcade” – With Goofy, Clarabelle Cow, Max, Panchito Pistoles, and Jose Cariocas
  • “Magic Kingdom Friends Cavalcade” – With Gaston, Moana, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, and Aladdin.
  • Pooh Bear, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, and Eeyore.
  • Tinker Bell & The Lost Treasure
  • Cinderella’s Evil Stepsisters – From time to time, guests in Fantasyland may spot the dastardly Anastasia and Drizella and can interact with them from afar while they’re perched on a balcony of Cinderella Castle.
  • You might also catch Jack Sparrow in Adventureland from time to time.
  • Stitch has been spotted in Tomorrowland.
  • Say goodbye to Mickey and friends at the close of Magic Kingdom.


3 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto cruise along the Discovery River!
  • Donald’s Dino Boat Bash!” – Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Launchpad McQuack and Goofy and Chip ‘n Dale wave to guests from their party boat as “Donald’s Dino Bash!” moves from DinoLand U.S.A. to Discovery River.
  • “Discovery River Character Cruise” – Throughout the day, guests can see Timon and Rafiki or Pocahontas with Meeko, who set sail on the parks’ waterways.
  • Discovery Island Drummers – These high-energy percussionists cruise along the Discovery River, entertaining guests on the shore with an energetic beat.




  • See Mickey and friends at the front entrance near Spaceship Earth.
  • Queen Anna or Elsa in the Norway Pavilion.
  • Pooh Bear near the Imagination Pavilion.
  • Joy from Inside Out near the Imagination Pavilion.
  • Mary Poppins or Alice in Wonderland in the UK pavilion.


5 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios 

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – While living their own adventures in a galaxy far, far away, guests are likely to come across some familiar faces as they explore Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu:
    • Heroes of the Resistance, including Rey, Chewbacca and Vi Moradi, may be spotted on platforms above the garage in Black Spire Station or surveying activity around the spaceport where the Millennium Falcon has landed.
    • A contingent of First Order Stormtroopers join Kylo Ren in patrolling the landing platform at Docking Bay 9 beneath their TIE Echelon assault vehicle.
  • “Mickey and Friends Motorcade” – Chip ‘n Dale, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto!
  • Pixar Pals Motorcade” – Some of the biggest stars from Pixar Animation Studios’ films arrive on Hollywood Boulevard, from The Incredibles to Toy Story pals, Sulley, and more. They’ll wave to their fans as they head down the avenue accompanied by a celebratory musical score.
  • “Disney Junior Stars Motorcade” – Throughout the day, Disney Junior stars including Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins, and Vampirina will cruise down Hollywood Boulevard waving to fans from colorful custom convertibles.


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Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!
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