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Santa Claus glides down Main Street, U.S.A., in his sleigh as part of the holiday celebrations at Magic Kingdom Park. (Credit: Disney/Kent Phillips)

Where to Find the Characters During the 2020 Holiday Season

During the holiday season, you’ll have the opportunity to see your favorite characters 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. During the holiday season, the cavalcade and character interactions take on a holiday twist.

2 – Santa Claus

  • At Magic Kingdom Park, he glides down Main Street, U.S.A., in his sleigh, led by prancing reindeer.
  • He makes the trek to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park to spread the joyous spirit of the season from his very own flotilla as he sails down the Discovery River.
  • Led by an entourage of elves and riding in his red convertible packed with presents, he brings glitz and glamour to a motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Beginning later this month, he’ll be joined by Mrs. Claus at Disney Springs as the merry couple soaks up their last bit of Florida sunshine before their big night. They’ll cruise Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs in colorfully decorated pontoon boats.
  • And starting November 27 at EPCOT, he will take a grand, horse-drawn tour around World Showcase.

Reindeer saunter down Main Street, U.S.A., as part of the holiday celebrations at Magic Kingdom Park. Credit: Disney/Kent Phillips

3 – Magic Kingdom 

From November 6-December 30 you’ll discover, characters synonymous with the season. Here is what you can expect during the holiday season.

  • Mickey’s Holiday Cavalcade” is a holiday celebration with Mickey Mouse and his friends.
  • “Goofy’s Scrumptious Cavalcade” features Goofy cooking up some holiday fun from his gingerbread house and bake shop floats, joined by dancing gingerbread men.
  • “A Royal Christmas Processional” heralds the arrival of Disney princesses on a crystal castle float.
  • Toy soldiers march with the Main Street Philharmonic as they bring musical cheer for all to hear.
  • Santa glides down Main Street USA, in his sleigh, led by prancing reindeer.
  • Dapper Dans on the Holiday Trolley
  • Rabbit, Piglet, and Eeyore on the Holiday Trolley and in the late afternoon on the porch of Crystal Palace Restaurant
  • Stitch and Buzz Lightyear in Tomorrowland (they take turns)
  • Jiminy Cricket in Fantasyland
  • Country Bears in Frontierland
  • Wave to the characters in the morning and late afternoon/evening as they wave from the Main Street Railroad Station.

3 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

November 6-December 30 – Holiday Season:

  • Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto cruise along the Discovery River in holiday outfits!
  • Santa makes the trek to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park to spread the joyous spirit of the season from his very own flotilla as he sails down the Discovery River.
  • “Donald’s Dino-Bash” takes its seasonal celebration to the waters of Discovery River, with Donald Duck and pals waving to everyone as they pass.
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale and Goofy jingle through the jungle, bringing their own style of holiday flair to the river on their own flotilla.
  • The Discovery Island Drummers cruise along, entertaining guests on the shore with an energetic holiday beat.
  • Non-Holiday “Discovery River Character Cruise” – Throughout the day, guests can see Timon and Rafiki or Pocahontas with Meeko, who set sail on the parks’ waterways.




 

4 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Holiday-themed:

  • Led by an entourage of elves and riding in his red convertible packed with presents, Santa brings glitz and glamour to a motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Minnie Mouse hosts a yuletide dining experience at Hollywood & Vine, inviting some of her best pals – including Santa Goofy – to join the fun.

Regular entertainment:

  • “Mickey and Friends Motorcade” – Chip ‘n Dale, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, 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 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.
  • 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.

5 – EPCOT

Holiday-themed beginning November 27:

Characters dressed in their holiday best will travel around World Showcase, including Queen Anna and Elsa in the “Frozen Holiday Promenade” and Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy making merry on the “Mickey and Friends Holiday World Tour.”

Regular entertainment:

  • Mickey and Friends World Tour” – As guests travel around World Showcase, they may come upon Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, and Goofy all out sightseeing and waving to their friends.
  • Frozen Promenade” – Queen Anna and Elsa venture into the unknown around World Showcase, journeying from country to country and waving hello to guests along the way.
  • Pooh Bear near the Imagination Pavilion.
  • Joy from Inside Out near the Imagination Pavilion.


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