For young guests, the chance to see their favorite characters will be a highlight of their Walt Disney World vacation. If you want to meet classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, and Tiana, Magic Kingdom should be your first stop.

Disney World has two main ways you can experience characters: Cavalcades and Sightings. Cavalcades are mini-parades, usually with one or two vehicles and with some characters on foot. These run throughout the day, so they feel more spontaneous than a parade. Sightings are similar to meet and greets, but they are distanced and do not include autographs or hugs. Cast members will also no longer take your picture with your phone, but you can take selfies. Disney has not announced when traditional meet and greets may return.

You might also see characters pop up throughout the park at various times during the day.

Tip: Check the times guide or the Walt Disney World app to see an up to date list of which characters are appearing during you day in the park.

Tip: You don’t need PhotoPass to get pictures with the characters. While PhotoPass can be a great enhancement to your trip, you can take a selfie with your phone (or have one of the members of your party take a picture with your phone/camera).

Magic Kingdom Character Cavalcades

These mini-parades run throughout the day. Check the My Disney Experience app to find the showtimes. These cavalcades run along the parade route, which starts near Splash Mountain and runs toward the castle and then down Main Street.

A Royal Princess Processional – See Disney Princesses galore: Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Elena, Jasmine, Snow White, Mulan, Merida, Rapunzel, Tiana, and the Fairy Godmother.

Disney Friends Cavalcade – See Stitch, Clarabelle Cow, Panchito, José, and Max.

Magic Kingdom Cavalcade – See Peter Pan, Moana, Alice, Aladdin, and Mary Poppins

Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade (50th Anniversary) – See Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Chip, Dale, and Pluto

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure – See Tinkerbell ride on a large treasure chest

Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade (Opening Early 2022) – See The Incredibles, Moana, Merida, Panchito, José, Nick, Judy, Baloo, and King Louie

Magic Kingdom Character Sightings

Main Street Character Sightings

Main Street Meet and Greet - Magic Kingdom - Marie the Cat

  • See Mickey at Town Square Theater (Lightning Lane Available with Genie+)

Fantasyland Character Sightings

  • See Cinderella & A Visiting Princess (Usually Elena of Avalor) – Princess Fairytale Hall (Lightning Lane Available with Genie+)
  • See Tiana & A Visiting Princess (Usually Rapunzel) – Princess Fairytale Hall (Lightning Lane Available with Genie+)
  • Belle – Sighting at Maurice’s Cottage

Tomorrowland Character Sightings

  • Buzz Lightyear – Sighting at Rocket Tower Plaza Stage
  • Stitch – Sighting at Rocket Tower Plaza Stage

Frontierland Character Sightings

  • Chip and Dale – Sighting on Country Bear Jamboree Balcony
  • Wendell – Sighting on Country Bear Jamboree Balcony

Adventureland Character Sightings

  • Captain Jack Sparrow – Sighting at Adventureland Stage near Pirates of the Caribbean