Character Meet and Greets at the Disneyland Resort: Ultimate Guide to Characters

Updated 9/16/18. Disney, Pixar, and Marvel characters are every bit as magical in person as they are in movies. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park offer guests the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of their most popular characters. Character meet and greets is a must for anyone planning their vacation!

The following is a guide to all Meet and Greets at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park listed by land. Characters, times, and locations may vary, so download the Disney app, which gives you up-to-the-minute times and locations of all characters.

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Disneyland Character Meet and Greets

Minnie and little girl

Character Meet and Greets on Main Street, U.S.A.

Many of Disneyland’s favorite characters welcome guests to the Park on Main Street U.S.A. in or around Town Square. Be on the lookout for:

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Goofy
  • Pluto
  • Donald Duck
  • Chip
  • Dale
  • Cruella De Vil

Cinderella holding hands with small girl

Character Meet and Greets in Fantasyland

Fantasy Faire Royal Hall rolls out the red carpet with fairytale-type meet and greets with up to three princesses during one experience! Princesses meet guests in mornings and afternoons. When the night welcomes new experiences, princesses can be seen in the parades. You can expect to meet the following princesses at Fantasy Faire’s Royal Hall:

  • Ariel
  • Belle
  • Cinderella
  • Elena of Alvalor
    • Elena can sometimes be found wandering the Fantasy Faire Courtyard.
  • Princess Aurora
  • Rapunzel
    • Rapunzel can sometimes be found wandering the Fantasy Faire Courtyard.
  • Snow White

And sometimes you may just encounter a prince wandering the Fantasy Faire Courtyard!

  • Flynn Rider

The Wishing Well with Snow White fountain

Character Meet and Greets at Wishing Well

Ever toss a coin into the Wishing Well and wish you could meet a Princess or Prince? Well, your wish just came true! Sporadically throughout the day, you have the opportunity to meet the following characters by the Wishing Well!

  • Aladdin
  • Evil Queen
  • Princess Aurora
  • Princess Jasmine
  • Snow White

Tinkerbell and the other faeries posing together

Character Meet and Greets at Pixie Hollow

Shrink to the size of a Fairy when you enter Pixie Hollow. Expect some of the following fairies to flutter by to say hi:

  • Fawn
  • Iridessa
  • Tinkerbell
  • Rosetta
  • Silvermist
  • Vidia

Character Meet and Greets Around Castle

  • Alice
    • Alice also roams near Mad Tea Party.
  • Beast – Rarely comes out of hiding, but when he does, he is gentle as can be!
  • Captain Hook
    • Captain Hook roams near Castle Courtyard, Fantasyland Path, and It’s a Small World Promenade.
  • Gaston
    • On a rare occurrence, Gaston has been seen flexing his biceps walking Fantasyland Path.
  • Evil Queen
    • Evil Queen roams near Fantasyland Path.
  • Fairy Godmother
    • Fairy Godmother roams Castle Courtyard.
  • Mad Hatter
    • Mad Hatter also roams near Mad Tea Party.
  • Mary Poppins and Bert
    • Mary Poppins and Bert roam near Fantasyland Path.
  • Peter Pan
    • Peter Pan roams near Castle Courtyard, Fantasyland Path, and It’s a Small World Promenade.

innie standing in the doorway of her house in Toontown while little girl looks in

Character Meet and Greets in Mickey’s Toontown

Step right into a cartoon when you visit Toontown! Toontown is where you will have the awesome experience to meet and explore Micky, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald Duck’s house! Don’t forget to explore Chip and Dale’s treehouse! Be on the lookout for Pluto who wanders around Toon Square!

Chewbacca in Tomorrowland

Character Meet and Greets in Tomorrowland

Visiting from a galaxy far, far away are the infamous Star Wars characters. You can find the following characters in or around Star Wars Launch Bay.

  • Boba Fett
    • Cantina (outside Star Wars Launch Bay)
  • Storm Troopers
    • On occasion, guests may see a storm trooper or two marching around Tomorrowland.
  • Chewbacca
    • Light Side (inside Star Wars Launch Bay)
  • Rey
    • Light Side (inside Star Wars Launch Bay)
  • Darth Vader
    • Dark Side (inside Star Wars Launch Bay)
  • Kylo Ren
    • Dark Side (inside Star Wars Launch Bay)

Moana holding out a coconut and smiling

Character Meet and Greets in Adventureland

  • Moana
    • Moana can be found near Tarzan’s Treehouse.

Princess Tiana

Character Meet and Greets in Frontierland

  • Captain Jack Sparrow
    • Captain Jack Sparrow can be found at Pirate Point on Mark Twain’s Island.
  • Princess Tiana
    • Princess Tiana can be found exploring the Mark Twain Riverboat. She can sometimes also be found wandering in New Orleans Square.
  • Prince Naveen
    • Prince Naveen can be found wandering New Orleans Square.
  • Woody
    • Woody can be found on Big Thunder Trails or near Big Thunder Falls.
  • Jessie
    • Jessie can be found on Big Thunder Trails or near Big Thunder Falls.

Red the Pirate lady standing against a wall

Character Meet and Greets in New Orleans Square
  • Dr. Facilier
    • Dr. Facilier roams New Orleans Square.
  • Redd
    • Redd is new to Disneyland! She can be found wandering New Orleans Square.
  • Jack Skellington and Sally

Winne the Pooh posing

Character Meet and Greets in Critter Country

  • Pocahontas
    • Pocahontas explores the area near the Hungry Bear Restaurant.

Critter Country – Pooh’s Thotful Spot

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

Disney California Adventure Park Meet and Greets

Oswald leaning against a car and waving

Character Meet and Greets on Buena Vista Street

  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

Mickey Mouse in Buena Vista st costume

Character Meet and Greets Near Carthay Circle

  • Daisy Duck
  • Donald Duck
  • Goofy
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse

Close up of Dr Strange

Character Meet and Greets in Hollywood Land

  • Strange and Loki
    • Strange and Loki can be found wandering Hollywood Land. They may be only visiting Disneyland for a limited time, so catch them while you can this summer!

Close up of Miss Sophia

Character Meet and Greets at Disney Junior Dance Party, Hollywood Land
  • Guests to this dance party will have the chance to meet such Disney characters as Mickey, Minnie, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Timon.
    • Sofia the First can also be found greeting guests in front of Off the Page.

Character Meet and Greets at Stage 17, Hollywood Land

  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
Side view of Thor's head with Mickey Mouse symbol behind him

Character Meet and Greets Near Hollywood Land Backlot Stage

  • Gamora
  • Thor

Spiderman kneeling down by three small children during a meet and greet

Character Meet and Greets Near Sunset Boulevard at the Brownstone Building

  • Spider-Man

Captain America doing the salute

Character Meet and Greets on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Land

  • Captain America

Elsa and Anna smiling

Character Meet and Greets at the Animation Building, Hollywood Land

  • Anna
  • Cristoff
  • Elsa
  • Olaf

Guardians of the Galaxy dance off with Groot and Quill and Gamora

Shake Your Stuff with Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!

  • After you dance with Star-Lord, Gamora, and Groot, these rockin’ characters stick around to mix and mingle with guests!

Lightning McQueen and Mater in front of Cars Land

Character Meet and Greets in Cars Land

  • Lightning McQueen and Mater

Character meet and greets at Disneyland: Nick and Judy posing with woman

Character Meet and Greets on Pacific Wharf, San Francisco Street

  • Judy Hopps
  • Nick Wilde

Mulan waving from a parade float

Character Meet and Greets at Paradise Gardens Park

  • Mulan and Mushu
    • Usually Mulan makes her appearance during Lunar New Year.

the Incrediables posing with couple on Pixar Pier

Character Meet and Greets at Pixar Pier

Expect to find all your favorite Pixar characters at Pixar Pier!

  • Incredibles
    • Edna Mode
      • Edna Mode, although a bit eccentric, will take time from her busy business of costume-making to meet Park guests!
    • Mr. and Mrs. Incredible
    • Frozone
  • Monsters, Inc.
    • Mike and Sulley
  • Toy Story
    • Buzz Lightyear
    • Woody
  • Up
    • Russell and Dug
Chip and Dale pose in front of a tree

Character Meet and Greets at Grizzly Peak, Redwood Challenge Trail

  • Chip
  • Dale

Pluto holds his ears out in a silly pose in front of the Grizzly plane

Character Meet and Greets at Grizzly Peak Airfield

  • Pluto

Goofy throws his arms out dressed in a chef costume

Character Dining in Theme Parks

If waiting in long lines for meet and greets is not your thing, but your children (and yourself) want to meet and snap pictures with some of your favorite characters, then you may want to have the characters come to you! Dine at one of Disneyland Resort’s Character Dining experience.

  • Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park at Plaza Inn, Disneyland
    • Characters to be on the lookout for are: Minnie, Tigger, Chip, Dale, Captain Hook, Pooh, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Geppetto, Rabbit, and more!

Character Dining at Resort Hotels

  • Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast at Disney’s PCH Grill in Paradise Pier Hotel
    • Characters to be on the lookout for are: Minnie, Mickey, Daisy Duck, Stitch, and many more!
  • Goofy’s Kitchen – Breakfast and Dinner
    • Dance around as you eat and get the chance to mingle with Goofy and all his friends, such as Minnie, Chip, Dale, Goofy, Pluto, and many more.
  • Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Character Breakfast at Storytellers Café in Grand California Hotel & Spa
    • Expect to encounter Mickey Mouse and all his friends!

Reservations for Character Dining are recommended. Book in advance by calling (714) 781-3463. Or reserve your seat by using your Disneyland App!

Donald Duck seaside breakfast

Things to Bring to a Meet and Greet

  • Disney App – This app is an asset because it gives you up-to-minute character locations and times.
  • Autograph book
  • Pen
  • Camera
  • Your perfect smile!

The great thing about character Meet and Greets are the changing costumes to fit the different holidays and seasons! And mentioning holidays, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party welcomes visits by some characters you normally would never get a chance to meet! So, grab your autograph book, a pen, and your camera and start planning your Disney vacation!

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