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Complete guide to cavalcades and characters at Hollywood Studios

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Published: August 3, 2020 Updated: November 16, 2021

Complete guide to cavalcades and characters at Hollywood Studios

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Complete guide to cavalcades and characters at Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios hasn’t had a regular parade in many years. But now that Disney has to mix things up again to allow for physically-distanced character interactions, we are happy to say a mini-version (in the style of cavalcades) are back!

These dashes of character magic are a fantastic replacement and a great way for guests to see their favorites, while staying safe.

Here’s everything you need to know:

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What is a Cavalcade?

Cavalcades are basically like a parade, but a much smaller and shorter version. You can find them along Hollywood Boulevard at Hollywood Studios.

While we love parades, we also enjoy cavalcades — a lot!

Not only do they allow you to see characters quickly and multiple times a day, but you also don’t have to camp out for hours for a good seat (or in that hot Orlando summer sun), unlike a parade.

Cavalcades really are a lot of fun and provide opportunities to wave to characters without feeling tied down to a parade schedule.

You can even easily catch one as you’re on your way to hop in line for an attraction or grab a bite to eat.

Cavalcades Are Magical

Cavalcades really do feel more magical. Why? Allow us to explain.

  • Cavalcades are smaller, providing a more intimate experience. You won’t be stuck in the 2nd or 3 row of a crowd – you’ll be front row with lots of opportunities to wave – and for the characters to wave back.
  • They are quick – no standing in the hot sun for an hour. You get a dash of magic and then you move along to your next adventure of the day.
  • Cavalcades bring these magical character sightings into parts of parks we haven’t seen before like seeing Buzz Lightyear sitting in a car waving to guests.

How Do You Know One Is Coming?

Just like with a parade, music is your cue (at least for most of the cavalcades).

Before you’ll be able to see a cavalcade you’ll likely be able to hear it.

goofy at hollywood studios

You can also check the My Disney Experience app for cavalcade schedules. They usually run about every 15 minutes or so.

hollywood studios cavalcade schedule and times

Cavalcades & Other Character Interactions

Hollywood Studios Cavalcades

At least for the time being, guests will find that parades and traditional character meet and greet opportunities are temporarily suspended at Walt Disney World. 

But even with those favorites currently on hiatus, Disney has found ways to bring a little bit of that character magic back – with cavalcades (which are basically just mini-parades with just 1 or 2 floats and a few others on foot or horseback).

Reminiscent of the old “Stars and Motor Cars” parade, Hollywood Studios uses adorable automobiles for their caval, err, we mean, motorcades. 

These motorcades happen most of the day, but start and end times may vary, so be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for the latest schedule.

Disney Junior Motorcade (No Longer Running)

TIP: You can catch Disney Junior characters at the Disney Junior Play and Dance! show in the Animation Courtyard. You can also check out the Disney Junior “sightings” in the same area or book a breakfast reservation at Hollywood & Vine with Disney Junior characters.

Mickey And Friends Motorcade (no longer running)

Pluto

Characters: Mickey and Minnie in separate cars, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale walking, and sometimes Goofy
Where: From the front of the park down Hollywood Boulevard

Mickey in motorcade car
Minnie in motorcade car

Pixar Pals Motorcade

Pixar Pals motorcade

Characters: Green Army Men (drum corps) walking, Woody & Jessie walking, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible walking, Sulley walking, Buzz in a themed car, Edna Mode in a themed car
Where: From the front of the park down Hollywood Boulevard

Edna in her car

Other Character Opportunities

Star Wars Favorites

Star Wars characters

Characters: Rey, Chewbacca, Storm Troopers, Kylo Ren, Vi Moradi
Where: elevated stages near ships as well as in other secured/fenced/blocked off areas around Batuu (characters no longer “roam” like they did prior)

Chip & Dale And Donald & Daisy

Chip at Hollywood Studios

Characters: Chip & Dale and Donald & Daisy
Where: In the small fenced off garden near the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant

Mickey & Minnie And Donald & Daisy

mickey at hollywood studios

Characters: Mickey & Minnie and Donald & Daisy
Where: At the Hollywood Studios entrance on the balcony above the restrooms next to Oscar’s Super Service

daisy at hollywood studios

Goofy

goofy tower of terror hollywood studios

Character: Goofy
Where: On the balcony of Tower of Terror (near the back as you enter the hotel while in line)

Goofy & Max

max at hollywood studios

Character: Goofy and Max
Where: Along Echo Lake near Dockside Diner

Genie

Character: Genie
Where: The beloved Aladdin character has been spotted in a roped off area next to the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Character “Sightings”

While traditional character meet and greets haven’t returned to the parks just yet, there are “sightings” for guests to enjoy.

You can actually have 1-on-1 time with select characters, but you must keep your distance. There is no hugging and autographs aren’t allowed.

Most of these experiences don’t have PhotoPass photographers, so you’ll need to take photos/selfies with your own camera and/or mobile device.

You can check wait times for the following in the My Disney Experience app. They run from park open to about 30 minutes prior to park closing.

Minnie Starring In Red Carpet Dreams (Available with Genie+ Starting March 11

minnie starring in red carpet dreams hollywood studios

Characters: Minnie
Where: Commissary Lane across from Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Sorcerer Mickey Starring in Red Carpet Dreams (Available with Genie+ Starting March 11

sorcerer mickey meet and greet hollywood studios

Characters: Mickey
Where: Commissary Lane across from Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Disney Junior Pals In The Animation Courtyard

vampirina meet and greet hollywood studios

Characters: Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy
Where: In the Animation Courtyard

Disney Junior Come & Meet Pluto

pluto meet and greet - hollywood studios

Characters: Pluto (PhotoPass Photographer available)
Where: In the Animation Courtyard

Celebrity Spotlight
(Available with Genie+)

olaf hollywood studios celebrity spotlight

Characters: Olaf
Where: In Echo Lake around the corner from Vacation Fun

Live Entertainment

While live entertainment at the Disney Parks isn’t back in full force just yet, there are several opportunities to see characters and enjoy a show all at the time time.

You can always check the My Disney Experience app for the daily live entertainment schedule.

Fantasmic! (returning in 2022)

mickey fantasmic

Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Disney Princesses, Pinocchio, Pocahontas, and more (when the show returns there will be a new sequence featuring characters that haven’t been part of the show before)
Where: Fantasmic! theater at the end of Sunset Boulevard

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

frozen sing-along hollywood studios

Characters: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff (Olaf will make a limited-time appearance during the holidays)
Where: Hyperion Theater in Echo Lake

Hollywood Studios Character Dining

Hollywood Studios is currently home to a couple of the character meals you can find on property right now – Disney Junior Play n’ Dine and Minnie’s Seasonal Dine, both at Hollywood and Vine.

These popular meals are now offered family style instead of as a buffet. Disney Junior Play n’ Dine is available for breakfast only, while Minnie’s Seasonal Dine is offered at both lunch and dinner.

Minnie at Hollywood & Vine

The seasonal theme meal 2021-2022 schedule for Minnie’s Seasonal Dine is as follows:

  • Halloween Dine – spooktacular Halloween feast from August 10th to November 3rd
  • Minnie’s Holiday Dine – dazzling holiday dinner party from November 4th to January 3rd
  • Silver Screen Dine – glitz and glamour of Hollywood starting January 4th (usually through March)
  • Springtime Dine – bright and beautiful delights of spring (usually from March to June)
  • Summertime Dine – beach-inspired bash (usally from June to September)

Check out our latest Hollywood and Vine review for more details on the Minnie’s Seasonal Dine experience.

Seasonal Holiday Motorcades

During the holiday season, you can expect to see some Christmas spirit added to the existing character motorcades.

santa claus motorcade hollywood studios

But you will also be able to see a very special guest cruising around in his special themed motorcar… Santa Claus!

Be on the lookout for Santa, becuase he most likely has to go back to the North Pole on December 24th.

santa claus motorcade hollywood studios
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