Disneyland Character Encounters

Even before the parks closed, character behavior started to change due to COVID-19. The characters switched from the hugs and hand-holding that they often did with kids to a hands off approach. When Walt Disney World reopened, it had a new approach to character encounters. Characters stand in isolated spaces instead of the traditional meet-and-greet. They wave and have short conversations-at-a-distance. They’re happy to take pictures but don’t pose with guests anymore. Characters will be doing the same thing when they arrive at Disneyland later this month.

Characters will have designated areas where they can stand and greet guests from afar. Disney has confirmed where we can find characters when the parks reopen. This isn’t a full list, but it these characters will be the most common. There are a few that haven’t been out at Disneyland for a while. It’s fun to see Disney mixing up the cast of characters available.


  • Disneyland Railroad, Main Street U.S.A. – Mickey and Pals
  • Royal Theatre, Fantasyland – Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Mulan, Elena of Avalor
  • Small World Terrace, Fantasyland – Alice in Wonderland
  • Balconies, New Orleans Square – Tiana and Redd the Pirate
  • Central Gazebo, Mickey’s Toontown – Mickey and Pals. (Characters will be outside their homes, too)
  • Zocalo Park, Frontierland – Miguel
  • Above the Speeder Garage, Galaxy’s Edge – Rey, Chewbacca, and Vi Moradi
  • TIE Echelon Vehicle, Galaxy’s Edge – Kylo Ren and Stormtroopers

California Adventure

  • Carthay Fountain, Buena Vista Street – Mickey and Pals
  • Backlot Stage, Hollywood Land – Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and the Dora Milaje. These characters will probably be moved to Avengers Campus when that area opens June 4
  • Disney Theater, Hollywood Land – Doc McStuffins and Vampirina
  • Cars Land – Mater, Lightning McQueen, Red the Fire Truck
  • Bandshell Stage, Pixar Pier – Woody, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, Edna Mode, Frozone, Joy, and Sadness
  • Paradise Gardens Park – Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde

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