When Walt Disney World announced that the theme parks would be reopening, they also shared that select experiences such as fireworks, parades, and character meet and greets would be temporarily suspended.
Although Disney has put these experiences on hold, for now, they told us that guests would STILL be able to see some of their favorite characters in new and exciting ways! TODAY, during Cast Member previews at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we got to see some of these new entertainment offerings for the first time EVER!
We’ll keep updating this post as we spot more of Disney World’s new Character Cavalcades, but we’ll kick things off at Magic Kingdom!
On our first visit back to Magic Kingdom, we had a chance to see this adorable Pooh & Friends Cavalcade riding down Main Street, U.S.A. on a horse-drawn trolley! No sign of that silly old bear yet, but Piglet, Eeyore, and Rabbit all made cameo appearances!
Everybody got their ears on as the Mickey & Friends Cavalcade made the rounds in front of Cinderella Castle! Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto were wearing their special 90th-anniversary celebration outfits!
See them in action here!
Magic Kingdom Character Cavalcade! pic.twitter.com/cGuRe39eGR
— AJ Wolfe (@DisneyFoodBlog) July 14, 2020
We couldn’t believe our luck when we spotted the Royal Princess Processional coming our way too! Merida marched down Main Street, U.S.A. on a MAJESTIC HORSE!
Next up, we got to see SO MANY of our favorite princesses in one place as Belle, Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, Cinderella, Elena, and the Fairy Godmother all waved from one MASSIVE float.
Merida wasn’t the only one on horseback. It turns out no one RIDES LIKE GASTON! We spotted the brauniest villain around riding alongside the Fantasyland Friends Cavalcade.
Remember when we couldn’t find Pooh? He turned up on this float along with Peter Pan, Alice, Mary Poppins, and Aladdin, with Tigger bringing up the rear!
On our second day in Magic Kingdom, we were lucky enough to come across Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure!
It’s Tinker Bell! pic.twitter.com/MOzPRnAAJN
— AJ Wolfe (@DisneyFoodBlog) July 9, 2020
Over in Frontierland, we ran into the Main Street Philharmonic! They were marching on through while playing their brass instruments and drums at full blast!
In Fantasyland, we saw a familiar pair of ugly stepsisters hollering at one another on the castle balcony. Wave hello to Anastasia and Drizella!
Jack Sparrow was hanging around Adventureland today! While you couldn’t go up to him, you could interact with the notorious Captain Jack from afar!
Meanwhile, in Tomorrowland, Buzz Lightyear was showing off for the crowd now that his battery pack has had a nice, large recharge!
Experiment 626 was also cooking up some mischief!
The Country Bears are also out to jam in Frontierland above the Country Bear Jamboree!
We couldn’t help but have a rootin’ tootin’ good time when we see them out and about in Magic Kingdom!
Another Magic Kingdom entertainment offering guests will be able to check out is A Goofy Cavalcade!
And don’t forget EACH of the newly reopened Disney World theme parks will have their own unique Character Cavalcades and we’ll be continue to update this post as the remaining theme parks welcome guests back!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests will be able to spot their favorite characters as they cruise down the Discovery River. Today we’ve already spotted Pocahontas and Meeko waving to guests from their riverboat.
Occasionally, Pocahontas makes her way “just around the riverbend” without Meeko, too.
We also spotted Chip and Dale in their Donald’s Dino-Bash! costumes along with Goofy looking VERY DAPPER.
And speaking of Donald’s Dino-Bash…
Love these random character spottings! pic.twitter.com/WBPnCQ6RO2
— AJ Wolfe (@DisneyFoodBlog) July 11, 2020
And just look at Adventurer Mickey and Minnie taking Pluto for a cruise!
But if there’s one boat that looks like a total BLAST to be on it’s this one with Timon and Rafiki!
Give ’em a wave!
I have to share this every time I see it! pic.twitter.com/vU94Zw7k7O
— AJ Wolfe (@DisneyFoodBlog) July 13, 2020
They’re not technically characters but we saw the Discovery Island Drummers cruise past with a SHOW.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests can watch:
- Discovery River Character Cruise
- Discovery Island Drummers
- Donald’s Dino Boat Bash!
- Mickey & Friends Flotilla
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
If you find yourself in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can see Character Cavalcades throughout the day, with favorite Disney friends appearing along Hollywood Boulevard, including:
- Disney Junior Stars Motorcade
- Mickey & Friends Motorcade
- Pixar Motorcade
The first time we happened upon it, the Mickey & Friends Motorcade included Mickey and Minnie in their sweet rides…
And they were accompanied by Chip ‘n Dale and Pluto!
Good to see you, too, pal!
And you’ve definitely “got a friend” — make that several friends! — in the Pixar Motorcade!
Aren’t they… INCREDIBLE?!
And Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, and Fancy Nancy make up the squad that forms the Disney Junior Stars Motorcade!
And we’ve still got one more park full of FRIENDS to come…
And if you’re in Epcot, be sure to check out:
- Frozen Promenade
- Mickey & Friends World Tour
- Princess Promenade
We already had a chance to spot Mickey, where “& Friends” included Minnie along for the ride!
And Mickey’s (and our) pals Goofy and Pluto strolled ahead!
The Queen herself, ELSA, leads the Frozen Promenade!
And her beloved sister, Anna, isn’t far behind…
And you can get a glimpse of even MORE Disney Royalty when you catch the Princess Promenade!
And even though they’re not technically part of a Character Cavalcade, we couldn’t help but show you a few more friends we spotted in EPCOT!
So be sure to keep your eyes peeled for even MORE Disney pals outside of the Cavalcades!
In fact, you never know exactly where even more beloved characters might show up!
Why, it’s lovely seeing you, too, Alice!
Don’t forget Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival will kick off on July 15th — the same day the theme park reopens to the general public. Check out which 20 food booths we’re hoping to see return this year HERE!
When are you planning to visit Disney World? Let us know in the comments below.