Where to Meet Your Favorite Disneyland Characters

Have you been dreaming of meeting your favorite Disneyland Characters while strolling through Disneyland Resort? Then don’t miss these Disneyland character tips for your next visit to Disneyland.Disneyland autographs

Disneyland Autograph Tips Before You Go

Securing your favorite characters’ Disneyland autograph will take time but I have plenty of time-saving tips to help you out. One time-saving tip?

Secure your Disneyland autographs before your visit even begins. Yes, this is sorta like cheating but it can save you from disappointment and you can even have something to give to your kids when you announce your Disneyland vacation. 


Disneyland autograph tips


Use this photo as a template for what Disney Characters’ autographs look like and create your own piece of art. You’ll also eliminate the need for bringing multiple pens, sharpies and keeping your Disneyland castle print or other item from getting bent or lost. 

Want to get autographs while you’re actually at Disneyland? Here’s some supplies you’ll need before you go:

Forgot your supplies? Stop by any shop in Disneyland and you’re likely to find a display just like this one for last minute autograph solutions!


Disneyland autograph books

Where to Meet Disneyland Characters in the Parks

There are always new and exciting ways to interact with your favorite characters at Disneyland Resort. 

Here’s where to meet your favorite characters at Disneyland Park:

  • Main Street, U.S.A. – Mickey Mouse and some of his pals may be seen waving from the steps of the Disneyland Railroad station.
  • Royal Theatre and Royal Hall in Fantasyland – From Cinderella to Rapunzel, Snow White, Ariel and  others, guests will be delighted as they are greeted by Disney Royalty. Princesses will pose and wave at a distance for photos with their royal guests.
  • Princess Tip: the exit to Royal Hall is just under the cat Figaro, wait there and ask someone exiting which princesses they saw. 


Evil Queen meet and greet


  • Small World Terrace – Alice and other wonderful Disney friends like Mary Poppins enjoy the day as they invite guests to see at Small World Terrace. We’ve also seen Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and others here too. 
  • New Orleans Square – The characters of New Orleans Square have returned to their old haunts, and some new ones: Tiana the pirate known as Redd, and Jack Sparrow take up residence here and roam near Pirates of the Caribbean. During Halloween Time special guests come out to socialize like Jack & Sally. 
  • Mickey’s Toontown – Mickey Mouse and his friends have returned to their homes at Mickey’s Toontown where guests can meet them and take photos all over this kooky land.
  • Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland – At Zocalo Park, guests may spot Miguel dressed in mariachi finery among the colorful marigolds and papel picado décor inspired by Disney and Pixar’s award-winning film, “Coco.” We’ve also seen Mirabel from Encanto here.


mirabel encanto dca


  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – While living their own adventures in a galaxy far, far away, guests are likely to come across familiar faces as they explore the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. Heroes of the Resistance including Rey, Chewbacca and Vi Moradi may be spotted in this land. A contingent of First Order Stormtroopers join Kylo Ren in patrolling the land at Docking Bay 9 beneath their TIE Echelon vehicle. You can also meet The Mandalorian and baby Yoda!

Here’s where to meet your favorite characters at Disney California Adventure Park

  • Carthay Fountain/Buena Vista Street – As guests reach the heart of Disney California Adventure, they will find themselves drawn to the fountain as the center of the action. Mickey Mouse and his friends have stepped out on the town to meet all their friends.
  • Super Heroes – Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will make their way to Avengers Campus throughout the day, where adoring fans can wave, cheer and meet Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, Black Panther and the Dora Milaje, as they strike heroic poses throughout the day. New heroes are always joining us in Avengers Campus.
  • Cars Land – At Radiator Springs, guests can share a laugh and take memorable photos with some of their favorite characters such as Mater, Lightning McQueen and Red the fire truck in front of Cozy Cone Motel.


Jessica Mater Cars Land


  • Pixar Pals – A variety of Pixar characters such as Woody, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, Edna Mode, Frozone, and Joy and Sadness will meet and greet you near the Pixar Pier bandshell stage.
  • Disney Junior – Favorite Disney Junior stars, from Vampirina to Doc McStuffins, wave and interact with their friends in front of the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land. 
  • Paradise Gardens Park – Guests may see Officer Judy Hopps and her friend Nick Wilde from Disney’s “Zootopia” on patrol, along with seasonal characters here.

These entertainment experiences will happen frequently throughout the day, bringing a dose of Disney surprise and magic to numerous areas across the parks.

Where to Meet Disneyland Characters During a Meal

When you’re short on time, the best way to meet a ton of Disneyland characters is to book a character meal. You’ll meet the most Disneyland characters at Minnie & Friends breakfast at Plaza Inn.

Yes, you’ll spend time dining and having one on one time with characters, but it’s time well spent. You’d easily spend triple the amount of time trying to track down these characters on their own. 


Cinderella Fairy Godmother costume.


At Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park, you can expect to meet these characters, most of which will sign autographs:

  • Minnie Mouse
  • Chip
  • Dale
  • Winnie The Pooh
  • Tigger
  • Eeyore
  • Rafiki
  • Max
  • Pinocchio
  • Honest John
  • Gideon
  • Fairy Godmother
  • Captain Hook

At Goofy’s Kitchen, you can expect to meet these characters, most of which will also sign autographs:

Minnie Mouse goofys kitchen


  • Chef Goofy
  • Chef Mickey (dinner only)
  • Chip
  • Dale
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Pluto

At Mickey’s Tales of Adventure, you can expect to meet these characters:

Pluto at breakfast



  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Chip
  • Dale
  • Pluto

At Disney Breakfast Princess Adventures, you can expect to meet these characters, most of which will sign autographs too!


Sleeping Beauty princess breakfast


  • Belle, Beauty and the Beast
  • Tiana, Princess and the Frog
  • Ariel, The Little Mermaid


Meet Princess ariel Disneyland


  • Jasmine, Aladdin
  • Mulan, Mulan
  • Rapunzel, Tangled

More Tips for Finding Disneyland Characters

Looking to bump into your favorite Disneyland characters while they roam Disneyland? It’ll take you more time than doing a character meal, but there’s something magical about strolling down Main Street and seeing Mickey Mouse or Pluto. 


belle beauty and the beast


The Disneyland App will be your best friend for finding Disney Characters. Download the app and start browsing now to get familiar with who visits guests where and when they’re usually out and about. 

Meet Mickey Mouse & Friends at Disneyland 

To find Mickey Mouse and other members of the “fab five” and classic friends, check the app to find them at these usual locations.

meet mickey mouse


  • Mickey Mouse: Buena Vista Street, near Carthay Circle. Also at Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. and in Mickey’s Toontown
  • Minnie Mouse: Buena Vista Street, near Carthay Circle. Also at Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. and in Mickey’s Toontown
  • Donald Duck: Buena Vista Street, near Carthay Circle. Also at Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. and in Mickey’s Toontown near Donald’s Boat.
  • Daisy Duck: Buena Vista Street, near Carthay Circle
  • Goofy: Girzzly Peak Airfield. Also at Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. and in Mickey’s Toontown
  • Pluto: Buena Vista Street, near Carthay Circle. Also at Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. and in Mickey’s Toontown
  • Chip and Dale: Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Eeyore: Critter Country
  • Tigger: Critter Country
  • Winnie the Pooh: Critter Country

Meet Princesses at Disneyland 

  • Aladdin: near Snow White’s Wishing Well, roaming Fantasyland
  • Anna, Elsa & Olaf: Animation Building in Hollywood Land
  • Ariel: Royal Hall
  • Cinderella: Royal Hall
  • Elena: Select times of year at Paradise Gardens Park
  • Elsa, Anna & Olaf: Animation Building in Hollywood Land
  • Fairy Godmother: roaming Fantasyland




  • Flynn Rider: Faire Courtyard, roaming
  • Gaston: roaming Fantasyland
  • Moana: near Adventureland Treehouse
  • Merida: roaming Fantasyland


Merida Disneyland


  • Pocahontas: near the petrified tree in Frontierland 
  • Princess Aurora: Royal Hall, roaming near Snow White’s Wishing Well


Evil Queen Autogrpah Disneyland


  • Princess Jasmine: Royal Hall, roaming near Snow White’s Wishing Well
  • The Evil Queen: roaming Fantasyland
  • Rapunzel: Fantasy Faire Courtyard 
  • Snow White: Royal Hall

Aladdin Disneyland

Meet Tinker Bell at Disneyland 

In Pixie Hollow you’ll meet Tinker Bell. It’s been years since I’ve seen her other friends there, but let me know if you see them!


  • Iridessa: Pixie Hollow on rotating basis
  • Tinker Bell: Pixie Hollow almost always
  • Silver Mist: Pixie Hollow on rotating basis
  • Rosetta: Pixie Hollow on rotating basis

Meet Pixar Pals at Disneyland 

  • Buzz Lightyear: Pixar Pier, Toy Story Boardwalk
  • Edna Mode: Pixar Pier, roaming Incredibles Park
  • Frozone: Pixar Pier, roaming Incredibles Park
  • Mike Wazowski: Pixar Pier, near Inside Out Headquarters
  • Joy: Pixar Pier, near Inside Out Headquarters
  • Sadness: Pixar Pier, near Inside Out Headquarters


Disney Pixar Pier Joy


  • Mr. Incredible: Pixar Pier, roaming Incredibles Park
  • Mrs. Incredible: Pixar Pier, roaming Incredibles Park




  • Woody: Pixar Pier, Toy Story Boardwalk and Frontierland
  • Russell from Up at Pixar Pier

Marvel Disneyland Autographs

More Marvel characters join the line up with Avengers Campus


Spider Man Disneyland


  • Black Panther: Hollywood Land
  • Captain America: Hollywood Land
  • Spider Man: Hollywood Land

Meet Star Wars Characters at Disneyland 

There are so many places to meet Star Wars characters at the resort. From Tomorrowland to Galaxy’s Edge, there’s someone at every turn!


Kylo Ren at Disneyland.

  • Boba Fett: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Chewbacca: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Darth Vader: Star Wars Launch Bay Disney Visa card holders


Stormtroppers Happiest Blog Rise


  • Kylo Ren: Star Wars Launch Bay for Disney Visa card holders
  • Rey: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Rare Disneyland Autographs

  • Alice in Wonderland & Mad Hatter: strolling Fantasyland and Main Street


Mad Hatter Alice in Wonderland



  • Captain Hook: near small world promenade, roaming Fantasyland
  • Captain Jack Sparrow: Frontierland
  • Cruella De Vil: Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Dr. Facilier: New Orleans Square
  • Fairy Godmother: roaming Fantasyland


Alice White Rabbit


  • Mary Poppins & Bert: Strolling Fantasyland
  • Nick Wilde: Pacific Wharf on San Fransisco Street
  • Santa Claus: during the Holidays at Disneyland Resort
  • Tweedle Dee in Fantasyland
  • Tweedle Dum in Fantasyland
  • Queen of Hearts in Fantasyland

And so many more!

Who Doesn’t Sign Autographs at Disneyland

It helps to be aware that these characters typically don’t sign autographs (please check with the accompanying Cast Member):

  • Chewbacca in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
  • Buzz Lightyear in Tomorrowland or Pixar Pier
  • Darth Vader at Star Wars Launch Bay for Disney Visa card holders
  • Geppetto in Fantasyland
  • Gaston in Fantasyland
  • Groot in Hollywood Land
  • Judy Hopps at California Adventure Park
  • Kylo Ren at Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland
  • Lightning McQueen in Cars Land
  • Nick Wilde at California Adventure Park
  • Tow Mater in Cars Land
  • Tweedle Dee in Fantasyland
  • Tweedle Dum in Fantasyland
  • Queen of Hearts in Fantasyland
  • Rey from Star Wars in Tomorrowland
  • Russell from Up at Pixar Pier
  • Ralph from Wreck it Ralph
  • Sulley near Monsters, Inc. 

Most “wandering characters” don’t have enough time to stop and sign, but on occasion you might get lucky. What’s a “wandering character?” These characters often show up on the Disneyland App for brief time periods. It means you might catch them walking around but they often won’t stop for autographs or meet and greets. Be ready to interact with some witty conversation instead! 

Help me add to this list! Which characters have you seen at Disneyland Resort and where did you meet them for autographs?

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By Jessica Sanders

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