One of the most magical things guests can do in all the Disney parks is meet their favorite characters. There's nothing quite like seeing a beloved animation come to life, and because of this, Imagineers have packed the parks with meet-and-greet opportunities.
Being that Disney has so many films though, not every character gets the same level of attention. While Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, Elsa from Frozen, and Mickey Mouse himself are easy to find, select characters make only special appearances and take more effort to track down.
We're here to take a look at a bunch of Disney favorites you might not have realized could be meet at the parks. While it might take a little work (or a lot of luck), the picture opportunity will be worth it in the end.
10 The Seven Dwarfs
You can’t get autographs from all seven dwarfs (that’s a lot of writing) but you can get pictures with them. All seven dwarfs from Snow White are known do meet and greets during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
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The group is commonly stationed outside of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster at Fantasy Land in the Magic Kingdom.
While Tarzan isn’t known for frequenting Disneyland in California, he’s is a staple at Animal Kingdom in Florida. On the other hand, his love interest, Jane Porter, is not so easy to track down. That being said, finding her is not impossible.
Jane is known to show up for special events and holidays. She’s been spotted meeting people with Tarzan during Valentine’s Day and has also appeared at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Tarzan's monkey pal Terk has also swung her way into select meet-and-greets!
8 Jiminy Cricket
Finding Pinocchio’s wise cricket is no easy task. In fact, he is one of the rarest characters to track down in all of Disney World. While there is no schedule of when the classic cricket will be making his rounds, he is known to appear around Earth Day.
Usually, he is stationed at Animal Kingdom for a week leading up to the holiday. If you miss him, you might be waiting an entire year before you can wish upon a star with him again.
Hollywood Studios is home to Fantasmic! — a thrilling firework stage show spectacular that occurs on most nights. The end of the performance has multiple Disney characters dancing on boats together, and sometimes they can be met prior to the show at a secret event known as Character Palooza.
Robinhood is one of these special characters that sometimes appears at the event, which takes place outside the gates of Hollywood Studios for a brief time, usually between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. if it is not raining.
Robinhood and friends have also been spotted at the archways in the new Fantasyland where characters from Cinderella have been known to greet guests. The above photo featuring the gang was taken at a special Disney Vacation Club event at this very location in 2018.
6 Cruella de Vil
The evil villainess of One Hundred and One Dalmatians has been known to show up during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. She has also been spotted outside the World Traveler shop at the International Gateway between the France and UK pavilions at Epcot, though her appearances are completely random.
If you’re instead across the country at Disneyland in California, it might be easier to track her down. She has been spotted on Main Street, U.S.A. for meet-and-greets on multiple occasions.
5 Hercules and Meg
Like Cruella, Hercules and Megs have been spotted between the France and UK pavilions in Epcot, although this is incredibly rare and hasn’t been reported for some time.
While taking a photo with Meg is difficult, she has appeared on stage during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and during the Fantasmic! finale. Hercules appears in the occasional parade himself, but tracking him down is not an easy feat. If you run into these two, either separately or together, it’ll be by pure chance.
4 Wendy Darling
Peter Pan is stationed outside his ride in the Magic Kingdom nearly every single day. While he usually greets guests alone, Wendy has been known to show up there before.
Like some of the aforementioned characters, she’s been spotted at the International Gateway in Epcot. And as always, don’t forget to check out the character lineups prior to attending the holiday parties. During select years, she has appeared at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
3 Clarabelle Cow
Clarabelle doesn’t have a permanent meeting place, but she has been spotted in the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party parades. She has also participated in meet-and-greets during special holiday events at Disney World and Disneyland.
Additionally, the Frontierland Hoedown in the Magic Kingdom, featuring some swell square and line dancing skilly by The Country Bears, has also been known to feature Clarabelle on several occasions.
Mushu used to make regular appearances at the parks, but unless you travel to Disneyland Paris, he’ll be hard to find. That being said, chance could be on your side.
Mulan still meets in China at Epcot, and just because her dragon friend doesn’t tag along these days doesn’t mean things won’t change in the future. Though Mushu is not part of the upcoming live-action Mulan film, we wouldn’t be surprised if Disney took it as an opportunity for him to show up in the parks more often.
He also meets visitors at select special events, like The Lunar New Year (Year of the Dog) celebration at Disney California Adventure in 2018. Keep your eyes peeled.
Finishing off the list is one of Disney’s sassiest characters who is — we hate to say it — impossible to meet right now. By that, we mean that someday he could make a reappearance (we’re hoping Disney drops him somewhere in 2020 to celebrate 20 years of The Emperor’s New Groove) but there is nothing confirmed for the near future.
He’s previously been featured in both his human form and llama form alongside Yzma and Kronk in Disneyland Paris. It’s hard to describe just how much we’d love to see him again.