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California Adventure Character Locations

California Adventure Character Meet and Greets

Updated October 24, 2016

Disney California Adventure offers a number of characters for meet and greets.  You’ll find characters from Frozen like Anna, Elsa and Olaf, classic Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, Chip n Dale and Oswald.  You’ll see Pixar characters like   Monsters Inc and Toy Story characters and you’ll find Disney Junior characters like Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins.  You’ll find the schedule info below.
Disney California Adventure Character Schedule

Disney Visa Meet at Stage 12

Ariel’s Grotto Dining

  • Ariel
  • Aurora
  • Belle
  • Cinderella
  • Snow White

Buena Vista Street

  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
  • Donna the Dog Lady
  • Molly the Messenger
  • Officer Calvin Blue
  • Phi Phi the Photographer

Cars Land

  • DJ’s Dance and Drive
  • Lightning McQueen & Mater
  • Red the Fire Engine

Carthay Circle – Open to closing varies

  • Daisy Duck
  • Donald Duck
  • Goofy
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse

Flik’s Fun Fair

  • Flik

Grizzly Peak

  • Pluto – Airplane near Soarin’

Hollywood Land

  • Anna and Elsa – Fastpass available during busy seasons
  • Captain America & Spiderman
  • Chip n Dale – Bellhops
  • Doc McStuffins
  • Nick Wilde & Judy Hopps
  • Olaf
  • Sofia the First
  • Sulley

Paradise Pier

  • Buzz Lightyear, Jessie & Woody

32 thoughts on “California Adventure Character Locations”

  1. Was there in June and cast members informed us, Dug was no longer meeting with Russell. Russell also does not autograph as he is working on his signature badge. As mentioned before, Oswald meets at the front of the park across the street from his station. We never saw him meeting at Cathay circle as your list suggests. We also had Jasmine, Tiana, and Rapunzel at our character breakfast at the Grotto.

    1. I could write it as gas station. Odd that they said Dug isn’t meeting. A friend saw him there recently. Thanks for info!

  2. Oh I was able to meet Dug while I was there too. I’m sorry I noticed that was relayed below already, I had been trying to mention ones that weren’t!

  3. Mrs. Incredible was doing meets across from Aladdin, next to the FP distribution for Anna and Elsa, with Frozone while I was there late May. Also for the 60th celebration Minnie Mouse has rejoined the gang on Buena Vista street in her Flapper Girl outfit! ;)

  4. Met Olaf after rope drop near stage 17 with no wait. Got early fastpass for Anna and Elsa, who meet in the animation academy building.

    Met Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, and Frozone in the shade near the left entrance of the animation academy building. Later met Jake the never land pirate there; also saw him meeting early morning in shade near water fountain near restrooms. On the left side of animation academy door entance, we met Doc Mcstuffins. Sofia the 1st met there too but didn’t time it right to meet her. Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale, and Goofy meets at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Buena Vista on various street corners or near the fountain. Oswald the Lucky rabbit meets on Buena Vista near his station at front entrance.

    Pluto was meeting near airplane towards grizzly river run. Russell is only meeting and not dug. Russell does not sign, but takes pictures at the end of his little show.

    Flik is meeting in a shaded area in Bug’s land near Heimlich ride.

    Donald is meeting at the gazebo at the end of the pier bridge.

    Buzz Lightyear doesn’t sign or stamp, but poses for pictures near boardwalk games.

    Ate at Ariel’s Grotto. Princesses there that day were Ariel, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, and Belle.

  5. A fastpass is required to meet Olaf outside Stage 17. The good news is that is not linked, so it doesn’t affect your ability to get a fastpass for a different attraction.

    There has been no change to the Anna & Elsa M&G.

    1. My friend went there at rope drop and was 5th in line for FP for him. Most were running to Radiator Spring Racers to get FP. She got RSR, Olaf and WoC in a very short time.

  6. The Snowfest has ended but I’ve read that Olaf now has “his own area to the right of the blue building” (I believe that is a reference to Stage 17)

  7. Olaf is meeting currently, and will be even after the “Frozen Fun” in stage 17 closes. Disney has stated that he will be greeting guests afterwards, but has not announced where.

  8. Marshmallow can be seen from the start of Freeze the Night (6 PM) – will almost certainly be gone after May 15. Disney has never stated if Olaf would still be available. Even if not officially stated, Anna & Elsa certainly will be .

  9. When I was there in March I was shocked to see Suzy, Perla, and Meeko suddenly emerge from a door near the Hyperion. No Photo Pass or cast members, but there were kind strangers who took photos for me. Also in Hollywoodland: Handy Manny and Mrs Incedible. i have also caught Minnie frequently by the Tower. Also Green Army Men in Paradise Pier. I remember the happy days too when random characters came out in Animation Academy. I have been three times since last October and have never seen Flik.

  10. Love your blog! I am a Disney World veteran, but am taking a trip to Disneyland next month. Do you have a character meet and greet list to recommend for Disneyland?

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