Hollywood Studios Character Motorcades and Route

As of 2023, motorcades at Hollywood Studios appear to have concluded.

Motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are fun pop-up parades that many of us have come to adore. This article will look at the different character motorcades available at Hollywood Studios.

At the time of this last update, many of the character motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have concluded. However, during the holiday, the Santa Claus Merry Motorcade was available.

Unfortunately, the Mickey and Friends character motorcade ended earlier this year when Mickey and Minnie Mouse returned to Red Carpet Dreams.

Related: Meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Red Carpet Dreams

Additionally, the Pixar Pals motorcade is no longer listed on the daily schedule. You may remember that we recently covered the Toy Story characters returning to their traditional meet-and-greets in the park.

Those meets are as follows:

Make sure to check the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit for availability and exact timing.

In addition to these character meets, we’ve seen the return of most all traditional character meets to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We keep an updated guide that covers our experiences at each meet-and-greet.

Related: Characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Not only have characters returned to Hollywood Studios, but they’ve also returned to other parks at Walt Disney World. You may enjoy browsing our list of each available character meet.

Related: Disney World Characters Guide

Over at Magic Kingdom, some character cavalcades continue. A newer character cavalcade, the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade, includes almost 30 characters. Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon was recently added to that cavalcade.

Last year also brought the return of the Festival of the Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom. This parade is held once or twice daily, depending on crowd levels.

Related: Festival of Fantasy Parade Route with Tips

Originally, Hollywood Studios had three cavalcades.

  • Disney Junior Stars Motorcade
  • Pixar Motorcade
  • Mickey & Friends Motorcade

Disney Junior Stars have also returned to their former home in Animation Courtyard.

Related: Meet Disney Junior Characters

Feel free to continue reading about the motorcade route at Hollywood Studios. However, remember that most of the character motorcades at Hollywood Studios have concluded.

Hollywood Studios Character Motorcades Route

All three of the different motorcades follow the same route at Hollywood Studios. They start close to the park entrance and make their way down Hollywood Boulevard.

The main boulevard is an excellent area to see the motorcades and makes for some fun picture opportunities. As you can see, there aren’t many guests waiting, and no crowds are forming.

The character motorcades continue down Hollywood Boulevard and turn in front of the Chinese Theater. Then, they make a broad curve to the left, continuing between the Hyperion Theater and Echo Lake.

Eventually, they end up between Backlot Express and Star Tours.

If you are touring anywhere in the vicinity of the area, you’ll notice the music gets louder as the motorcades get closer. If it’s convenient, you can walk over closer to the route to get a better glance as it passes.

The Disney Junior Stars Motorcade offered a chance for younger children to see some of their favorite characters.

Doc McStuffins comes through first, wearing her stethoscope and waving to the crowd. Given current circumstances, she is probably the most appropriate character of all time. At least, that was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw her approaching.

She is followed up by Disney Junior favorite, Vampirina. Vampirina is as bouncy as ever, full of energy, and eager to see all her friends. My niece and nephew enjoy this show, so I’m incredibly familiar with her.

You’ll see Mr. and Mrs. Incredible head up the motorcade, and the one and only Edna Mode rides in a car right behind them. She deserves her own motorcade.

Edna is followed by Sully from Monsters Inc. and the Green Army Men from Toy Story. After that, Woody and Jesse walk ahead of Buzz Lightyear, riding along in his decked-out vehicle.

The Pixar motorcade offers the opportunity to see the most characters at once. However, I feel like some of these characters might change from time to time moving forward.

So I wouldn’t necessarily expect to see every one of the characters on your visit, and you might even see someone different.

Lastly, we look at the most classic Hollywood Studios Character Motorcades, Mickey and Friends. Everyone will want to see these classic characters as they make their way through the park.

*Mickey and Friends Motorcade ended on February 12, 2022.

Chip was leading this motorcade on my visit. You can tell he was so grateful to see guests in the park again.

Minnie Mouse comes along, rocking the dots in her souped-up ride.

She will be glad to pose for a picture.

Pluto walks behind Minnie Mouse greeting guests from a distance.

And then Mickey follows up the motorcade looking dazzling as ever in his finale suit from Fantasmic!

The Hollywood Studios Character Motorcades are a lot of fun. You might even be surprised at how much these pop-ups enhance your vacation experience.

The ability to still see these beloved characters as they motorcade through the park has been a nice touch.

For more information about meeting characters, here are a few favorites:

Additionally, you might enjoy our guide to character dining at Disney World. It contains updates for 2023 and a list of recommendations.

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