The motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios concluded in early 2023. Below, you’ll find our archives about the motorcades. This information is for historical reference only.
Motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are fun pop-up parades that many of us have come to adore. Unfortunately, the Mickey and Friends character motorcade ended when Mickey and Minnie Mouse returned to Red Carpet Dreams.
Then, the Pixar Pals motorcade ended when the Toy Story characters returned to their traditional meet-and-greets in the park. Those meets are as follows:
In addition to these character meets, we’ve seen the return of traditional character meets to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We keep an updated guide that covers our experiences at each meet-and-greet.
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
At Magic Kingdom, one character cavalcade continues, the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade, which includes almost 30 characters. Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon and Bruno from Encanto have been known to make appearances. 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.
Hollywood Studios Character Motorcades Route
Feel free to continue reading about the motorcade route at Hollywood Studios. However, remember that they have concluded.
Originally, Hollywood Studios had three cavalcades.
- Disney Junior Stars Motorcade
- Pixar Motorcade
- Mickey & Friends Motorcade
All three motorcades follow the same route at Hollywood Studios. They started near the park entrance and made their way down Hollywood Boulevard.
The main boulevard is an excellent area to see the motorcades and provides fun picture opportunities. 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 near the area, you’ll notice the music getting 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’s favorite, Vampirina. Vampirina is as bouncy as ever, energetic, 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.
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:
- Meet Disney Princesses at Epcot
- Meet Mickey Mouse at Magic Kingdom
- Princess Fairytale Hall Character Meets
Additionally, you might enjoy our guide to character dining at Disney World.
In the Comments:
What are your thoughts on the motorcades at Hollywood Studios? Do you enjoy this form of entertainment?