Parade at Magic Kingdom
  • On Apr 23, 2018
    Julie from ON Asked

    My son's current passion is Pinocchio. I've been to Disneyworld many times over the years and only recall seeing him on a float on a parade at the Magic Kingdom. Can you meet any of the main characters from this movie?

    Hi Julie!

    I remember reading a Pinocchio storybook as a child, and being mesmerized when I saw it come alive on screen in the Disney animated classic. I've been able to share the movie with my daughters, watching it on a video cassette when they were little, and on DVD now. We love the story of the precious wooden puppet that wants more than anything to become a real boy!

    Pinocchio can still be seen daily at Magic Kingdom Park, in Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade. He rides atop Monstro the Whale, waving at guests along the parade route. Unfortunately, at this time, Pinocchio does not have a scheduled Meet and Greet location.

    That being said, I have run into Pinocchio during a surprise, unscheduled "pop-up" Meet and Greet, unofficially nicknamed "Character Palooza". I stumbled across one of these events in the World Showcase section of Epcot a few years ago. During these unannounced events, several rarely-seen Disney Characters come out for a short time to visit with guests. I was able to get a photo with Pinocchio and also Geppetto - so exciting! The lines to meet the characters closed quickly, and they were gone almost as fast as they appeared. There's no way to predict when/if one of these events may pop up, but if you're lucky enough to see one, it's a magical moment for sure. From time to time, it's possible you may be able to meet Jiminy Cricket in  Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. Most recently, he was greeting guests who visited during Animal Kingdom's 20th Anniversary Celebration on Earth Day 2018.

    One place you'll certainly want to visit during your Walt Disney World vacation is Pinocchio Village Haus in Magic Kingdom Park. With murals of Pinocchio and his friends all around the restaurant, your son is sure to enjoy dining there!

    I hope this helps! Have a magical day! - Diane W.


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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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