Character Spotlight: (Year of the) Monkeys at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts

In this Lunar New Year celebrating the Year of the Monkey, I thought it would be fun to take a look at where we can find some our furry friends around the parks!

Disneyland Resort


Rafiki at Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park.

Rafiki at Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park.

  • Your first morning stop to try for a monkey Meet & Greet should be Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park at the Plaza Inn at the end of Main Street, U.S.A.  No character is ever guaranteed to be here except Minnie herself, but Rafiki, the mandrill baboon from The Lion King can often be found at this location.
  • Your afternoon entertainment should include Mickey’s Soundsational Parade traveling along a route between Main Street and Fantasyland, where you can find dancing monkeys along with King Louie from The Jungle Book preceding The Lion King float.
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King Louie at Mickey and the Magical Map.

  • And if you didn’t get enough of King Louie dancing along the parade route, stroll on over to Mickey and the Magical Map in Fantasyland where he performs his famous song “I Wanna Be Like You” aka “The Monkey Song”!
  • Or if audio-animatronic monkeys are more to your liking, take a trip aboard the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland and you may find a few gorillas causing some trouble along the way!

Walt Disney World Resort

Animal Kingdom

  • Animal Kingdom offers multiple monkey meets! Rafiki does a Meet & Greet at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, while King Louie visits with guests at Upcountry Landing in Asia.
  • If that isn’t enough, you could always go visit with Tarzan (the Ape-Man) who was raised by gorillas, at his Meet & Greet spot at Discovery Island!
  • And finally, what would a visit to Animal Kingdom be without checking out the real thing? Go enjoy a view of the gorillas along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, or the Cotton-Top Tamarins at either Rafiki’s Planet Watch or on Discovery Island!

Mousertainment Tip: Most character Meet & Greets are now listed on the official Disneyland app or the My Disney Experience app for the Walt Disney World Resort as well as in the daily Times Guide.  However, you can always check with Guest Relations, too!

Have you monkeyed around with any characters at either Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts? Which did you go ape over?


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