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Take 5 with Celebrities at Disney Parks

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Stephen Colbert with Goofy at Disney California Adventure park
You never know who you will see at Disney Parks. We’ve had the pleasure of hosting many well-known guests, and here our five of our favorite celebrity visits.

Have you spotted any celebrities at Disney Parks? Let us know in the comments.

Top 5: Celebrity Visits at Disney Parks

  1. The Ego Has Landed! Stephen Colbert Visits Disneyland Resort – In August, when Stephen Colbert came to town to attend the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, he made time to bring his family back to the Disneyland Resort.
  2. Neil Patrick Harris is a ‘World of Color’ Fan – Neil Patrick Harris stopped by the Disneyland Resort and shared with us his love for “World of Color.”
  3. Celebrity Sighting: Tina Fey at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – In April we caught up with Emmy Award-winning actress, writer & producer Tina Fey while she was visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios with her family at the Walt Disney World Resort.
  4. What a Goofy Way to Celebrate! – Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant celebrated his team’s World Championship at the Disneyland Resort.
  5. Celine Dion Tapes Performances for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade – Backed by a choir of Walt Disney World Cast Members, Celine Dion performed for guests in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa last holiday season.


  • Ha, these are all pretty great! Colbert’s pictures are pretty funny!

  • We’ve seen Jim Belushi go through the exit of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland (he and his party were going through the exit to go on the ride rather than through the regular queue) as well as Paris Hilton (trying to disguise herself in a brunette wig) walking around in New Orleans Square.

  • Walking out of the castle, chaperoning 10 middle school students, walked right in to Ron Jeremy! Tried to act like I was oblivious, but the grin on his face seeing that I recognized him, said it all! LOL!!!

  • I saw Julie Andrews at Hollywood Studios about 10 years ago when she was leaving her hand prints in cement in front of the theater.

  • We saw Bob Hope in the 1980’s on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom.
    We saw Joan Rivers at the Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom a few years ago.
    We saw environmental artist Wyland painting in the Polynesian Resort’s lobby in 2007.
    My favorite memory happened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. We were walking along the Rivers of America and all of a sudden we saw Imagineer Joe Rohde giving a tour to a group from Africa!

  • We were at Innovations at Epcot in the mid 90’s and thought we saw Weird Al Yankovic at the GM electric car display. If it wasn’t him, it was his twin brother!

  • hey i seen brtiney spear thalia mariah carey myriam daddy yankeee kobie and alot more

  • I saw Miley getting backdoored into Test Track a couple years ago when she was there for the Disney Channel games weekend. Also Cole and Dylan Sprouse the same weekend at Liberty Tree Tavern.

  • We were there when Celine Dion sang at the grand….. I will never ever forget it. I remember the Grand Flo ran out of soft drinks and had to bring in canned drinks for everyone since they weren’t expecting the crowd.
    I remember calling home and letting a friend listen to her sing. It was one of the top things I have witnessed at Disney and I have been there over 30 times.
    Can’t wait to see what we see this Dec. for the tapping. Its our favorite time to be there.

  • I was walking down WDW Main Street a few years back, during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and saw this guy wearing a great Kevin Smith costume… and then realized it WAS Kevin Smith. 🙂 I’m a long-time fan, but didn’t want to bother him on his free time, so I just smiled and kept walking.

  • I once saw some famous football coach and his family at chef mickey’s. My brother knew who he was and I ended up in line for food behind him while he was holding his new born son.

  • Saw Harry Hamlin narrating the Candelight Processional at Epcot. It was amazing, and he was great.

  • We had the very fortunate pleasure of meeting Roy Disney at Disney’s Hollwood Studios, MGM back then, in the fall of 2001.

  • I saw Michael Jackson at the First Original Opening of Captain EO at Epcot Center in 1986. I was in the very first public showing and sat 3 seats from Former Disney Chairman Frank Wells. Saw the late Jim Henson when they announced the Disney/Muppets aquisition in 1990.

  • When I was in the Magic Kingdom in September I saw Holly Madison in The Kitchen Store in Fantasyland. I really wanted to go up and ask to take a picture but didn’t. Oh well maybe next time!

  • We were staying at the GF last year when Celine Dion performed. The surprise concert was one of the highlights of our trip:).

  • my wife met Robin Zander Lead singer of Cheap trick!! With his lovely family at an undisclosed WDW Resort location!!! She was Stoked!

  • I would love to see a celeb at Disney!!! But What do u do—Ask for a pic or let them have privacy??

  • We looked at artwork and cels with NJ Nets center Brook Lopez at the Animation Gallery at Disney Hollywood Studios over the July 4th holiday in 2009.

  • Many, many moons ago, my family sat behind alan alda (who played in tv show M.A.S.H.) in WDW’s The Hall of Presidents. Of course it was my dad who had recognized him; we enjoyed the visit and allowed alan to enjoy his visit with his family as well. my grandmother & aunt worked at WDW in the 80’s when Michael Jackson was thrilling millions! Wished I wouldv’e found myself sitting next to MJ on his favorite ride, The Pirates of the Caribbean ~ beLIEve!

  • I met the cast of the Narnia movies at MGM. They were shooting a promo and just standing waiting for their cues. No one was talking to them so I went ahead and say hi. Got to chat quite a bit with them. Very fun!

  • I saw Michael Jackson in 1991 at Disneyland on New Years Eve while waiting in line for Captain EO, he and his entourage walked in past everyone and waved. I also saw Gwen Stefani shopping on Main Street in Walt Disney World with Zuma on her shoulders.

  • We saw Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry at the “The Disney Afternoon” show in Mickey’s Toontown Fair in August 1993. On a couple of other trips we saw Drew Carey walking in Frontierland and Anne Murray filming a television special on Main Street.

  • Disneyland, CA two years ago June, Dawg the Bounty Hunter and his family. were in the special section for viewing the fireworks, they were sitting right in front of us.

  • OMG! We saw Ron Jeremy, too! We were using the path that cuts down by the water in frontierland. We ran right into him and we weren’t sure who he was at first. His name popped into our heads soon after we saw him. Too funny!!!!

  • A couple of years ago on the 4th of July, my family say Usher. He was doing some shopping. My youngest daughter was pretty much standing next to him and tried to hide his face from her. It was rather funny because she is legally blind and had NO CLUE who she was standing next to. I just stood by watching and laughing to myself. Can’t say I blame him, I just thought it was funny.

  • Saw Steven Curtis Chapman and his beautiful family last Christmas season walking around Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. He was there for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional. Funny enough, his wife, Mary Beth, walked into the bathroom behind Peter Pan’s ride where I was changing my son. I was trying to figure out where I knew her from..thinking it was someone from church or whatever. Then one of their adopted daughters walked in behind her and I put the clues together and chuckled to myself.

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