If you’re hoping to catch your favorite Marvel superheroes onboard your Disney Cruise Line sailing, here’s your complete guide to all of the characters you can meet during Marvel Day at Sea – and where to find them.
While there’s plenty to see and do onboard your Disney Cruise, when Marvel Day at Sea begins, there’s one crucial mission to complete: Catch as many Marvel and Disney characters as you can for in-person character encounters! As soon as this special one-day experience kicks off on your cruise, you’ll be able to spot superheroes, sidekicks, and even some villains (and mischievous friends) throughout the ship. In fact, there are so many different characters to meet that it’s tough to catch them all in just a single day!
What can you expect from the character encounters during Marvel Day at Sea? Where can you find your favorite Marvel and Disney characters? We’ve got your complete guide to all the characters, from where to head to who they appear with, below.
Marvel Day at Sea Character Encounters
Click the links to jump to a particular character:
- Characters from Thor
- Characters from Guardians of the Galaxy
- Iron Man and Spider-Man
- Captain America (Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson)
- Characters from Black Panther
- Captain Marvel
- Ms. Marvel
- Classic Disney Characters
- Additional Characters
Have questions? about meeting characters during Marvel Day at Sea!
Characters from Thor
Want to meet an Asgardian up close? You can, if you’ve booked a spot for Heroic Encounters: Asgard for Marvel Day at Sea! During this special meet and greet, you’ll have the opportunity to meet:
- Jane Foster
Thor and Jane Foster greet Guests together, while Loki makes appearances on his own. You don’t know who you’ll be meeting ahead of time – it’s a surprise when you arrive!
All three characters from Thor are part of Heroic Encounters: Asgard, a reserved meet and greet, which means you’ll only be able to catch them if you reserved this experience up to 30 days in advance of your cruise. You can book Heroic Encounters at the 30-day mark before your cruise sets sail, and they’re completely free!
Characters from Guardians of the Galaxy
Catch the Guardians right here on Earth with a special appearance during Marvel Day at Sea. If you’ve booked a spot for Heroic Encounters: Guardians, you’ll be able to snap photos with and meet:
The Guardians appear in duos, so you’ll either have the opportunity to meet Star-Lord and Groot or Gamora and Groot during your encounter!
Both characters from Guardians of the Galaxy are part of Heroic Encounters: Guardians, a reserved meet and greet, which means you’ll only be able to catch them if you reserved this experience up to 30 days in advance of your cruise. You can book Heroic Encounters at the 30-day mark before your cruise sets sail, and they’re completely free!
Iron Man and Spider-Man
Two of the most popular Avengers are appearing together during Marvel Day at Sea – and they’re a popular duo! You can catch both Iron Man and Spider-Man appearing in the same spot, but each greets Guests individually so you have a chance to meet both heroes separately.
Both Iron Man and Spider-Man appear as part of Heroic Encounters: HQ, a reserved meet and greet, which means you’ll only be able to catch them if you reserved this experience up to 30 days in advance of your cruise. You can book Heroic Encounters at the 30-day mark before your cruise sets sail, and they’re completely free!
Even if you’ve booked Heroic Encounters: HQ in advance, expect to wait on the day of Marvel Day at Sea! These highly popular superheroes create long lines, and you can expect to wait half an hour or more to get up close to either character. If you’re planning ahead, you’ll want to hop in line for these two early on in the day.
Two Different Captain Americas
That’s right: Marvel Day at Sea gives you the chance to meet with not just one Captain America, but two different Captain Americas in the same day! Here’s who you can catch:
- Captain America Steve Rogers
- Captain America Sam Wilson
If you’re a fan of the “original” Captain America, Steve Rogers, or want to chat with the newest Captain America (and former Falcon), Sam Wilson, both may be onboard! While character appearances can vary, we were lucky enough to spot both during the day – but due to the popularity of Steve Rogers, we were only able to meet one.
Where to Find Captain America During Marvel Day at Sea
Both Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson greet Guests in the same location: Evolution on Deck 4. The duo doesn’t appear simultaneously; like all others, they appear throughout the day in 15-minute intervals. Depending on which Captain America you’re hoping to catch, you’ll want to check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app for an up-to-date list of which Captain America is appearing – and what times they’ll appear at while you’re onboard.
Characters from Black Panther
You’ll have the chance to chat with two of the most popular characters from Black Panther right onboard the ship when Marvel Day at Sea kicks off! Here’s who you’ll find hosting character encounters throughout the day:
Where to Find the Characters from Black Panther During Marvel Day at Sea
Throughout Marvel Day at Sea, you can find T’Challa on Deck 3 near Preludes. If you’re searching for Shuri, you’ll find her in the very same spot. Characters will appear approximately every 15 minutes, which means you’ll want to stick around if you’re in line and T’Challa or Shuri steps away!
She’s not just down on Earth, but she’s onboard the Disney Dream for Marvel Day at Sea: You can catch Captain Marvel during the scheduled character encounters on Marvel Day at Sea! There’s no reservation required to step into a photo or chat with Captain Marvel; you just have to know where to find her onboard.
Where to Find Captain Marvel During Marvel Day at Sea
You’ll spot Captain Marvel near Evolution on Deck 4. Here, she appears with some of the other highly popular Avengers, like Captain America – so you may want to be prepared for long lines on Deck 4 aft if you’d hoping for an encounter with Carol Danvers!
Catch one of the newest characters making a splash in the Marvel cinematic universe onboard the ship during Marvel Day at Sea: Ms. Marvel, the Jersey City teen who’s still new to her powers (and a big personal fan of Captain Marvel!). Because she’s a newer character, you’re likely to find that Ms. Marvel sees shorter lines than some of the longtime Avengers onboard – and she’s around all day!
Where to Find Ms. Marvel During Marvel Day at Sea
You can find Ms Marvel meeting guests in the Lobby Atrium (in the vestibule) on Deck 3, midship. Like other superheroes, Ms. Marvel appears about every 15 minutes, so keep an eye out for her if you’re navigating the busy lobby!
If you loved Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, you’re not going to want to pass up the rare opportunity to get a character encounter with Shang-Chi himself! He’s onboard for Marvel Day at Sea, and he’s more than happy to show off some of those impressive martial arts moves during your meet and greet to get a great photo.
Where to Find Shang-Chi During Marvel Day at Sea
Shang-Chi hangs out in the Lobby Atrium (in the vestibule on Deck 3, midship. It’s the same spot where Ms. Marvel is located. Remember, the duo will rotate, so you’ll want to keep an eye on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app to determine exactly when he’s going to make an appearance.
Classic Disney Characters
In addition to the famous faces and personalities of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Day at Sea is also full of other character encounters, too! You’ll have the opportunity to catch meet and greets with classic Disney characters, all of whom are joining in the fun with special outfits and costumes of their very own. And who wants to miss out on a fresh new Mickey Mouse outfit you can only catch while aboard a Disney Cruise during Marvel Day at Sea?!
Here’s a look at the classic Disney characters who are on board and available for special Marvel-themed encounters during this special one-day event:
- Mickey Mouse
- Minnie Mouse
- Donald Duck
- Daisy Duck
- Chip and Dale
Where to Find Disney Characters During Marvel Day at Sea
Character locations can vary, but you’ll be able to catch these classic Disney characters at the following spots onboard the ship:
- Lobby Atrium (Staircase), Deck 3, Midship
- Lobby Atrium (Vestibule), Deck 3, Midship
- Balcony, Deck 4, Midship
Just keep in mind that these Disney characters do rotate or take breaks approximately every 15 minutes, meaning new characters will appear regularly (and your faves will return for another visit!). Check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app for an up-to-date list of characters and what times they’ll appear at while you’re onboard.
Catch More Characters Wandering the Ship During Marvel Day at Sea
While character encounters – both scheduled in advance as Heroic Encounters and on the day of Marvel Day at Sea – are sprinkled throughout the ship in key locations, there are even more characters to catch! The Disney Cruise Line Navigator app will direct you to these scheduled meet and greet spots. However, if you’re hoping to catch other Marvel and Disney characters, you’ll likely come across them as you make your way to different destinations and activities around the ship.
For example, characters will cross the lobby regularly throughout the day! You may catch Kate Bishop or the Tracksuit Mafia wandering past lines for various meet and greets. Or, you may see Doctor Strange and Black Widow hanging out with guests on different decks. Even Ant-Man, Wasp, and Hawkeye might pop up! With so many different superheroes, villains, and sidekicks roaming around, you really never know who you might run into.
And, in our opinion, this is one of the best parts of the entire day! The interactions you can have with Marvel characters as they wander the decks are fun, exciting, and totally personable. It’s your chance to create little moments with these awesome characters – and when they’re walking freely, you don’t have to worry about waiting in line! So, to make your Marvel Day at Sea especially memorable, you’ll want to look out for these characters without handlers on Decks 3, 4, and 5.
Marvel Day at Sea Character FAQs
How do you know where to find characters during Marvel Day at Sea?
Check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app! As soon as Marvel Day at Sea begins, you’ll be able to check out the schedule for both Heroic Encounters and scheduled character encounters. The app will tell you which characters are available, what times they’ll be on deck to meet guests, and when they’ll take a break or rotate out with other characters. You’ll also be able to find their exact location!
Do characters rotate throughout the day?
Marvel Day at Sea can vary from sailing to sailing. While it’s highly likely you’ll be able to catch every one of the characters we spotted on our sailing, changes can happen. For certain character encounters, like the Heroic Encounter experiences that you can reserve 30 days in advance of your sailing, you may experience a wait as certain characters take breaks every so often throughout the day. Other characters, such as for the scheduled meet and greets throughout the ship, may rotate. This means you may get in line for T’Challa, for example, and Shuri might step in for 15-minute intervals.
What characters are on the Disney Dream for Marvel Day at Sea?
We’ve covered the full lineup above! To find out which exact superheroes, villains, sidekicks, and classic Disney characters will be aboard your cruise, make sure to check out the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app for your sailing dates. If you’re getting the chance to experience Marvel Day at Sea, it’ll likely include everyone we spotted on our trip!
Which Disney cruises have Marvel characters?
Only certain itineraries will offer Marvel Day at Sea. Currently, you’ll need to book a cruise aboard the Disney Dream – but you can check out which 2024 sailing dates will offer this one-day experience!
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