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Complete Guide to characters and cavalcades in Epcot

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Complete Guide to characters and cavalcades in Epcot

Epcot has long been the place to mix a little world exploration with fun (and well-themed) character meets.

But now that character meet and greets aren’t happening, Disney has had to get a bit more innovative with how they bring the magic to guests, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Epcot.

Here’s everything you need to know about the characters and cavalcades in Epcot.

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Cavalcades & Other Character Interactions

Epcot Cavalcades (No Longer Running)

Over the past several months, Epcot had several unique experiences to see characters in fun cavalcades (which are basically just mini-parades with just 1 or 2 floats and a few others on foot or horseback).

All of these experiences have transitioned from cavalcades to designated character spotting locations. Read can read more about those below.

Princess Promenade

Character “Sightings”

While traditional character meet and greets haven’t returned to the parks just yet, there are “sightings” for guests to enjoy.

You can actually have 1-on-1 time with select characters, but you must keep your distance. There is no hugging and autographs aren’t allowed.

Most of these experiences don’t have PhotoPass photographers, so you’ll need to take photos/selfies with your own camera and/or mobile device.

You should be able to check wait times for the sightings in the My Disney Experience app. They usually run from park open to about 30 minutes prior to park closing.

Mickey At Disney And Pixar Short Film Festival

mickey mouse epcot meet and greet

Characters: Mickey Mouse (PhotoPass Photographer available)
Where: At the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival next to the Imagination! Pavilion

Joy at ImageWorks

joy at imageworks in epcot

Characters: Joy from Inside Out (PhotoPass Photographer available)
Location: ImageWorks in the Imagination! Pavilion

Vanellope at ImageWorks

vanellope meet and greet epcot
Photo courtesy of Natalie Engle

Characters: Vanellope from Wreck-It-Ralph (PhotoPass Photographer available)
Location: ImageWorks in the Imagination! Pavilion

Anna and Elsa at Royal Summerhus

anna epcot meet and greet
elsa epcot meet and greet

Characters: Anna and Elsa from Frozen
Location: Royal Summerhus in the Norway Pavilion

Other Character Opportunities

Even though the cavalcades no longer circle the World Showcase, Epcot has several other spots where characters can be spotted.

Minnie Mouse

Characters: Minnie Mouse
Location: In the gazebo in World Showcase Plaza near the Mexico pavilion


Characters: Daisy
Location: Near Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in World Discovery

Daisy at Epcot

Pluto And Goofy

goofy epcot entrance

Characters: Pluto and Goofy
Location: Epcot entrance plaza

Donald Duck

donald duck mexico pavilion epcot
Photo courtesy of Natalie Engle

Characters: Donald
Location: Mexico pavilion (outdoor location to the right of the pyramid)

Winnie The Pooh 

Winnie the Pooh at epcot imagination paviilion

Characters: Winnie the Pooh
Location: Imagination! Lawn

Mary Poppins

mary poppins epcot united kingdom pavilion

Characters: Mary Poppins
Location: while she used to meet in the gazebo, you can now find Mary in the garden outside The Tea Caddy shop in the United Kingdom pavilion

Alice In Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Characters: Alice
Location: In the garden outside The Tea Caddy shop in the United Kingdom pavilion


aurora epcot meet and greet france pavilion

Characters: Aurora
Location: Along the water adjacent to Chefs de France in the France pavilion (alternates with Belle)


Characters: Belle
Location: Along the water adjacent to Chefs de France in the France pavilion (alternates with Aurora)

belle france pavilion epcot


jasmine at epcot

Characters: Jasmine
Location: On the stage in the Morocco pavilion

Snow White

Characters: Snow White
Location: By the wishing well in the Germany pavilion

snow white in the germany pavilion at epcot


Characters: Mulan
Location: On the bridge in the China Pavilion

Epcot Character Dining

Epcot is currently home to one of the few character meals you can find on property right now – Garden Grill, in the Land Pavilion.

We visited Garden Grill right after it opened, and we are happy to report that our longtime favorite is still a great option. In fact, now with the changes we might love it even more.

Check out our Garden Grill review for more details.

Garden Grill

Seasonal Character Experiences

You’re able to say hello to Santa Claus through Dec. 24, 2021 and take socially-distanced photos (PhotoPass photographer is available) in the American Adventure pavilion during the 2021 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.

You can check wait times to meet Santa in the My Disney Experience app, which are currently set at: 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m, and 5:45 p.m.

winnie the pooh santa hat epcot

Joy and Winnie the Pooh are also in the holiday spirit around the Imagination! Lawn wearing holiday garland and twirling ribbons and sporting a Santa Hat and ringing jingle bells, respectively.

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