2024’s Must-See Characters in EPCOT: A Journey of Magic!

Looking to find your favorite Disney characters in EPCOT? 🌟

As your friendly Walt Disney World expert, I’m here to guide you through the latest spots where you can meet everyone from Mickey to Moana. Missed them? No sweat! 🏃‍♂️💨 I’ll clue you in on other places they might pop up.

And for a sprinkle of extra magic, I’ll share all about the character dining experiences waiting for you at EPCOT. 🍽️✨

So, let’s jump into this fun-filled adventure and make some unforgettable memories at EPCOT! 🎉🏰

What Characters Are There in EPCOT?

Did you know that EPCOT is one of the best parks for seeing characters at Disney World?

There are many characters that you will ONLY find in EPCOT!

Seeing characters is one of the best things to do at Disney World. Whether you’re old or a toddler at EPCOT, meeting and getting your pictures with the characters is part of the fun of going to Walt Disney World.

What characters are there in EPCOT? You’ll find a WIDE variety of characters in EPCOT. You’ll find Mickey and his pals; Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck.

Are you a Disney Princess lover? Well, EPCOT is a great place for finding your favorite Disney princesses. Belle, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Anna, Elsa, and Jasmine all have regular Meet and Greets here!

You’ll even find characters you won’t find anywhere else; such as Joy from Inside Out and the iconic Figment!

Characters are seen throughout the day. Their schedule looks a little similar to something like this. Starting at 9:45 am until about 6 pm. They do take regular breaks but are never gone too long.

PRO-TIP:
For the most up-to-date characters in EPCOT, pick up a Times Guide as you enter the park for the day. This will provide a list of the characters in EPCOT for that day and what times to see them.

You can also find up-to-date times for character meet and greets on your My Disney Experience App. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, go ahead and download it. This is a must when visiting Walt Disney World.

How Do You Find Where the Characters in EPCOT Are on the My Disney Experience App?

For those who are a little technology-impaired like me, here are directions on how to find where the characters in EPCOT are on the My Disney Experience App.

Open the My Disney Experience app. From the map, you’ll see a menu across the top with the following: Filter(left), Wait Times(Middle), and Show List(right). Click on Filter and select EPCOT. Then on the Wait Time drop-down menu, click Characters. Click Show List and this will show all the characters and times that will be at the park on that day.

If you happen to miss these characters at EPCOT, No Worries (Hakuna Matata)! I have provided a list of other places you can find these characters while at Disney World!

Make sure to get an autograph book for the characters to sign. This is such a fun, memorable souvenir to keep forever! I recommend purchasing a character autograph book from Amazon before you travel. Amazon has a lot of great options and is cheaper than purchasing in the parks!

EPCOT Character Meet and Greets

Set off on an adventure through EPCOT and get ready to encounter a wide range of characters!

Here’s a glimpse of the regular character meet and greets at EPCOT.

1. Goofy

An image of Goofy at EPCOT sporting his iconic bright orange turtleneck, blue pants, and a green hat, ready to greet park visitors.

Location:

Main Entrance of EPCOT

Other places to meet at Disney World:

Magic Kingdom: Fantasyland- Pete’s Silly Side Show

Hollywood Studios: Grand Avenue

2. Pluto

An image of Pluto at the Garden Grill Restaurant, where he's captured in a playful pose, his tongue out, and one ear lifted as if mid-shake, against a backdrop of lush greenery.

Location:

Main Entrance of EPCOT

Other places to meet at Disney World:

Hollywood Studios: Animation Courtyard

3. Joy

An image of Joy from the movie 'Inside Out' at EPCOT, with her bright blue hair and yellow dress, hands clasped in delight, in front of a whimsical backdrop featuring castle spires and colorful designs.
Photo by @meeko_intheparks on Instagram

Location:

ImageWorks(right after exiting the ride Journey into Imagination with Figment)

Other places to meet at Disney World:

EPCOT is the ONLY place to find Joy, so make sure to see her here!

4. Figment

Location:

You’ll also find Figment in ImageWorks right after the exit of the Figment ride.

Other places to meet at Disney World:

This is the only place you’ll find Figment. Make sure to visit him here!

5. Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse is one of the must see characters in EPCOT!  The line to meet Mickey here at EPCOT is much shorter than the Magic Kingdom!

Location:

World Celebration- Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival

Other places to meet at Disney World:

Magic Kingdom: Main Street, U.S.A.- Town Square Theatre. (There’s usually a long wait here.)

Hollywood Studios: Commissary Lane- Red Carpet Dreams

Animal Kingdom: Discovery Island-Adventurers Outpost

6. Minnie Mouse

A photo of Minnie Mouse at EPCOT, dressed in her iconic red and white polka dot outfit, giving a sweet pose.
Photo by @meeko_intheparks on Instagram

Location:

World Celebration- Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival

Other places to meet at Disney World:

Magic Kingdom: Fantasyland- Pete’s Silly Side Show

Hollywood Studios: Commissary Lane, Red Carpet Dreams

Animal Kingdom: Discovery Island-Adventurers Outpost

7. Daisy Duck

A photo of Daisy Duck in EPCOT, wearing a bright pink dress with a purple bow, waving hello.
Photo by @meeko_intheparks on Instagram

Location:

World Celebration- Near Dreamers Point

Other places to meet at Disney World:

Hollywood Studios: Hollywood Blvd

Animal Kingdom: Dinoland U.S.A-Daisy’s Design Studio

8. Moana

Location:

World Nature, Journey of Water Inspired by Moana

Other places to meet at Disney World:

Animal Kingdom: Discovery Island-Character Landing

Characters in EPCOT You’ll Find in World Showcase

The World Showcase in EPCOT is your go-to spot for meeting most characters, especially the princesses, who are located in their respective countries.

Let’s embark on a global tour, kicking off at the World Showcase Friendship Ambassador Gazebo, weaving through Mexico, and concluding our journey in the UK.

9. Asha

Asha from "Wish" at the World Showcase Friendship Ambassador Gazebo, greeting guests with a grand gesture and a warm smile.

World Showcase Friendship Ambassador Gazebo

Currently, EPCOT is the only place to meet Asha from Wish!

10. Donald Duck

A photo of Donald Duck at the Mexico Pavilion in EPCOT, dressed in a colorful sombrero and poncho, greeting visitors with a wave.

Location:

World Showcase- Mexico Promenade

Other places to meet at Disney World:

Magic Kingdom: Fantasyland-Pete’s Silly Side Show

Hollywood Studios: Echo Lake-Near Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!

Animal Kingdom: Dinoland U.S.A

11 & 12 Elsa & Anna

A photo of Elsa and Anna at the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT, with Elsa in her signature ice queen dress and Anna in her Arendelle attire, ready to greet park guests.
Photo by @meeko_intheparks on Instagram

Location:

World Showcase, Norway- Royal Sommerhus. These sisters are available at the Norway Pavilion at Royal Sommerhus. You can get your picture taken with one or both if you like!

Other places to spot at Disney World:

Magic Kingdom: You won’t be able to get your picture with them, but you can catch them at the stage show in front of the castle. They are also on one of the floats in the parade.

Hollywood Studios: Again, you won’t be able to get your picture with them, but you can see them perform in the fun sing-along show, “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.”

13. Mulan

A photo of Mulan in EPCOT, wearing her traditional pink and blue dress with a flower in her hair, posing gracefully.
Photo by @meeko_intheparks on Instagram

Location:

World Showcase- China Gardens

Other places to meet at Disney World:

It is rare to find Mulan anywhere else, so make sure to see her here!

14. Snow White

A photo of Snow White in EPCOT, wearing her classic blue, red, and yellow dress, with a red bow in her hair.
Photo by @meeko_intheparks on Instagram

Location:

World Showcase- Germany Wishing Well

Other places to meet at Disney World:

Magic Kingdom: Main Street, U.S.A.-Town Square Theatre Porch

15. Princess Jasmine

Princess Jasmine in EPCOT, dressed in her light blue traditional attire, posing with a smile in an exotic backdrop.

Location:

World Showcase- Morocco

Other places to meet at Disney World:

Magic Kingdom: Adventureland-Agrabah

16. Belle

Belle can be found at the France Pavilion.

Location:

World Showcase- France Promenade

Other places to meet at Disney World:

Magic Kingdom: Fantasyland at Maurice’s Cottage (Enchanted Tales with Belle)

17. Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

Sleeping Beauty in EPCOT, located at the France Pavilion, dressed in a classic pink gown, admiring the surroundings.

Location:

World Showcase, France Fragrance Gardens Gazebo

Other places to meet at Disney World:

Magic Kingdom: Can sometimes be seen at Princess Fairytale Hall

18. Winnie the Pooh

A photo of Winnie the Pooh at EPCOT, holding a butterfly net, ready for a fun day of play in the park.

Location:

World Showcase- United Kingdom Pavillion (Christopher Robin’s Room)

Other places to meet at Disney World:

Magic Kingdom: The Thotful Spot in Magic Kingdom (next to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

19. Alice

Alice from "Alice in Wonderland" at the UK Pavilion in EPCOT, strolling through a lush garden setting.

Location:

World Showcase- UK Gardens

Other places to spot at Disney World:

Currently, Alice is only available for Meet and Greets at EPCOT. Hopefully, she will return to her spot near the Mad Tea Party in Magic Kingdom soon!

20. Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins at EPCOT, dressed in her classic white outfit with a red sash and holding her iconic pink parasol.

Location:

World Showcase, United Kingdom Courtyard

Other places to spot at Disney World:

Currently, Mary Poppins is only seen for Meet and Greets in EPCOT.

Character Dining in EPCOT

For a truly magical dining experience, EPCOT offers character dining options that bring your favorite Disney characters right to your table.

Dive into this section to explore the delights of the Garden Grill and the regal Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

Garden Grill Restaurant

Garden Grill Restaurant is THE place for character dining in EPCOT. It is located in the same building as Soarin’ and Living with the Land.

Here you will find Chip ‘n’ Dale (of course), Farmer Mickey, and Pluto!

Chip at the Garden Grill, cheerfully greeting guests with open arms.
"Farmer Mickey" at the Garden Grill, wearing his classic overalls and plaid shirt, with a big smile for the visitors.

If you are looking for a character dining experience at Disney World, this is a great one!

It would also make for the perfect breakfast in EPCOT or you could even do a lunch or dinner here too!

What’s so unique about this restaurant is that is it revolving! How cool is that!?

Make sure to book your Advanced Dining Reservation! However, you might be able to get on the walk-up list while there.

Garden Grill Restaurant prices:
Adults: $55
Children (3-9): $36

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is your princess dining spot in EPCOT. If you’re having trouble getting into Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom, you’ve got to try this one! I assure you, it is excellent and a whole lot of fun!

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in EPCOT, featuring Snow White engaging with young guests during a character dining experience.

Make sure to make an Advanced Dining Reservation!!

This princess dining character meal is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is located at the Norway Pavillion in the World Showcase.

The princesses seen here are Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Princess Aurora, Mulan, Cinderella, and even Mary Poppins!

Attractions in EPCOT with Your Favorite Disney Characters

I thought I’d provide attractions in EPCOT with your favorite Disney characters since of course, you are here for the characters!! On these attractions, you will find animated versions of your favorite characters!

Frozen Ever After

Featuring Characters: Anna, Elsa, & Olaf

Before or after seeing Anna & Elsa, take a ride on Frozen Ever After, one of the best rides at EPCOT. You will be singing aloud all your favorite Frozen songs with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf!

This is a family-friendly ride suitable for all ages. However, it is dark and there is a small backward drop.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

Featuring Characters: Donald Duck

Before or after meeting Donald Duck, take a ride on this fun boat ride. This slow, gentle boat ride through the Mexico Pavilion is great for all ages. Here you will spot your favorite duck, Donald!

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Featuring Characters: Remy

Any Remy fans? If so, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a must-ride. This fun, ride great for all ages will make you feel like you are part of the movie Ratatouille!

Journey into Imagination with Figment

Featuring Characters: Figment

For those interested in seeing the classic EPCOT purple dragon Figment, make sure to ride Journey into Imagination with Figment. This is another ride great for all ages.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends & Turtle Talk with Crush

Featuring Characters: Nemo, Dory, Crush

Nemo fans? You can’t miss The Seas with Nemo & Friends and Turtle Talk with Crush. The Seas with Nemo & Friends makes you feel like you are in the movie on a search for Nemo! Turtle Talk with Crush is a fun interactive talk with the amusing Crush!

The Wrap-Up: Characters in EPCOT

Wrapping up our EPCOT character guide, you now have all you need to meet your favorite Disney characters, from the heartwarming princesses in the World Showcase to the beloved classics around the park.

Remember, each character brings a slice of magic to your visit, so keep this guide handy and make the most of your magical journey through EPCOT!✨

I’d like to give a big thank you to meeko_intheparks on Instagram for helping me out with some amazing pictures for this post! Check out this Instagram page for the most amazing, beautiful Disney pictures.

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