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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.

The park has all kinds of character interactions, including most everyone’s favorite — traditional meet and greets with hugs and autographs!

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)

Cavalcades are no longer running at Epcot, but there are other character opportunities at the park.

Princess Promenade

Traditional Character Meet & Greets

You can hug the following characters, take photos, and have them sign autographs (unless otherwise noted).

Mickey At Disney And Pixar Short Film Festival

mickey mouse epcot meet and greet

Characters: Mickey Mouse (PhotoPass 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 available)
Location: ImageWorks in the Imagination! Pavilion

Vanellope at ImageWorks

vanellope meet and greet epcot

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

Disney Visa Cardmember Character Photo Opportunity

disney visa cardmember photo opportunity - epcot

Characters: Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, Pluto (characters subject to change; PhotoPass available)
Location: Building near 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 (automated PhotoPass available)
Location: Royal Summerhus in the Norway Pavilion

Minnie Mouse

Note: Sometimes Minnie will appear here instead of Pluto and he’ll take over her spot in World Showcase Plaza. Check the My Disney Experience app or ask a Cast Member for confirmation.

Characters: Minnie Mouse (PhotoPass available)
Location: In the gazebo in World Showcase Plaza near the Mexico pavilion

Goofy and Pluto

goofy meet and greet - epcot entrance

Note: Sometimes Minnie will appear here instead of Pluto and he’ll take over her spot in World Showcase Plaza. Check the My Disney Experience app or ask a Cast Member for confirmation.

Characters: Goofy and Pluto
Location: Epcot entrance plaza

Donald Duck

donald duck mexico pavilion epcot

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

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: In the France pavilion gazebo


belle france pavilion epcot

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


jasmine epcot meet and greet

Characters: Jasmine
Location: In “Lamps of Wonder” inside the Morocco pavilion

Snow White

snow white in the germany pavilion at epcot

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


mulan china pavilion epcot

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


Characters: Daisy
Location: at International Gateway

Other Character Opportunities And “Sightings”

Even with character meet and greets back to normal, there are still some character “sightings” for guests to enjoy.

You can actually have 1-on-1 time with select characters — but at a distance. This means no hugging or autographs.

winnie the pooh sighting - my disney experience app

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 can check appearance times for in the My Disney Experience app.

Winnie The Pooh 

Winnie the Pooh at epcot imagination paviilion

Characters: Winnie the Pooh
Location: Imagination! Lawn

Epcot Character Dining

Epcot is currently home to two character meals – Garden Grill in the Land Pavilion and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion.

Garden Grill

We visited Garden Grill right after it opened, and we are happy to report that our longtime favorite is still a great option. Check out our Garden Grill review for more details.

You can hug characters here and have them sign autographs. Characters here include Farmer Mickey, Chip, Dale, and Pluto.

Garden Grill

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Guests dining at Akershus will have the opportunity to take photos and interact with a mix of Disney princesses that could include Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, and Ariel.

While breakfast is pretty standard food, lunch and dinner features a “Taste of Norway,” which includes Scandinavian seafood, imported cheeses, cured and sliced meets, salads, fruits, and desserts.

Akershus closed in March of 2020 but will be reopening on November 4, 2022. Reservations will be available on October 24, 2022.

Aurora Akershus

Seasonal Character Experiences

In 2022, you’ll be able to say hello to Santa Claus as a storyteller during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. He usually is present through December 24.

winnie the pooh santa hat epcot

Winnie the Pooh is usually also be seen around the Imagination! Lawn sporting a Santa Hat and ringing jingle bells.

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