Walt Disney World’s Secret Character Meet and Greet Gold Mine

When you think of meeting characters at Walt Disney World, where do you think of heading? Probably Magic Kingdom, maybe Hollywood Studios — or even a Character Meal at a resort.

Hiya, Mickey Mouse!

But I bet you don’t think of EPCOT!

For many, EPCOT is seen as the more mature, grown up park. And that makes sense; the purpose and inspiration for the park is education and learning, whether you’re strolling through 11 countries in World Showcase or blasting off to space in Future World.

But what you may not realize is there are also tons of characters — some unique characters you can’t find anywhere else! Let’s take a look at who you can meet, shall we?


For starters, Future World is where several of your classic friends hang out — Mickey, Goofy, Daisy, and Pluto.

Mickey in Epcot!

But you can also find some characters you won’t find in the other parks here. Joy from Inside Out and Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck-it Ralph hang out in the Imagination! pavilion.

Meet the Stars of Ralph Breaks the Internet in Epcot

As you head toward World Showcase, you’ll find everyone’s favorite lady mouse in a gazebo.


But possibly the best character searching is around World Showcase. As you stroll from country to country, friends resident to those lands appear!

You can find Mulan in China…


…Donald (a la the Three Caballeros) in Mexico…

Donald in his Three Caballeos outfit!

… Winnie the Pooh in the UK…

Winnie the Pooh in Christopher Robin’s Room

…and of course, Anna and Elsa in Arendelle (er, Norway.)

Not letting it go.

And that’s not all!

You can find a full list of Epcot Character Meet and Greets here!

In addition to the scheduled meet and greets, Epcot is also home to surprises! On occasion, you can stumble upon random character meet and greets throughout the park.

Character Palooza

One of the most exciting of these surprises is referred to as “Character Palooza.” You can find it in between the American Adventure and Italy, and it’s when multiple random characters come out at the same time!

Pinoccho at a Character Palooza

There’s no possible way to know when they will occur, but if you happen upon one they are pretty awesome!

You may also spot a random character or two at International Gateway, or near the Imagination Pavilion.

A surprise encounter with Cruella de Vil!

Epcot is a treasure trove of characters! From classic pals to those from far off places, you can meet a whole bunch of iconic characters. Make sure you bring your autograph book!

Who is your favorite character to meet? Let us know in the comments!

Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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2 Replies to “Walt Disney World’s Secret Character Meet and Greet Gold Mine”

  1. My husband and I had just bought the bride and groom ears on our honeymoon in 2000, and a cast member saw us and brought us in through some side door for a secret meet and greet with Mickey Mouse.

  2. I had the best time with Elsa and Anna on my trip to Epcot. First thing in the morning made my day. Thanks to my son Justin for getting me the fast pass.