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Mikcey Mouse meets at Garden Grill as part of a character meal.

Epcot Characters

Epcot comes with a significant number of character meet and greets.  There are several Epcot characters that are unique to the park, but there are still plenty that can be found in other parks.  So, don’t feel like you need to get your meet and greet groove on when you are here.  You can afford to be choosy if needed.  Here in our guide to Epcot characters, we’ll tell you who’s where in the park and roughly when they meet!

As we said in our Magic Kingdom article on characters, keep your eyes peeled for informal chances to meet characters in the park.  These can be some of the best chances for special and truly unique interactions.  If the characters have the time, they are always willing to interact.  There will be a few instances where they may have to keep moving along due to a commitment.  Don’t take offense.  As an example, check out this random meeting with Alice from Alice in Wonderland, where she was strolling along and our girls simply waved at her.  This actually occurred in Epcot.  These can make some of the most cherished memories for you and your kids.  Keep those eyes peeled!

Remember, one of the time-honored traditions of Disney World is that characters will sign autographs.  If you’ve got little ones with you, this is a great way to make a memory that will last for them.  These are some tried and true Disney autograph booksA good pen is also helpful for the fur characters as their hands are covered with a costume.

Below we’ll lay out for you the formal opportunities and some of the information ones, where you can catch a few minutes with some of your favorite Disney characters.  As we said, certain characters can only be met at Epcot.  If these characters are on your list of must do things make sure you plan accordingly.  The characters you can only meet in Epcot for free are:

  • Anna and Elsa
  • Baymax
  • Mulan
  • Joy and Sadness

Note that some of these characters can be met in other parks or resorts at character meals.  Since you have to pay for those opportunities by buying food, we don’t consider them opportunities since some of the meals are a bit pricey and you may choose not to do them.  We’ll note those other chances to meet the characters listed above when we cover them.

Always get a daily times guide as you enter each park. The Epcot characters who are available for meet and greets will be listed on there, along with specific times and locations for when and where you can find them.

Also, while times may show as continuous over several hours, be aware that characters take breaks throughout the day, so you may have to wait while the characters take a break.  As you can imagine, an hour in the hot Florida sun and humidity while sporting some of those costumes can take it out of you!

Alice in Wonderland

Where:  United Kingdom pavilion

Times:  Alice usually meets starting around 11:30 AM, shortly after World Showcase opens, until around 6:00 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet: Alice also meets in Magic Kingdom near the Mad Tea Party and at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian for a character meal

Anna and Elsa

Where:  Norway pavilion inside Royal Sommerhus

Times:  9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  This is your only chance to meet Anna and Elsa, so make sure you stop in if they are “must meet” people for your group

Ariel

Where:  Norway pavilion at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Times:  All day

Other Epcot Characters:  All the various Princesses that show to this character meal (all princesses are subject to change)

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:    Ariel can also be found in Magic Kingdom at the Ariel’s Grotto meet and greet or Cinderella’s Royal Table.  At Ariel’s Grotto she is in mermaid form, while Royal Table is traditional human form Princess Ariel.  You can meet Ariel at Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s Boardwalk.

Baymax

Where:  Innoventions West pavilion in Future World

Times:  9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  This is the only place you can meet Baymax

Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

Where:  France pavilion

Times:  Usually between noon and 6:00 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Aurora also is on the rotation for the Princess character meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot.  Note that the princesses are always subject to change for character meals.

Belle

Where:  France pavilion, in her blue and white dress

Times:  Belle usually meets starting around 11:00 AM, shortly after World Showcase opens, until around 5:00 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Belle is also one of the princesses you can meet at Norway pavilion at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.  She actually greets all the guests, while wearing her yellow ball gown.  You can also meet Belle at the Enchanted Tales with Belle attraction in Magic Kingdom at the end of the show.  Note that the attraction offers a fairly limited interaction with her. 

Cinderella

Where:  Norway pavilion at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Times:  All day

Other Epcot Characters:  All the various Princesses that show to this character meal

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:    Cinderella can be found several other places.  You can meet her at Cinderella’s Royal Table or Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom or at the 1900 Park Fare dinner at the Grand Floridian Resort.

Chip ‘n’ Dale

Where:  Garden Grill character meal

Times:  During normal meal hours

Other Epcot Characters:  Mickey and Pluto

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can also see Chip ‘n’ Dale at Fort Wilderness Resort for their campfire sing-a-long.  They also meet in all of the other parks (for free).

Donald Duck

Where:  Mexico pavilion, in a sombrero

Times:  12:00 PM to 2:45 PM; 3:30 PM to 7:15 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Donald meets in all the parks

Daisy Duck

Where:  World Showcase Plaza Pavillion.  (This is just as you enter World Showcase from Future World)

Times:  11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Daisy in all the parks.

Goofy

Where:  Epcot Character Spot, which is part of Innoventions West

Times:  All day

Other Epcot Characters:  Mickey and Minnie

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Goofy meets in all the parks.

Jasmine

Where:  Morocco pavilion

Times:  Jasmine usually meets starting around 11:30 AM, shortly after World Showcase opens, until around 6:00 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  You can meet Jasmine at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom and sometimes at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot.  Jasmine also meets with Aladdin in the Magic Kingdom near the Magic Carpet ride.

Joy

Where:  Innoventions West

Times:  All day

Other Epcot Characters:  Sadness

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  None

Mary Poppins

Where:  United Kingdom pavilion

Times:  Usually between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  She is part of the character buffet at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian.  She also meets in Magic Kingdom.

Mickey Mouse

Where:  Epcot Character Spot, which is part of Innoventions West

Times:  All day

Other Epcot Characters:  Minnie and Goofy

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Mickey meets in all the parks.

Minnie Mouse

Where:  Epcot Character Spot, which is part of Innoventions West

Times:  All day

Other Epcot Characters:  Mickey and Goofy

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Minnie meets in all the parks.

Mulan

Where:  China pavilion

Times:  Usually from about 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Mulan is also on the princess rotation at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot.  She’s not always there, but can be found from time to time.  Note that the princesses are always subject to change for character meals.

Pluto

Where:  Legacy Plaza West (to the right of Spaceship Earth)

Times:  Usually from about 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Pluto meets in all the parks.

Rapunzel

Where:  Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot 

Times:  During normal dining hours

Other Epcot Characters:  All the various Princesses that show to this character meal.  (all princesses are subject to change)

FastPass+ Eligible:  Yes

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Rapunzel is on the rotation for Akershus but not a regular for this meal, so do not count on meeting her here.  You can meet Rapunzel at Trattoria al Forno on Disney’s Boardwalk.  She’s there for a character meal (breakfast only) along with Flynn and Ariel and Prince Eric.  Rapunzel also meets at Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom.

Sadness

Where:  Innoventions West

Times:  All day

Other Epcot Characters:  Joy

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  None

Snow White

Where:  Germany pavilion

Times:  Usually between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  Snow White also is on the rotation for the Princess character meal at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot and Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom.

Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope

Where:  ImageWorks (in Imagination building)

Times:  Usually between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

Other Epcot Characters:  No

FastPass+ Eligible:  No

Other Opportunities to Meet:  None

The Disney VISA Photo Spot at Epcot

In addition to the Epcot characters we listed above, there is on other character meet and greet available.  However, it is only for holders of the Disney VISA card.

The characters you can meet here changes each day, but it always consists of Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy.  Sometimes it’s one of them, sometimes two or three.

Wrapping Up

That’s all of the Epcot characters.  Most free, but there are a few that you have to pay to meet while eating a meal.  If characters are really your interest right now, below are links to the character articles we have for each of the other parks.

Magic Kingdom Characters

Animal Kingdom Characters

Hollywood Studios Characters

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