When it comes to meeting characters at Epcot, you’ve got options! There are so many options that it would be difficult to make it to every character’s meet-and-greet in one day.
Below, we’ll discuss which characters have meet-and-greets at Epcot, along with their locations and timing. We’ll also review who signs autographs and what to expect at each location.
Who knows? You might see Moana doing a little wayfaring near Journey of Water or run into Pooh Bear in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Don’t forget to bring your autograph book! By the end of the day, you’ll likely have an entire book filled with signatures.
If you’ve met characters at Epcot in the past, you’ll want to be aware of a few changes. For instance, several new characters have debuted at Epcot this past year, like Moana, Asha, and Figment. Additionally, Epcot’s World Celebration is expected to open in December. So it is likely that we’ll see another shift of character meet-and-greets at Epcot when that happens. If you have a trip planned over the holidays, you’ll want to check back for updates closer to time.
In the meantime, we’re off to Epcot to meet some of our favorite Disney pals!
Epcot Characters List
Below is a list in alphabetical order of characters you can expect to find during your Epcot visit.
- Anna and Elsa
- Daisy Duck
- Donald Duck
- Jasmine (Princess Jasmine)
- Mary Poppins
- Mickey Mouse
- Minnie Mouse
- Snow White
- Winnie the Pooh
Epcot Character Dining Restaurants
The following characters participate in character dining at Epcot. Seeing these characters will require the cost of the meal.
- Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, Ariel, Belle (Akershus Royal Banquet Hall)
- Mickey, Chip, Dale, Pluto (Garden Grill Restaurant in the Land Pavilion)
Characters Who No Longer Meet at Epcot
The following characters formerly met at Epcot but no longer have dedicated meet-and-greets.
- Chip and Dale
- Baymax from Big Hero 6
- Sadness from Inside Out
- Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph
- Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph
Epcot Character Meet-and-Greets
Below, we’ll look at each Epcot character’s meet-and-greet individually. We are in the parks weekly and update this article often. However, it’s important to note that characters are considered entertainment, which is subject to change. While most of these characters meet regularly, there could be an instance where someone is not available on the day of your visit.
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland meets in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot. She meets guests in front of her cottage, which is adjacent to The Tea Caddy. Alice is a talking character and enjoys chatting about her cat Dinah, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter. She is an exceptionally popular character who consistently holds long lines.
You’ll want to get in line before her next scheduled time to meet her. If you try to arrive on time–you might find out you’re late. With most characters at Epcot, if you’re not early, you’re late. But for Alice, you’re late, you’re late for a very important date.
Alice signs autographs at this location. She meets intermittently throughout the day. Her meet-and-greet usually ends by 4:00 p.m. on most days. A PhotoPass photographer may be present at this location. However, they are not guaranteed. For more information, we have an entire article that discusses meeting Alice at Epcot with her autograph and additional photos.
Anna and Elsa
Epcot’s Norway Pavilion is home to Anna and Elsa’s traditional character meet-and-greet. The two sisters meet in the Royal Sommherhus, their summer home. These popular sisters from Frozen and Frozen 2 are usually available from the park’s opening until around 7:00 p.m. As always, check the app on the day of your visit for their exact hours.
Anna and Elsa wear outfits from Frozen 2. Anna is dressed as Queen Anna in her regal robes and crown. Elsa wears her beautiful white gown.
Most of the queue for this meet-and-greet is indoors. So it’s an excellent place to wait during the hotter part of the day when everyone wants to cool off. You’ll make your way through the house until you get to the room where the sisters meet.
First, you’ll meet Anna and then Elsa. So it’s nice to wait in one line to meet two characters. As for talking points, Anna will go on all day about Sven and Kristoff. She’s a talker, that one.
Elsa, on the other hand, is a bit on the quiet side. But you’re sure to get a conversation going with the mere mention of Olaf. Anna and Elsa both sign character autographs. So make sure to have your autograph books.
Unfortunately, PhotoPass photographers were replaced by the dreaded photo box at this location. So you’ll stand in front of a box and pose for pictures. We usually like to have the cast member attending the meet help with photos. The photos from the box rarely turn out well.
Related: Meet Anna and Elsa at Disney World
Asha from ‘Wish’
As of this update, Asha from Disney’s animated film Wish is meeting at Epcot. She meets in the gazebo across from Disney Traders. This is where Pluto formally met.
Asha signs autographs, and a PhotoPass photographer should be available at this meet-and-greet location. Expect long waits for this one!
Related: Meet Asha at Epcot
Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty meets in Epcot’s France Pavilion. She meets in the gazebo that sits towards the front right side of the pavilion.
She is usually wearing her pink dress, but you could ask her what colors her fairy godmothers like best. Aurora also enjoys talking about Prince Phillip and her forest friends. But you might not want to get into a conversation about spindles or Maleficent.
Aurora signs autographs at this location. However, we don’t always see a PhotoPass photographer at this meet-and-greet.
Outside of character dining, this is the only place to meet Princess Aurora at Walt Disney World. She is, however, part of the character lineup at Akershus Princess Character Dining in the Norway Pavilion.
Related: Meet Aurora at Disney World
Belle from Beauty and the Beast meets at the France Pavilion in Epcot. She meets guests along the water’s edge toward the front of the pavilion in her blue village dress.
Belle signs autographs at this location. If she’s out in the area, you’ll surely see her along with a long line to meet her. We don’t usually see a PhotoPass photographer at this location.
In the past, we have seen her occasionally meet in her yellow ballroom gown at this location. Sometimes, during the holidays, Belle would meet in her red gown. But as of last year, Belle only met in her holiday gown at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Belle is also part of Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom. However, that location is not a traditional meet-and-greet. You can also see her perform in Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s an excellent performance.
Daisy Duck greets guests near the International Gateway at Epcot. This special entrance to the park is located on a walkway between the United Kingdom and France Pavilions.
If you have any interest in meeting characters at all, you’ll want to meet Daisy. She is the most fun-loving character and is always ready to strike a pose.
Daisy signs autographs at this location. From time to time, we see a PhotoPass photographer here, too!
Donald Duck meets in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot. You will find this meet-and-greet past the pyramid on the left as you walk toward Norway.
Don’t be surprised if you find a crowd here. He is a popular character at Epcot. Donald Duck meets as one of The Three Caballeros, who are on a break from their latest concert tour.
Since this is an outdoor character meet, Donald takes breaks approximately every 15 minutes. If you’re standing in line and he disappears, don’t fret. He will be back in about five minutes.
Related: Meet Donald Duck at Epcot
Fans of Figment will want to stop in the ImageWorks Lab to meet him! He typically meets late morning and most of the afternoon.
Vanellope Von Schweetz formerly met at this location. Unfortunately, her character meet has concluded.
Figment’s meet-and-greet is inside the Imagination Pavilion in World Celebration. It’s a great place to escape during hot temperatures. Additionally, the pavilion offers several fun activities for children. Remember to check the My Disney Experience app for the exact times on the day of your visit.
Related: Meet Figment at Epcot
Goofy meets guests underneath a covered area near Epcot’s main entrance. This area is home to two character meet-and-greets. Minnie Mouse usually meets in the space next to him. Often, they are both out at the same time.
Formerly, Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie met in the Epcot Character Spot. When construction is complete at Epcot, they are supposed to return to a formal meet-and-greet location.
Goofy is an autograph-signing character. He gives the best hugs. Additionally, a PhotoPass photographer is available at this location.
Related: Meet Goofy at Epcot
Princess Jasmine from Aladdin meets in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot. She meets toward the back of the pavilion in an area called Lamps of Wonder.
Princess Jasmine meets intermittently throughout the day. Like all the character meet-and-greets, make sure to check her exact times in the My Disney Experience app. She enjoys talking about her tiger, Rajah, Aladdin, and Abu.
Additionally, Princess Jasmine meets with Aladdin daily at Magic Kingdom. They can be found at the far end of the Agrabah Bazaar across from The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
Related: Meet Jasmine from Aladdin at Disney
Joy from Inside Out
Next door to Figment’s meet-and-greet, guests can meet Joy from Inside Out. Joy is a cheerful character like her name.
This location is accessible through the side door of the Imagination Pavilion. Or you can ride Journey Into Imagination with Figment. The ride exits into this area.
Joy is an autograph-signing character who typically meets from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then again from 3:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Related: Meet Joy at Epcot
Speaking of popular characters that hold long wait times, Mary Poppins fits the bill. We see her out in various spots throughout the United Kingdom Pavilion. You might find her in the garden, strolling down Cherry Tree Lane, or near the lagoon.
Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way. She enjoys talking about her chimney sweeper friend Bert, manners, and pretty much anything proper. Additionally, she is an autograph-signing character. However, we don’t usually see a PhotoPass photographer at this location.
Related: Meet Mary Poppins at Disney World
Mickey Mouse meets guests at the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival. This location is inside the Magic Eye Theater, which sits adjacent to the Imagination Pavilion in World Celebration.
When you step inside, you’ll see Mickey’s meet-and-greet area to the right. He is available intermittently throughout the day. Mickey is a non-talking character, but he signs autographs. Additionally, a PhotoPass photographer is usually available at this location.
*During this time, Mickey and Minnie are meeting together in Disney100 celebration outfits. We anticipate this meet-and-greet will last until their new location debuts. However, Disney has not released any updates regarding these changes yet. As of early January 2024, this meet-and-greet is still available.
Minnie Mouse meets guests next to Goofy right inside Epcot’s entrance. She is in the other covered outdoor meet-and-greet area to the immediate right of Spaceship Earth. Minnie Mouse is dressed in her red and white polka-dot outfit at this location.
Minnie meets at this location intermittently throughout the day. She will eventually return to a dedicated location when construction at Epcot is complete.
Related: Meet Minnie Mouse at Epcot
Moana is another new character in Epcot. She meets beside her attraction, Journey of Water. We recently waited over a half hour to meet her at this location. Be prepared. She holds a long line, and it often gets cut off before the meet is scheduled to start.
Moana enjoys talking about wayfaring, Hei Hei, and her pet pig Pua. She signs autographs at this location, and a PhotoPass photographer should be present. Remember, if she’s scheduled to meet at 12:00 p.m. It’s a good idea to get in line at 11:45 a.m. or even earlier if you want to be at the front of the line!
Related: Meet Moana at Epcot
As we continue around the World Showcase, we stop at the China Pavilion. Mulan meets guests here in the gardens surrounding the temple.
However, as of late, we’ve run into her inside the temple. This location is the only place to meet Mulan in Walt Disney World. She meets late morning to mid-afternoon. Don’t forget to double-check the app on the day of your visit. I mention it often, but sometimes there are last-minute changes, and the app usually reflects them.
Mulan loves to talk about Mishu and defending her family’s honor. She will also sign her autograph if you collect them. This location is hit or miss when it comes to PhotoPass photographers.
Related: Meet Mulan at Epcot
Pluto usually meets guests in the gazebo near the World Showcase Plaza. However, this is where Asha is now meeting. So Pluto has been moved to the International Gateway near Daisy.
Unfortunately, Pluto has become a fairly difficult character to find. He formerly had a dedicated meet-and-greet in each of the four parks. But now you rarely see him.
Pluto is an autograph-signing character. He doesn’t talk, but you won’t realize it because he’s always eager to entertain and show you his latest trick.
Related: Meet Pluto at Epcot
The Germany Pavilion is the perfect place to meet the star of Walt Disney’s original feature film, Snow White. Snow White meets at her wishing well throughout the day. It’s a lovely photo opportunity.
Snow White loves to talk about Gooseberry Pie and all things Seven Dwarfs. She knows them all very well. Just don’t bring up apples. They are a bit of a sore spot.
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh has recently returned to his formal meet-and-greet in Christopher Robin’s room at the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot. This location is toward the back of the pavilion behind The Toy Soldier gift shop.
Winnie the Pooh meets intermittently throughout the day. He is an autograph-signing character. A PhotoPass photographer was available when we last walked through the meet-and-greet.
Related: Meet Winnie the Pooh at Disney World
This wraps up the characters who meet at Epcot. However, a few special circumstances might allow you to see or meet more characters at Epcot. They are as follows:
Disney Visa Character Meet
A special character meet is available for guests who are Chase Disney Visa cardholders. This location is to the left of the Magic Eye Theater and is usually open between 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. each day.
Guests must show their credit or rewards card to enter this meet-and-greet. It has been our experience that Minnie Mouse and Pluto are usually meeting at the Epcot Disney Visa character location.
However, don’t be surprised if you run into another member of the fabulous five. Also, don’t forget to bring your character autograph books for this meet-and-greet.
Related: Disney Visa Character Meet
Character Training at Epcot
Lastly, Epcot is home to character training. Occasionally, you might run into a group of characters in the park that appear out of nowhere. This fun opportunity is called character training. Cast members will allow guests to form small lines and meet the pop-up characters who are doing a little on-the-job training. Character training usually happens on the far left side of the American Pavilion at Epcot.
Related: Epcot Character Training
Final Thoughts on Character Meets at Epcot
Meeting characters is an integral part of planning a Disney vacation. Epcot is one of the best places to plan to meet characters, given the variety. Hopefully, this article gave you an idea of what characters you can expect to meet on your next visit to Epcot.
As always, remember to check the My Disney Experience app on the day you visit the park for the most accurate information. Most of the characters are listed with times and locations.
To check for characters, use these steps:
- Open the My Disney Experience app.
- Select the location drop at the bottom of the home screen.
- At the top-middle of the screen, change from “wait times” to “characters.”
- Filter the park to Epcot. (top left corner of the screen)
- Select “show list.” (top right corner of the screen)
For those with an interest in meeting more characters at Walt Disney World, try these other guides.
- Hollywood Studios Characters
- Meet Characters at Magic Kingdom
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Characters
- The Ultimate Disney World Character Dining Guide
- Princess Fairytale Hall Meets
In the Comments
What character are you hoping to meet at Epcot? Do you have a favorite character that meets at Epcot?