Epcot Characters List (Meet and Greets with 2023 Updates)
This article previews the character meet-and-greets at Epcot. In addition, we’ll look at a few autographs, photos, and the best times to meet the characters.
When it comes to characters, there are plenty to meet at Epcot! You might run into Winnie the Pooh waving from the distance or get a hug from Mulan in the China Pavilion.
You could spend an entire day meeting all the characters throughout the park. Since most characters have returned to traditional meet-and-greets, you might even collect a book full of character autographs by the end of the day!
Below, we’ll discuss where to find all of these characters at Epcot, when to meet them, and a few other tips. Additionally, we’ve provided photos of each character at Epcot, so you’ll know what to expect.
If you’ve met characters at Epcot in the past, you’ll need to know that some locations have changed. Since Epcot is undergoing extensive refurbishment, we’ve seen a few characters shift locations over the past couple of years.
So grab a fancy pen, and don’t forget to pack your autograph book! We’re off to Epcot to meet some of our favorite Disney pals!
This guide was updated on February 22, 2023. We visit Epcot weekly and keep this guide updated to reflect changes to the character meets in the park as we see them.
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
- Vanellope Von Schweetz
- Winnie the Pooh
*Characters who formerly met at Epcot but do not currently have dedicated meets:
- Chip and Dale
- Sadness from Inside Out
- Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph
*The following Disney characters make appearances at character meals at Epcot:
- Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, Ariel, Belle (Akershus Royal Banquet Hall)
- Mickey, Chip, Dale, Pluto (Garden Grill Restaurant in the Land Pavilion)
Individual Epcot Character Meet-and-Greets
Below, we’ll look at each character meet-and-greet individually.
Pluto meets guests in the gazebo near the World Showcase Plaza. He’ll be on the left as you head toward the Mexico Pavilion.
Pluto meets intermittently between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. However, you will want to check the My Disney Experience app for the exact timing on the day of your visit. Or you can check Disney’s site here.
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
Goofy meets guests underneath a covered area near Epcot’s main entrance. There are two character meet-and-greets in this area. Minnie Mouse usually meets in the other space next to him.
Often I see them greeting guests simultaneously. So if you see either character out, try to meet them both while you’re in the area.
Formerly, Goofy and Minnie both met in the Epcot Character Spot. When construction is complete at Epcot, they are supposed to have a more formal meet-and-greet location.
Goofy is an autograph-signing character, and he gives the best hugs.
Related: Meet Goofy at Epcot
Winnie the Pooh
As we make our way into the park, we’ll take a right and visit the Imagination Pavilion in World Celebration. Our next Epcot character is Winnie the Pooh.
Winnie the Pooh used to have a meet-and-greet in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot. He met in Christopher Robin’s room toward the back of “The Toy Soldier” store.
However, as of late, he meets in the garden next to the Imagination Pavilion. Winnie the Pooh’s meet times are usually listed in the My Disney Experience app.
This location is considered a character sighting, so Winnie the Pooh remains at a distance. Therefore, character autographs and hugs are not available at this location.
Additionally, his character meet-and-greet with Tigger has returned to Magic Kingdom. They now meet daily at the Thotful Spot in Fantasyland near The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
Related: Meet Winnie the Pooh 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.
Mickey meets guests daily between 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. You can check the exact time on the day of your visit in the My Disney Experience app or here on Disney’s site.
Mickey is a non-talking character, but he signs autographs.
Related: Meet Mickey Mouse at Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
Vanellope Von Schweetz
Fans of Wreck-It Ralph or Ralph Breaks the Internet will want to stop in the ImageWorks Lab to meet Vanellope Von Schweetz! She typically meets late morning and most of the afternoon.
Vanellope formerly met with Ralph at this location. However, at this time, she meets solo.
This Epcot character meet is located inside the Imagination Pavilion in World Celebration. It’s a great place to escape during hot temperatures. Additionally, there are several fun things to do inside the pavilion.
As of this update, Vanellope meets from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then again from 3:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
*Remember to check the My Disney Experience app for the exact times on the day of your visit.
Related: Meet Vanellope Von Schweetz at Epcot
Joy from Inside Out
Next door to Vanellope, guests can meet Joy from Inside Out. Joy is a cheerful character like her name.
You can access this location through the side door of the Imagination Pavilion. Or you can ride Journey Into Imagination with Figment. The ride exits into this area.
Joy’s character meet-and-greet is next door to Vanellope Von Schweetz. She is an autograph-signing character. She 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
Disney Visa Character Meet
If you’re a Chase Disney Visa cardholder, there’s a special character meet at Epcot just for you. You’ll find it to the immediate left of the Magic Eye Theater. Guests are required to show their credit card or rewards card to enter this meet-and-greet.
At this time, Minnie Mouse and Pluto are meeting at the Epcot Disney Visa character location. However, don’t be surprised if you run into another member of the fabulous five.
Don’t forget to bring your character autograph books for this meet-and-greet. This meet-and-greet is usually available from 1:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Related: Disney Visa Character Meet
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.
Usually, you’ll find her here in the afternoon. Additionally, from time to time, we’ve run into Minnie Mouse near the International Gateway. Often, this is where characters in training greet guests in the afternoons.
Minnie meets intermittently throughout the day, usually between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Related: Meet Minnie Mouse at Epcot
Epcot Characters (World Showcase)
Now we’ll journey through the World Showcase to see what character meets are available in each country. Several countries have Disney princesses who meet in dedicated areas.
The Mexico Pavilion is home to the Donald Duck character meet. You will find this meet past the pyramid on the left as you walk toward Norway. Here is a look at the location.
Don’t be surprised if you see a crowd formed here. He is a popular character at Epcot.
Donald Duck meets as one of The Three Caballeros. He’s greeting guests as he takes a break from his 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.
If you’re looking to see Donald Duck during your Disney vacation, sometimes he and Daisy greet guests near the entrance to Hollywood Studios. They also have dedicated meet-and-greets at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
Related: Meet Donald Duck at Epcot
Anna and Elsa in Norway
Next, we continue on to the Norway Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. Norway is where we’ll find our favorite sisters from Frozen.
Anna and Elsa meet daily in their summer home, the Royal Sommerhus.
Since Frozen 2, Anna and Elsa wear outfits from the new movie. Queen Anna is dressed in her regal robes and crown.
And Elsa is in her beautiful white gown.
The sisters meet here daily between 9:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. You can check Disney’s site here for exact times or the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit.
This meet is a great place to take a break from the heat. In addition, it’s nice that you can meet two characters at once.
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!
Related: Meet Anna and Elsa at Disney World
Mulan in China
As we continue around the World Showcase, we stop at the China Pavilion. Mulan meets guests here in the gardens.
However, as of late, we’ve run into her inside the temple that sits behind the gardens. This location is the only place to meet Mulan in Walt Disney World. She meets late morning to mid-afternoon.
Mulan meets intermittently from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. You can check the exact times here on Disney’s site.
But don’t forget to double-check the app on the day of your visit. I know I mention it often, but sometimes there are last-minute changes, and the app will usually reflect them.
Mulan loves to talk about Mishu and defend her family’s honor. She will also sign her autograph if you collect them.
Related: Meet Mulan at Epcot
Snow White in Germany
The Germany Pavilion is the perfect place to meet the star of Walt Disney’s original feature film, Snow White. Snow White meets at the Wishing Well throughout the day. Her wishing-well makes for 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.
Related: Meet Snow White at the Germany Pavilion
Snow White also meets near Town Square at the Magic Kingdom.
Related: Meet Snow White at Magic Kingdom
And if Snow White is really important to you, she participates in character dining at Artist Point. This restaurant is located at the Wilderness Lodge and can be challenging to reserve, given its popularity.
Related: Storybook Dining at Artist Point Review
Princess Jasmine in Morocco
Princess Jasmine from Aladdin meets in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot. She meets toward the back of the pavilion inside a little spot called Lamps of Wonder.
Princess Jasmine meets intermittently throughout the day between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Like all the character meet-and-greets, make sure to check her exact times in the My Disney Experience app.
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
Belle in France
Belle meets at the France Pavilion in Epcot. She meets guests along the water’s edge toward the front of the pavilion.
Belle meets here in her blue village dress. In the past, we also saw her occasionally meet in her yellow ballroom gown at this location. Sometimes, during the holidays, Belle would meet in her red gown.
Related: Meet Belle from Beauty and the Beast at Epcot
Belle was meeting at Magic Kingdom. However, that meet-and-greet has ended since her attraction, Enchanted Tales with Belle, reopened in 2023.
Aurora in France
Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty also meets in Epcot’s France Pavilion. She meets in the gazebo that sits towards the front right side of the pavilion.
The only other place to meet Belle and Aurora in Epcot is the Akershus Princess Character Dining in the Norway Pavilion.
Related: Meet Aurora at Disney World
Daisy Duck at the International Gateway
Daisy Duck greets guests near the International Gateway at Epcot. This special entrance to the park is located on a separate 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.
Related: Meet Daisy at the International Gateway
Alice in Wonderland
Lastly, the United Kingdom Pavilion is home to two character meets at Epcot. First, Alice in Wonderland meets guests in front of her cottage area. She enjoys discussing Dinah, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter.
This is a very popular character meet that holds extremely long lines. You’ll want to get in line before her next scheduled time. If you wait until it starts, you’ll likely be too late.
That said, if you’re not early, you’re late, applies to many of these characters meets. But for Alice, you’re late, you’re late for a very important date.
Here is her autograph.
This character meet location makes for a nice photo. You might also see Alice at Magic Kingdom. She pops up from time to time around the Mad Tea Party at Magic Kingdom.
Related: Meet Alice in Wonderland at Epcot
Speaking of popular characters that hold long wait times, Mary Poppins fits the bill. As of late, she is greeting guests under the archway that leads to the garden.
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. Her meet times are available in the My Disney Experience app.
Related: Meet Mary Poppins at Disney World
Final Thoughts on Character Meets at Epcot
Meeting characters is an integral part of planning a Disney vacation. And 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.
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
- The Ultimate Disney World Character Dining Guide
- Princess Fairytale Hall Meets
In the Comments
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