Update 2021-–The character meets discussed in this post are not available. Both locations listed below have been demolished as part of the extended refurbishment project at Epcot. If you are looking to meet characters, check out the Epcot 2021 Character meets here. This review will be updated once a formal meet returns.
The Epcot Character Spot is the traditional place to meet Mickey and Friends and Epcot. Specifically, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy. Additionally, a few more characters are part of the spot from time to time.
If you are headed out to Epcot with the intention of meeting characters, make sure to check out the My Disney Experience app on the specific day of your visit. Right now it looks like these characters are listed as meeting in the new, temporary locations:
- Mickey Mouse–inside the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
- Minnie Mouse–World Showcase Gazebo, where Daisy Duck was meeting.
- Joy–is meeting inside the Imagination Pavilion, no longer with Sadness.
I’ve updated these changes in the Epcot Character Guide (it contains every meet at Epcot) and will provide new information when they have found a more permanent home again.
The Epcot Character Spot has relocated several times within Epcot. This review will cover the changes and new location of the character meet. We will take a look at what characters meet here, times, and how long you can expect to wait if there’s a long line.
Walt Disney World recently announced that this experience would be closing the Fall of 2019 during Epcot’s extensive refurbishment. Thankfully, instead of full closure, the Meet Disney Pals at Epcot Character Spot has only been temporarily relocated.
During a recent visit to Epcot, we took the time to meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy. The Epcot Character Spot provides the opportunity to meet all three characters instead of having to stand in separate lines to find them.
Each character at the Epcot Character Spot has a separate meet within the actual area. Mickey Mouse is first, followed by Goofy, and then Minnie Mouse.
The characters are currently meeting from park open until the park closes at the new location. Make sure to check the times guide or the My Disney Experience app on the specific day of your visit for exact timing.
Epcot Character Spot
This picture below is the former home of the Epcot Character Spot. Its home was within the Innoventions West buildings that have recently closed. The character experience has always been popular and often has fairly high wait times.
For a bit of history on the popularity of this meet the picture above was taken on Memorial Day (before the relocation) of the Epcot Character Spot. For this meet, I elected to use FastPass+ to meet the characters. In fact, when I had gotten to the park around 11:00 a.m. the wait time was 50 minutes when I passed by the location.
When I got to the meet the wait time sign dropped from 45 minutes to 20 while I was taking the picture. Fortunately, there was only one other party entering the FastPass+ line in front of me. We were into the actual meet within less than five minutes.
The main reason I’m mentioning this recent history is that the Epcot Character Spot no longer offers FastPass+ ability as it has in the past. This could somewhat affect your touring strategy if the meet is deemed important on your list of must-do attractions.
New Epcot Character Spot Location
Below is a picture of the new meet for the Disney Pals at Epcot’s Character Spot. It’s located across the breezeway and on the outside area from its former home. This is in Future World and will be on your right as you cross through the breezeway headed toward The Land Pavilion.
When you walk into this area you will see where the line begins for this meet. There is a decent amount of area in the building to take a break or wait if not everyone is participating in the character meet.
Above is the fairly large line that I met on the day of my visit. Per my notes, I got in line at 1:35 p.m. on this day.
There are no wait times posted currently at the new Epcot Character Experience. When you enter the line you can see the characters meeting out in front of you with other guests. Below you can tell they had just come back from a break and Mickey was meeting his first guest while Goofy was entertaining a bit since he was caught up.
The characters had just come back from a break when I got in line and then went on a second break before I got to Goofy. For reference here’s exactly how my visit went:
- 1:35 p.m.–got in line/characters returned from a break
- 2:02 p.m.–met Mickey Mouse
- 2:05 p.m.–Goofy left for a break/2 parties still ahead of me to meet him
- 2:09 p.m.–Characters all came back
- 2:13 p.m.–Finished meeting all 3 characters and exiting
This means my visit was a total of 38 minutes to meet all 3 characters. That’s not bad but it did feel long. Sometimes when characters leave for breaks it also makes the wait feel longer. On this day the queue was very full and looked even busier as I was leaving.
As always character meet wait times fluctuate largely by how long the people ahead of you visit with each character. These characters appear to break about every 30 minutes and are only gone for about 5 minutes. Reassure your family they will be back shortly if you see them exit during your wait.
Mickey Mouse is the first to greet you upon arrival.
He is always ready with open arms to greet his guests. The interaction these characters offer really makes these meet and greets fun for guests of all ages. They also typically know how to handle a child that might be scared or a bit intimidated.
The Epcot Character Experience provides fun, new backdrops as well. They are bright, colorful and represent all things Epcot.
For comparison below is a picture of the former Epcot Character Spot from earlier this year. Things have for sure changed for the positive in this new temporary location.
Mickey Mouse also signs autographs in addition to photo opportunities. The characters represented at the Epcot Character Spot are all non-speaking.
Next we have our pal, Goofy.
Goofy was also a lot of fun! He looks like he is saying, “Hey pal, where have you been?” He is also very tall!
Goofy is a signing character so make sure to have your autograph books out and ready when you get close.
Below is a picture of the difference between his new meet and the old location.
Here’s a look at that autograph.
Goofy gets the monorail backdrop that also features a setting sun over the World Showcase and a little Friendship boat floating on the water.
Here we have Minnie Mouse in her classic dress. This is the only place to meet Minnie in this dress currently within regular meets at Disney World. She can be seen in this dress daily at Magic Kingdom on the last float of the Festival of Fantasy Parade.
Minnie Mouse also meets in her safari outfit at Animal Kingdom with Mickey Mouse. They meet at Adventurers Outpost which is the only place to meet them together in any of the four theme parks.
Minnie is a signing autograph character. Most characters seem to greet you first, sign autographs and then they pose with you and your family for photos.
Minnie’s new backdrop is much improved from her old location, but I don’t think Minnie Mouse could improve in any way. She is the best!
Even her signature offers hearts and hugs and kisses. This one is truly a keeper.
Here’s a look at her backdrop advertising the most wonderful time of the year at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
If meeting the Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot is a priority I would look to work them into my schedule first thing in the morning or later in the day after 6 p.m. for possible lowest wait times. If I were in the area and had an interest in meeting them I would just pop in and check out the line.
Since FastPass+ is not an option for these characters that means this experience should be even busier in the mornings prior to the World Showcase opening. At Epcot, only Future World is open for the first few hours with the exception of Frozen Ever After in Norway and Les Halles Boulangerie in France for breakfast. The World Showcase opens daily at 11 a.m.
Formerly, the Epcot Character Spot is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. which is in line with the park’s hours of operation. As I mention often make sure to check that daily printed times guide in the park or the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit for exact times.
The new Epcot Character Spot is a wonderful meet if you are a fan of original Walt Disney characters. There are not a lot of opportunities in the parks to meet this many characters at one time either.
I try to be as respectful as possible when meeting characters as far as timing is concerned, but they aren’t a priority to me. Understand that for a lot of kids this is one of the biggest things they might remember. That goes for some adults also. I always try to keep this in the front of my mind when visiting.
It’s easy to get annoyed by little things (waiting) but your family is right there with you. It’s actually just a good time to focus on them. Too many people are staring at their phones these days. Meanwhile, life is passing them by. I’m guilty as well at times. Plus the littles won’t be little for long.
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I hope you’ll have an opportunity to meet pals at the Epcot Character Spot on your visit. Leave me a comment below and let me know who you are looking forward to meeting!