Meet and greets with your favorite characters while walking around the world. Sounds amazing right? Where can you do this you ask? None other than Epcot at Walt Disney World! In the past, I’ve talked about how you can walk around the world and eat around the world, but today we’re talking about all of the amazing characters you can meet around the world. Stay tuned and I’ll even let you know just where you can find them and when are the best times to visit!
First up, Mickey and Friends at their meet and greet spot in Future World. You can find this walking towards The Land on the left. It’s inside, so you can escape the Florida heat while you wait! Here you can meet Mickey, Goofy and Minnie all at once. The wait usually isn’t too bad, but you can also get a FastPass to meet these guys. Since FastPasses at Epcot are tiered, this is a good lower tier option! It’s family friendly and always fun.
And I mean come on, you get to meet Minnie Mouse and totally fangirl over how much your two year old daughters love her! As you can see, that’s exactly what Ali and I were doing. When you’re away from your babies for a few days, you start to miss them and think about everything they love. When Minnie Mouse happens to be at the top of their list, you have to tell her!
And then she’ll give you extra awesome hugs!
Just across the walkway from the Mickey and Friends meet and greet, you can find more characters! Again these characters are inside which means waiting in the air conditioning. As you walk in, to the left you can meet Baymax and to the right you can wait to meet Joy and Sadness! These are two separate lines. Joy and Sadness are a two for one deal though.
They’re super fun. Joy has boundless energy and is fun to interact with while Sadness gives the best hugs. I think she just gets that everyone needs a really good hug some days. These two make for super fun picture poses!
Coming from Future World, you can find Donald just on the other side of the pyramid in a little cove. He comes and goes throughout the day, and his line is usually pretty short. Fun tip: Inside the pyramid there is a Three Caballeros boat ride! The wait is usually pretty short and is indoors.
That moment when you and Punzie are totally fangirling over each other. Punzie is my spirit princess with her vibrant personality, flighty brainspace, sense of adventure and love of life! She was totally obsessed with my shirt and ear that were inspired by none other than her!
The character that you meet as you enter the restaurant will not be making rounds during your dining experience, so make sure to get all the pictures, memories and signatures while you’re there. Take your time and enjoy it! You paid for this special time after all.
You may notice for Belle that we’re back at the entrance where we met Rapunzel. Well sometimes the princess at the front switches out for another princess. If you notice that this happens and you want to meet her, just let your waiter know. They’ll inform someone up front and they’ll let you know when you can go up there. Usually they say to just go whenever! They’re super accommodating. You have to love Disney customer service!
And we had to meet Belle since she’s Ali’s spirit princess! Rachael’s is Aurora, so we all got to spend time with our favorites.
While you’re in Norway, take a peek in the troll shop! You too can get an awesome picture with this troll! And here’s the best part, there’s never a line. How do people not know about his magical gem?
Yep, that’s Chloe at 15 months! You can now meet Anna and Elsa at their summer house in Norway! A lot of the wait is indoors as you get to walk through their summer home. Be sure to pay attention to all of the amazing details as you walk through. Disney Imagineers did an amazing job this time.
Also in France in the France Pavilion, you can meet Princess Aurora!
Next up is the United Kingdom! Here you can meet the one and only Mary Poppins! Again, I haven’t met her here, but she is located in the United Kingdom Promenade.
Finally you can pass through Canada to the World Showcase Plaza. This is the start and finish of the World Showcase just in front of the water between Mexico and Canada. Here you can meet Pluto in the Friendship Ambassador Gazebo!
Have you visited Epcot recently?
What country is (or would be) your favorite?
My favorites are Norway because of the Frozen ride, princess dining and Anna/Elsa and Morocco because of Spice Road Table and the amazing smells and spices!