Prioritizing the Epcot Characters – Locations, Pictures, Wait Times, Best Times to Meet etc.

by josh on December 9, 2013

2/9/14 Update: Frozen characters meet from 9am – 6pm.

This is the third part in the character prioritization series. Check out the Magic Kingdom edition here, Hollywood Studios here and Animal Kingdom here. The Magic Kingdom edition provides a little color about what you’re looking at below as well if you haven’t read over the previous articles. Basically, the point of this article is to identify where the various characters are located and create a plan to minimize waits as much as possible. While even the “lowest priority” characters will have afternoon waits of 10 to 15 minutes, it simply isn’t possible to meet every character in the morning when waits will generally be shortest. Because of that, we need to identify the characters that will have the longest afternoon waits and visit them first. Then we can move on to the “less popular” characters later in the morning or whenever we can expect their waits to be shortest.

Overall Strategy: The character priorities in Epcot are all found in World Showcase.  Aladdin/Jasmine, Belle, and Snow White see the longest waits at Epcot.  Character Spot is no longer a high priority now that it has doubled capacity, the characters are no longer visible through the window (reducing the number of kids that see Mickey and insist on getting in line), and the number of characters has been reduced to three (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy).  If you’d like to meet the Princesses, be prepared to start walking toward World Showcase at 1o:30am.

Let’s take a look at what we’re dealing with.

Aladdin and Jasmine – Classic Outfits

Priority: Highest

Location:

Aladdin and Jasmine meet along the World Showcase promenade across from the Morocco Pavilion.  If you’re walking from France, you’ll see them on the left after you pass most of the Morocco Pavilion.

Usual Meet Times:

Barring any strange occurrences, Aladdin and Jasmine meet side by side throughout the day.

Process:

The line runs along the World Showcase Lagoon in front of the characters. Simply get in line and wait your turn.

Interaction: Above average. For one reason or another, these aren’t the two friendliest or most engaging characters in Walt Disney World (generally speaking). But they are happy to see you, sign autographs, chat, and mingle with guests.

Wait Times: Wait times are usually 25 to 35 minutes in the afternoon, but can hit 45 minutes to an hour if you don’t meet them before they take one of their 20 minute breaks.

Best Times to Meet: Arriving by 11:30am for the 11:45am meet will reduce wait times as much as possible. If that isn’t going to happen, try to arrive about ten minutes before they’re scheduled to appear. That way, you should be able to meet them during their next set and not have to wait for the full 20 minute break. Once most people see the (long) length of the line and the character attendant tells them that the characters won’t be reappearing for 10 or more minutes, they’ll plan to “head back later.” Once the characters are scheduled to come out in a couple of minutes, people are more likely to get in line. If you can’t do the 11:45am meet, try to do the 12:45pm one. Lines will be consistently long from then on as more and more people work their way up to Morocco.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Magic Kingdom – Both characters meet in Adventureland at the Agrabah Bazaar in the same outfits. Their lines are usually much shorter there, making it a better place to meet them.
  2. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Aladdin, Jasmine, Abu, and Genie met in the same location in pairs of two throughout the night.
  3. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013 – Aladdin, Jasmine, Abu, and Genie met in the same location in pairs of two throughout the night. Aladdin appears in his “Prince Ali” outfit and Genie/Abu wore scarfs.

Belle – Blue Scrubs

Priority: High

Location:

Belle meets along the promenade across from the France Pavilion.  She no longer greets with Beast.

Usual Meet Times:

Belle:

Process:

The line for Belle  runs along World Showcase Lagoon out in front of where they greet guests. If she’s going on break soon, the cast member should allow you to enter the line and wait there until she returns.

Interaction: Good. Belle is among the sweetest princesses, particularly in her blue dress.  It was more fun when she met alongside Beast though.

Wait Times: Afternoon waits can easily hit 30+ minutes and may actually be closer to 40 or 50 minutes if you have to wait for Belle to take one of her many 20 minute breaks.

Best Times to Meet: Arriving at 10:50am is best as the fewest people will have arrived in France.  The French bakery, Boulangerie Patisserie, opens right at 9am.  Those not waiting in line can grab snacks or drinks while the rest of the group meet the character.

Other Meet Locations:

Beast has moved to Be Our Guest Restaurant at Magic Kingdom for dinner.  You must be eating at the restaurant in order to get a picture with him.

Belle:

  1. Epcot – Belle greets guests dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion in her yellow gown and takes pictures with them upon arrival, but does not meet tableside.
  2. Magic Kingdom – She sort of meets at Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom. She does not sign autographs at this location and you need to participate in the play to be guaranteed a quick PhotoPass picture at the end of the show.
  3. Magic Kingdom – She meets diners at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Snow White – Classic Attire

Priority: Moderate High

Location:

Snow White meets in the Germany Pavilion.  As you walk toward Germany from the China Pavilion, you’ll see her on your left before you arrive at the main Pavilion.  From Italy, you’ll see Snow White on the right after passing most of the Pavilion.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Snow White’s line snakes around in front of her depending on how many people are in line.  Don’t bring an apple that isn’t candied.

Interaction: Good.  Snow White doesn’t seem to ooze personality, but it’s a fun picture.  At one time, Snow White usually appeared with one of her Dwarfs, but this is much rarer now.

Wait Times: Wait times are longer than they once were for whatever reason – perhaps renewed interest with Snow White and the Huntsman and Once Upon A Time.  The line above is typical and people often wait through one of her breaks, which results in actual waits in the 20 to 40 minute range.

Best Times to Meet: Her first meet is later than most other characters, giving you an opportunity to hit Frozen, Belle, Aladdin, Jasmine, and potentially other characters before getting in line for Snow White around 12:20pm.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Epcot – Snow White meets diners at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion in the same outfit.
  2. Magic Kingdom – Snow White meets next to Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall. Waits are typically 30 to 50 minutes.
  3. Magic Kingdom – Snow white meets diners at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the same outfit.
  4. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013: She met with her prince in Fairytale Hall.
  5. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013: She met with her prince in Fairytale Hall.

Alice – Blue Dress

Priority: Moderate

Location:

Alice Meets in this area across from Yorkshire County Fish Shop in the United Kingdom Pavilion.

From the other direction. She can also meet guests in the circled area opposite Mary Poppins depending on crowds and wait times.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Alice’s line should continue out in front of her along the railing on the way to the France Pavilion. Line up and wait your turn.

Interaction: Great. Alice will chat you up and sign her autograph.

Wait times: Waits are generally 15 to 20 minutes in the afternoon, but may be shorter if the overall crowd level is lower or it’s earlier in the afternoon.

Best Times to Meet: Arriving by 11:20am for the 11:30am meet is best. Your total wait should be around ten minutes. Otherwise, arriving five minutes before the meet after her long afternoon break is best. The long break will scare most people off and a lot of people will be further up into World Showcase by this time. Wait times are pretty consistent in the afternoon because it’s an obvious Meet and Greet with a decently popular character.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Magic Kingdom – Alice meets with White Rabbit in Fantasyland in front of Mad Tea Party in the same outfit. Waits are usually similar.
  2. Grand Floridian Resort – She meets diners at the 1900 Park Fare Breakfast Buffet.
  3. Grand Floridian Resort – She meets guests at the Wonderland Tea Party (expensive).
  4. Halloween Party 2013: She met with Mad Hatter near Mad Tea Party.

Mary Poppins – White and Red Dress with Umbrella

Priority: Moderate Low

Location:

Mary Poppins meets just past the United Kingdom Pavilion on the right side as you’re walking towards France or right before the United Kingdom Pavilion on the left as you walk to the UK from France.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Mary Poppins’ queue runs along the railing next to where she meets. Hop in line at your convenience.

Interaction: Good. Mary may come across as being a little snooty, but it is her character after all.

Wait Times: Afternoon wait times are generally in the 10 to 20 minute range depending on overall crowd level and time of day.

Best Times to Meet: Arriving five minutes before her first meet would be perfect. It’s unlikely anyone will be in line before the characters first appear in the afternoon. Otherwise, arrive about five minutes before her she’s scheduled to appear after her long afternoon break. Nobody will be waiting.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Magic Kingdom– Mary Poppins meets in the same outfit at Magic Kingdom in Town Square. She’s usually near The Chapeau store and Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Lines are ordinarily shorter there – only a few people long.
  2. Grand Floridian Resort – Mary Poppins meets diners at 1900 Park Fare breakfast.

Chip and Dale – Au Naturel

Priority: Low

Location:

Chip and Dale meet on the back side of the Character Spot across from the walkway up to the Land Pavilion.

Usual Meet Times:

  • 9:30am – 1:15pm with intermittent breaks
  • 2:10pm – 4:45pm with intermittent breaks

Process: Chip and Dale’s queue runs off to the right of them. Wait your turn and then tell the chipmunk with the red nose that you think he’s Chip. Hilarity ensues.

Interaction: Good. While they don’t talk much, Chip and Dale have more fun together than most characters.

Wait Times: Wait times are usually in the 10 to 15 minute range, but can occasionally be longer if a large group gets in line and takes pictures in a dozen different configurations.

Best Times to Meet: Arriving five to ten minutes before their afternoon meet is best.  Most people will have higher priorities in the morning. The good news is that this Meet and Greet is really only obvious for those walking down from the Land Pavilion and max wait times aren’t often longer than 15 minutes.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Animal Kingdom – Chip and Dale meet at Camp Minnie-Mickey Greeting Trails in their usual attire.
  2. Epcot – They greet diners at Garden Grill in their usual attire (still naked) along with Mickey and Pluto.
  3. Hollywood Studios – Chip and Dale meet at the Sorcerer’s Hat in the morning in hats and ties, usually until noon. Lines are usually shorter before 10am but may be longer after that.
  4. Magic Kingdom – Chip and Dale meet in Frontierland in their wild west outfits. Lines are ordinarily longer.
  5. Fort Wilderness – They join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ in their grill master outfits.
  6. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Chip and Dale hosted a dance party in Tomorrowland with Stitch, Pluto, and Goofy in their space vests.
  7. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013 – Chip and Dale hosted a dance party at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe wearing scarfs and hat with Goofy and Pluto.

Character Spot – Mickey, Minnie, Goofy in their Classic Outfits

Priority: Low

Location:

Character Spot reopened in June 2013 after a lengthy refurbishment. The Meet and Greet is in the same place, but the entrance has moved further down to the right away from Fountain View Cafe.

Usual Meet Times:

  • The characters meet continuously from 8:50am through close.  They meet during morning and evening extra magic hours.

Process:

Character Spot has a standby and a FASTPASS+ entrance. The standby entrance will have a wait time next to it.

The line for the characters is air-conditioned and inside. The characters are not visible until right before you meet them.

Once inside, you’ll first meet Mickey.

Then Goofy.

Then Minnie, one after the other.  There will be a short wait of a minute or two in between characters while you wait for the group in front of you to finish up.

Interaction: Okay. They try as hard as they can but they can only do so much without the gift of voice.

Wait Times: Wait times have been significantly reduced since the refurbishment.  Don’t tell Junior, but there are actually two rooms full of characters, so capacity is doubled.  And the characters are no longer visible from outside the building, so kids no longer see Mickey and insist on getting in line.  Afternoon waits typically peak in the 20 to 30 minute range.

Best Times to Meet: After 7pm when most guests will move up to World Showcase.

Mulan – Chinese Princess(?)

Priority: Low

Location: Mulan can meet in two general locations depending on if the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats are scheduled for a show.

The Acrobat show happens here in this same location where Mulan is currently meeting guests. If the Acrobats aren’t performing, Mulan will most likely greet guests here near the front of the Pavilion.

If the Acrobat stage is set up, Mulan will most likely meet up here at the Temple of Heaven near the back of the Pavilion.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Mulan’s informal queue runs in front of her or off to the side.

Interaction: Good. Mulan isn’t necessarily as Asian as you might expect, but she’s very sweet.


Wait Times: Wait times are generally longer when Mulan appears near the Temple of Heaven, which is odd because it’s a less obvious location. However, it does get a lot of foot traffic from people entering/exiting the building to see Reflections of China. Even so, expect to wait between 15 and 20 minutes regardless of where Mulan appears. Wait times can balloon after a Reflections of China show gets out. If the line seems long, shop or grab a snack nearby and return in about ten minutes and the line should be much shorter.

Best Times to Meet: If you have higher priorities in the vicinity of France and Morocco, Mulan is best saved for the afternoon.  If this is one of the only characters you’re interested in meeting, arriving at 10:55am will result in the shortest wait. You may also want to hurry over after the Frozen meet in Norway.

Other Meet Locations: This is the only location where Mulan ordinarily greets guests.

Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) – Pink Dress

Priority: Low

Location:

Aurora meets in the France Pavilion off to the right of the main walkway into the Pavilion and Impressions de France/Boulangerie Patisserie.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Aurora’s usually-short-line runs in front of her.  Try not to fall asleep while you wait.  Princes don’t come around every day, you know?

Interaction: Good.  Aurora doesn’t necessarily have the most personality of the Disney princesses, but she isn’t as uptight as Cinderella!

Wait Times: Afternoon wait times are usually in the 10 to 15 minute range.  She’s a bit out of the way in France and isn’t as obvious or as popular as Aladdin/Jasmine or Belle out on the promenade.

Best Times to Meet: Try to arrive about five minutes before she’s scheduled to appear.  You’ll find the shortest waits if you arrive by 12:25pm for the 12:30pm meet or five minutes before the afternoon meet after her long break.  This way there won’t be any residual guests waiting through the break from the previously scheduled meet.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Epcot – Aurora meets diners at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion.
  2. Magic Kingdom – Aurora meets guests in Princess Fairytale Hall next to Cinderella. Waits are 25 to 40 minutes, but the meet offers FastPass and you have the benefit of meeting Cinderella too.
  3. Magic Kingdom – Aurora meets diners at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
  4. Grand Floridian Resort – She appears during the Perfectly Princess Tea Party at the Grand Floridian Resort.
  5. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – She appeared with her Prince at Fairytale Hall.
  6. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013 – She met with her Prince at Fairytale Hall.

Pluto – Collar

Priority: Low

Location:

Pluto meets just inside the main entrance on the right side before the entrance to Spaceship Earth. This is a picture of Goofy in the same location.

Usual Meet Times:

  • 8:45am – 12:45pm with intermittent breaks
  • 1:40pm – 4:15pm with intermittent breaks

Process: Pluto line runs to the right of him.

Interaction: He’ll probably assault you but it’s just love.

Wait Times: Waits are longest from 9am – 10:45am as guests arrive at the main entrance in droves.  Wait times after 1:40pm are generally 5 to 15 minutes.

Best Times to Meet: If you’re planning a break and exiting through the main entrance, meet Goofy on your way out.  Otherwise, try to meet him during his afternoon set.  The worst thing you could do is meet him right after the Park opens because it will delay your arrival at Test Track or Soarin’ and lead to unnecessarily long waits at the priority attractions.  If you’re arriving late and heading up to World Showcase or a lower priority attraction, you could meet him right after arriving without wasting too much time.

Pluto’s Other Meet Locations:

  1. Animal Kingdom – Pluto meets in DinoLand across from TriceraTop Spin with Goofy.  Wait times are usually 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Animal Kingdom – He may appear in front of the Animal Kingdom’s entrance or in the Oasis in a safari outfit, but this is less common.
  3. Epcot – Pluto meets diners at Garden Grill along with Mickey, Chip, and Dale.
  4. Magic Kingdom - Just inside the entrance on the right side at the flag pole. Waits are usually much longer, in the 20 to 30 minute range.
  5. Contemporary Resort – Pluto meets at Chef Mickey’s in a chef outfit.
  6. Fort Wilderness – Pluto meets at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ in a cowboy-ish outfit.
  7. Polynesian Resort: Pluto meets diners at ‘Ohana with Mickey and Stitch at breakfast.
  8. Mickey’s Halloween Party 2013 – Pluto hosted a dance party along with Stitch, Goofy, Chip, and Dale in his space pilot outfit in Tomorrowland.
  9. Mickey’s Christmas Party 2013 – Pluto hosted a dance party along with PGoofy, Chip, and Dale Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

Donald – Sombrero and Poncho

Priority: Low

Location:

Donald meets guests outside in an alcove to the right of the large pyramid that comprises most of the Mexico Pavilion.  He is located across the way from the La Hacienda de San Angel restaurant.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Donald’s line is usually just a few people long and runs to the side of where he meets guests.

Interaction: Good.  While not particularly chatty, Donald has a lot of personality and the outfit is a lot of fun.

Wait Times: Despite being relatively obvious and in an awesome outfit, Donald doesn’t seem to attract much of anyone.  Wait times are generally ten minutes or less, but can hit 15 or so when crowds are heavier.

Best Times to Meet: Arriving about five minutes before his afternoon block is best.  That guarantees you won’t wait longer than a few minutes and Donald won’t decide to take a 20 minute break right before it’s your turn to meet him.  Otherwise, don’t expect to find much of a line here.  If there is, shop around a bit and return a little later.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Animal Kingdom – Donald meets in the Camp Minnie-Mickey Character Greeting Trails in his safari outfit.  Around the winter holidays, he also dons a wreath.  Wait times are usually 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Animal Kingdom – At Tusker House Restaurant, he takes pictures and interacts with diners before they are seated.  He does not visit tableside.  He’ll be in his safari outfit.
  3. Hollywood Studios – He meets alongside Daisy at the Sorcerer’s Hat from the morning through the early afternoon.  Waits are short before 10am, but are usually equivalent or longer than Magic Kingdom from 10am until they stop appearing.  On the plus side, you do get to meet Daisy at the same time.  Both characters are in summer-y outfits.
  4. Magic Kingdom – Donald appears as The Great Donaldo in Storybook Circus at Pete’s Silly Sideshow.  You’ll get in line for him and also meet Goofy as The Great Goofini.  Waits are typically 15 to 25 minutes in the afternoon, but you do meet both characters one after the next.
  5. Beach Club Resort – He meets in a (ridiculous) beach outfit at Cape May Cafe’s breakfast.
  6. Contemporary Resort – Donald appears at Chef Mickey’s in his chef’s outfit.
  7. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Donald met in Fantasyland.
  8. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013 – Donald met with Daisy and Scrooge in Tomorrowland.

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger – Just a Red Shirt on Winnie the Pooh

Priority: Lowest

Location:

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger meet inside The Toy Soldier store in the United Kingdom Pavilion.  As you walk to the UK from Canada, take a right down the road across from Rose & Crown Pub.  Continue walking and you’ll see the store on the right side and the gazebo in front of you.  If the UK band is performing, follow the noise.

The entrance is now in the same area as the large open garden.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: This is an odd location for a Meet and Greet in that it’s entirely out of the way and not at all obvious.  Head to the back of the UK Pavilion and get in line. Sometime in the future, this is expected to be FastPass+ only.

Interaction: Good.  For characters that don’t talk, they are a lot of fun.  Tigger in particular is excited to see you.  Their surroundings are also new – they now meet in Christopher Robin’s bedroom.

Wait Times: Wait times are usually less than ten minutes.  They can be a bit longer if the UK band has just finished playing.  When that happens, someone invariably mentions that they’re headed to the Winnie the Pooh Meet and Greet and others follow.  Should the line be longer than ten or fifteen people, shop around a bit and return later.

Best Times to Meet: Any time is usually fine, but 4:45pm would be best.  Just try to avoid getting in line after the UK band performs unless you’re among the first people to head over.

Other Meet Locations:

  1. Animal Kingdom – Both Tigger and Winnie the Pooh meet at Discovery Landing.  Ordinarily, you meet each character individually.  Eeyore may or may not join them.  They normally appear in their classic outfits, but may have scarfs and hats around the holidays.  Lines are usually short because the entrance to the queue is far away from where they actually meet and the characters aren’t visible unless you really know where to look.
  2. Magic Kingdom – Winnie the Pooh and Tigger meet in the same outfits (or lack thereof) to the left of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride in Fantasyland.  Wait times are usually 30 to 50 minutes and the queue is completely outside.
  3. Magic Kingdom – Winnie the Pooh meets diners at Crystal Palace on Main Street with Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore.
  4. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 – Winnie the Pooh met with Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger in their Halloween costumes in the same place as their regular meet.
  5. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2013 – Winnie the Pooh met with Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger in scarfs in the same place as their regular meet.

Duffy – Navy Outfit (Also Pumpkin Shirt or Christmas Sweater Depending on Time of Year)

Priority: Lowest

Location:

Duffy is located at the base of World Showcase on the left side as you walk toward the Mexico Pavilion.

Usual Meet Times:

Process: Duffy is located in a gazebo with his line extending to the left of him (most likely your right).  Wait your turn to meet everyone’s least favorite Tokyo Disneyland export.

Interaction: Poor.  Duffy doesn’t do a whole lot other than wave, sign, and hug.

Wait Times: Afternoon waits are generally ten minutes or less, despite being one of the most obvious and accessible characters.

Best Times to Meet: Sometime in the afternoon would be best.  You don’t need to make a special trip over here to catch him at a “good” time of day.  Visit when it’s convenient and if the line is longer than ten minutes, try again later.

Other Meet Locations: None at this time.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

JenniferS March 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

Stitch – Naked
Priority: Rock Bottom.

Is there no love for Stitch? It’s not his fault that his namesake ride blows chunks.

Katie March 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thanks Josh!
I only really care about meeting Beast, and I see he appears alone from 2:25-2:55. If I go then am I still looking at a 30 minute wait?

keri March 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

@JenniferS – I think it’s partly that there’s so rarely any kind of line at all for Stitch (esp in the afternoon) that you don’t need to prioritize going to see him.

I’m sad that he’s not appearing with Lilo at DAK anymore. That was honestly one of the best character interactions I’ve ever had – the other Best is Belle in her blue dress here at Epcot, when the actress really tried to engage me and made fun of fairy godmothers (I had pink hair at the time – loved so much the snarking about useless godmothers, since Belle didn’t need any, but Aurora and Cinderella both did!).

Thanks for this, Josh.

Also, every time I see the backgrounds in the Character Spot, I get sad. They’re so weird and remind me of GoofTroop in the ’90s. I guess it makes sense to have a futuristic theme for Epcot’s Future World, but there’s so much going on that the characters don’t really stand out in the photos.

Kenny the Pirate March 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Beast always creates a line because it’s his only appearance point in wdw.

Doug March 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I’m surprise at the priority rating you give for your boss, Duffy — “Priority: Lowest”
I wouldn’t want to be around at performance review time…

Anjie March 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Hey Josh – any insight on the Disney Visa M&G at Epcot? Best time to be there and which characters are generally there?

nobie47 March 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

We got in line for Beauty and the Beast around Beast’s first scheduled time out and the CM asked if we wanted to meet Beauty or both and lot of people went ahead of us just to meet Belle until Beast came out and we met both at the same time.

Shares March 4, 2012 at 4:38 am

That was my question, Anjie! We always end up skipping it because the lines are so long or it’s not operating when we want to do it.

BritKate March 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

We were there a few weeks ago and encountered Cinderella lurking behind a hedge on the path between Figment and World Showcase with only 2 other people in line. Very odd, but great.

The longest lines that day were for Mulan and Snow White – Snow Whites was huge.

ginette March 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Josh, can you tell me where the water fountain area for the kids to play in is? Next time you are at Epcot can you take a picture? I couldn’t seem to find it last year. Thanks!

Becca March 5, 2012 at 3:09 am

Random comment unrelated to this post (but I like the post….we spent 1/2 a day at Epcot yesterday and are headed back there this morning starting with breakfast at Norway!)

I probably just missed the post but just in case, we are staying at a moderate (POFQ) and there is FREE wi-fi here!! Was shocked as I was only expecting free wi-fi at the deluxes! There was a little flyer in the room about it and the log on process was easy (just accept the terms!)

Sally March 5, 2012 at 6:22 am

We’ve been with Snow White and the Prince in the location mentioned.

Sharon C. March 5, 2012 at 7:30 am

My kids had a great interaction with Aladdin and Jasmin. In fact, it was one of the best M&G’s during our trip. Aladdin was very funny and chatty….talking about having used Boston (our hometown) baked beans as a fuel source for his magic carpet. My kids (ages 12, 10 and 8) found him hysterical. Their line was long, but the two spent quite a bit of time laughing and joking with us.

My 8 yr-old loves Pooh and we were thrilled to find him and Tigger in the Toy Shop with no line. LOTS of pictures.

Al March 5, 2012 at 8:23 am

I was there in January with my kids and by luck ran into about a dozen characters or so taking pictures between Canada and the UK (by the old Millennium Village). I don’t remember everyone who was there, but Mickey, Goofy, Donald, Chip and Dale, Stitch, Pinocchio, Brer Bear and Fox, and one of the characters from Pinochio (always forget his name) came out and took pictures with little to no wait around 11:30 AM. Is this a regular occurrence, or did we just get really lucky that day?

Katie March 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I’d also like to hear more about the random characters that appear in the Canada (Millenium Village) and American Adventure alleys. We’ve had good luck with random characters there when we pass by at random times. I don’t think I’ve seen these appearances advertised; we’ve always just lucked into them.

Anjie, the Visa Meet and Greet is usually from 1:30 to 4:30 in Innoventions. We were surprised by how popular it was (though because you get the free print, I suppose we shouldn’t have been). In December we got there one day at 1:30 and there was already a tediously long line, so we came back around 3:30 and were done in plenty of time to make our ADR at Coral Reef at 4 and saw Mickey and Minnie with great interaction. In March we got there closer to 1:30 and had a fairly short wait and saw Mickey and Minnie and Goofy. You don’t know who you’ll meet when you line up: they’re hidden in the M&G room. I suppose you could try asking the CM working the meet and checking your credit card. The CM when I was picking up my photo said there are usually 1-3 characters there.

Michelle April 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

We were going into Epcot via International Gateway last weekend (4/21), and my 4 year old daughter freaked out because Rapunzel and Flynn Rider were right there. We arrived when the line was cut off (she was so disappointed). Might be going back on a weekend in May, so I was wondering…is there any chance the two will be back, or was this just because it was a semi-busy weekend/ training? I know Josh talked about this before, but I can’t remember when so I apologize in advance if this is a duplicate question :)

stevenmilz December 10, 2013 at 6:46 am

As I mentioned in my forum post – http://www.easywdw.com/forums/showthread.php?16066-Anna-and-Elsa-M-amp-G – the Anna and Else M&G can get horrifically long. But it’s worth it IMHO. One CM said there were 100 people in line at 9:00am!

Anonymous December 10, 2013 at 7:05 am

Don’t Hate

Amy December 10, 2013 at 7:30 am

Are Stitch & Daisy both gone? They used to great close to where Pluto does now.

Jenn December 14, 2013 at 10:47 am

Both times I have met Mulan, she was actually in the Reflections of a China building. Also, do you think with the new Saving Mr. Banks movie about the creation of Mary Poppins, she may become more popular for a bit and see longer waits? Just a thought. Thanks for all this great info Josh.

Susan February 6, 2014 at 8:14 am

We once met up with Tigger and Pooh at the UK pavilion. No one around but us Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad and our granddaughter who was 2 at the time. We got a lot of pictures and they spent a lot of time with her. It was an unexpected encounter. Sometimes it’s all about the right place at the right time.

Demi February 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm

We met Mulan in China where you said. She was EXCELLENT. She was so engaging, spent tons of time with each group, took multiple pictures and was even quoting the movie. I distinctly remember our experience with her and Peter Pan as being the best so far.
I suppose it really depends on who you get that day and what the lines (and weather!) are like.

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