Meet Rare Characters at EPCOT!

My husband recently stumbled across a very cool thing in EPCOT’s World Showcase – he found a place where characters appear by surprise!

Between Canada and the UK, there is a small walkway that is usually blocked off with a huge, wooden gate.  That gate leads to the World Showcase Events Pavilion, which is closed off to guests when a specific event is not going on.  However, on lucky days, they open the gates and turn the path to the pavilion into a surprise meet and greet!

Apparently, EPCOT is the place to go if you want to meet some random characters (who are out to graciously train their new handlers ^_~).

We saw a number of rare characters too!

Gideon (Pinocchio)
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Rafiki (Lion King)
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and Captain Hook with Mr. Smee (Peter Pan/Jake and the Neverland Pirates)
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And they were all signing autographs too!

We also saw Mickey, Minnie, and Stitch – but we’ve met them so often that we decided to keep on moving for time’s sake.  I’ve also heard from other guests that Jack, Sally, Launchpad McQuack, and even Max Goof make appearances at these meet and greets as well.

In our case, we walked by around 2pm on a Saturday and saw this going on.  I’m not sure if that’s a time that you can bank on or not, but it certainly warrants a looksee to find out.

Because it is not formally scheduled or advertised, the lines are very, very short!  We actually saw four rare characters and got through three different lines in about 15-20 minutes!