FIRST LOOK at a NEW Character Meet-and-Greet Spot Coming to EPCOT!

A NEW Disney character meet-and-greet location is about to open in EPCOT, and we can’t wait for you to see it.


Previously, you could meet Disney pals at the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival, but Mickey and the gang decided it was time for an UPGRADE, so let’s head to the brand-new CommuniCore Hall to check out the new spot!

CommuniCore Hall is a brand-new building opening on June 10th,2024 that’s all about EPCOT’s seasonal festivals. It’s located inside CommuniCore Plaza, which is the outdoor area that has stages for live music, gardens, and other decorations. Inside the Hall, you can check out a new Encanto show, gallery space, demonstration kitchens, and a mixology bar.

Mickey & Friends

There’s a lot of cool stuff to see inside, but we’re here for MICKEY! There’s actually a separate entrance for the character meet-and-greet, and it’s located in the Mickey & Friends space. To find the room if you’re already in the Hall, go out to the Plaza and head left around the corner. 

Indoor queue for Mickey and Friends meet-and-greet

Previously, Disney just said that “Mickey & Friends” would be at this meet-and-greet, but now we know it will always feature Mickey and at least one friend (sometimes there will be two). There are no guarantees as to who will be with him during each meet-and-greet, so, unfortunately, you can’t plan ahead.

Mickey and Goofy!

As of now, Disney Cast Members confirmed characters in this meet-and-greet area will meet with guests continuously all day just as they do at Pete’s Silly Sideshow and Town Square Theater at Magic Kingdom.

Hey Minnie!

There is a Disney PhotoPass Photographer stationed at the meet-and-greet, and they can take a photo of you and the characters. Remember that it costs extra to get those photos later on, so if you don’t want to pay for them, you can also ask them to take a pic using your own phone or camera! To learn more about PhotoPass and how much those pictures cost, click HERE.

The Main Mouse

A fun fact about this area is that there are a bunch of hidden EPCOT nods in there in the artwork!

The artwork gives fun nods to EPCOT

Be sure to check out the finer details while you’re saying “hi!” to your favorite characters!

Hiya Goofy!

This isn’t the only spot to meet characters in EPCOT — Don’t forget to say hello to Anna and Elsa from Frozen in the Norway pavilion, wave to Princess Jasmine in the Morocco pavilion, and watch for Donald Duck in the Mexico pavilion!

Donald meeting guests in Mexico

We also frequently see rare characters pop up near the International Gateway (the back entrance of EPCOT, where the Skyliner station is), so watch for some Disney pals over there. Those meet-and-greets are more random, but nearby Cast Members may have information about who could appear on the day you visit.

Anastasia & Drizella at International Gateway

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Disclosure: In nearly all circumstances, Disney Food Blog writers and photographers pay full price for their own travel, hotel, food, beverage, and event tickets. We do this because it’s important to us as journalists to ensure not only that we give you unbiased opinions, but also that you can trust us to do so since we’re paying our own way. On rare occasions, when we are invited by a company to attend a preview as media, and when we choose to accept that invitation, we will always make you, our readers, aware of that situation. Today, we were invited by Disney World to attend their media preview of CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza. Note that when we attend events as media we are 1) Not required to review that event/food on any of our channels, and 2) Not required to review that event/food favorably. You can always count on DFB to give you a 100% unbiased and honest review of any event that we attend, food that we eat, or beverage that we drink. You can see more in our Disclosure Policy. Thank you for reading. — AJ

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