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  • On Aug 16, 2022
    Labella from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    In order to add character experiences at Epcot do I have to have the genie

    Hello Labella! Welcome to planDisney!

    Your trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth is only days away and I bet you and your party are getting so excited! Have you planned out your days and made your Theme Park Reservations? Now that Walt Disney World Resort requires all Guests to have both a valid Theme Park Ticket as well as a Theme Park Reservation for their first Park of the day everyone plans a little earlier than they used to. I think it's a great way to make the big decisions, (like which Park you want to go to on which day!) ahead of time so that you can relax and enjoy every minute of your vacation once you're actually there!

    Have you noticed that EPCOT is currently going through its biggest transformation yet!? You're going to love checking out new neighborhoods and riding new attractions like Remy's Ratatouille Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. If it's characters you're after you're in luck! EPCOT has so many character friends just waiting to be hugged by you and the members of your travel party!

    The best and easiest way to see your character pals is to log in to your My Disney Experience mobile app and click on the second icon from the left at the bottom of the screen.  This will pull up an interactive map of the entire Resort.  At the top of the screen, you can filter your search for "Characters" and "EPCOT" allowing you to see where you can find everyone you're looking for!  My girls love to meet the Princesses that can be found all around World Showcase.  If you click on the white tabs with Mickey-shaped heads on them you'll see who is available and where you can find them.  There's even a "Get Directions" button showing you how to get to them!

    Like any ride, attraction, or show that is offered as part of Disney Genie+ Service, there is always a standby line for Guests who do not wish to purchase or use Genie+.  Most character meet and greets around the Resort only have standby lines and the use of Lightning Lanes through Genie+ are not available.  I'm sure that you'll be able to make your way around EPCOT and take pictures with all your favorite friends!  Make sure to stop by the Mexico Pavilion and say hi to Donald Duck for me.  He's one of my favorites!

    Ashley M
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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