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WDW Tip of the Week: Surprise Character Sightings and Interactions

One of my favorite places to character watch these days is right outside Epcot’s World Traveler Gift Shop, located by the International Gateway. You really never know who will show up, and I have been pleasantly surprised over the last few years.

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During a recent trip, Cinderella strolled by slowly, giving a royal wave and posing for pictures, as she made her way to the “Cast Members Only” room nestled away behind the gift shop. This was followed by one of the best pop up character interactions I have ever witnessed in the parks… Maleficent! She appeared suddenly (hmmm…how did she do that?) and quickly engaged a small group of park Guests. She signed autographs (with an eye roll, of course) and gave a pretty impressive doom and gloom forecast for all. Maleficent didn’t stay long, but judging by smiles of the delighted guests, I’d say she was hit! The next time you are in Epcot, make sure you check out this special location.

Cinderella character in EpcotCinderella character in Epcot

Smee character in EpcotCaptain Hook character in Epcot



(All photos are from author’s personal collection.)


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