Mickey and Friends World Tour cavalcade coming to an end at EPCOT

12 days ago in "Character Meet and Greets at Epcot"

Mickey and Friends World Tour July 2020
Posted: Friday April 30, 2021 11:07am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Mickey and Friends World Tour cavalcade will be ending on May 4 2021 to be replaced with character appearances at the main entrance.

The cavalcades were introduced alongside the reopening of the Disney World theme parks in July 2020 as a way to experience characters at a safe distance.

Some characters have already began appearing in static locations, with Goofy and Pluto already at the main entrance. 

Mickey will be joining them from May 5 2021.

Elsewhere in EPCOT, Anna and Elsa are appearing at the Norway pavilion in-front of the Royal Somerhaus. And Alice appears in the garden at the United Kingdom pavilion.

No word yet on the Disney Princess cavalcade that currently circles World Showcase.

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Justinate10 days ago

I dunno about that ... the last time they used an expansion pad for a "temporary" building (World ShowPlace), it's remained there for ages and doesn't look likely to be removed anytime soon.

mm5220011 days ago

Well considering they continue to run the princess promenade 7 days a week but it’s too busy to run Mickey and friends on the weekend then yes. Horses and carriage is a little narrower so easier to fit through everything, that and no characters walking on the ground either.

Doberge11 days ago

Is it really easier to get horses through crowds than a vehicle? That doesnt sound right. I'd believe it if someone tried selling Akershus reopening soon and moving princesses back there again behind an effective pay wall.

HairyChest11 days ago

I wasn’t too fond of them. I’d prefer it only at Magic Kingdom. Now if they had cultural reps in them with appropriate music that would be cool.

note200112 days ago

I'm cool with this, but EPCOT doesn't need meet and greets at all. Well, I'll make an exception for DreamFinder and Figment.

Brad Bishop12 days ago

If only they had several expansion pads which they could add new countries to and maybe use fewer temp-buildings.

mnelson312 days ago

Slightly off subject but I wonder if they could do some type of water version of Tapestry/Character daytime show, using the Harmonious screens and fountains during the show. May as well put them to use during the day since their stuck out there for the foreseeable future. Epcot could benefit from some type of daytime show. Additionally they could do Holiday overlays.

WDW_Emily12 days ago

We actually liked the socially distant meets better than the cavalcades. We meet Anna, Stormtroopers, Chewy, Ray, and Stitch this way. Stitch was the best with three green circles people could stand on for pictures then be on their way. I loved it!

MagicHappens197112 days ago

I would assume their anticipating the summer crowds filling up the walkways. As well as a likely small bump in capacity

ABQ12 days ago

Is this because they expect the Frozen queue to full up the entire walkway around the lagoon?

DoleWhipDrea12 days ago

I don't know if the fab five are waving to guests by the entrance right now, but with the updated CDC guidelines, I wouldn't be surprised if they would come back to this location. Other characters can be found waving or will sometimes talk to guests behind a barrier at a safe distance, like Queen Anna in Norway or Pooh chasing butterflies with a net near Imagination.

JIMINYCR12 days ago

We were also looking forward to having it appear. And of course it has to end right now when our trip starts on the 4th. Oh well.... just accept having even one less enjoyable experience.

mnelson312 days ago

Bummer, I kinda like it in a weird way. In particular the holiday version and the soundtrack lol which yes was from DCA.

arich3512 days ago

Well that is kind of sad right before our trip. Are any of the Mickey characters around Epcot besides the entrance?