Disney World Finally Fixes the Glitch at EPCOT

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Since 2019, there has been a very unusual glitch at Disney’s EPCOT. Today is the glitch’s last day.

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Goodbye, Vanellope von Schweetz

We are, of course, talking about Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph (2012). Located at ImageWorks, park guests could experience a meet-and-greet with her and Ralph from the popular movie(s).

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Standing in front of a cityscape background inspired by Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), the characters would engage in the standard Walt Disney World Resort theme park experience of posing for photos and signing autographs to their fans. This changed during the pandemic when characters only engaged in distanced character sightings – Ralph never returned.

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Rumors have claimed that construction walls will be up tomorrow (August 20), and Vanellope will be no more.

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Hello Figment?

Further speculation includes rumors that Figment may take her place – but the Walt Disney Company has yet to confirm this. Disney has teased that Figment will be coming to a meet-and-greet this summer, but nothing has since materialized. However, seeing as this former Vanellope meet-and-greet space is steps away from Journey into Imagination with Figment, it only makes sense that guests would expect him.

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Joy from Inside Out (2015) is currently meeting theme park guests at the Imagination pavilion, but many have speculated that she, too, could be leaving to make way for new characters.

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In addition to Figment, other characters expected to take over the space include Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their special Disney 100 Years of Wonder outfits. Either way, it’s always exciting when new characters (or old friends) come to the meet-and-greets. Not that we don’t love seeing the classic Disney characters we’ve come to know and love over the years, but change is always nice, too!

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)