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Rare Disney Character Makes an Impromptu Appearance at EPCOT

Rare Disney Character Makes an Impromptu Appearance at EPCOT
Credit: Bee's Photography

We’re all used to the standard characters at Disney Parks. It isn’t uncommon for Peter Pan, Mickey Mouse, and others to roam the Parks at Disneyland or make scheduled appearances at Walt Disney World. Interacting with some of your favorite Disney characters is a big part of making a Disney Vacation magical. Nothing is as immersive as meeting a Disney Princess in real life or hanging out with Stitch while you enjoy a meal. Disney is only as strong as the characters they create. As Walt once famously said, “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it all started with a mouse.” Meeting that same mouse Disney spoke about is the culmination of the perfect vacation for many.

Dr. Facilier at EPCOT

Credit: Bee’s Photography

Character interactions are an exciting way to immerse yourself entirely in your vacation. They are great for children and allow adults to leave their comfort zones and relive some of their favorite film moments. This is especially true for villains. There’s just something about a good Disney villain that gets everyone excited. People love the bad guys. They’re fun and highly interactive, and many are rare finds in a Disney Park. There are many Disney villain characters who only appear around Halloween. Their rarity usually draws a large crowd when they appear on Disney property.

Rare Disney Character Makes an Impromptu Appearance at EPCOT

Credit: Bee’s Photography

That exact scenario played out at EPCOT recently when Dr. Facilier of Princess and the Frog made a pop-up appearance near the International Gateway. He may have friends on the other side, but considering the size of the crowd he drew, many of them are alive and well visiting Walt Disney World. Bee’s Photography graciously allowed us to use their amazing photos they were able to capture of The Shadow Man’s interactions with Guests. It would seem that the witch doctor was eager to meet Guests wandering around the World Showcase. He stopped for photos, signed autographs, interacted with Guests, and most certainly cast a spell or two!

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The villainous Dr. Facilier was all smiles as he treated Guests to a mystical good time! The Rare Disney Character meet and greet was a hit!

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Rare Disney Character Makes an Impromptu Appearance at EPCOT

Credit: Bee’s Photography

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Dr. Facilier at EPCOT- Rare Disney Character

Credit: Bee’s Photography

The voodoo villain’s appearance was welcome at EPCOT, as Dr. Facilier typically can only be found at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or during specially scheduled events. However, he has been known to show up randomly here or there. As Disney made a giant leap in their progress of retheming Splash Mountain to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, it’s definitely interesting that he made an impromptu appearance on the same day Tiana’s water tower was installed. Whether his appearance was for promotional reasons or not, Guests could care less as they were treated to a rare and wicked treat today at EPCOT.

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About Michael Arnold

Michael is a father, husband, and an Army Veteran. Michael spends his weekends at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando checking out new merchandise and food. Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has an education background in Public Health. You can find Michael riding Pirates of the Caribbean over and over again or binge watching new Marvel and Star Wars content. Han shot first. Thor is the strongest Avenger. Roll Tide and Wash Your Hands!