Character meet and greets are a big part of what makes a trip to Walt Disney World so special, and in recent months Disney has taken it upon themselves to make a number of improvements and changes to each park's character line-up. While not all of these changes are always popular with guests, Disney is constantly making adjustments to try and make character offerings as diverse as possible while still keeping things running efficiently around the parks.
In this month's character update, we take a look at some rare characters set to appear for a limited time at Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom gets a new wandering creature, plus Ralph and Vanellope are on the move!
1. Kevin from UP! debuts at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Beginning this week, Kevin, the bird from from Up! will be appearing at Disney's Animal Kingdom in the Discovery Island area of the park. Right now, this character simply wanders around the front area of the park, and guests can interact with Kevin by petting her, talking to her (she squaks back!) and taking photos with her. Right now Kevin is appearing randomly throughout the day, but eventually there will probably be times on the Disney's Animal Kingdom times guide for this character as this character experience changes and evolves.
2. Disney Princes come to Epcot for Valentine's Day
Though there are plenty of Princesses for guests to meet at Epcot, later this week to help celebrate Valentine's Day, several Princesses around the World Showcase will be joined by their princes, including Prince Phillip (joining Aurora in the France Pavilion) and The Prince from Snow White in Germany. This is only going to be a one-day special event, so if you've wanted to meet these princes but haven't been able to do so yet, make a date to visit Epcot this Valentine's Day
3. Cinderella's Carriage also making a Valentine's Day appearance
Though not technically a character, Cinderella's Coach will be magically appearing in front of Cinderella's Castle from February 13-15th, also to celebrate Valentine's Day. Disney PhotoPass photographers will be on hand during this period to help guests capture their magical moments in front of this iconic carriage.