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Baymax and Sadness Character Meets Eliminated in Epcot, New Joy Location

We knew changes were coming to the existing Character Spot in Epcot’s Future World, now we have some more info including the elimination of the Baymax and Sadness character meets, as well as a new location for the Joy character meet.

New Character Spot Epcot Sign

The current Character Spot in the Innoventions West building is closing on January 5, 2020. This is the current home of Baymax, Joy and Sadness as well Mickey Mouse, Minnie and Goofy.

We knew the Character Spot here was only a temporary location as the Innoventions West building is currently being demolished and soon this part of it is to follow. Where the Character Meets are now will be the future of the new Moana Journey of Water attraction that was announced at the D23 Expo in August, so obviously, it has to go.

Now, however, at least we have a clear idea when it’s closing and what’s happening.

Just because the Character Spot is going away though doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find these characters anymore in Epcot. Here is the list of where you will be able to find these characters:

  • Mickey Mouse Imagination! pavilion
  • Goofy – Epcot Entrance near Spaceship Earth
  • Minnie Mouse – World Showcase Gazebo
  • Daisy Duck – American Adventure
  • Joy – Imagination! pavilion
  • Sadness – Not returning
  • Baymax – Not returning

Out of the 7 characters, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Daisy and Joy are all confirmed to be staying at a future location in Epcot. Mickey is going into to find a new home in the Imagination pavilion and Goofy might as well, but it’s not confirmed at this time.

New Character Spot Epcot entrance door

The bummer in all of this is that Sadness and Baymax are not coming back to any future location in Epcot. We knew Joy was going to have a new home, but it’s sad to see the others on the chopping block. Maybe something will change in the future, but for now you won’t be able to find them anymore in Epcot.

Joy, on the other hand, will be greeting guests over at the Imagination! pavilion, in the ImageWorks area and near Wreck-it Ralph. The ImageWorks area is being demolished to give Joy a new home, and will not be coming back.

Minnie and Daisy are moving over to World Showcase, while Goofy is going to be greeting guests over near Spaceship Earth and the new Epcot entrance.

We know the new Mickey location is opening at the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival on January 5th. This, however, is only a temporary location, as a new meet and greet is coming to World Celebration.

In the meantime, there are plenty of other changes coming to Epcot as part of its huge transformation. Just look at the list of new projects underway:

That’s a lot of new things coming to Epcot in the next 3-4 years, so you’re going to have to have some patience in the meantime because things are going to be really hectic with all the construction.

We are pretty optimistic though for how Epcot will look when everything is said and done. It’s finally getting the attention it’s needed for years and the concept art is impressive. We’re going to wait to hold judgment until everything is open though and see how seamless this new transition is.

Stay here at Ziggy Knows Disney for the latest on the Character Meet and Greets and all the new Epcot projects!

Your Thoughts

I want to know what you think about Baymax and Sadness leaving Epcot and the new Joy location…

  • Are you upset about this change?
  • Which characters should come to Epcot?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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Venkově Petkov

Friday 12th of June 2020

Sometimes there are some characters in Epcot in Florida and sometimes in Disneyland in California on the other sice od America. How do i know where they are ?


Sunday 9th of February 2020

Ohhh we are huge Disney fans, we are big Baymax fans and sad to hear about sadness too! These were both reasons we visited Epcot in the past and we return this March so this is no good news my little boy will be devastated. Thanks for the information


Friday 14th of February 2020

I'm so sorry to hear that! Let's hope he comes back to one of the parks eventually!


Friday 31st of January 2020

Our family would have had Joy but now we'll have Sadness because no more Baymax! That is honestly my child's favorite character. He is 8 and we were coming for our 1st ever trip to Disney this May. Looks like he'll miss out seeing Baymax which really stinks! Wish they would bring him back such a fun character! Everybody likes warm hugs?


Saturday 1st of February 2020

Thanks for the comment Hollie! I'm sorry to hear about Baymax as much as you are. Hopefully, they can bring him back at some point in the future!


Saturday 28th of December 2019

I met Joy and Sadness on our last trip in August 2019 and it was one of the best character interactions I've ever had at Disney. Continuing to have a location for Joy without Sadness actually goes against one of the major themes of the movie, which is that at very few times in our life are we feeling only one emotion. We are more complex than that and if we want to be healthy emotionally, we need to acknowledge all of our emotions so we can find ways to deal with them.