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The MASSIVE EPCOT News We’ve All Been Waiting For

Ok, Disney fans… it’s REALLY happening! We’re thrilled to share the big news that the Disney International Programs will be bringing back the Disney Cultural Representative program very soon!

That’s right, EPCOT (and other Disney Parks) are about to see the return of the exceptional Cast Members that take the Guest experience of exploring EPCOT’s World Showcase for example to that next level of amazing.

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Disney Programs announces the Disney Cultural Representatives return with the following statement:

Since the reopening of Walt Disney World, we’ve frequently been asked when Disney International Programs will bring back the Disney Cultural Representatives.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the Disney Cultural Representative program will return in phases and begin welcoming the first new participants in August.

The Cultural Representatives play an important role in our storytelling by helping us create authentic, immersive experiences for our guests as they share their countries’ culture, heritage and traditions that have inspired our resorts, pavilions, and theme parks.

We know how much our guests and cast love the program and have been waiting for just the right moment to reintroduce it. As we continue to bring back more cast and guest experiences, we are encouraged by the progress we’re seeing in recent health trends, including the return of international travel and the expansion of vaccine availability around the world.

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The news comes at a time when EPCOT is currently seeing many transformations throughout its Park. As the former Future World has now become World Celebration, World Discovery, and World Nature, the World Showcase portion of the Disney Park has been missing that extra dose of Disney magic.

Of course, the World Showcase recently saw the expansion of its France Pavilion for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, but without the Disney Cultural Representative program, the stroll around the World Showcase’s eleven Pavilions hasn’t been the same since COVID and the pause of the Disney International program.

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Now, with the program making a comeback at Walt Disney World Resort, we are looking forward to the return of the Cast Members that make the EPCOT World Showcase truly the unique experience it is.

Disney Programs goes on to share:

Right now, we are reaching out to participants from select countries whose program was shortened, cancelled or waitlisted in 2020, as well as those who had an offer and had not yet arrived, and offering them the first opportunity to reapply. We will then invite others to apply soon.

We are doing this in a thoughtful and responsible way with the safety of our participants and working cast top of mind. With this phased re-introduction, initial recruitment will start in Germany, Norway, Italy, France, United Kingdom, and Canada for World Showcase at EPCOT. We look forward to bringing additional countries on board and sharing applications with them once they clear travel restrictions and / or have CDC-authorized vaccine availability.

We’re building on the solid foundation of last year’s relaunch of the Disney College Program. Both programs provide a great pathway for career development as they offer participants the opportunity to learn, grow and develop and as they stay at Flamingo Crossings Village, a new state-of-the-art housing complex.

We’re eagerly counting down the days until we welcome back our Cultural Representatives and will continue to keep you updated as more countries join us to share their magic in our parks and resorts.

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While not all 11 World Showcase Pavilions (countries) will be represented initially, we are looking forward to seeing at least these first 6 countries mentioned above recruited. Plus, we’re eager to see Cultural Representation return to other Disney Parks such as Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Thank you Disney for bringing back the Disney Cultural Representatives! We’ll be sure to share any further updates the Disney program provides.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.