Mirabel from ‘Encanto’ Finally Receives Disney World Meet and Greet

One thing that makes the Walt Disney World Resort special is its plethora of fun, friendly, and magical Disney Character Friends. Due to their sheer size and popularity, the Parks often offer meet-and-greet experiences or character sightings that are considered incredibly “rare.”

Such is the case for the cast of one of Disney’s newest family films, Encanto (2021), which swept the nation last November into a frenzy for “la Familia Madrigal.”


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Encanto tells the story of a magically gifted family who guards a sacred candle within their anthropomorphic home called “Casita.” Danger strikes when the family’s hidden traumas threaten the stability of both their relationships and their home.

Plucky protagonist, Mirabel Madrigal, the only family member to be born without magic powers, must band together with her relatives in order to save the day.

mirabel in the character cavalcade

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Previously, the wildly popular Mirabel made her Walt Disney World debut in the Character Cavalcade this past summer, but until today was unavailable to interact directly with Guests.

While Mirabel and her infamous Tio Bruno have been greeting Guests of the West Coast Parks, a tweet posted this morning by user @parkhopperzach hinted at Mirabel’s potential presence in Orlando for the annual runDisney event. (Though he didn’t seem as excited to see her as Mickey’s adorable bear, Duffy.)

The official Disney description of the runDisney race is as follows:

runDisney race is anything but ordinary. With us, you’ll move with magic through Disney Parks all over the world. Become part of adventures that could take you under the sea, through classic enchantment and into a springtime of surprises. And with everything from Kids Adventures to a full marathon, Disney Characters, live entertainment and commemorative Disney finisher’s medals all await.

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Later today, Instagram user @runthesmallworld shared photos of his encounter with Mirabel, confirming the character has finally received a meet and greet at the East Coast Resort.

Mirabel Madrigal at runDisney

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Other characters waiting to congratulate runners at the finish line included Miguel from Disney Pixar’s Coco in mariachi regalia, the Three Cabelleros, Remy and Emile from Ratatouille, and Frozen’s Olaf.

Only time will tell if future plans for Walt Disney World’s Entertainment Department include making Mirabel and the rest of the Madrigal familia a permanent fixture at the Parks.

Guests hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite characters can check updated set times from the My Disney Experience app, and find all the information on runDisney 2022 and 2023 here. Happy trails!

About Spencer Beck

Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the halls of the Walt Disney Family Museum, and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @pinknpurble everywhere.