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Meeting Gideon at Epcot

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We’ve been visiting Walt Disney World regularly as a family since 2004.  During that time we’ve met well over 200 characters, but never had the opportunity to meet Gideon.  I thought Gideon might be part of the Long-lost Friends week, but it was just Pinocchio, Gepetto and Jiminy Cricket from that movie.  I was visiting Epcot on the Sunday before Long-lost Friends began to meet the Winter Wonderland characters when I happened upon a training meet at the World Showplace.  The first character I saw was Gideon.  I dashed over to meet him and I was the last person to meet him for that set.

For those who may not be familiar with Gideon, he is the mute sidekick of J. Worthington “Honest John” Foulfellow in the 1940 movie Pinocchio.  Gideon hiccuped three times in the film.

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The next day I visited a few times with each of the Long-lost Friends and decided to head over to Epcot to see if there were any training meet.  Who did I see again?  Gideon!  Too funny.  We’ve met all these characters and stood in thousands of lines, but never met him and I see him two days in a row.  This time he was at the American Adventure gate for another training meet.  I suppose he didn’t feel like he had trained his staff sufficiently the day before and they needed extra training.

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What rare characters would you like to meet?

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Monday 3rd of June 2013

I would like to meet boo


Monday 1st of April 2013

Id love to meet Rhino the hamster (bolt) and Mr. Fredrickson (Up) unfortuantly on my previous visits I have missed these characters :(


Sunday 3rd of February 2013

We got a special treat at Minnie's Breakfast the last time we went to Disneyland with Gideon and John Worthington Foulfellow both in the restaurant. We went for a late brunch and before they were finished we convinced them to both take a picture with us together (they hadn't been taking pictures together the whole set).

I'll have to look through your site as I don't yet understand the training aspects and where they occur. Looks like you have a link in the comment above.

Still waiting to see Hercules and Hunchback characters...


Sunday 3rd of February 2013

Just type Epcot Training in search on left and hit enter


Friday 1st of February 2013

So awesome.. We were at Epcot as well on sunday and caught him walking out from the backstage doors Between America and Italy. Was a nice treat along with Mr. Smeed and the goof family (goofy and max)...

Friday 1st of February 2013

What is a training meet? Are they on certain days or times?


Friday 1st of February 2013

It's when the characters spend time training their assistants and photographers. Happens very randomly, no schedules or dates ever provided. training-spots/

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