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An update on the cultural representative program at Epcot

An update on the cultural representative program at Epcot

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We have an update on the cultural representative program in the World Showcase at Epcot.

Cultural Representatives

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All of the amazing Cast Members that are part of the Cultural Representative Program are part of what makes Disney World (and especially Epcot) so great. The Cultural Representative Program is a twelve-month work experience located at Walt Disney World Resort.

Participants have the opportunity to share the unique culture and customs of their country with Guests, while working different front line, guest facing roles. They must authentically represent one of the countries or regions we have recreated in look and feel at the Walt Disney World Resort.

We know them best for the Cast Members who represent the countries in the World Showcase (although they are also located in other areas of Walt Disney World). Chatting with them is one of my favorite parts of visiting Epcot. I love hearing about a country’s culture and customs straight from people who live there!


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Unfortunately, Disney suspended the program when the parks closed in the spring of 2020 and have not returned yet. The representatives went home, and we have been waiting for the situation to settle down in order to invite them back.

The cultural representative program will return in phases and begin welcoming them in August of this year (2022). Those whose program was cut short or were invited but could not begin due to the closure are currently being offered the opportunity to reapply.

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During the phased re-introduction, recruitment will begin in Germany, Norway, Italy, France, UK, and Canada. Additional countries will be added once they clear travel restrictions and/or have CDC-authorized vaccine availability.

Representatives will return to the World Showcase in phases starting in August 2022.

As much as we love the Epcot Cast Members who have stepped up during this time, we are looking forward to seeing authentic stories and cultures come to life through this program once again. How exciting to welcome them back!

Do you miss the cultural representatives at Epcot? Are you excited to see them return? Let us know in the comments below and on Facebook.

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