That's a great spot to randomly run into characters. We've seen a bunch there over the years. Best was Chip and Dale playing hide and seek in the store.It wasn't a ride, but on my last day there (November 4, 2019), I "ran into" Mickey Mouse on my way out of Epcot at the International Gateway and I told him how sad I was to be leaving. When he said I should stay longer and I asked him to foot the bill, he pointed up the hill to Minnie Mouse and told me she controls all the money. It was one of my favorite character interactions.
I would probably be there right now, if the world was normal. And I'd be deep into planning my November runDisney race weekend too. This thread makes me sad.
I was on a trip with my daughter. We really enjoyed it. We got two trips, both via standby. The first was on opening day where we waited a lot longer than we should have due to a breakdown. We ended up sitting in the same position both times, so only saw that perspective. We though it had a high re-ride factor because so much is going on. I enjoyed GMR and we hit it almost every time we went. But I also think this is a solid upgrade. I enjoyed the more frenetic pace, and think it fits in well with the new vibe of the post-studio Studios.What did you think of it?