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  • Hello again! Maybe you can help clear up some conflicting information. We will be at HS 12/28/13 and fantasmic is at 630. Will there be a character palooza that day? I have read yes and no. Thanks!
  • - Asked by Megan from Texas on 9/18/2013
  • Hi, Megan!

    I would be happy to help clear up the conflicting information for you about when "Character Palooza" is presented at Hollywood Studios. This is an incredible character meet-and-greet experience frequently held on days when Fantasmic (the amazing nighttime multimedia show at Hollywood Studios) is scheduled. 

    Character Palooza is a surprise event (meaning, it is not listed on the Times Guide). It used to take place inside the Art of Animation building, but currently it is held outdoors on the Streets of America (and at Echo Lake when there is a second Character Palooza meet the same day).  

    I've personally met some great hard-to-find characters at this event, including Pocahontas & Meeko and Geppetto & Pinocchio. I've also met Sorcerer Mickey, Chip 'n Dale, Winnie the Pooh and Friends, The Incredibles, Belle (in her blue & white dress) and several others at Character Palooza. It's definitely worth making the time to experience this event since you get to meet so many characters in one place!

    As a general rule of thumb, Character Palooza does not occur after daylight savings time ends. So, unfortunately, this means that Character Palooza will not be taking place in late December during your visit. From the most recent update I've seen, Character Palooza will not be presented from November 3, 2013 through March 8, 2014. But don't worry, just check the MyDisneyExperience app or the printed Times Guide for the regular character meet-and-greet schedule for 12/28 when you'll be visiting Hollywood Studios. You'll still have the opportunity to meet a bunch of characters. 

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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