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  • On Feb 18, 2019
    Ada from IL Asked

    I just heard about character palooza at Hollywood Studios and have researched it a bit. I have found contradicting articles about where it occurs. Is it outside the park?

    Hi, Ada! You really have been doing your Disney resEARch if you have uncovered this magical secret! Character Palooza is one of those pixie-dusted, magical adventures that happens at Disney's Hollywood Studios. To me, the main thrill of it is that is totally unscripted and unplanned! Guests never know for sure when, where, or even if it will happen each day. One thing that is for sure is that when you stumble upon it, you will be in for a whole new world of fun!

    Since Character Palooza is not a planned event, you will not find it listed on the park's Times Guide. When you ask Cast Members about it, don't be surprised if they have no idea about what you are referring. "Character Palooza" is simply a name that was conjured up years ago so that everyone had a label for this magical event. Over the years, it has changed in many ways - the number of characters that appear, where or when it is held, how long the characters hang around to meet guests, and so forth.

    In my experience with Character Palooza, it is best to just hang around Disney's Hollywood Studios and keep an eye and ear open mid to late afternoon. Listen for guests passing the word, watch for large groups of people rushing to one area, basically sense the pixie dust landing! The hours before Fantasmic! happens are when the pixie dust usually falls. It does often happen around the front entrance of the park, but also near The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and around Echo Lake.

    Pssst ... I have another character tip to share, Ada. If you look around the International Gateway entrance to Epcot, located between the France and United Kingdom Pavilions, characters frequently pop in over there for quick visits with guests. It is another unplanned, but totally magical spot!

    Thanks for stopping by and please let us know if you have any other questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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