• On Mar 11, 2018
    Shaunna from NY Asked

    I read an article about character palooza. What characters can I expect to meet at this event?

    Hi Shaunna,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.. I’ve never been in the right place at the right time for Character Palooza, but it’s one of those legendary Walt Disney World secrets and I bet it would be so amazing to be part of it.

    Character Palooza takes place on days when Fantasmic! is scheduled, but you won’t find it on the Times Guide, and Cast Members keep the mystery alive by either pretending they have no idea what you’re talking about or being vague and mysterious. In the late afternoon, look for crowds of people who seem to be waiting for something. My understanding is that it happens in various locations at Disney's Hollywood Studios, most recently near the turnstiles at the front of the park.

    You can expect to see characters who are featured in Fantasmic! at Character Palooza. Typically, there are 5-10 characters who come out to meet Guests, but there’s no predicting who you might see. From the pictures I’ve seen, it looks like the Evil Queen, Meeko, Aladdin characters, Robin Hood, and even the very rare Donald Duck in his sailor suit and Pinnochio have appeared. Characters who are able to sign autographs will do so if you bring your autograph book, and while there are no PhotoPass photographers on hand, the character attendants will usually take photos for you with your phone if you ask.

    Shaunna, Character Palooza is one of those pixie dusted happenings – there’s no way to schedule for it. My best advice is to keep your eyes open during those pre-Fantasmic! hours, and if you really want to do your resEARch, join some character finding groups on social media. My favorite way to “do Disney” is to relax and go with the magic, and I hope some character magic happens for you at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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