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Character Palooza: where do the characters come from and where do they go? With photos and video

After posting the overview of exact meet times for Character Palooza yesterday, I had a ton of people asking where the characters appear from and where they actually meet.  I’m providing three videos and a bunch of photos to demonstrate where all this takes place.   Here’s the Streets of America right before Character Palooza began on July 24th at 6:00 PM.

Character Palooza Streets of America (1)

Character Palooza Streets of America (2) Character Palooza Streets of America (3)

In this first 2 1/2 minute video you can see that the characters appear from Lights, Motors, Action.  In my case they arrived at exactly 6:01 PM and only appeared for ONE set.  The characters divided.  One set of characters turned to go toward San Francisco Street and the other group went down New York Street.  About 2:00 into the video you’ll learn that Stitch is actually a pretty talented Mailbox drummer!  I followed Pinocchio, Gepetto, Stitch, Capt Hook and the Green Army Men.

Stitch, Captain Hook, Pinocchio with Gepetto and the Green Army Men were roamers. This meant that they didn’t allow any dedicated lines to form. They would meet a guest and intentionally turn to someone else to meet them. This is the Old School way that many Disneyphiles long for. I personally hate it because you have to push your way to the front to get their attention and you don’t know if you’ll get to meet them. You’ll notice that in the next video.

Shape up soldier!
Shape up soldier!
Ahoy good Captain!
Ahoy good Captain!
Pinocchio and Gepetto getting ready to meet some guests.
Pinocchio and Gepetto getting ready to meet some guests.

Pocahontas met with Meeko.  Chip met separately from Dale, which is unusual in Walt Disney World. Minnie was by herself.  Aladdin was with Jasmine and Genie.  All these characters ended up with dedicated lines that were actually much longer than I expected them to be.

Lovely Pocahontas posing with a guest
Lovely Pocahontas posing with a guest
Dale is chillin' on the steps in San Francisco
Dale is chillin’ on the steps in San Francisco
Selfie with Dale.  A nice guy took our photo together afterward, but I liked the selfie better.
Selfie with Dale. A nice guy took our photo together afterward, but I liked the selfie better.
These guys recognized me!
These guys recognized me!
Genie always has a big smile for the camera
Genie always has a big smile for the camera
Minnie posing with some guy that I cruelly cut out of the photo.
Minnie posing with some guy that I cruelly cut out of the photo.

When I noticed the characters beginning to leave around 6:20, I headed over to Herbie’s Drive-in in front of Lights, Motors, Action to see if I could get any good photos or video and captured a great moment of Aladdin on video and Pocahontas in a photo.

Pinocchio was running ahead, while Gepetto tried to avoid a heart attack
Pinocchio was running ahead, while Gepetto tried to avoid a heart attack
A great moment.  Pocahontas walks away with a little girl.
A great moment. Pocahontas walks away with a little girl.

33 thoughts on “Character Palooza: where do the characters come from and where do they go? With photos and video”

  1. I notice that all of this is from 2013. Is there an updated version for July 2014? (Especially now with Frozen being at HS)

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  2. When Fantasmic is at 8:00 only, they come out from this area at 3:30 and head to streets of America. Where do they come out from at 4:30 for the Echo Lake pallooza?

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  3. Thank you so much for this post! We were there last week on the 30th. During our afternoon break I was looking for further information on characterpalooza to be sure that we didn’t miss it and I found this post! It was perfect. We enjoyed it and had so much fun. We have pictures with Max, Meeko, Captain Hook (my son was so excited!), one of the green army men (we were goofing around tryin to get him to move) and also Jasmine (she was by herself). We would’ve seen other characters but Jasmine wouldn’t let my daughter go – they were having so much fun! We saw Pinocchio, Gepetto, Chip, Dale, Mary Poppins, Minnie Mouse, Pocahontas and Bolt also walking around. We marked back with one of the army men – it was a blast! Thank you for all of the input! (your app was helpful while we were there also!)

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  4. Loved this post, KTP!!! Will Characterpalooza be there September 5-7? Low attendance time so I wondered if they cut them.

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  5. On Monday they did it next to the entrance of the Backstage Tour. We sat on Streets of America and after 10 minutes thought it was cancelled. Just happened to be walking back that way and ran right into it. It created for a tremendous log jam near Midway Mania.

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  6. I really don’t like the roaming characters. I grew up going to Disneyland, and when I was a kid, you’d have people pushing their kid in front of you. Also, I have very few photos of characters and myself that are without one or two strangers. Add to this mix, people who may not speak English, or understand waiting for your turn. While I like random characters, I do not like a lack of a line.

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  7. Awesome pictures and videos! Characterpalooza is so awesome. I’ve met a bunch of uncommon characters there. I still haven’t met Genie though. He’s my favorite Disney character

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  8. Very fun and these videos are great to see. Sad they won’t be going on during the holidays but then again I have a feeling there will be a lot o fun things going on Dec 22-29! That will be that last week of Limited Time Magic right??

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  9. Thanks for posting a video of streets of america palooza. it helps understand where to head. will you post something for echo lake?
    thanks for helping us plan our character hunting!

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