Character Palooza can be like shooting at a moving target at times. Cast Members are instructed to act as if it doesn’t occur until they characters actually appear and the schedules aren’t published publicly except on my site and others who borrow it. I’m able to get basic schedules from an uncredited friend because the friend wants guests to be able to access these characters. Sometimes the schedules that I’m provided can be adjusted slightly based on conditions and desires of the Character Palooza team. I try my best to keep the schedules updated, but recommendation is to arrive a little before the times I list and wait around. Characters will NOT appear during inclement weather.
Here’s who we visited yesterday: Belle, Mulan, Snow White & Snow Queen Grimhilde, Green Army Men, Penguin, Mary Poppins, Stitch, Genie, Chip n Dale. Belle didn’t return for the second set and the third set was cancelled after only a minute or two on stage due to rain in the area.
(Click on a pic for a larger image. Sorry some of the photos are a little blurry, it was user error on my part)
The Polynesian Resort Christmas decor is much more subdued than many of the other resorts. There are many red and green flowers and some nice wreaths and a few swags, but it’s not as in-your-face as some can be. The resort only offers one set of characters this year. You can find Lilo and Stitch at the large Christmas tree downstairs in the rear of the lobby area.
We had just visited Stitch at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani and we were about to pull into the Polynesian when I noticed a Magical Express bus. I told my youngest that Stitch was probably on that bus. She asked why he would be on that bus. I said he needed to hop over. She said, “Dad, he has a space ship. He doesn’t need a bus!” Why are little kids so smart? She repeated this conversation with Stitch and he said I’m crazy for thinking he rides a bus.
Santa Goofy appears first at Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani and stays out for 30 minutes then rotates with Santa Stitch. We went the first day and there was NO line to speak of. I think we waited like 3 minutes while the family in front took a few shots. I just used the time to play with my camera.