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Character Palooza update for 8:00pm Fantasmic! showtimes

Trying to keep up with Character Palooza  is like juggling snowballs. It seems like things change more than they stay the same.  They change the times, they change the locations and they change the characters that appear.  It’s pretty funny in a way because Disney World has moved to the Hyper Planner model of vacationing with pre-arranging your resort stay, rides and dining months in advance, but they try to keep character meets as some sort of top secret, black ops program.

if you don’t know what Character Palooza is or where it’s located or what time it is click this green link for Character Palooza.

If you ask the average Cast Member (who is doing what they are told) they will deny that Character Palooza even exists or act very coy about it all.  Every time the Fantasmic! schedules change, I venture over, very low-key spy style, and try to discern the latest schedules.

Today I observed that the new 8:00pm schedules included a 3:30pm meet (expected) and a 5:05pm meet.  The 5:05pm time was a pretty big shock to me because they arranged the time to fall right when everyone is leaving Lights, Motors, Action.  Both meets were held on New York Street closer to the Writers Stop.  If you aren’t sure where that is, use my Hollywood Studios Map.

I’ve updated the September and October Crowd Calendars and updated Character Locator as well to reflect this change.  If you notice anything wonky, let me know.

Characters meeting today included:   Belle, jasmine, Aladdin, Max, Pinocchio, Jessie, Stitch, Green Army Men, Pocahontas.

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Our recent visit to Character Palooza

A recent visit to Characer Palooza at Hollywood Studios

Character Palooza is an unpublished character meet and greet that takes place at Hollywood Studios.  Here’s the article I wrote on Character Palooza a while back with more information.

We dropped in on Saturday afternoon and saw the Streets of America abuzz with meet and greet action.  It’s funny how many people don’t know this exists and just stumble upon it.  I’ve observed recently that the summer appearance can vary from 5:55pm to 6:10pm, so arrive a few minutes early!

Our goal Saturday was to ride Expedition Everest and Dinosaur and take part in the Dinoland Dance Party at Animal Kingdom, then hop over to Hollywood Studios to take in Character Palooza and the new Rock Your Summer Side Dance Party.  We succeeded at everything except Dinosaur which went down while we were there.

We arrived at Character Palooza and Jordyn was hot and tired and was going to sit on the steps and wait on Debbie to meet some of her favorite characters…until she saw Max!  In the same day Jordyn got to meet Mushu and Max for the first time, so she was pretty happy.

Max Goof

Max Goof Character Palooza at Hollywood Studios

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Changes to Character Palooza at Hollywood Studios for summer 2013

After Hollywood Studios chose to remove the Pixar Countdown to Fun Parade and Disney Channel Rocks from it’s entertainment offerings, the schedules for Character Palooza were changed dramatically.  It’s left people wondering when and where the character free-for-all of rare characters will take place.

Here’s the new rules:

On a night when TWO Fantasmics are performed, Character Palooza will take place only at 6:00 pm on Streets of America

On a night when ONE Fantasmic is performed, Character Palooza will take place at 4:30 pm at Echo Lake & 5:30 pm at Streets of America

When there is no Fantasmic scheduled, there will be no Character Palooza.

Given the current park schedule at Hollywood Studios, it would mean that Character Palooza or “Pop-up Surprise” as some Cast Members refer to it, will only appear ONCE per night at 6:00 pm on the Streets of America now through August 20th.

Here’s the description of Character Palooza that is posted on the top left of the blog.  It contains a list of characters you might find.

Take advantage of Character Palooza!

Animal Kingdom Epcot Hollywood Studios Magic Kingdom
Water Parks Character Palooza Disney Jr Dance Party Epcot Training
Frontierland Hoedown Random/Rare Uncommon or Unlikely  
Halloween Party Christmas Party Star Wars Weekends
Master List Character Meals Interaction Tips  

(Updated 9/18/14)

KennythePirate Disney World Character Locator

 How to take part in Character Palooza at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

One of the best character surprises is often referred to as Character Palooza (Characterpalooza), Pop-up Surprise or the Fantasmic! meet.   Because it is an unpublished meet, there is usually a short wait for some great and often rare characters.  This meet takes place out doors and can be canceled with the threat of inclement weather.

Where does Character Palooza take place?

It’s on New York Street in the Streets of America in Disney’s Hollywood Studios backlot.  It’s could also be found in front of Lights, Motors, Action

When will Character Palooza occur during my trip?

Update:  I removed the dates and I’ve added links to my Crowd Calendars that include the actual times, so I don’t have to answer the same questions repeatedly.

Use my Character Locator app for exact times during your trip as well.

NOTE:  There is NO Character Palooza on any Star Wars Weekends dates!!!

What characters should I hope to meet?

Here’s some of the characters that we’ve met over the years (which characters appear on a given day will always be a surprise, there’s no way of knowing what characters will appear in advance.  If there are multiple appearances scheduled in a single day, you may see the same characters at each appearance.

  • Aladdin
  • Belle
  • Bolt
  • Captain Hook
  • Chip n Dale
  • Eeyore
  • Genie
  • Gepetto
  • Goofy
  • Green Army Man
  • Jafar
  • Jasmine
  • Jessie
  • Lilo
  • Little Einsteins
  • Mary Poppins
  • Max
  • Meeko
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Mr. Smee
  • Mulan
  • Penguins
  • Pinocchio
  • Pluto
  • Pocahontas
  • Queen Grimhilde (Snow Queen / Evil Queen)
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Rafiki
  • Snow White
  • Stitch
  • Tigger
  • Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

Do the characters sign autographs?

If they are capable of signing autographs, they will sign for you.

When there’s 2 or more times listed, do the same characters appear?

I would say it’s usually the same or similar sets.

Some of our visits to Character Palooza

What characters have you met at Character Palooza?

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