As of today, February 23, Anna and Elsa move back to another 9:00 am start time. It’s been rather confusing with them switching the schedule back and forth each week, but they are supposed to continue with the 9:00 am opening for the foreseeable future and hope to expand from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm soon. I recommend arriving at Epcot one hour before park opening and making a run to their location. Get a Fastpass+ for either Test Track or Soarin’ and riding the other late at night. If you are willing to split your party, you could FP+ Soarin and do Test Track as Single Rider. Continue reading Updates on Anna and Elsa, what’s going on with Tink and Friends and Character Palooza→
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)
Character Palooza ususally goes on hiatus during the winter months, but it appears that it will return soon. I received the following information from my source that’s close to Character Palooza at Hollywood Studios:
Beginning January 6th, Fantasmic! Area Sets (Character Palooza as we know it) are being scheduled.
With Fantasmic! beginning at 7:00 pm, the sets are likely to be held at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 pm. All three sets should be held on Streets of America, but all entertainment is subject to change without notice.
According to a trusted source, Hollywood Studios is experimenting with the idea of continuing Character Palooza during the month of November on days when there are TWO Fantasmics! scheduled and only when there are two Fantasmics. The source specifically mentioned November 8th and 9th as already being scheduled for 3:30 PM on Streets of America.
This is a possible schedule that MIGHT occur in November. Character Palooza is an unannounced meet and could be canceled for a number of reasons including inclement weather. Don’t shoot the messenger, if it doesn’t occur on one or more of these days.
Possible November dates and times for Character Palooza
The characters for Character Palooza arrived right on time at 5:10 PM on the Streets of America. The majority of them were on San Francisco street. We met the Queen of Hearts, Pinocchio, Jasmine, Snow Queen, Jessie, Mary Poppins, Snow White and Pocahontas. We didn’t try to meet: Mulan, Captain Hook, Chip n Dale or the Green Army Men.
The only characters that appeared that don’t offer regular meets are: Captain Hook, Pinocchio, Queen of Hearts and Snow Queen.
In other news, I’ve updated the Master Character List so you can see ALL meets including those that are rare or uncommon characters. This info is also now available by clicking the Pirate icon on the Character Locator app.
Click any pic for a larger view. They were all taken with my cell phone because my camera isn’t working properly 😦
The Disney Jr characters used to go inside the Animation area and meet guests when inclement weather was present in the area. The other day I was in the park to check out Character Palooza and lightning was striking in the area, so I thought I’d drop into Animation to see if these characters were there. They weren’t!
I found them under the covered area to the LEFT as you enter the Animation Building through the regular entrance. One would normally turn right to see the 15 minute Mushu movie in this area. The covered area is usually blocked with plants, so one doesn’t mistakenly enter this ghost town of an extended queue area.
The wait for Sofia the First was so short, I didn’t even have time to share the location on Twitter (www.twitter.com/kennypirate) before meeting her. I share a lot of live in-park information on Twitter btw. Jake didn’t have a line, so I met Jake after meeting Sofia and we compared muscles and did some sword training.
If it’s raining, look in this area first. If you don’t see them here, then move into the Animation Building to see if they are present.
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.
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.
Chip n Dale
Green Army Man
Queen Grimhilde (Snow Queen / Evil Queen)
Queen of Hearts
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.