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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   Because it is an unpublished meet, there is usually a short wait for some great and often rare characters.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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