In this post we let you in on a little secret: The Character Palooza at Hollywood Studios is a somewhat secret Disney character meet and greet. At this non advertised somewhat secretive Disney character event located outside the entrance of Hollywood Studios you can meet some truly unique Disney characters.
Read more to learn how you can locate and participate in a Disney World Character Palooza at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here is a sample of some of the characters you might meet at a Character Palooza.
- Robin Hood
- and so many more…
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What is a Character Palooza?
A Disney Character Palooza is a secret
not so secret special character meet and greet that occurs at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The event happens “most days” outside the park entrance between the hours of 4 and 7 pm. The character palooza often coincides with days that Fantasmic occurs and will last for about 20 minutes. There are usually between 5 and 10 characters and many of them are the more rare Disney characters such as Gepetto, Robin Hood, or Mulan.
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How to find a character palooza
While the Hollywood Studios Character Palooza is a well kept secret. There are a few ways to find out more about them.
While it is a pseudo secret, it does happen on a regular basis. Use #characterpalooza on social media to find posts about the character palooza.
Another great resource is to check out Kenny The Pirate. He offers a schedule on his website based upon previous and somewhat predictable occurrences.
Don’t bother asking Cast Members as they are trained to be evasive when it comes to the occurrence of a character palooza.
Hollywood Studios Character Palooza occurs OUTSIDE THE PARK GATE! Do not enter Hollywood Studios! The characters will come out around the front gate area.
**INSIDER TIP** -If it is raining, the character palooza will not occur.
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Which Disney Characters will I meet at a Disney Character Palooza?
The really fun thing about a character palooza is that the characters are random and oftentimes rare!
You never know for sure who will be there, and it can often be a very rare character like this time when we met Geppetto. I had to tell my kids afterward who he was!
On two separate occasions, we met Aladdin.
Jasmine accompanied Aladdin on our second Character Palooza.
One never goes wrong when a princess meet and greet is involved.
Sometimes the not so rare more classic characters can also show up at a Disney Character Palooza!
Our family loves making it to the Disney Character Palooza at Hollywood Studios. It’s a fun and unique opportunity to meet some characters you might not otherwise meet unless attending a spicial holiday event such as the Mickey Not So Scary Halloween Party or the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Things To Remember About A Character Palooza Hollywood Studios
- Bring your autograph books as they characters will sign autographs and you can take pictures
- Don’t be discouraged if you miss it as the timing can be unpredictable
- Use social media to track timing of characters #characterpalooza can be helpful
- No photo pass/memory maker is available so have your phones charged and ready
- As it is later in the day, children may be extra tired and cranky (experience speaking here) so be prepared with snacks and water to stay hydrated while you wait
- Cast members won’t generally answer questions about the Palooza, but you will see a crowd waiting if you are there a the right time
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