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Our recent visit to Hollywood Studios

Pinocchio at Character 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Character Palooza is an unpublished character meet and greet that takes place at Hollywood Studios.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 had a very short line because most of the kids ran to Aladdin and Belle.

So I asked for a quick photo of us together.

I let Debbie determine what characters we would meet and what order we would meet them.  She chose Pinocchio next.  I told you she gets all the hugs!  I think she could melt Olaf with her character love.


They decieded to pose like puppets on a string.

From there she noticed Jessie way off by the Premier Theater and ran over to get in line.  There were exactly 2 families in line for her.  At the Magic Kingdom, you might wait up to 30 minutes to meet her.


She then decided that a meet with Captain Hook was in order and there was NO ONE waiting to meet him at that moment.

Captain Hook

She wanted to finish up with a meet with Aladdin and Genie.  There were only a few minutes left and she was unsure if we would make it.  I think we were the last family to meet them.  Aladdin recognized us and asked if we would be returning again on Sunday.   I sure wish Genie would help me out with a plane ticket to Paris, but I guess Al is keeping all the wishes to himself!  How about at least a magic carpet ride there?

Aladdin and Genie

Here’s a couple of photos of the lines. You’ll notice that most characters require 5 minutes or less to meet and many of them can’t be found outside of Character Palooza

My little girl was excited with her Character Locating for the day!  In less than 15 minutes we had met Max, Pinocchio, Jessie, Captain Hook, Aladdin and Genie.


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  1. Hi Kenny. Thanks for your site love it – and have the app :) I know it’s too early to be sure but any guesses what FROZEN summer will do to palooza? Thanks

  2. We were at HS as well on 6/12. It was definitely a bad weather day! We opted to skip the palooza bc it was thundering as we were walking over there. In our experience that week, characters were never out if there was a hint of a storm. Hope to catch it next time!

  3. We went on 6/12 and it was pretty much useless. First, they met over by the Lights Motor Action set, not on the Streets of America. Second, they were there maybe 10 minutes and then disappeared. It was much, much better when it was over in the Animation building.

  4. I was looking at your oct crowd calendars and for the last week of October there are 3 times listed for characterpallooza. Do you think it will happen 3 times each day? Or will it just be one of those times and no one knows the exact time yet? Just trying to figure out if we will catch it or not. also, is it always in the same place and how long do the characters stay out for?

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