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Maleficent and other rare characters to meet for Photopass Day 2017

Maleficent and other rare characters to meet for Photopass Day 2017

Photopass Day 2017 will take place on August 19th.  This year will be a MAJOR improvement over the 2016 offering with several characters that are difficult or impossible to meet at Walt Disney World.  Maleficent will be among the invited guests for meet and greets.  Read the article for the full list!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Character Experiences

  • Meeko joins Pocahontas at Character Landing on Discovery Island
  • Timon joins Rafiki at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
  • Princess Atta joins Flik at Discovery Island near Creature Comforts

Photo opportunities

  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop before the park entrance (daylight hours only)
  • Jungle Book Magic Shot near Yak & Yeti Restaurant
  • Visit the PhotoPass photographer in DinoLand U.S.A. from 9-10pm to have magical Mickey light effects added to your photo

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Character Experiences

  • The Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Maleficent, and Cruella de Vil will meet with guests at Sunset Showcase. This opportunity will be available from 10am – 5pm.

Photo opportunities

  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop outside the Theater of the Stars (daylight hours only)
  • Poison Apple Magic Shot on Sunset Boulevard
  • Fisheye lens in the Chinese Theatre Courtyard area


Character Experiences

  • Genie will join Princess Jasmine in the Morocco Pavilion
  • Mushu will join Mulan in the China Pavilion

Photo opportunities

  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop near Epcot Character Spot (daylight hours only)
  • Baymax Animated Magic Shot with the PhotoPass photographer located near Mouse Gear and the Fountain of Nations
  • Fisheye lens near the fountain close to the entrance to Spaceship Earth

Magic Kingdom Park

Character Experiences

  • Dopey joins Snow White at Town Square Courtyard
  • Captain Hook joins Peter Pan in Fantasyland

Photo opportunities

  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop in Fantasyland (daylight hours only)
  • Cinderella’s Coach in Fantasyland
  • “Tangled” light painting photo opportunity near Ariel’s Grotto (available after dark)
  • Mickey Mouse Magic Shot on the bridge near Fairytale GardenMain Street Vehicle near the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (available in the morning and early afternoon)

Disney Springs

Photo opportunities

  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop next to the Marketplace Stage
  • Fairy Wings Magic Shot from the PhotoPass photographer roaming around the Marketplace near Tren-D (available from 1-10:30 p.m.)
  • You can also visit the Disney PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs to enjoy special $99.95 plus shipping pricing on a Personalized Storybook now through August 20.

All these meets are added to Character Locator now, so you’ll be able to add them to your Park Hopping plan!  It’s the only tool that allows you to build a park hopping plan.



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  1. Will the Captain Hook meet-n-greet follow the same times as advertised for Peter Pan? We are going to try and do three parks, which order do you recommend?? (HS – villains, MK – hook, Epcot – genie)

  2. For the DHS Villians, do you recommend rope dropping Sunrise Showcase and lining up at 9? Do you expect that group to be most popular?

    And then each line after that will have grown to around 2 hours probably?

  3. OK. So we are reorganizing the entire day. It’s my daughter’s birthday so she calls the shots! If we rope drop Maleficent (I know it doesn’t start until 10 am but I am assuming folks line up first thing) and then express bus to Epcot for Mushu is it reasonable to assume we’ll be done by 1 pm? Trying to save some of the day at MK and then we have the Star Wars Dessert Party that night.

  4. Will the villians at HS have the same line or will they have separate lines? Meaning will you get to meet all 3 or just one by waiting in one line.

  5. Is this only going to be at Walt Disney world or will disneyland and California adventure have something like this too??

  6. will you create a tour plan for the day on Character Locator? And should we rank them according to our priority or based on which will likely have the longest lines?

    • I won’t create any sort of stock plan, but you should rank them by your priority. Waits last year grew to be enormous.

  7. Wow! Wish we could go. We actually are planning to go to Disney at this time next year. Is Photopass day typically the same time each year?

  8. How realistic is it to try to do two parks in a day? Like the villains at Hollywood then dopey at MK or Princess Atta at AK? How early should we plan to be at the parks in line?

  9. Are any of these character going to sign autographs or not? I say this because I know for a fact last year, none of the Pinnochio characters signed (despite being able to do so at any other given time), and they used autograph cards. I’m sure Mushu & Dopey signed last year, but not sure at this point.

What do you think?

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