Back in August of 2014 Hollywood Studios offered a special, one-night paid event known as “Villains Unleashed.” For many in the Disney bloggers and family visitors, it was a horrible experience. The event was faced with very long lines for many of the 50 villains in attendance. Many went to see the one-night-only Oogie Boogie show, then felt they could hop in line for character meets, only to be disappointed by the long lines for the incredibly rare characters. I recently found my old memory card from the night and here’s some of how our experience differed from others and some photos of characters who are rare to meet at Walt Disney World: Continue reading Photos of many rare Walt Disney World characters from 2014 Villains Unleashed
Character Palooza is a secret meet and greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that occurs daily based upon Fantasmic! schedules for the day. It seems like a random occurrence to most guests, but actually follows a set schedule. You can often find rare Disney characters like Brer Fox, Dopey or Robin Hood at this meet that you might not find anywhere else!
Cast Members are taught to ignore or brush off any questions concerning this offering in order to keep crowds at a minimum.
Updated January 25, 2019
How long does each Character Palooza set last?
Each set typically lasts from 15-20 minutes, but characters aren’t guaranteed to stay out any certain length and the cast varies from day to day. They typically close the gates within 10 minutes or less based on the crowds, so be there early!
What happens when it rains?
If it rains during a time that a set is scheduled to take place, the meet will be canceled.
Do the characters sign autographs?
If they are capable of signing autographs, they will sign for you.
Do they have Photopass/Memory Maker Photographers
No, but there are a number of Cast Members who are willing to use your camera or phone for you, so have your own device ready!
Where can I find Character Palooza?
You’ll find the location, exact details and map on Character Locator.
Where can I find the actual schedule?
The weekly schedule for Character Palooza is only found on Character Locator. Subscribe to see all the details, but keep the secret, so it doesn’t become a mad house! Please don’t post the info on blogs or web forums to keep the crowds down!
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.
- Brer Fox
- Chip n Dale
- Donald Duck – Sailor
- Mary Poppins
- Minnie Mouse
- Queen Grimhilde (Snow Queen / Evil Queen)
- Robin Hood
- Snow White