Updated Jan 22, 2015. Historically, Characterpalooza took place inside the Magic of Disney Animation building. When it returned from it's seasonal hiatus in March '13, sets began occurring near Echo Lake and on the Streets of America. In 2014, it met on New York Street (Streets of America.) Information for times and locations have been updated below. As of Sept. 28, a new location for Characterpalooza has been reported - near the exit of Tower of Terror!
Characterpalooza occurs almost daily at Disney's Hollywood Studio's, but have you ever heard of it? I'll be honest, I hadn't heard of it until just a few months ago. It is an unadvertised Character meet and greet session (never shown on a Times Guide schedule) that takes place near the exit of Tower of Terror. For 1 or 2 half hour sessions in the evening, many characters (including rare ones) make an appearance!
It's always a SURPRISE as to which Characters will appear for Characterpalooza, which is where the "palooza" comes from. The most common Characters to appear are Stitch, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, Snow White, Pinocchio, Gepetto, and the Queen of Hearts; but many times a more "rare" character or two get thrown into the mix. (Not even Guest Services can tell you "who" is going to make an appearance at Characterpalooza!)
The timing and number of Characters to make an appearance depends on the following show times for Fantasmic that evening:
- If Fantasmic isn't scheduled, Characterpalooza will NOT occur.
- Characterpalooza does not occur on Star Wars weekends either.
- Historically, Characterpalooza has gone on a Winter Hiatus for November and December (ie. No Characterpalooza appearances even if a Fantasmic show is scheduled.) But it's in full swing for January 2015 and beyond!
- The number of sets for Characterpalooza depend on how many Fantasmic showings there are that day. The best way to check if Characterpalooza will occur during your trip, is to check out these calendars that Kenny the Pirate has created. (Scroll down to the section "When will Characterpalooza occur during my trip?")
HINT: Be sure to have an Autograph Book with you to experience some extra fun and make more memories! Here's our Favorite Autograph Book idea.
This is a great opportunity to meet a bunch of Characters that are relatively rare, and with short waits!