Because Character Palooza at Hollywood Studios operates seasonally based on Fantasmic schedules, Character Palooza will not be offered from November 4 through March 9. I have heard of some surprise meeting occurring lately including Gov. Ratcliffe appearing in Animal Kingdom, Rabbit appearing with Winnie in Epcot and Lilo appearing with Stitch at Hollywood Studios. Let’s hope these are a sign that other pop-ups may occur in coming weeks.
Christmas character news: The Animal Kingdom characters in Camp Minnie Mickey will begin meeting in their annual Christmas attire beginning Friday. Jingle Jungle Parade will also begin on Friday. Santa Goofy will begin meeting in Animal Kingdom AND Hollywood Studios beginning Friday. His meet area will be at the end of the streets of America where the manger scene used to be set up yearly. It’s basically on the back side of Monster’s Inc meet. The Osborne Family spectacle of dancing lights will begin Friday at dusk with some new features.
The Cinderella Castle Dream lighting ceremony will begin on TUESDAY and runs every night. The lighting show takes place nightly at 6:15pm. As I announced a while back, Belle will no longer meet with Beast at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which has been meet with much vitriol. Many people are unhappy that WDW has made this decision and no great new characters are said to be added. Many have sent emails and received phone calls from Disney. Disney has even offered refunds to many who pre-purchased party tickets. New Fantasyland will be open during the parties which means they will offer Enchanted Tales with Belle, Ariel will meet with fins and Gaston will meet near his Tavern during the parties.
Rumor has it that the Cinderella group will move to the new fantasyland wall. Mary Poppins appears in her winter Nanny gear on cooler days. The Epcot Santas do not begin meeting until after Thanksgiving at the same time the Candlelight Processional begins. I’ve chosen to postpone my next trip to WDW until some time after Thanksgiving, but I will be making my MVMCP map this week to help you plan.