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The lead character from the Disney Channel's Jake and the Neverland Pirates series is now making appearances at Disney California Adventure.

The Orange County Register reports that Jake has joined the park's roster of walk-around characters, meeting-and-greeting guests and posing for photos. He appears in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area at various points during the day.

A spin-off from Disney's classic animated movie Peter Pan, Jake and the Neverland Pirates follows the adventures of a group of young buccaneers as they search for treasure. Like the movie, it features Captain Hook as its chief villain, with the grown-up pirate frequently in search of the same treasure as Jake and his friends.

Disney California Adventure's focus has increasingly shifted away from its core California theme towards celebrating Disney's modern animation output. In addition to featuring a number of Disney Channel favorites, the park will open an entire new land based on Pixar's Cars in summer 2012.

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