There are exciting times ahead for Walt Disney World fans, with the construction of Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the completion of Disney Springs on the cards.
To make room for new additions, though, Disney often closes an existing attraction. And that approach doesn't just apply to rides and shows - characters can be on the chopping block, too. Let's take a look at some of the colorful, furry and inflatable folks that have left the parks for good in recent months.
1. Duffy the Disney Bear
Though we first reported the rumored end of the Duffy the Disney Bear meet and greet at Epcot earlier this year, Disney has finally confirmed the cancellation of this meet and greet. If you count yourself among Duffy’s fans, your last day to see him at the front of Epcot's World Showcase will be next Saturday, October 3rd, 2015.
It has also been confirmed that beginning the very next day, October 4th, this meet and greet space will be used for classic Disney character Daisy Duck for the foreseeable future.
2. Mr. Incredible and Frozone
Another meet and greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that has been lost due to the continuing upheaval at this park was dynamic duo Mr. Incredible and Frozone. Though these characters can still be found at the Magic Kingdom during the nightly Incredibles Dance Party, the meet and greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was the only place where guests could get a picture and an autograph from these popular characters.
Unfortunately, even though we expect to see a beefed up character roster very soon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (which will reportedly include half a dozen regularly-appearing Star Wars characters and a dedicated meet and greet for Olaf), there probably won’t be room for these “Incredible” characters in the park going forward.
3. Baymax & Hiro
Even though this Big Hero 6 character experience was never intended to be permanent, the Baymax and Hiro meet and greet at the now-closed Magic of Disney Animation attraction became one of the most popular in all of Walt Disney World, commanding wait times of over two hours, even on slow days.
Though the closure of the Magic of Disney Animation, was the immediate cause of this character discontinuation, there’s more to the ending of the Baymax and Hiro meet and greet than just the loss of location. While some characters from this attraction (like Sorcerer Mickey) were able to relocate after the closure of The Magic of Disney Animation, this meet and greet was reportedly plagued with technical issues, as the Baymax suit required substantial “recharge” time that limited the amount of time these characters could meet with guests.
Though we’d love to see these characters appear again (Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom would be a natural fit), the technical issues with the Baymax suit make it near-certain that we’ll never see these characters regularly at Walt Disney World again.