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Though Disney fans were disappointed when Disney cancelled the 24 hour day at the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland park earlier this year, after a disappointing summer, Disney is bringing back special events in a big way. From an extended Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to the current Art in August festival happening now at Disney Springs, there are plenty of things going on this fall that should help bring guests back to the resort. 

However, Disney surprised us recently by announcing a brand new event a few days ago that is unlike anything we’ve seen at the resort in recent memory. It’s called PhotoPass Day, it is happening on Friday, August 19th, and here’s why you absolutely must attend this event, especially if you are a fan of hard to find characters:

1. Guests are going to get the rare chance to meet some long lost characters during this event

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One of the biggest successes of the Limited Time Magic campaign a few years ago was the “Long Lost Friends” event that brought vintage, obscure, rare, and virtually unknown characters back into the Walt Disney World theme parks for a few days at a time. And though we’ve seen some rare characters pop back up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios intermittently over the past few months, during PhotoPass Day, guests will be able to meet the following lesser-known characters at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot:

Magic Kingdom Park: Confirmed characters for this park include Pinocchio, Gideon and Foulfellow in Storybook Circus, who will be meeting guests from 9:00 AM to 4:00PM

Epcot: During their regularly scheduled meet and greet times, several Epcot characters will be joined by additional "friends and foes" at the World Showcase. Mushu will be joining Mulan in the China Pavilion, Snow White will be joined by Dopey in the Germany Pavilion, and the Queen of Hearts will be meeting guests alongside adversary Alice in the United Kingdom Pavilion. Check the times guide on Friday for specific meeting times for these one day only duos. 

2. Complimentary PhotoPass locations will be set up at all Disney parks & Disney Springs 

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On PhotoPass day, Disney will have special locations at each of the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort (as well as Disney Springs) where guests can take PhotoPass pictures that will appear in My Disney Experience without watermarks and will be absolutely free to download on PhotoPass Day and beyond. Here’s where all of the confirmed complimentary PhotoPass spots at Walt Disney World will be:

Magic Kingdom: This park will actually have two complimentary PhotoPass locations, with the first in front of Tomorrowland’s purple wall and the second in front of the right side fountain at Cinderella Castle

Epcot: Under Spaceship Earth at the front of the park

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: At the Festival of the Lion King entrance in the Africa section of the park

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  At Echo Lake near The Great Movie Ride

Disney Springs: In The Marketplace district next to the Pearl Factory kiosk

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