Character meet and greets are a big part of what makes a trip to Walt Disney World so special, and in recent months Disney has taken it upon themselves to make a number of improvements and changes to each park's character line-up. While not all of these changes are always popular with guests, Disney is constantly making adjustments to try and make character offerings as diverse as possible while still keeping things running efficiently around the parks.
In this month's character update, we take a look at a character who is leaving Disney's Hollywood Studios (and rumored to return somewhere else), three new additions, plus a short-term extension of a dining experience was previously set to be discontinued this mail.
1. Moana meet and greet at Disney's Hollywood Studios to end next month
Last fall Disney brough Moana from the film of the same name to One Man's Dream at Disney's Hollywood Studios for a limited time to promote the new movie inside this attraction. However, now that the DVD has been released for this movie, the promotion is no longer necessary, and Moana will be moving out sometime next month.
However, though Moana fans might be initially disappointed to hear of this character's departure, rumors have surfaced that Moana could be moving to the Magic Kingdom later this year, potentially to either Adventureland or the Princess Fairytale Hall. Of course, as with all rumors, nothing has been confirmed officially, but we wouldn't be surprised if this happened, as Moana has proved to be quite the popular character during her time at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
2. Daisy Duck now joining Donald Duck at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Though Donald Duck has been meeting guests by himself at the front of Disney’s Hollywood Studios since late last year, it looks like this character is going to be joined by his pal Daisy, effective immediately. However, in an interesting change, it looks like these characters will not be meeting together, as there are now two different lines in front of the Sid Cahuenga’s building at this park, meaning guests who want to meet both characters will need to wait twice.
It is unknown how long Daisy Duck will remain at Disney's Hollywood Studios, but we'd guess she'll stick around at least through the Spring Break travel period, which ends in mid-April. This character is currently not meeting anywhere else at Walt Disney World, so if you're a fan, you may want to stop by this park soon!
3. Date announced for BB-8 character meet and greet at Disney's Hollywood Studios
It has been confirmed that the new BB-8 character experience will debut in just a few weeks on April 14 2017, beginning on Star Wars Galactic Night. After this special event, this fun character will be available for guests to meet daily in a dedicated location at the Star Wars Launch Bay. And in case you were wondering, current Launch Bay residents Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, who are also available for meet and greets at this location, will continue to appear alongside this new character.