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Old 10-23-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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Why CM's don't know about Characterpalooza

Today I was at HS and at 4:50 went over to Magic of Animation to look for Characterpalooza. I wasn't sure if it would happen because they were closing early at 6pm. I asked a CM and she didn't seem to know what I was talking about. It seems like a lot of people on the DIS report the same thing, CM's saying they don't know anything about it.

I spoke to a second CM, who was very friendly, and he knew what I was talking about and actually went to go ask for me if they were doing it. Unfortunately, they weren't because of the early closure. He also told me that the CM's refer to it as a "PM Set". Perhaps that is what we should all be asking when we are trying to find out info about Characterpalooza?
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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Different CM's from different areas will have different answers.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:00 PM   #3
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Today I was at HS and at 4:50 went over to Magic of Animation to look for Characterpalooza. I wasn't sure if it would happen because they were closing early at 6pm. I asked a CM and she didn't seem to know what I was talking about. It seems like a lot of people on the DIS report the same thing, CM's saying they don't know anything about it.

I spoke to a second CM, who was very friendly, and he knew what I was talking about and actually went to go ask for me if they were doing it. Unfortunately, they weren't because of the early closure. He also told me that the CM's refer to it as a "PM Set". Perhaps that is what we should all be asking when we are trying to find out info about Characterpalooza?
Characterpalooza is a fan term. I'm sure it's not called that internally, and that would explain some of the confusion.

Also, I am a believer that CMs are under some instruction not to share with guests that it exists, no matter what it's called.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:05 PM   #4
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Today I was at HS and at 4:50 went over to Magic of Animation to look for Characterpalooza. I wasn't sure if it would happen because they were closing early at 6pm. I asked a CM and she didn't seem to know what I was talking about. It seems like a lot of people on the DIS report the same thing, CM's saying they don't know anything about it.

I spoke to a second CM, who was very friendly, and he knew what I was talking about and actually went to go ask for me if they were doing it. Unfortunately, they weren't because of the early closure. He also told me that the CM's refer to it as a "PM Set". Perhaps that is what we should all be asking when we are trying to find out info about Characterpalooza?
I'm not familiar with this. Can you tell me what CHaracterpalooza or PM Set is?

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Old 10-23-2012, 06:12 PM   #5
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:42 PM   #6
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Characterpalooza is when a bunch of random characters come out in the Magic of Animation building towards the end of the afternoon. You never know who will come out, but a bunch just show up and it is a good time to meet some characters that you may not find elsewhere. It's never a guarantee though, depends on what time Fantasmic is that day. If they do have it, the first time they come out is at 4:50pm.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:45 PM   #7
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Characterpalooza is a fan term. I'm sure it's not called that internally, and that would explain some of the confusion.

Also, I am a believer that CMs are under some instruction not to share with guests that it exists, no matter what it's called.
This. They are instructed not to tell guests because it could NOT occur for any myriad of reasons and then they would have angry guests at guest services complaining that a CM told them to come at X time to see these characters and then they were not there.

I saw this during Star Wars weekend when a very nice CM told a woman to come back at X time to see Jedi Mickey. Unfortunately, due to rain he did not come out at that exact time. This guest was VERY angry and let everyone know. So, pretty sure they don't want people showing up for something that might change.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:08 PM   #8
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Is this different than the different characters that come out through out the day there? Because our last two trips they have had quite a few characters rotating in and out of that area all day.
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Is this different than the different characters that come out through out the day there? Because our last two trips they have had quite a few characters rotating in and out of that area all day.
The only consistent characters in the room are currently Sorcerer Mickey, Mr. Incredible, Frozone, and soon Wreck It Ralph. The Characterpalooza characters typically appear for a maximum of two hours and do so only in late afternoon.
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Because its supposed to be a magical unplanned surprise?
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I don't think it's an issue with wrong terminology. My husband refused to believe me that this was going to happen. We got there early enough to make the rounds with the regular characters and when we were done, he wanted to leave. I kept saying "What does it hurt to wait around a couple of minutes?" He went over to a CM and asked if any more characters were coming out. She said "No". He was very smug, and I still insisted on staying. One minute later, at 4:50 on the dot, the doors opened and 7 characters and their handlers paraded out. Guess who was smug then?
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Did Character Palooza not move to Echo Lake? It was there a couple of weeks ago.
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Did Character Palooza not move to Echo Lake? It was there a couple of weeks ago.
It seems to have settled back in its normal spot for now. I've not seen a different location reported in more than a week. Stay tuned.
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I wasn't exactly sure where to go when we were there last Wednesday, and the CM working the turnstiles back there was very tongue-in-cheek vague. He did say that "sometimes" "special characters" come out right around that time (4:50), and you never know who you'll get. He didn't give a name to it, and I didn't mention the term characterpalooza because I'd read somewhere that it wasn't an official name.

If you search the term "characterpalooza" at easywdw . com, Josh gives a good overview of what it is and when it will be held. The timing of it depends on the Fantasmic schedule.
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Characterpalooza is when a bunch of random characters come out in the Magic of Animation building towards the end of the afternoon. You never know who will come out, but a bunch just show up and it is a good time to meet some characters that you may not find elsewhere. It's never a guarantee though, depends on what time Fantasmic is that day. If they do have it, the first time they come out is at 4:50pm.
I didn't know this!!!
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