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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fewer Characters to Be Found at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The news on the street is that some changes to character meet and greets are coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom as soon as December.

Sounds like Lilo and Stitch will no longer meeting guests near the Mercantile or anywhere in Animal Kingdom.

Terk will be taken out of the character greeting trails in Africa.

And, Pocahontas and Jiminy Cricket will no longer be found at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.  Click here to read more about Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

The changes come at the same time that Tusker House, a table service restaurant located in Africa, will be adding a character lunch to the daily line-up.  Tusker House already hosts a breakfast with Donald and friends.  Click here to read more about dining at Tusker House.

While guests may be able to find Pocahontas in other locations—Camp Minnie Mickey at Animal Kingdom, or the American Adventure Pavilion in EPCOT, Terk and Jiminy Cricket will not be found anywhere else at the Walt Disney World Resort.  Guests wishing to meet Lilo will have to make a reservation for breakfast at ‘Ohana’s, as that is the only other location Lilo can be found.  Stitch is often found in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom, the entrance at EPCOT, and the courtyard at Hollywood Studios. 

It is unfortunate that guests will now have to not only give their time to hunt for their favorite Disney characters, but money as well, if character greeting is going to be limited to dining events.

Hopefully, Disney will announce new characters to replace the ones that are being removed.

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