Phineas and Ferb have finally made their way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They are currently conducting meet and greets from 10:30am – 2pm and 3:00pm – 5:30pm continuously. Rumors have been circulating that this meet and play is part of a limited engagement. I’m happy to report that this is not true and Phineas and Ferb will be appearing at least through the end of the year, if not much longer.
Here is the location of the meet and greet in context. It’s located across from the entrance to Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano and across from the exit to Muppet Vision 3D (which you can see to the right there).
The queue to meet the characters winds its way around.
The set itself is somewhat simplistic. The characters appear out front on what I assume is the lawn in front of their house.
Perry the Platypus pops up over the fence from time to time. Many of the characters’ songs are played while the audience waits in line. I stood there for a solid 45 minutes and don’t think I heard the same song twice.
Cletus Filmore, famous movie director, appears to introduce the main characters at the start of the meet. I won’t spoil the rest of the story. This is officially a “meet and play” experience, in the same vein as the Tangled Meet and Play at Magic Kingdom. Luckily, Cletus plays with the audience while Phineas and Ferb do the meet and greets. It works a lot better and the line moves a lot quicker than the Tangled version.
Once Cletus announces their entrance, Phineas and Ferb appear through these doors to the left of the meet and play area.
Here they are.
During the meet and greet, Cletus entertains the audience out front. Kids in line are welcome to venture out and participate while their parents hold their places in line. Kids who aren’t in line are also welcome to participate. Cletus has a lot of funny props, games, and jokes to share. He isn’t out consistently, but he’ll be out from time to time throughout the day.
The characters sign autographs and pose with their fans.
The location is sort of a logistical nightmare with the exit to Muppet Vision 3D right next door. Hundreds and hundreds of people will descend on the area every 15 minutes or so.
Here’s the line just before noon. This was an extremely busy day at Hollywood Studios and the line is still relatively short. Time will tell what sort of waits we can expect moving forward. Today, there were a ton of other Star Wars related meet and greets and shows that were probably the priority for many.
Overall, this should be a fun meet and greet for fans of Phineas and Ferb. The line moves relatively quickly and the characters are out continuously, which is a big help. The “play” portion may leave something to be desired, but it’s a fun diversion for those casually passing by or stuck in a lengthy queue. If anything, we can certainly thank Disney for keeping wait times in check by outsourcing much of the entertainment to Cletus.