I am moderately happy to bring you additional meet and greet updates, in addition to the Mickey Mouse news from earlier today. While I like official news okay, I just feel like unconfirmed rumors and wild speculation are so much more interesting. But official, real news certainly has its place. Here are some confirmed meet and greet updates:
Angelica from the new Pirates of the Caribbean film will be appearing in Adventureland next to the Pirate’s League beginning April 15th. She is played by Penelope Cruz in the new movie. More info at the Disney Parks Blog here: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/04/thar-be-a-new-pirate-approaching-at-walt-disney-world/.
Phineas and Ferb will begin appearing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning May 16th.
Lightning McQueen will be appearing in the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios in place of Herbie beginning in June. Lightning will also be appearing in a new meet and greet area around the same time.
Lotso the Strawberry Smelling Bear will make his final meet and greet appearance on April 30th. He is being replaced by characters from Winnie the Pooh on May 16th.
Darth Vader is no longer appearing for meet and greets outside Star Tours in between Jedi Training Academy shows. Speculation is that this opens up Star Tours for soft openings, but there is no indication that the attraction is anywhere close to being ready for guests.
Finally, Tatooine Traders, which is the Star Wars themed store attached to Star Tours, is currently closed for refurbishment. It should reopen on April 18th.