Jollywood Nights Introduces “New Original Character”

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The Disney Jollywood Nights opening night at Disney’s Hollywood Studios didn’t go as Disney planned. Many guests posted on social media their frustration with lines, chaos, and lack of magic throughout the evening.

One specific character from the event hit social media with storm as Disney advertised it as “the first original character at Disney since Figment.” This statement had many passionate Disney fans both confused and even more frustrated.

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Jollywood Nights

Jollywood Nights is a special ticketed event that will be taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on select nights throughout November and December. The event costs anywhere from $159 to $179 per person.

With the ticket purchase, guests can enter Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 7:00 pm, with the party beginning at 8:30 pm.

The special event is a holiday celebration where the glamour of Hollywood meets the magic of the holiday season at Disney.

Saturday, November 11, was the opening night for Jollywood Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests attending the first party of the season quickly took to social media to share their frustrations.

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Party Struggles

The biggest struggle of the evening revolved around lines- for everything. Guests began the evening waiting to get into the park and then officially check into the party.

Related: Jollywood NIghts Called a “Complete Disaster” After Opening Night

Lines continued throughout the evening for snacks, entertainment, and characters. Popular characters such as the Fab Five in adorable new outfits and Phineas and Ferb show up for a rare meet and greet; however, wait times were close to two hours.

Words such as disaster, chaos, and not worth it all filled social media by guests attending the party. Despite the frustration, a few new experiences surprised guests throughout the evening.

New Disney Character

One of the biggest surprises of the evening was Ollie. Ollie is an adorable, well-dressed gingerbread man with guests waiting hours for a quick picture with his fantastic neon logo sign that welcomed guests into the party.

Although many guests quickly fell in love with Ollie, passionate Disney fans were also confused by him. Disney advertised Ollie as “the first original character at Disney since Figment.”

This statement had guests challenging Disney on many levels. New characters like Chuuby, the adorable bird created for Mickey and Mnnie’s Runaway Railway, Lagoona Gater, Duffy, and other original characters have been seen throughout Disney since Figment.

Figment arrived in 1983 and remains one of the most popular Disney characters. Fans waited hours to meet Figment again in EPCOT during their Walt Disney World vacations this year.

Fans seemed okay with Ollie but were frustrated with Disney’s PR pushing him as the first original character since Figment. One guest posted, “I’m getting real tired of current Disney parks & WDI regime trying to erase or not bother to acknowledge their history. It’s infuriating” @JeffRothman

You are super cute, Ollie, and you have a fantastic sign that fits the party vibe well, but let’s not forget all the other unforgettable characters Disney has released before. These characters, however big or small, are part of the magic.





About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.