Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Baymax meet-and-greet moves to Epcot, kicks out pal Hiro

Posted By on Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 12:15 PM

  • Screengrab via YouTube (Attractions Magazine)
Star Wars has taken over Disney’s Hollywood Studios in many ways over the past few months, but one of the most impactful is the new Star Wars Launch Bay that replaced The Magic of Disney Animation.

When the Disney Animation attraction closed, the popular meet-and-greet duo Baymax and Hiro, from Big Hero 6, stopped meeting guests at Walt Disney World.

The good news is now at least half of the duo is back, Baymax, the overstuffed health robot that is one of the main characters in last year’s hit Big Hero 6.

Baymax is now meeting guests at Epcot’s Character Spot near Innoventions West (which, is currently closed with no timeline of reopening). The new meet-and-greet keeps the same garage meets high tech lab as the former DHS one, but sadly Hiro is now missing.

Hiro was unique in that he was an Asian, male face character with a permanent meet-and-greet location. There are now no Asian male face characters in regular meet-and-greets at WDW.

The former meet-and-greet involved a short conversation with Hiro before you posed for a pic with both him and Baymax. With the inflated costume, Baymax has even less mobility than most characters at WDW, causing the new meet-and-greet to lose some of its luster. Now, instead, of Hiro helping you pose and meet Baymax, you have cast members. The absence of Hiro highlights Baymax’s mobility issues.

The new meet-and-greet is across the breezeway from the normal Character Spot. The new Baymax exclusive Character Spot fills part of the former Innoventions West space.

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