Lotso meet and greet debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (Lotso for short), a new character from the upcoming film Toy Story 3, made his meet-and-greet debut today in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.

Update: I added video and swapped out the old cell phone photos in this post with higher-quality digital camera shots.

Here’s a video look at Lotso meeting and greeting with theme park guests along with a tour through his Sunnyside Daycare-themed queue:

And video of Lotso’s first appearance dancing in the Block Party Bash parade:

Lotso from Toy Story 3 at Disney Animation
Lotso can be found in the Disney Animation area of Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
Lotso from Toy Story 3 meet and greet
Lotso is "a hugger" so be sure to give him one!

Lotso from Toy Story 3 meet and greet
Some children were very excited to see the large, pink, fluffy bear... and others were a bit scared. But I imagine that's the case with any large character.

Lotso from Toy Story 3 meet and greet
Hidden amongst Lotso's ultra-soft fur is his tag. He is a plush toy after all! Click the image to enlarge it and see the tag closer.

Ricky Brigante with Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear (Lotso)
Here's me posing with Lotso. He doesn't smell like strawberries (as some had reported) but he is definitely quite soft and huggable.
Lotso dancing during Block Party Bash
Lotso also dances up a storm during the Block Party Bash parade. I can't believe a large bear can move like that!
Lots of Lotso and Toy Story 3 merchandise
You'll find plenty of plush Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear toys throughout the park, usually among other Toy Story 3 merchandise.
Lotso trading pin -
Lotso isn't too friendly looking in this "I'm a Hugger!" pin. We'll find out why when Toy Story 3 hits theaters on June 18.

Visit our photo gallery to see even more photos of Lotso’s first theme park appearances.

Lotso is now available daily at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to meet and greet at 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The break in the middle is for him to make an appearance in the Block Party Bash parade.


  1. Peter

    Wow he looks great, and I love his background! I would love to give him a big hug!

  2. do you think they’re trying to position Lotso as the bear that they have in Tokyo disney sea?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Not at all. The Disney Bear is very different than Lotso. I’m sure once we all see Toy Story 3 then we’ll know the real story of who Lotso is.

  3. Josh

    So now that Toy Story 3 is out…and for those who haven’t seen the movie yet I’ll try to avoid any spoilers…. But I wonder how will the TS3 plot affect Lotso’s meet & greet potential from a kid’s point of view?

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  5. bm

    I’m very disappointed he doesn’t smell like strawberries.


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