Crossdressing ‘Lilo and Stitch’ Alien Makes Rare Appearance at Disney Pride Event!

in Disneyland Paris

Left: Pleakley in a red dress at Disneyland Paris. Right: Pleakley in a blonde wig and makeup in 'Lilo and Stitch.'

It’s always a treat to see a rare Disney character appearance at the Disney Parks! They commonly appear at special events, like Cast Member celebrations or runDisney races.

Last night, a few special characters appeared at Disneyland Paris for Magical Pride Day, an annual official Pride Celebration at the Disney Park. Characters were available for meet and greets, shows, and a special Pride parade!

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Disney Rainbow Collection
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One of those characters was Pleakley, the lovable green alien from Lilo & Stitch (2002). Pleakley brings something extra special to the Pride celebration — in the first Lilo & Stitch film, he and his alien counterpart Jumba Jookiba dress as a couple to avoid detection on the human island of Hawaii.

Twitter user @Cave0fWonders shared a photo of Pleakley, sporting a red and white floral dress similar to Lilo’s:

✨ Disneyland Paris Pride 🌈 : Pleakley 😃 ✨

#disneyparks #DisneylandParis #DisneylandParisPride

After the aliens are “sentenced” to life on Earth with Lilo, Stitch, and Nani, Jumba and Pleakley no longer have to hide their appearances around their new family. But Pleakley expresses that he enjoys dressing in women’s clothing and often goes out in drag in Lilo & Stitch: The Series and sequel films like Stitch! The Movie (2003), Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch (2005), and Leroy & Stitch (2006).

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Jumba and Pleakley dressed as a couple in Lilo & Stitch.
Credit: Disney

Pleakley, though not confirmed to be a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, has become somewhat of an icon for LGBTQIA+ and gender-questioning Disney fans.

It’s exciting to see him appear at Disneyland Paris Magical Pride Day with his friends Lilo and Stitch!

More on Lilo & Stitch

Lilo and Stitch Hula
Credit: Disney

Lilo & Stitch combines sci-fi with traditional Hawaiian culture for a heartwarming story about love and family. From Disney:

In Lilo and Stitch, get ready to crash-land on Earth with Stitch, a runaway genetic experiment from a faraway planet. As he wreaks havoc on the Hawaiian Islands, he becomes the mischievous adopted alien “puppy” of an independent little girl named Lilo and learns about loyalty, friendship, and ‘ohana, the Hawaiian tradition of family.

Would you like to see Pleakley or any other rare Disney characters at Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know in the comments! 

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