If your kids are anything like mine they walk around the house saying they're hungry for "brekkie" and that they need to use the "dunny" ::insert eye roll:: yes, yes, Bluey has hit our house in a BIG way as I'm sure it has hit your house too. With any popular show kids want to own all of the toys and shirts but they also want see them in person. One question that gets asked ALL the time in Disney planning groups I'm in is, "can you meet Bluey in Disney?" Let's dive into this..
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Can You Meet Bluey at any of the Disney Parks?
I won't keep you scrolling like some food blog holding the recipe hostage.
No, you cannot meet Bluey or Bingo or any of the characters from the show at Walt Disney World or Disneyland - or any of the Disney parks in the world for that matter.
But why?!? Much like my deep dive into the question, Can You Meet the PJ Masks in Disney?, I've got answers for you.
Why Can't I Meet Bluey in Disney World?
As you may have guessed, the Heeler family are not from the US. The show was created by Joe Brumm, an Australian born and raised animator and film director.
The show did not hit the US until the Walt Disney Company acquired international broadcasting rights in 2019. The show initially premiered in Australia in 2018.
Bluey is available to view on Disney Junior and on Disney+ in most markets; they do not air on these channels in Australia, New Zealand and Greater China.
Much like PJ Masks, the Walt Disney Company only purchased broadcasting rights which means they do not own the characters and cannot sell merchandise inside the parks with Bluey on it and they cannot hold meet and greets with the Heeler family and they cannot build any rides or lands centered around Bluey.
Is There a Bluey Theme Park Anywhere?
I'm so glad you asked. No, there's not.
Currently there is no Bluey theme park HOWEVER, from my super sleuthing I have discovered that there have been specialized Bluey and Bingo meet and greets held inside the Australian theme park, Dreamworld.
Something worth noting is that there is a section of Dreamworld called "ABC Kids World" which features kid-friendly rides based off of favorite children's shows like "The Wiggles" and "Bananas in Pajamas". Why is this noteworthy? "Bluey" airs in Australia on ABC Kids. It doesn't feel like a very big leap to think that Bluey might one day get a ride or a permanent meet and greet in Dreamworld but, so far nothing has been announced.
I feel like I should also mention that ABC Kids has no relation to the Walt Disney Company owned, US broadcasting channel, ABC.
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So My Kids Can Never Meet Bluey?
Also no. Kind of.
I know, I know, now you're like "whaaaaaaaat?"
Bluey's Big Play is a brand new live show coming to America in November of 2022 and traveling to almost every state in the year 2023.
Some of these dates include the option to add on a VIP Meet and Greet experience - not all of the dates, some. So I cannot say for SURE if you're child will get to meet a costumed character from Bluey "for real life", but I'm saying there's a chance!
Full tour dates are over at the Official Bluey Website.
Bluey's Big Play does NOT feature full-costumed characters, though the VIP add-on specifically mentions a costumed character.
Bluey's Big Play show description:
"Join the Heelers in their first live theatre show made just for you, featuring brilliantly created puppets. This is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before, brought to real life."
Bluey's Big Play VIP Add On Description:
The VIP Package includes: An exclusive Bluey VIP lanyard, An exclusive Bluey VIP gift , An exclusive photo opportunity per Group with a Bluey Costume Character. *Does not include a ticket to the show.*
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Based off of images from the official Bluey website, it does seem like Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Chilli will be operated by fully visible puppeteers. They will not be large, costumed characters - which I'm assuming will be available based off of the VIP add-on description. Perhaps they only travel with one costume? I'm not really sure but I do know that the show itself will be puppets, large puppets, but still puppets.
Those who wish to attend the show AND meet the costume character must first check to see if your city's show is offering the VIP add-on and if they are, you will then have to purchase it in addition to your show tickets FOR EVERYONE, this includes anyone over the age of 1. Any child 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult.
You may not find Bluey inside any of the Disney theme parks but luckily Bluey will be traveling stateside next year!