I don't recall Disney characters ever appearing in Downtown Disney so I was kind of surprised when I saw a balloon man selling Mickey balloons in Disney Springs during my recent visit.
I was even more surprised when I heard a rumor that Disney characters might be making actual live appearances in Disney Springs later this year! We're told shop sales are well-below expectations that they're willing to do anything to get people to come out. In the
past, they always wanted to keep the famous characters in the parks and
at character meals and not allow free guest access to them. Apparently, that might be changing.