As part of Disney California Adventure’s “Summer of Heroes,” guests can now come face to face with Groot.

“People love him," said Ryan Gallego with Marvel Themed Entertainment. "They just want to run up and give him a hug.”

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" character can be found in Hollywoodland near the new Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction. He often shows up at the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off events.

While the 7.5 foot “gentle giant” is a creature of few words, he happily poses with visitors.

"Groot is unique in and of himself… and completely lovable,” Gallego said.

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