Walt Disney World has reopened its theme park and are doing the very best to ensure all Cast Members and Guests are safe inside the park. That means that Disney World has had to modify nearly all of its usual offerings and canceled many fan-favorite events.
However, magic is still alive in the parks as characters can be seen going down Main Street U.S.A. in special cavalcades randomly throughout the day. But what if Walt Disney World could bring back the beloved character meet and greets? Here is how they could pull it off!
Entry Request System
Obviously, it is so important during a pandemic to maintain all of the strict health and safety guidelines but a new system set in place in Tokyo Disneyland has reopened the opportunity for guests to meet their favorite characters safely.
Tokyo Disneyland has started to use an “entry request” system to bring back meet and greets to their parks. Tokyo Disneyland was also only doing small character sightings like Walt Disney World, but no meet and greets — until now.
Using this entry request system, Guests can make a reservation to get a return time in order to meet their favorite characters. Guests must stand 6 feet apart from the characters when they visit, but they are able to get their picture taken with them!
Here is how we think Disney could implement this system:
With Disney World having the advantage of the My Disney Experience app it could be very easy to implement a similar process for Guests while they visit the park. For example, Guests could open their app once they enter the park and request a time to meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater. They could then arrive at their designated time, receive hand sanitizer before they enter the room, keep facial coverings on at all times, and stand six feet apart from Mickey Mouse. A Photopass photographer could capture a picture for the guests, and they can exit the meet and greet — Very similar to the process already in place at Tokyo Disneyland!
We hope we can meet and greet our favorite characters again soon at Walt Disney World, and we will report on any official news we get from Disney when they do allow the meet and greets to resume in the parks!
Let us know what you think about this entry request system, and if you think Disney World could use this to make Character meet and greets possible again!