Slowly but surely, Disney destinations around the world have been bringing back experiences that were temporarily suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes socially distanced interactions with beloved Disney Parks characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, and more!
Now, Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Ko’Olina, Oahu, Hawaii has introduced a brand-new character interaction with Mickey and Minnie in a new spot on property!
On May 7, socially distanced character dining returned to Aulani’s Makahiki restaurant. On that date, Mickey and Minnie began appearing in the Hawaiian Disney Resort’s central courtyard and pool area on the restaurant’s patio!
Guests passing by were able to interact with the iconic characters for several hours each morning.
As you can see in the photo above, the characters were extremely engaged, playing peek-a-boo and other games with children! Mickey and Minnie also danced for passersby throughout the character greeting time, delighting Aulani Guests.
At this time, only Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse can be seen on the restaurant patio. During our recent stay, we asked an Aulani Cast Member about the characters available to meet from a safe distance in this particular area of the Resort, and at the time it was not known when or if other characters would be appearing in this location.
Other characters — including Stitch, Chip and Dale, Duffy the Disney Bear, ‘Olu Mel, Goofy, and Pluto — are available to meet from a distance on a rotating basis each day on a stage on the Resort’s Kipuka Lawn.
And, if you miss Mickey and Minnie’s new appearance, they are also available on Kipuka Lawn at various times, so you are sure to catch Walt Disney’s most famous characters sometime during your Aulani vacation.
Currently, Disney has posted the following health and safety notice on Aulani’s official website:
- Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa has begun a phased reopening.
- Rooms, experiences, restaurants, amenities and other offerings may be modified or unavailable, limited in capacity and subject to limited availability or closure. Offerings are not guaranteed. View important details.
- We have taken enhanced health and safety measures. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. View important details.
- There are specific instructions and requirements for all visitors to Hawaii, which may include mandated quarantine or pre-travel testing. View information about these requirements on the Hawaii Tourism Authority website. State requirements are subject to change. Please continue to stay updated on the latest travel alerts leading up to your planned stay. View important details.
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