Walt Disney World Resort individual character interactions are back, but they are being done at a distance.
Disney World Guests who make their way to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom have been able to meet with their favorite characters at a distance, but this can understandably be confusing for children who can’t quite fathom what is happening.
TikTok user @jena_aaaaa posted a video of an interaction between a young Disney fan and Princess Ariel where she cut under the rope to meet the princess at Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom.
Understandably so, the daughter didn’t understand the restrictions that were in place and just was so excited to meet Ariel that she didn’t realize she had to stop at the rope and couldn’t go all the way to meet the princess because of the policy of Disney character COVID restrictions currently in place. They shared that Princess Ariel handled the cute moment well and she was still able to get her picture and meet the princess, even if it had to be done at a distance.
Disney Parks Blog shared that individualized Disney character experiences were returning earlier this fall with this announcement:
Over the past year, beloved Disney Characters have been popping up in cavalcades, motorcades, flotillas, and surprise sightings, much to the delight of our guests, and I’m pleased to tell you many of those experiences will be continuing. Although the environment is not right just yet for hugs and autographs, you’ll soon be able to have individualized time with some of your favorite characters, getting to visit with them in a themed location and snap a photo or two. Look for the Disney Princesses to return to Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom Park.
And when you stop in to see Mickey Mouse backstage at Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A., he’ll be sporting his all-new EARidescent look designed just for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration! Each of these locations is planned to start welcoming guests in November.
Disney World continues to announce the return of many experiences, including guided tours and parking trams, to the Parks.
While distanced interactions will remain the new normal for now, there is hope that they will one day return to their old form.
What do you think of the current Walt Disney World Resort character interactions?
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