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Character Hugs Have Returned to Walt Disney World!

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After two looooong, lonely years, traditional character Meet & Greet opportunities have returned to Walt Disney World! That means that you can now pose for non-distanced photos, get autographs, and even hug Mickey and Minnie, the princesses, and all the other characters that have typically had guest interactions. This is a huge milestone in the return to pre-pandemic practice.

During their first day back in action, there were no PhotoPass photographers at the meet & greet locations, but the character handlers happy to use your phone or camera to take pictures for you.

And there’s even more good news – character dining has also returned, with characters stopping at individual tables to chat and pose for photos. We have character meals booked soon, but we couldn’t resist taking a peek at the activity at Chef Mickey’s just to see with our own eyes the return of NORMAL.

Which character are you most looking forward to hugging again?

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

2 thoughts on “Character Hugs Have Returned to Walt Disney World!

  • I trust parents of unvaccinated children or with friends and family at high risk will keep in mind that COVID cases are again rising rapidly in many parts of America. As older adults, we would not visit WDW now without wearing N95s indoors or in dense crowds outside.

  • I’m going next week!! My kids can’t wait to hug Sorcerer Mickey. And I can’t wait to give Chewie a big hug!!!


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