Traditional Character Meet And Greets Are Returning Soon


Have you missed hugging your favorite Disney characters during the last two years? Well the wait is almost over!  Traditional character meet and greets are returning soon to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort!

This news comes after Disneyland Paris has recently brought back their character meet and greets complete with hugs and autographs for their 30th-anniversary celebration. When Disney CFO Christine McCarthy was asked about character meet and greets returning to normal, she replied that character meet and greets would be returning to the domestic parks “soon”.

Although no official date has been announced by Disney as to when this change will happen, this news gives guests hope that they will be able to enjoy meeting their beloved characters more up close and personal once again.

Disney character meet and greets have always been the pinnacle of any Disney vacation from hugging a princess in a park to getting an autograph during a character dining experience. The traditional meet and greets had to stop due to social distancing regulations due to COVID-19 and Disney attempted to find ways around that.

Character sightings and cavalcades were put in place in the Disney parks to allow guests to still see some of the most popular characters while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Only a few were added at first with many returning through the last two years. Character dining experiences were also modified as well to allow guests to still see characters from a distanced. While these character sightings have scratched the itch to see the characters, there is nothing quite like a hug, especially for little ones.

Are you excited about being able to hug your favorite characters soon? When do you think traditional meet and greets will officially return? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned into the DVC Shop blog to find out more!

Written by

Rachel Van Norman

Contributing Writer

Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.