Walt Disney World has been making a number of changes to meet and greets around its parks in recent weeks, many of which you may not have even noticed! From the return of a fan favorite character we had all thought was gone forever to classic meet and greets on the move, there are some big changes afoot for many well known characters at Walt Disney World.
If character meet and greets are part of your plans during your next Walt Disney World visit, make sure you are aware of these changes so you know exactly where to go to meet all your favorites!
1. Baymax returns to Walt Disney World
Though many guests miss the Magic of Disney Animation attraction for a number of reasons, one of the biggest was the fact that the demise of this attraction meant the the removal of Big Hero 6 characters from all of Walt Disney World. Though Sorcerer Mickey, Goofy, Minnie, and the other characters found at this former attraction were rehomed at various spots around Disney's Hollywood Studios in the months following this attraction's closure, Hiro and Baymax were never relocated, reportedly due to technical problems with Baymax's suit.
However, fans of this film franchise can take heart, as Baymax has returned, in an all-new meet and greet area at Epcot, right in the heart of Future World. Earlier this week Disney unveiled a newly expanded Character Spot location on the west side of the park in an unused corner of what used to be Innoventions West.
This new meet and greet area features a lot of the design elements that were present at the original meet and greet location at The Magic of Disney Animation, and Baymax’s physical look is unchanged, which is a relief to those who wondered if this character might come back redesigned to resolve technical issues.
However, even though Big Hero 6 fans are certainly happy that this character has returned, the opening of this new Character Sport expansion (which looks pretty permanent) all but confirms that Innoventions West is never coming back. Though much of this pavilion still remains vacant, it will be interesting to see if Disney converts more of this abandoned attraction space into more character meet and greets in the future.
2. Tiana moves back to original meet and greet spot
Back in July, Princess Tiana moved from her normal meet and greet location at the Liberty Square gazebo to the nearby Heritage House, where this princess was meeting guests solo. However, now that construction on the Skipper Canteen has completed, Tiana has rejoined Prince Naveen outside and is now seeing guests at her former location every day, even as the temperatures get colder (don't worry, Tiana has a fabulously warm cape!). Guests can check the times guide for Tiana’s meet and greet schedule.
3. Cinderella characters return to behind the castle
Another character experience that was recently shifted around the Magic Kingdom due to construction was the supporting Cinderella character meet and greets that used to take place behind the castle. Though Lady Tremaine, the Stepsisters, and Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother have been known to pop in and out of various parts of Fantasyland near the castle infrequently during construction, are of these characters are back to meeting guests regularly at the west side of the castle in the mornings, and in the on the east side of the castle by Sir Mickey's in the afternoons.