Character meet and greets are a big part of what makes a trip to Walt Disney World so special, and in recent months Disney has taken it upon themselves to make a number of improvements and changes to their character lineup. While not all of these changes have been popular with guests, Disney is constantly making adjustments to try and make their character offerings as diverse as possible while still keeping things running efficiently around the parks.
While we already went over some of the character changes happening this month around the resort, a ton of additional changes have been made as summer kicks into high gear around Walt Disney World. In recent days, new character experiences have been unveiled, classic characters have been relocated, and we've even had to say goodbye to a few favorite faces around Walt Disney World as well.
1. Three princesses get moved around the Magic Kingdom
Now that Anna and Elsa have officially moved to the Royal Sommerhus over at Epcot, there have been a couple of character changes in response around the Magic Kingdom. Over at the Princess Fairytale Hall Cinderella and Rapunzel have gone back to meeting guests on opposite sides of the hall, and are now joined by "visiting" Princesses Tiana and Aurora, respectively. As a result, Tiana’s former meeting area is now vacant, and Snow White has moved into the Town Square Courtyard by City Hall, where Aurora was formerly meeting guests.
2. Prince Naveen meet and greet gets the boot
Unfortunately, because of Tiana's move to the Princess Fairytale Hall, Prince Naveen (who used to meet with Tiana) has been removed from the regular Magic Kingdom character lineup. Prince Naveen was one of the last remaining Disney princes that met guests regularly at the Magic Kingdom (it looks like Aladdin is the last prince standing) and though he'll probably be back during special events like Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (and Prince Naveen still appears in the Festival of Fantasy Parade as well as the new Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire show), this is still a tough loss for those who enjoyed meeting non-Princess characters at the Magic Kingdom.
3. Daisy removed from Main Street USA early morning lineup
Several weeks ago Daisy began meeting guests on Main Street USA, along with Stitch, Pluto and other friends during the park's opening every morning. However, it looks like Daisy's appearance at the front of the park during opening was just a limited time test, which has come to an end. Daisy has now returned to only meeting guests at the Magic Kingom as part of Pete's Silly Sideshow in Fantasyland.
4. Rare characters hit Disney's Hollywood Studios
Though the front of the Great Movie Ride has served as a hub of sorts for characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios and has allowed guests to meet favorites like Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, this location has played host in recent weeks to a number of rare characters. According to ultimate Disney character resource Kenny the Pirate, both Max Goof as well as Bolt have been meeting guests in this area in recent weeks. It is unknown if this is a test or a permanent change, but with so many other characters getting the boot recently, it's nice to see some character additions from the vault popping up around Walt Disney World.