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 each park's character line-up. While not all of these changes are always popular with guests, Disney is constantly making adjustments to try and make character offerings as diverse as possible while still keeping things running efficiently around the parks.
In this month's character update, we take a look at two upcoming characters experiences that are coming later this month to the Magic Kingdom, the return of a fun holiday character dining experience to Disney's Hollywood Studios, plus the confirmed (but still unannounced) debut of a new Disney princess coming to Disney parks sometime later this month!
1. Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps character meet and greet to debut at 2016's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps technically made their Magic Kingdom debut earlier this year at the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party at Magic Kingdom Park, but unfortunately, despite appearing in this daily dance party, these popular characters have not yet been made available for official meet and greets at Walt Disney World (despite meeting guests on the west coast at Disney California Adventure). However, it was confirmed several days ago that these Zootopia favorites will finally begin meeting guests for the first time during the upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party upcharge event, which kicks off in just a few days on November 7th. It is unknown if these characters will have a regular meet and greet at the Magic Kingdom after the conclusion of this event, but hopefully we'll know more after the new year.
2. Elena of Avalor hits the Princess Fairytale Hall a little early at the Magic Kingdom
Though Elena of Avalor isn't set to officially join the character lineup at the Princess Fairytale Hall until later this month on November 24th, Princess Elena of Avalor of the Disney Channel TV series has been making random appearances in recent days as a "visiting princess" at the Princess Fairytale Hall to get ready for her big debut later this month. In addition, Elena has also been spotted at the Coronado Springs Resort as well in recent days, meeting guests staying here in advance of her official Magic Kingdom meet and greet debut.
3. Mickey Mouse’s Birthday Party celebration to bring limited-time character experiences to the Magic Kingdom
November 18, 2016 will mark Mickey Mouse’s 88th birthday, and as you might expect, there will be some in-park celebrations at Walt Disney World to mark this occasion. Guests who visit the Magic Kingdom on this special day will be able to take part in a special birthday-themed edition of the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party that will feature one-day only character experiences and other surprises. In addition, Disney will be handing out commemorative “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” buttons on this special day as well.