UPDATE June 5 - It has been announced that the popular Mickey and Minnie meet greet experience at the Adventurer's Outpost at Disney's Animal Kingdom is set to reopen on June 19. Like other similar experiences, this meet and greet will be included with the Disney Genie+ service when it re-launches in just a few more days. June 19, will be the first time guests will get to experience the Mickey and Minnie meet and greet since the parks closed due to COVID-19 in 2020.
UPDATE (April 18) - The day has arrived, character meet and greets return to Walt Disney World and Disneyland today. Guests will be able to hug and high five Mickey and Minnie as well as their favorite princesses and Disney and Pixar characters throughout the resorts. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, guests will also be able to meet Sulley from Monsters Inc inside the Walt Disney Presents. Times will be available throughout the day for this returning meet and greet.
UPDATE (April 1) - The date has now been released, Disney has announced that Character Meet and Greets will officially begin returning to Walt Disney World Resorts, Disneyland and aboard the Disney Cruise Line on April 18, 2022. Guests will again be able to have close contact with characters, hug them and get their autographs. A new video which is embedded below has been released to remind guests of what they have to look forward to in just over a couple of weeks time. This news will surely put the smiles back on the faces of many children and adults alike. We will keep you posted of any further updates on our news and Facebook page.
UPDATE March 31 - Disney has posted a video of Mickey on Instagram with a cast member unclipping the rope and Mickey inviting us in with a hug. The post says "this is the moment we have been waiting for". We are promised further details on when character meet and greets are returning tomorrow with many expecting a mid April come back. The post is embedded below:
March 8 - For many, being able to hug Mickey Mouse and your favorite princess is what makes Disney, Disney. Due to health and safety measures, character meet and greets have been off the agenda at Walt Disney World since 2020 when it reopened after the COVID-19 closures.
Guests instead were able to see their favorite characters on various character cavalcades which appeared in the parks. More recently we have begun to see character interactions again where guests have been able to get closer to the character albeit still behind a roped off area.
Character dining has also returned in some capacity. Guests who visit Cinderella's Royal Table to see their favorite princesses can now take pictures with the characters at this dining establishment in a separate room, away from the dining area before they are seated to eat their meal.
Character meet and greets have now returned to Disneyland Paris and it looks like it won't be long before Character meet and greets return to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.
In a Q&A session yesterday at Morgan Stanley’s 2022 Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Disney Chief Financial Officer, Christine McCarthy, who was there to represent the company said that character meet and greets will be returning to domestic theme parks soon.
This is brilliant news for all those guests who have been eagerly awaiting a time when they can hug and get autographs from their favorite characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Anna and Elsa once again.
An exact date hasn't been announced yet for when character meet and greets will actually return to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort but we will keep you posted on our news and Facebook page.
When will the normal traditional pre-pandemic up close & in-person Disney Character meet & greets return to Disneyland & Disney World again in the United States?
We don't have an exact date yet for the return of the traditional character meet and greets but we do know it will be happening at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort in the future.