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, including bringing back character meet and greets that had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and making adjustments to existing character meet and greets to make sure that as many guests as possible can experience them and see their favorite characters.
This month, Several characters return to the Magic Kingdom, Peter Pan moves back into his permanent spot, Disney's Hollywood Studios gets several fan-favorite characters back, plus character dining continues to make a comeback across the resort!
1. Merida meet and greet returns to the Magic Kingdom
Character meet and greets have been coming back to Walt Disney World in a big way in 2022 and this past week Merida, the star of Brave returned to the Magic Kingdom after being gone since 2020. This princess is now meeting guests in her former location near Cinderella Castle at 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:15 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm and 4:30 pm. As always, times are subject to change, especially as we head into the Halloween season, so make sure to check the times guide for more on when you can once again meet Merida.
2. Main street characters return to Town Square Theater
And speaking of characters returning to the Magic Kingdom, last month saw the return of iconic princess Snow White to the Town Square Theater Porch for daily meet and greets with guests. In addition, Minnie Mouse has officially re-joined Mickey inside the Town Square Theater meet and greet area in her 50th-anniversary outfit for guests wanting to meet both of these characters.
Snow White as well as Mickey and Minnie meet and greets are available daily, with more information available in the times guide inside the My Disney Experience app.
3. Peter Pan moves back to his permanent spot in Fantasyland
Though Peter Pan has been sighted roaming about and interacting with guests in Adventureland over the past few months, it looks like this character has been moved back to his former meet and greet area in front of the mural near Peter Pan’s Flight in Magic Kingdom. Peter Pan will now be meeting guests at this location throughout the day, which is great news for those who missed being able to say hello, grab an autograph and snap a photo with this iconic character in his usual spot.
4. Jasmine and Aladdin return to the Magic Kingdom
One of Disney's most famous couples is now once again meeting guests at the Magic Kingdom. As of several weeks ago, Aladdin and Jasmine have once again begun meeting guests together at the Agrabah Bazaar in the Adventureland area of the park. Times vary throughout the day, and these characters may not be available if there is inclement weather.