Walt Disney World's Character meet locations to reopen along with more shows and entertainment

Oct 05, 2021 in "Magic Kingdom"

Distanced meet and greet with Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
Posted: Tuesday October 5, 2021 12:20pm by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced that modified character meet and greets will be returning to Walt Disney World in November 2021.

In a post on the official Disney parks blog, Disney said, "Although the environment is not right just yet for hugs and autographs, you’ll soon be able to have individualized time with some of your favorite characters, getting to visit with them in a themed location and snap a photo or two."

Since reopening from the COVID-19 shutdown, character appearances have been limited to distanced outdoor locations. 

Beginning in November, Disney Princesses will return to Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom.

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, you'll find Minnie Mouse at Red Carpet Dreams and the stars of Disney Junior in Animation Courtyard.

And when you stop in to see Mickey Mouse backstage at Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A., he'll be sporting his all-new EARidescent look designed just for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration.

At Disney's Animal Kingdom next week, guests visiting Asia can once again enjoy the music of Chakranadi, and Kora Tinga Tinga returns to the streets of Harambe in Africa. The Tam Tam Drummers will come back to Africa in early November.  Live entertainment is returning to Disney's Boardwalk, and Yeehaw Bob is back at Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside from October 14.

November 7 marks the return of "Disney Movie Magic," the cinematic nighttime experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios celebrating Disney's live-action film legacy, and when this projection show resumes, it will feature a new sequence from Disney's "Mulan."

Finally, December 19, will see a return of "Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular."

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mm5220022 days ago

Unfortunate timing indeed.

ToTBellHop22 days ago

That’s outrageous. She has five new kittens to feed this year and they do this to her at Christmas?

mm5220022 days ago

Marie has departed the cavalcade though.

OwlHouseKing9722 days ago

I did not expect that to be a thing today, yes!!

mm5220022 days ago

Raya joined the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade today.

DCBakerOct 30, 2022

Buzz, Woody and Jessie are back in Toy Story Land meeting guests today. Here are the times they are around this afternoon -

asianwayOct 22, 2022

They had Dinner & Breakfast ala Disney in the 70s, Minnie’s Menehune & Terrace Cafe in the 80s, and then Soundstage & Chef Mickeys 1.0 & 2.0 in the 90s. Those weren’t “experiments” they ran for years

mm52200Oct 21, 2022

Not really though because the same week Fantasmic returns which ultimately uses far more ops cast members for loading that theatre and guest control throughout the park before and after the shows. So the parks ops budget is definitely increasing.

Thumper 32Oct 21, 2022

It’s actually Chef Donald at CM. There is currently no regular location to meet OG Donald.

Thumper 32Oct 21, 2022

Yes, no one is losing their job here. But the labor hours are definitely saved. Again, saying it’s a net savings for the park, not entertainment specifically.

mm52200Oct 21, 2022

The attractions and operations cast thay do guest control aren’t paid by entertainment and will simply be redeployed to other skills/offerings in their area.

TouchdownOct 21, 2022

Also Safari Donald at Tusker, Artist Donald at Topolinios Breakfast, and OG Donald at Chef Mickeys.

Thumper 32Oct 21, 2022

You’re probably right. But I also hesitate because of the cast (non-entertainment) they have out on the street for crowd control for the motorcades. This change is almost certainly an increase for entertainment but perhaps evened out for the park as a whole. Which is why I said maybe a wash? Plus the jury is still out on the other non-toy story characters from the motorcade. Haven’t been any indications yet if the Incredibles, Edna, etc will go anywhere.

dreday3Oct 21, 2022

That's fantastic! Our trip in 2017, it was one of those mornings where walking from Haunted Mansion to Thunder Mountain was nice and empty! I stopped in the restroom and my husband waited out front, and when I came out one of the Country Bears was standing with my husband pretending to talk on his phone. Just the two of them! 😂 It was just so silly and such a great moment.