Disney: Character hugs and other interactions to return soon at US sites

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(CNN) – Of the many safety measures that Disney Parks had to work with during the Covid-19 epidemic, the most difficult was the need for guests to keep a distance of six feet from dressed characters. At least emotionally.

For kids (or kids at heart), running into the waiting hands of Mickey Mouse and other favorite characters was such an exciting and wonderful part of the experience. Hanging back can be difficult.

But in the end, the embrace in US Disney Properties is back on the horizon.

Beginning April 18, Disney will begin reintroducing traditional character greetings at “Disneyland (in California) and Walt Disney World Resorts, as well as Disney Cruise Line and Ola’s Resort in Hawaii,” according to a new post on Thursday. Officer Disney Parks Blog.

Close up and personal

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Getting autographs, taking photos and sharing face-to-face laughs with characters like Mulan and Goofy will all be back on the table.

Disney has A new YouTube video Plenty of hugs and high-fives are being distributed, celebrating the next change.

It’s all part of the removal of coronavirus restrictions – largely in Disney parks and in the United States.

“Over the past two years, we’ve taken a very slow, deliberate approach to health and safety protocols,” Shawn Slater, senior communications manager at Disney Live Entertainment, wrote in the blog.

“Recent trends and guidance have provided us with opportunities to bring back some of our most beloved magic, such as character greetings and dining experiences. While not all locations will be available immediately, we expect to reopen in phases in early spring and early summer.”

What else comes back

It’s not just the character’s interactions that will return later this spring.

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At Disneyland in California, guests can look forward to a night of sightseeing, including the following:

“Disneyland Forever”
• “Main Street Electrical Parade,” celebrating its 50th anniversary
“World of Color”

Fireworks and Broadway-style shows will return to the sea, on Disney cruise line ships.

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At Walt Disney World in Florida, shows like “Mickey’s Magical Friendship Fair” are already back.

On-site hotels

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All on-site resorts are open at Walt Disney World, including PopCentury.


Arrangements for on-site accommodation are also being made.

For the first time since March 2020, “All Disney Resort Hotels that are part of the Disney Resort Collection at Walt Disney World” are now open in Florida. Another Disney Parks blog post On thursday.

The rest are safety measures

Disney is still not back in 100% pre-pandemic operations. Take a face maskfor example.

They are optional for fully vaccinated guests in outdoor and indoor venues. Disney asks visitors who have not been fully vaccinated to continue wearing face masks at all indoor locations.

And on Disney buses and monorails all visitors ages 2 and up need a face mask. You can Click here For their latest security updates.

Shanghai Disneyland closed

While things are opening up more and more in the United States, Disney has theme parks around the world. And everyone should respond to local conditions.

China, an area of ​​the world where few spikes have been seen during an epidemic Big increase in cases The BA.2 variant is spread across the country.

It is a reminder that park patrons should be prepared to adapt to changing conditions even after two years of epidemics.

Top image: Mickey Mouse poses with visitors at Disneyland in Anaheim, California before the epidemic. (AP Photo / J. C. Hong)

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