ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mickey Mouse will quickly have the ability to hug once more.
For almost two years, costumed characters at U.S. Disney parks have stored their distance from guests due to the pandemic. They haven’t been capable of give hugs, signal autographs or work together up shut with followers.
That’s about to vary in just a few weeks when the parks reintroduce conventional character greetings. As quickly as mid-April, private interplay between guests and costumed characters might be allowed once more at Disneyland in California, Walt Disney World in Florida and on Disney cruises, the corporate stated late final week in a weblog put up.
The parks closed quickly due to the coronavirus in spring 2020. After the parks reopened that summer season, costumed characters may solely be seen waving from a distance within the parks or in parades. Final fall, the parks allowed the costumed characters to return to places across the parks for individualized meet-ups with guests, however they have been solely allowed to greet guests and have their photographs taken from a distance.
“Very quickly, you’ll as soon as once more have the ability to hug Mickey Mouse, get an autograph from Mulan, and share amusing with Goofy,” the put up stated. “We all know lots of you have got missed these particular moments, and your Disney character mates have missed you, too!”
Not all the normal places for character greetings might be open instantly, the corporate stated. They are going to be reopened in phases.