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Disney removes barriers to Character Meet and Greets!

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One of the things that every kid dreams about is getting up close and personal with some of their favorite Disney characters. And, if we are being completely honest, we also love to get in close with the characters and get that awesome photo. The photo experience has evolved a lot over the years. When we were younger, there was no official line or photographers. Disney characters would roam around the park, swarmed by parents and kids armed with cameras loaded with real film. Those pictures were a complete mystery until they were developed.

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Kylo Ren of Star Wars poses with us in 2019Image credit: Disney Photopass

Times certainly have changed. Disney hopped right on the character photo trend by hiring their own photographers who would snap pictures and hours later, you could stop by the photo booth line and see if they suited you, but of course they came with a price tag. The best part of this was Disney started actual lines and you no longer had to deal with other guests jumping in or ruining your photo, not that you would know until you got home.

As many of you are already aware, Disney has gone to digital photography and you can see the pics on your My Disney Experience App these days! If you are interested in having Disney take some magical photos (yes they do add some "magic shots") don't forget to purchase the Photopass option and link it to your magic bands!

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Disney Magic photo featuring Stitch at Hollywood Studios and usImage credit: Disney Photopass

One of the health precautions that Disney put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic was social distancing, a term we are all too familiar with. One of the experiences this directly impacted was the ability to get up close and personal with your favorite Disney characters. While this seems to be of little concequence to the masses, the Disney faithful were impacted greatly. After all, if you didn't get that signature Mickey Mouse photo, was it really a vacation? The obvious answer is yes, but the kids and adults are only young once. Some of our greatest and worst pictures were taken in the arms of a Disney character. In some cases you may never see that particular character up close for years! One of the best ways to see characters you love is booking a dining experience with them, there are multiple options available.

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Donald Duck posing with Theresa at Chef Mickey’s restaurant in 2018Image credit: Camillo Vitale

This is where the really good news comes into play. The Official Disney Parks Account has released a short reel, with a very overt answer to your very question. When will we be able to take character pictures up close and personal again? While no specific date was noted, Disney Parks usually saves these types of teasers for something imminent. What you see on the reel is Mickey himself, the Big Boss, standing behind a rope. This has been the standard photo since the parks reopened to the public, a hand then reaches over and unlatches the rope as Mickey looks directly into your eyes while waving and motioning you closer for a hug. For many adults and most kids, this is huge. This is the meet and greet with a photo opportunity that, for some, sadly only comes once. You never know if the folks next to you are visiting for their first, only or even last time. It is up to all of us collectively to help everyone have the absolute time of their lives. Thankfully Disney has brought back the character interaction. It will be soon enough and not soon enough, all at the same time. While you are at Disney remember to give people their space in line and traveling through the parks. Be patient and kind. We all have the ability to uplift the Disney experience together.

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Pluto poses at the entrance of Epcot with social distancing in placeImage credit: Theresa Vitale

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