Disney guests will soon be able to meet Mickey Mouse and the Disney princesses again — but no hugs allowed just yet.
Disney announced Tuesday on the official Parks Blog that at an unspecified November date, the following indoor character greetings will return:
- Disney Princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom
- Mickey Mouse (dressed in his 50th Anniversary” EARidescent” outfit) at Town Square Theater in the Magic Kingdom
- Minnie Mouse at Red Carpet Dreams in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Disney Junior Stars in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
“ 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,” wrote Shawn Slater, senior communications manager of Disney Live Entertainment.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will also see the return of two entertainment offerings. On Nov. 7, the “Disney Movie Magic” projection show will resume with a new sequence from the live-action version of “Mulan.” On Dec. 19, performances of the “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular,” restoring one of the park’s opening year attractions.
Smaller scale entertainment is also coming back. In the same blog post, Disney announced that the Chakranadi and Kora Tinga Ting performers will return to Animal Kingdom’s Asia section the week of Oct. 11, while the Tam Tam Drummers in Africa will perform again starting in early November. At the resorts, entertainment will resume along the water at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort and Yeehaw Bob will once again tickle the ivories at the River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside starting Oct. 14.
All of this entertainment has been on pause since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Disney World in mid-March 2020. Amid layoffs and cost-cutting measures throughout the parks under Disney CEO Bob Chapek, speculation had been rampant that many of these offerings were gone for good.
“We are incredibly grateful to our cast and guests for the patience you’ve demonstrated as we presented modified forms of some entertainment while continuing to work through the details required to resume others,” Slater wrote. “We’re delighted to be welcoming back so much live entertainment – and so many of our favorite entertainers – this fall and look forward to sharing news about even more additions very soon.”