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Disney World to resume character meet-and-greets

Adisen Lee, Pluto
Two-year-old Adisen Lee, from New York, meets Disney character Pluto in New York’s Times Square, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. On Wednesday, Disney announced a new program for 2013, “Limited Time Magic,” in which guests will encounter surprise weekly themes at Disney parks in Florida and California. The program was described as “52 weeks of magical experiences big and small that appear, then disappear as the next special surprise debuts.” For example, a weeklong Valentine’s Day celebration might include pink lighting on Disney castles, surprise meet-and-greets with Disney characters and candlelit dinners for lovebirds. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

You will soon be able to hug all your favorite Disney characters once again!

All U.S. locations including Walt Disney World in Orlando, Disneyland in California, resorts and Disney Cruise Line will reintroduce traditional greetings “as early as April 18,” according to the Disney Parks Blog.

“Very soon, you will once again be able to hug Mickey Mouse, get an autograph from Mulan, and share a laugh with Goofy,” the blog post said.

Since the parks reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic, guests could take photos with characters, but from a distance.