No hugs allowed: Disney announces socially distanced indoor character meets


Indoor meet-and-greets with Disney characters are again at Disney’s theme parks, however hugs and autographs aren’t but allowed. 

Disney on Tuesday introduced it’s relaunching indoor visits with costumed characters at its theme parks, after placing the custom on maintain over the previous year because of COVID-19

Guests can take images with characters however must maintain their social distance.

“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,” Disney said in an announcement. 

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The change will take impact in November, when actors portraying varied princesses, Minnie and Mickey Mouse and others return to indoor phases at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Social media expresses derision

Some social media customers derided Disney’s announcement on Twitter, the place the company posted a picture of a pair carrying masks and snapping a socially distanced selfie with Mickey Mouse. 

“I want to take a selfie with Mickey several feet away from me, while I’m wearing a mask. Said no one ever,” one sarcastic Twitter person wrote. 

“I think this isn’t the kind of character experience people wanted! Hugs and Autographs need to return, let’s get back to normal!” wrote one other. 

Thousands of staff had been laid off throughout Disney theme parks in California and Florida in the course of the pandemic. Disney reopened the resorts in July after closing them for greater than 13 months and shedding billions of {dollars} in ticket and concession gross sales. 

The cartoon characters remained current at parks as they reopened, showing in motorcades and flotillas and making shock appearances, in response to Disney. 

More than 50,000 cast members have returned to work for the reason that theme parks began welcoming visitors again once more. Today, the Disney World Resort division employs greater than 65,000 folks. 

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