(DailyExpertNews) — Of the many safety measures Disney Parks had to take to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic, requiring guests to keep a distance of six feet from the costumed characters must have been one of the most difficult. At least emotionally.
For kids (or kids at heart) it had been such an impulsive and essential part of the experience to run into the waiting arms of Mickey Mouse and other beloved characters. Leaning back can be difficult.
But finally, hugs are on the horizon again at Disney-owned American properties.
Up close and personal
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Getting autographs, taking close-up photos, and just having a face-to-face laugh with characters like Mulan and Goofy all come back to the table.
It’s all part of easing coronavirus restrictions — both in the Disney parks and in the United States in general.
“Over the past two years, we have taken a very gradual and conscious approach to health and safety protocols,” Shawn Slater, senior communications manager for Disney Live Entertainment, wrote in the blog.
“Recent trends and guidance have given us the opportunity to bring back some of our most beloved magic, such as character greetings and dining experiences. While not all locations will be available immediately, we expect to reopen in phases in the spring and early summer. “
What else is coming back?
It’s not just character interactions that will return later this spring.
At Disneyland in California, guests can look forward to the return of several nighttime spectacles, including:
• “Disneyland Forever”
• “Main Street Electrical Parade”, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary
• “World of Color”
On Disney Cruise Line ships, fireworks at sea and Broadway-style shows return.
At Walt Disney World in Florida, shows like “Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire” have already returned.
All on-site resorts are open at Walt Disney World, including PopCentury.
Staying on the property also bounces back.
Other safety measures
They are optional for fully vaccinated guests in outdoor and indoor locations. Disney is asking visitors who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing masks at all indoor locations.
Shanghai Disneyland closed
While things are opening up in the United States more and more, Disney has theme parks all over the world. And each must respond to local conditions.
It reminds us that park visitors need to be ready to adapt to changing conditions, even two years after the pandemic.
Top image: Mickey Mouse poses with visitors at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, before the pandemic. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)