It’s been a long road back to normalcy in the 2 and a half years since the coronavirus pandemic arrived. Vacation resorts are almost all the way there, and Disney took another small step toward the finish line this week by announcing the return of more character dining opportunities at Walt Disney World.
Characters will be back to mingle with diners at three locations in the coming weeks:
- The Crystal Palace at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, starting September 20
- Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, starting September 27
- Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club, starting October 4.
“Do you love interacting with characters? Have you been waiting patiently for that special hug as you feast on delicious eats? Well, you’re in luck because the time has come for even more character dining experiences to make their grand return,” writes Nicole Cantore on the official Disney blog.
Winnie the Pooh and his friends will be returning to The Crystal Palace, giving customers the chance to pose with Piglet or laugh with Tigger while eating at the buffet.
Lilo and Stitch will be back at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, where breakfast classics will be served with character hugs.
At Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Minnie Mouse and others will be showing up at the Cape May Cafe, a New England-inspired restaurant serving up breakfast dishes to fuel customers for their day at the resort.
“I hope you’re excited for these exciting updates that will let you indulge in an all-you-care-to-enjoy fare and meet some of your favorite characters once again,” Cantore wrote.
These latest additions come after Disney officially declared in April that character hugs are back. Both wandering characters throughout the park and scheduled meet and greets with the most popular characters are available at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland.
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