Character Meets Return to Walt Disney World Starting April 18th (2022)

Character meets and greets will return to Walt Disney World beginning April 18, 2022. This exciting news means guests can get hugs and autographs from their favorite characters once again.

The return of beloved traditional characters meets is cause for celebration! Per the Disney Parks Blog, these character meets will be reintroduced to the parks starting in April.

However, not all former character meets will be available immediately. Disney plans to gradually add these meets throughout the upcoming Spring and Summer months.

During the last two years, we’ve grown to love and appreciate unique character sightings, pop-up parades, and other ways Disney has made it possible to interact with characters safely.

Unfortunately, receiving hugs, character autographs, and genuine interaction did not fall under safety guidelines.

At this time, there are several character sighting locations in place at Walt Disney World. Here are a few you can anticipate meeting between now and April 18th:

Additionally, we’ve updated the following character guides:

Also, you can see favorite characters in the daily cavalcades at Magic Kingdom. Check for the exact times of the cavalcades in the My Disney Experience App.

Related: Magic Kingdom Cavalcades

In addition, the Festival of Fantasy Parade has returned. At this time, the parade is running on a twice-daily schedule at 12:00 p.m and 3:00 p.m. Make sure to check that schedule for exact times on the day of your visit.

Related: Festival of Fantasy Parade

If you have a visit planned after mid-April, don’t forget to bring your character autograph book! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get a few new autographs to add to my collection. It’s been a long time.

We plan to be in the parks to provide an updated look at character meets and what to expect on your visit. Check back for details!

And don’t forget to check our character dining guide for the latest updates to character meals.

Related: The Best Character Dining at Disney World for 2022

Do you have a favorite character you’re hoping to meet soon? Are you excited for traditional character meets to return in 2022?

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