Are More Character Experiences About to Return to Walt Disney World?

The Walt Disney World Resort has welcomed back a myriad of character meet and greets, dining experiences, and appearances in parades and shows since such events were modified earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the majority of character interactions have returned to Disney World (and have returned to normal), there are a handful of experiences we are still hoping to see return soon, including character dining at 1900 Park Fare and meet and greets in Storybook Circus, to name a few.

Daisy Duck at Pete's Silly Side Show

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There may be good news on the horizon for Guests looking out for those missing character meet and greets as the Disney College Program just announced the return of the Character Performer role. This means that students applying for the Disney College Program will once again have the opportunity to submit an audition video for their chance to be selected for in-person callbacks, and then hopefully, a role in Disney World’s entertainment department.

When the Disney College Program first returned in 2021, we saw an influx in experiences returning from the pandemic, with several restaurants, attractions, and shops opening back up for Guests thanks to the increased staffing. Later, we saw a similar impact when Disney International Programs resumed. So it is quite possible that the remaining “missing” Disney World character experiences will return soon.


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Along with the character meet and greet at Storybook Circus (which is listed as “returning soon” on Disney’s official website, several individual characters have yet to return like Gaston in the Magic Kingdom, for instance. Character experiences have also been changed up for special events within the past year, with the Seven Dwarfs noticeably missing from Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2022, for instance.

While most character dining experiences have returned to normal, there are a couple including Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom, that are planning to bring back character dining within the next month or so. As such, we always recommend checking the My Disney Experience app or for current details on which character meals are operating as normal.

Rapunzel, Princess Fairytale Hall, Magic Kingdom

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We hope to see the rest of Disney’s characters back in action soon, and in the meantime will continue to share updates as we have them here on Disney Tips.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."