Since spring 2020, characters haven't been able to give hugs, sign autographs or interact up close with fans.

Characters have not been able to give hugs, sign autographs or interact with fans since spring 2020. The photo was taken at the Walt Disney World Resort.

costumed characters at U.S. Disney parks have kept away from visitors because of the Pandemic. They have not been able to interact with fans close to them.

In a few weeks, character greetings will be reintroduced at the parks. Personal interaction between visitors and costumed characters will be allowed again at Disneyland, Walt Disney World and on Disney cruises as soon as mid-April.

The parks were temporarily closed due to the coronaviruses. costumed characters could only be seen in parades or in the parks after the parks reopened. The costumed characters were allowed to return to locations around the parks for individualized meet-ups with visitors, but they were only allowed to greet visitors and have their photos taken from a distance.

You will be able to hug Mickey Mouse, get an autograph from Mulan, and share a laugh with Goofy very soon.

Not all of the traditional locations for character greetings will be open immediately. They will be reopened in phases.

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Mickey Mouse can start hugging again at Disney parks.