Today is a great day for Disney Park guests! Walt Disney World has brought back its traditional character meet-and-greets to the theme parks and resort hotels.

Guests will once again get the chance to receive a hug, selfie or even an autograph from some of their favorite Disney characters. The experiences have been in a modified and socially distanced format ever since Walt Disney World reopened due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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It’s been so great to see live entertainment returning to Disney’s theme parks and resorts. Many of us missed the traditional character meet & greet experiences. After all, meeting the characters is signature vacation experience for most Disney guests!

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While not all locations will be available immediately, we anticipate Disney will be reopening in phases throughout the spring and early summer.

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What characters are you hoping to see in person soon? Tell us in the comments!

The exciting milestone comes as Walt Disney World brings back more of its entertainment for guests.

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The Festival of Fantasy parade and “Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire” returned to Magic Kingdom last month. Other shows coming back this year include “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue … and Beyond” at Animal Kingdom. Plus, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens in a few weeks!

Related: Disney shares new details on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

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