#parent | #kids | Disney character meet-and-greets are back: What fans should know

After a pause on character meet-and-greets due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disneyland Resort guests can once again hug Minnie Mouse and ask for Cinderella’s autograph.

A trip to Disneyland parks in Anaheim, California, is not a cheap or easy endeavor for most people, so how can you get the most out of your experience?

The Arizona Republic spoke with a former employee — officially called cast members — who has portrayed several beloved characters at Disney parks and also obtained tips from Disneyland’s official trip-planning experts for the do’s and don’ts of character interactions.

Here’s what they had to say.

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In its park rules, Disneyland asks that guests “please show common courtesy to fellow guests and our cast members.”

But after more than two years of living in a pandemic, some people might need help navigating these interpersonal interactions, especially now that the fences separating guests from characters are gone.

Sarah Daniels as Wendy from "Peter Pan" as she signs an autograph book at Walt Disney World on March 17, 2008.

Sarah Daniels, a 32-year-old actor and Twitch streamer who was a fur character — someone who wears a full-body suit with a character’s head — at Walt Disney World in Florida before going on to portray Tinkerbell, Alice and Wendy, told The Republic that trusting the character performers to do their jobs is key to having a great meet-and-great experience.

It’s also as simple as being respectful by using “please” and “thank you.”

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