Walt Disney World’s theme parks are going to look a little bit different when they begin reopening to guests on July 11. Parades, fireworks and character meet and greets have all been suspended in an effort to maintain proper social distancing guidelines. As a result, Disney has been brainstorming new ideas on how guests can see characters while keeping a safe distance.
Over at the Magic Kingdom, several ideas are reportedly on the table about how Disney can keep characters apart of the theme park experience under the new regulations. WDW Pro, a noted Disney insider, outlined a few of these ideas.
Main Street Train Station – Mickey and Friends
Cinderella Castle Balcony facing Fantasyland – Princesses and Princes
Rivers of America – Exact location and characters undetermined
The Main Street Train Station seems like a no-brainer. It’s a great location where characters can greet guests from above when entering or exiting the Magic Kingdom. Disney has previously placed characters here during special events and during the old welcome show that has since moved to the Cinderella Castle stage.
Shifting over to Cinderella Castle, Disney may use the rear balcony in a similar fashion where guests are greeted from above as they pass below. Rivers of America is more uncertain, but there are areas on that side of the park (Frontierland specifically) where characters could be seen above guest walkways.
Keep in mind that these plans aren’t official and are subject to change ahead of the Magic Kingdom’s July 11 reopening. However, they do indicate that Disney will try their best to keep characters a focal point when guests return.