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  • On Jan 30, 2022
    Jennifer from RI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are character meet and greets back yet? If not, will they be back by the end of May? Do you need a fastpass/ticket to view the new show at Epcot with seating? How about Fantasmic? Does Hollywood studios have any shows running yet?

    Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your questions! I hope you are winning some major Mom points for helping your daughter get answers to all of the tough planning questions for her upcoming trip! There is a lot to unpack here, so let's get right to it.

    Official character meet and greets have returned in a modified form at select parks and locations. The Magic Kingdom Park has the most listed Character Sightings including Mickey himself. You can find him at the Town Square Theater in his brand new 50th Anniversary EARidescent attire. Cinderella and Princess Tiana are currently meeting inside Fairytale Hall. If she is a Frozen fan, she can find Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight over at Disney's Hollywood Studios. With each of these indoor sightings, you can take a photo with the character, but you will need to do so from a distance while wearing your mask. This may change upon her visit in May, but for the time being, these are rules in place. 

    Harmonious is the new nighttime spectacular at EPCOT and it is utterly amazing. Make sure that she makes this a top priority on her trip. You can stand almost anywhere in the World Showcase and have a great view of the show. There is no reserved seating area and Lightning Lane (more on this later) is not an option here. There are two Firework Dining Packages available at both Rose & Crown in the UK Pavilion and Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion. Booking a package at either restaurant will give you prime seating along the water to watch Harmonious. 

    Disney just recently announced Fantasmic! is set to return sometime this year at Disney's Hollywood Studios. While Mickey and Minnie have not leaked any specific date, I am very optimistic that she may have a good chance to see it during her visit. Previously, with the retired FastPass system, you could use it to get optimal seating for the show. Disney has since begun offering Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane entrances as a new option to bypass standby queues. There has been no announcement yet if Fantasmic! will have a Lightning Entrance but it is best to follow the Disney Parks Blog for any updates. 

    Disney's Hollywood Studios is offering a variety of shows currently. Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage just returned and has showtimes throughout the day. A family favorite in my household is For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. They are both fun and entertaining for all ages.

    Jennifer, I hope your daughter has a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Greg, South Carolina

Hello friends! Greg here from Charleston, SC. I am a Disney-loving husband and dad to two wonderful daughters. Walt Disney World Resort offers everything you want in a vacation and touches all the senses. From the sights to sounds and even the smells, there is something for everyone to enjoy! When our family is not riding "it’s a small world" or going on a Journey Into Imagination With Figment, we are readily planning our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Learn More About Greg

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