Characters and family at Stormalong Bay
  • On Mar 24, 2022
    Katie from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Doug! I know that with Covid, there’s been an increase in restrictions on things like character dinners, but are there still meet and greets and character autograph signing opportunities in the parks? What’s the rundown on pin trading — still a thing?


    Thanks for your question to planDisney!

    Character greetings did change a few years ago to accommodate the need for social distancing. As time has moved forward, the way we can interact with characters has changed closer and closer to the original way of meeting our heroes, though it has not quite made it all the way back. 

    Right now, select characters are available at what are called "character sightings", where you can pose and chat with them, separated by a rope line, to your heart's content. There have been some comments from Disney executives that as health conditions continue to improve the older format of character greetings may even return, though there is no date set for that at this time. Finally, with the arrival of the Disney Genie+ service, a number of these greet opportunities have been added as a selection for reserved times. 

    Some of the more popular greet events include 

    These are not the only ones, so check on your My Disney Experience App to see who is greeting guests in your park, including where and when. 

    As for pin trading, it is still a very active pastime for many fans. Last spring break one of my daughters enjoyed exchanging pins with a cast member at EPCOT. This site is located at the Camera Center in EPCOT most of the day, under the shadow of Spaceship Earth

    Write me back if you have any other questions.

    Have a Magical Vacation!

thumbnail image for Doug

Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

Related Video

  • thumbnail image for Top Spring Break Tips at Disney | planDisney Podcast - Episode 1

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.