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  • On May 28, 2022
    Allison from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm counting down the days to my Disney World trip. I hope that I'll be able to do the meet-and-greets with the characters; I wonder what the health guidelines are now. In addition, what backpack is recommended for my trip?

    Hey there, hi there, Allison! You're as welcome as can be!

    Your Walt Disney World vacation is just around the corner, so no wonder you're counting down the days! Pretty soon, you'll be counting down hours and minutes.

    I'm so excited to be able to share with you that the character experiences at Walt Disney World are back to their magical, memorable ways. If you've dreamed of hugging your favorite Mouse, go for it. The social distancing measures that were previously in place have been replaced by good old-fashioned, happy hugs. 

    I will say that not all character dining experiences have returned. You may want to check if your favorite character meal has come back before you book. 

    On the subject of backpacks, I think the best answer I can give is that it really depends on what you need to bring with you. I tend now to go with a mini-backpack since I only need to carry a few things for myself. You'll find a pretty decent collection of backpacks on ShopDisney, including some totally adorable Loungefly bags.

    I'd look for a backpack that can carry at least sunscreen and a bottle or two of water. It should be something that won't get ruined in the rain while protecting what's inside of it during the rain, and then make sure it's lightweight enough to carry it comfortably in the heat of the day. A bulky backpack will be so hot and uncomfortable when the summer sun hits. 

    I hope your trip is practically perfect in every way, Allison!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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