Character Dining at Riveria
  • On Apr 25, 2021
    William from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning on coming to WDW in Oct. 2022 and wondered if things will return to the way they were before the pandemic. Will we have to book our park visit each day? Will dining reservations return? Fireworks and character meet and greets return?

    Welcome back to planDisney, William!

    Thank you for stopping by once again with a great question. It is a pleasure to continue to assist you as you plan Disney adventures!

    As the phased reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort continues, we often ask ourselves when things will return to the way they used to be before the pandemic. I wish that I could have a precise answer to this question, but what I can tell you is that updates are made following guidance from health authorities to promote the safety of all Guests and Cast Members. Disney Park Pass reservations are currently required, so I recommend linking theme park tickets to your Disney account and making theme park reservations for your October visit as soon as possible. You can always cancel a reservation and make a new one if your plans change (based on availability), but be sure to secure your preferred dates and parks.
    You are welcome to make dining reservations up to 60 days before arrival and book your favorite restaurants for the length of your stay if you have a reservation at a Disney Resort hotel. Reservations can be made online or via the My Disney Experience mobile app. The app will also be a great tool during your visit if you decide to use Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering or to add your party to the walk-up list at select table-service restaurantsCharacter experiences have also been modified due to the current situation, but you can still spot Disney pals around the theme parks and at select character dining experiences. We are all anxiously waiting to hear when we will be able to hug characters again and see the skies light up during fireworks shows, so I recommend keeping an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for news and future announcements. As a Guest, I cannot wait for these magical experiences to return!

    William, come back to visit us if you have additional questions while planning your visit. In the meantime, be sure to check our Panel Extras for more tips and advice.

    Best Disney wishes,
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My name is Thiana and I am a German-Brazilian sworn translator from beautiful Brazil. I am happily married to my prince charming and the proud mother of two lovely princesses. When I am not busy with work or family, you can catch me reading, running, listening to music, or planning our next Walt Disney World Resort visit. I hope to help you plan a magical Disney vacation that will be filled with wonderful memories.

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