Disney announces big change coming to its US theme parks & cruises

DISNEY lovers will once again be able to get up close and personal with their favourite characters as hugs and meet and greets are set to return.

Hugs have been banned since Disney World reopened in 2020 after the first wave of the pandemic, and character meet and greets have all been socially distanced.

However, that is all set to change as plans are in place to ease Covid rules at the theme park and on US Disney cruises.

Tiktok account @disneyparks shared a video yesterday where the rope that separates guests from meeting Mickey was removed with Mickey doing a hugging action.

The video was captioned: "The moment we've been waiting for."

A date hasn't yet been announced on when hugs and meet and greets will return, but Walt Disney World News Today speculated it could be around April 17.

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Hugs have already returned to Disneyland Paris and meet and greets with characters will no longer need to be socially distanced from tomorrow.

Disneyland Paris is turning 30 this year and birthday celebrations kicked off at the beginning of the month.

A new daytime show is taking place daily in front of the newly refurbished Sleeping Beauty Castle which features more than 30 Disney characters and dancers on colourful floats.

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Meanwhile, Micky, Minnie, Donald and all their friends are showing off new shimmery costumes which were created specially for the milestone.

Additionally, Minnie has got a brand new outfit designed by Stella McCartney to celebrate the park's birthday – her first ever tuxedo which is being worn in honour of Women's History Month.

We went and checked out the 30th birthday celebrations – here's all you need to know.

Brits with plans to visit Disney World can secure their booking with a deposit of just £25pp.

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