The Corona crisis has turned many things upside down, even at Disneyland Paris. Due to the safety rules and hygiene measures, it is unfortunately no longer possible to meet the Disney characters in the usual way. At first it was assumed that during the pandemic there will be no possibility to meet Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and all their friends. But the park operations team came up with something new and developed the new Selfie Spots. So nobody has to miss meeting their heroes! It's even possible to spend almost the whole day hunting for photos, because there are numerous Selfie Spots with always changing cast.
A short retrospective
Before the Corona pandemic the meetings with the Disney characters were the absolute highlight for many guests of the Disney Parks. And honestly? What is a visit to Disneyland Paris worth if you haven't at least met Mickey Mouse? Before the Corona crisis there was a program booklet at the park entrance, in which the different meeting points were marked. So you picked the right meeting, went to the meeting point at the given time and then you could meet Donald Duck, Goofy or Tigger. Cuddle once, make a few jokes, take pictures and finally get an autograph.
But it doesn't work quite like that anymore, because due to Corona Disneyland Paris had to adjust many things.
How do the new Selfie Spots work?
Since the reopening of Disneyland Paris on July 15th, 2020, Disneyland Paris has introduced new Selfie Spots instead of the classic Meet & Greets, so you can continue to meet your heroes.
What's new is that there is no longer a programme booklet listing all the meeting points, so you'll have to walk through the parks with your eyes open to find the photo spots. As a reward for the search, which usually isn't that difficult, there are short waiting times and sometimes great scenery that always fits the character you can meet there. Unfortunately you can't cuddle the Disney figures anymore because of the social distancing regulations and there are no autographs. But you can do great selfies or just take pictures of the figures. Most of the new selfie spots are perfectly adjusted to the figures, for example Captain Jack Sparrow appears at the attraction Pirates of the Caribbean, Princess Aurora and her Prince wave to you from the balcony of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, just to name a few examples.
Then there are the well-known places, such as the theatre in Fantasyland, where you could once meet Mickey Mouse in his dressing room. Mickey can still be found there, but now on the big stage and he is accompanied by two friends. They could be Donald Duck and Goofy or Chip and Dale, and sometimes even Minnie pops in.
So there is a colourful mixture of fixed places where the Disney characters wait almost the whole day for a meeting with you and there are many spontaneous performances.
Having the camera always at hand is definitely worth it!