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First look at the Discovery River Character Cruise in the Animal Kingdom

First look at the Discovery River Character Cruise in the Animal Kingdom Discovery River

Today, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened for a special preview day for Cast Members to visit the theme park. Due to the new social distancing procedures, Disney has temporarily changed how we will see popular Disney characters in the park. For instance, those visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom will now see characters aboard watercraft in Discovery River instead of the former meet and greet opportunities for guests.

Below you can watch a demonstration of the new character cruises at Discovery River. A visitor, Tradzak, shared a video of their experience today on Instagram. We see popular Lion King characters Timon and Rafiki saving to passengers as they journey down the river.

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A post shared by Thomas Radzak (@tradzak) on Jul 7, 2020 at 8:09am PDT

Seeing the characters from afar is certainly both entertaining and great for Disney fans who missed seeing their favorite characters. This new procedure helps ensure the health and safety of Disney guests by maintaining an appropriate social distance.

First look at the Discovery River Character Cruise in the Animal Kingdom

We also see Mickey Mouse and his friends are cruising down the river as well! Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto were joyfully greeting guests as they walked through the park.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom officially reopens to the public on July 11, 2020. We hope our fans stay tuned as we provide coverage on the reopened theme park!

Photo Credit: Tradzak

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Disneyland Paris Is Hiring Male & Female Characters!

Disneyland Paris Is Hiring Male & Female Characters! Disneyland Paris

Making dreams come true is a real job at Disneyland Paris!

The french Disney park is having a casting for it’s entertainment department looking for people for the Halloween and Christmas season.

The casting is open for performers who would like to portrait a Disney Character or face characters in case of having the distinguishing characteristics required.

Sounds like something you would like to do?


  • Must speak English or French
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Have a height between 137 to 193 cm (4′ 5 to 6’3 feet)

Auditions will take place on June 30th and July 1st in Pantin. More information will be send to you if you get the audition.

If you would like to apply, all you have to do is fill your application on the Disneyland Paris Careers website and upload your headshots and cover letter.

As of now, there’s still no reopening date for Disneyland Paris but judging by the auditions, it might open in time for Halloween!

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What Could Character Interactions Look Like When the Parks Reopen?

Disney World is going to look pretty different when it reopens on July 11th, and the guests aren’t the only ones who are going to see new health measures.

What Could Character Interactions Look Like When the Parks Reopen?

Mickey Mouse

Our favorite Disney pals in the parks are going to have to make some changes, too! Disney has announced that character meet and greets and character dining (except for one modified version at Topolino’s Terrace in Disney’s Riviera Resort) won’t be a part of the reopened parks at first. Still, that doesn’t mean we won’t see those iconic friends during our Disney day. We’re diving into what character interaction might look like when the parks reopen!

You might meet your favorite characters from a distance.

First up, you might meet your favorite characters from farther away than usual. In Disneyland Shanghai, you can still see characters but you can’t get close to them. This is to keep up physical distancing requirements for both Cast Members and guests.

What Could Character Interactions Look Like When the Parks Reopen?

Universal Orlando Spider-Man

We’ve also seen this method used at the reopening of Universal Orlando theme parks. The characters are stationed on blocked off platforms and areas that make sure guests are more than six feet away. You can still wave and interact with them (and snap a selfie!), but no getting close and no hugs! It’s also important to note that a few of the face characters in Universal were wearing masks!

You may be eating without company from your Disney pals.

Character dining is typically a big piece of a Disney trip, but that won’t be true when we first return to a reopened Disney World. Disney has announced that character dining will be mostly suspended initially.

What Could Character Interactions Look Like When the Parks Reopen?

Topolino’s Terrace Breakfast a la Art Characters

Notice we did say MOSTLY. There is one character dining experience that will be reopening. Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera at Riviera Resort will be offering their Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends but it will be a modified experience. Disney has yet to share details on what exactly these modifications will be but this is good to note.

There might be new ways that characters make their appearance.

On the other hand, we’re not just LOSING character meet and greets altogether. Disney may release some NEW ways to interact with characters that are super cool. Like we’ll see in Disney World, Shanghai Disneyland reopened without parades or meet and greets — but they’ve got a pretty neat replacement.

What Could Character Interactions Look Like When the Parks Reopen?

Shanghai Disneyland

Multiple times throughout the day, a Character Procession drives through the streets of Shanghai Disneyland. This is essentially like a mini-parade that allows guests to see and interact with iconic characters without gathering in large groups or getting too close to the characters.

What Could Character Interactions Look Like When the Parks Reopen?

©ShanghaiDisneylandResort on Instagram

You can also spot groups of characters greeting guests at the entrance to each land in Shanghai Disneyland. We actually think it would be super cool to see groups of characters all together so this would be a fun option to see in Disney World.

Maybe they’ll bring back the Epcot double decker buses for characters!

What Could Character Interactions Look Like When the Parks Reopen?

Omnibus in Epcot circa 1985

You might have to forego some favorite souvenirs.

Keep in mind, you may have to miss out on some typical souvenirs. A big part of meeting characters are the souvenirs that you can get from doing so. Some favorites include pictures of you or your kids with a classic Disney character or a signature for your autograph book.

What Could Character Interactions Look Like When the Parks Reopen?

Autograph Books

You can still photograph these characters, but it will be at a distance. So that photo of your little one posing with Mickey might not be as easy as we’d want it to be. Plus, Disney hasn’t said how autograph books will work! There might be a system where characters can give their autograph, but it’s also possible that we won’t be able to collect those signatures for a while.

What Could Character Interactions Look Like When the Parks Reopen?

Meet and Greets for Onward in Disney World

Keep in mind that Cast Members WON’T be able to help snap those family photos for you once the parks reopen, so you’ll need to come up with your own way of capturing those memories with everyone in the photo!

Whatever the case, character interactions are sure to feel a little weird when we get back to Disney World. Perhaps we’ll be hugging Mickey again sometime in the future, but for now, we’ll stay back and pal around with the Mouse from afar.

How do you feel about the changes to character interactions? Tell us in the comments!

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Download these classic Coloring pages from the Walt Disney Archives

Coloring pages

Today, we’re taking a look at coloring pages, which is an amazing activity that’s fun for all ages at home. Coloring is considered a staple childhood activity, and coloring books actually represent a part of Disney history. The Walt Disney Company has been producing Disney coloring books since the 1930s, so tons of material exists!

We’ve compiled a selection of coloring pages provided by the Walt Disney Archives. These pages featuring classic Disney characters and Disneyland locations. If you want to color your own Disney artwork, then keep scrolling down to see your options!

Donald Duck carrying a signature Mickey-shaped ballon at Disneyland. You can print this page here.

Goofy playing a classic arcade game. You can print the coloring page here.

The entrance to Disneyland featuring the Mickey Mouse flower design logo. Here’s the page to download.

Mickey Mouse at Disneyland’s New Orleans Square. You can download the page here.

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy are enjoying a fun-filled day with a horse-drawn ride down Main Street. You can download the coloring page here.

When was the last time you colored? You might want to seek out more Disney art opportunities in the future. We hope you enjoy these retro coloring pages and express your Disney side in art!

Photo Credit: D23

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