Mickey Next Please! Character Distancing Doesn’t Apply on Starcruiser

Character Physical Distancing
Images Credit: @brookegmcdonald / Disney

Have you been to Walt Disney World Resort since the phased reopening began in summer 2020? What was missing? As huge Disney fans, visits since the reopening has been lacking that personalized character interaction. Great news as Disney’s newest Resort Hotel experience, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, doesn’t seem to have any character physical distancing in play! SO… can Mickey be next? PLEASE?

Mickey Mouse Town Square Theater
Credit: Disney

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With modified character dining and modified character meet and greets (AKA “Character Sighting“), Guests are required to remain a safe distance away from Disney characters. While we can finally meet Mickey Mouse and Disney Princesses at select locations throughout the Parks, Guests remain at a safe distance making the interaction feel much less intimate.

Princess Tiana
Credit: Disney

BUT – new videos showing the interaction between Starcruiser characters and Guests look like pre-COVID days and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Check out two videos below posted by @brookegmcdonald of her children interacting with the Starcruiser characters during a recent stay.

The first video shows an INCREDIBLE Cast Member. I mean, this guy deserves a raise! He’s an impressive character and stays in a character role interacting with Guests surrounding him… with no physical distancing insight. Check out the video below or find it here:


My 5-year-old was recruited by the First Order on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. #GalacticStarcruiser #starwars #disneyparks

♬ original sound – Brooke Geiger McDonald

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In another video posted by @brookegmcdonald, you’ll see several Star Wars characters including Rey, Chewbacca, and Stormtroopers interacting closely with Guests. No ropes or barriers to separate the interaction:

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The interaction and story immersion on the Halcyon Starcruiser meant so much to the kids that this photo below captures just how important such an experience was as the kids teared up because they had to leave the Starcruiser:

So sweet! Now that character physical distancing doesn’t apply to Disney World’s newest Resort experience, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Disney will once again return the personal interaction that was found pre-COVID with character greetings around the Disney Parks and Resort.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.