Rare Experience Finally Returns To Walt Disney World!

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At Walt Disney World, magic isn’t just found in the rides or the shows; it’s also alive and well in the form of meet and greets.

Walt Disney World is home to four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each theme park offers different and exciting attractions, shows, and characters for guests to interact with.

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These interactive experiences allow guests to meet beloved Disney characters face-to-face, creating cherished memories that last a lifetime. From classic characters like Mickey Mouse and Cinderella to newer additions like Moana and Elsa, meet, and greets at Disney World are a special and cherished aspect of the guest experience.

When Disney World guests meet a favorite character in person, it allows them the chance to interact, hug, and take photos with them, creating moments of joy and excitement. For many Disney World guests, meeting their favorite Disney character is a dream come true, and the opportunity to do so at Disney World adds an extra layer of enchantment to their visit.

The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Disney

Disney’s Animal Kingdom continues to enchant guests with its immersive experiences and captivating attractions. Guests can look forward to the return of beloved characters at the park’s meet and greets.

From classic Disney characters to unique animal friends, these encounters offer guests the opportunity to connect with the magic of nature and imagination.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom has officially brought back two popular characters for guests to meet inside the parks. Guests can now encounter Russell and Dug from Disney Pixar’s Up (2009) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

These lovable characters are always ready for adventure and eager to meet new friends. Whether exploring the wilderness with Russell or sharing a laugh with Dug, guests will surely have a memorable encounter with these beloved characters.

Kevin at Animal Kingdom's 25th anniversary earth day

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Guests looking to meet more characters while at Disney’s Animal Kingdom can meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse in their safari attire. Pocahontas, Moana, Chip and Dale, Daisy and Donald Duck, and Kevin from the movie Up also have meet and greets inside the Disney Park.

With the return of Russell and Dug’s meet and greet, do you think this will spark a rise in guests wanting to become wilderness explorers like Russell? 

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.

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