You’ll Need a Reservation to Meet Santa at Disney This Year

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Known for his jolly demeanor and unending love of giving gifts in exchange for milk and cookies, there are few things more associated with Christmas than the big guy in the red suit, Santa Claus. Meeting Santa during the holiday season is the highlight of many a young boy and girl, but Guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort will have to plan their visit a little more thoroughly if they want to meet the man with the bag this year.

Disney Springs Christmas

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Starting November 12, Santa Claus will be greeting Guests at Disney Springs, but you will need to join a virtual queue in order to see him. The My Disney Experience app recently added a Santa Claus option to its virtual queue system. In order to join the Santa Claus virtual queue, Guests must physically be in Disney Springs when the queue opens.

Virtual Santa Queue

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Unlike the virtual queue for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure that opens at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, the virtual queue to meet Santa Claus will open at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will be subject to availability.

Here is more information on the Santa Claus meet and greet that will take place at Disney Springs this holiday season.

Capture a holiday photo with Santa in front of a beautiful backdrop at Once Upon a Toy. Here, you’ll also discover awe-inspiring holiday décor and great gift ideas.

Dates & Times

Visit Santa November 12 through December 24, 2021—before he sets off to deliver presents around the world.

  • November 12 to December 14, 2021 –10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • December 15 to December 24, 2021 –10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Disney Springs Santa Claus

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It is important to remember that in order to keep everyone safe, this year’s Santa Claus meet and greet will be socially distanced, with masks being required due to the fact that the photo spot is indoors. PhotoPass photographers will be on hand to capture the smiles, and photos with Santa can be purchased on site.

Disney has not indicated that a standby queue will also be available for those who are unable to join the virtual queue.

Will you be joining the virtual queue to meet Santa Claus at Disney Springs?

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!