UPDATE: Face Character Greetings Reduced to Guest-less Photos at Tokyo Disney Resort
Yesterday, we reported that face character greetings around Tokyo Disney Resort, including Ariel’s Greeting Grotto, had been suspended entirely until further notice (reportedly due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak).
After visiting the park today — along with several videos from Twitter — we’ve found that that is not the case. Face characters are no longer greeting individual guests. But they will come out and greet groups with no one-on-one interaction.
Videos surfaced on Twitter showing multiple face characters greeting at the resort today, including Prince Charming at the Tokyo Disneyland entrance and Merida in Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea.
At Tokyo DisneySea this morning, Merida greeted guests in the Cafe Portofino seating area (albeit separated by a bush). Guests could interact, wave and take pictures of her. But they couldn’t come in to direct contact with her or take pictures together. Other reports from around Tokyo Disney Resort on Twitter suggested similar behaviors for face character greetings like Peter Pan, Prince Charming and Alice. Ariel’s Greeting Grotto remains closed at this time.
As of the afternoon of January 31 (Japanese Standard Time), 14 cases have been confirmed in the country.
We can only hope that the situation doesn’t worsen further. If you’re planning travel to Tokyo Disney Resort or other areas in Asia, please exercise caution. Wear a mask, wash your hands as often as possible and take all precautions necessary.
Be sure to stay tuned to WDWNT as this situation unfolds. And keep your eyes on a trusted world news source for more detailed information regarding the virus.
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