PHOTOS: Disneyland Paris Reopens With New “Selfie Spot” Character Photo Locations in Place of Traditional Meet & Greets
Today marks the grand reopening of Disneyland Paris, marking the end of the historic, four-month closure of the Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios parks. In the lead-up to today, many announcements were made by the resort, advising guests of the updated health and safety measures across the parks, to help keep guests and Cast Members protected from COVID-19. One of these updates was the inclusion of new character “Selfie Spots”, which have been created as a socially-distanced alternative to traditional character meet and greets. Now that the parks have reopened, we have a better idea of how these work, and which characters can be found across the resort.
The new “Selfie Spots” across the Disneyland Park are as follows…
Selfie Spot with Disney Characters at Casey’s Corner: greet characters including Winnie the Pooh located in Casey’s Corner restaurant, Main Street U.S.A
Selfie Spot with Disney Characters at Liberty Arcade: greet characters including Donald Duck under the iron arches of Liberty Arcade, Main Street U.S.A
Selfie Spot with Disney Characters near Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups: greet characters including Alice near the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups attraction, in Fantasyland
Selfie Spot with Mickey, Minnie and the Gang: greet Mickey, Minnie and the gang in Fantasyland – this location offers Disney PhotoPass+
Selfie Spot with Star Wars Characters: greet Star Wars characters including Darth Vader in Discoveryland – this location offers Disney PhotoPass+ and can be pre-booked with the Lineberty app
The Prettiest Selfie: greet Cowgirl Minnie Mouse in a specially-decorated spot in Frontierland
Walt Disney Studios Park
The new “Selfie Spots” across the Walt Disney Studios Park are as follows…
The Toon Studio Selfie Spot: greet Disney Characters including Goofy in Toon Studio – this location can be pre-booked with the Lineberty app
The Toon Studio Chic Selfie Spot: greet Minnie Mouse over in Toon Studio – this location can be pre-booked with the Lineberty app
The Heroic Experience: pose with Marvel superheroes in production Courtyard
Magical Selfie Moments: greet the Fairy Godmother, Cinderella and Mickey in this fairytale setting of ‘Mickey and the Magician’ in the Animagique Theater in Toon Studio
Enchanting Moments at the Kingdom of Arendelle: greet the stars of Frozen over in Animation Celebration in Toon Studio – this location can be pre-booked with the Lineberty app
A frosted Selfie Spot: greet Olaf over in Toon Studio
In indoor locations such as the Animagique Theatre, guests line up in a socially-distanced queue and progress down the front of the stage, where the characters will be waiting. In other locations, Cast Members are on hand to encourage proper social distancing from the characters, who may be stood behind ropes, etc to keep away from the guests.
Although hugging and close-contact conversation is no longer available with the characters, guests are still encouraged to wave to Mickey and his friends, and take their own socially-distanced selfie photographs. In some locations (highlighted above), Disney PhotoPass+ photographers will be around to take pictures for guests.
What do you think about this new procedure for greeting characters across Disneyland Paris?