Disney properties bringing back hugs with Mickey, pictures with the Disney princesses

Author: Darleene Powells / CBS Los Angeles
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FILE – In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, a family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

Hugs and group pictures with Mickey and Minnie will soon return to Disneyland and other Disney properties in the U.S.

Disney officials say character greetings, which had been suspended due to the pandemic, will return as early as April 18 at its properties. That means visitors can once again run up to Mickey Mouse for a hug and get autographs from their favorite Disney princesses.

“Recent trends and guidance have provided opportunities for us to bring back some of our most beloved magic, like character greetings and dining experiences,” a statement from Disney said. “While not all locations will be available immediately, we anticipate reopening in phases throughout the spring and early summer.”

Disneyland’s parking tram service, which was halted for two years, also returned, and the nightly Electrical Parade will also resume this month.

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