Are Virtual Meet & Greets Coming to Disney Parks?
During a recent visit to the Touch of Disney Event at Disney California Adventure Park in the Disneyland Resort, Guest, Jenn Tanaka, received an extra dusting of pixie dust. She and her family were on the way to get some popcorn when they were approached by a Cast Member and asked if they were interested in visiting with Tinker Bell in her workshop. And, of course they jumped at the invitation – which turned out to be a virtual meet and greet with the one and only Tinker Bell!
Once the Tanaka Family arrived in Tinker Bell’s workshop, they actually learned they were selected to participate in a Walt Disney Imagineering Playset which was testing virtual meet and greets with Tinker Bell. They shared their experience in an Instagram post below:
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Walt Disney Imagineering uses Playsets from time to time to receive real-life feedback from Guests visiting Disney Parks as they are developing new attractions and features that they hope to add to the Parks.
After being initially “starstruck”, Tanaka’s children had an extra magical time learning all about Sleepy Hollow and interacting with Tinker Bell during the virtual meet and greet. During their visit, Tinker Bell flew around her workshop, “wrote” in a book, and even called each child by name. To say, they were overjoyed to participate in the Walt Disney Imagineering Playset is an understatement! You can check out their interaction in the Instagram post above.
With current COVID protocols and social distancing measures that limit direct access to visiting with our favorite Disney characters, this is a great alternative until personal meet and greets return again in the future. These in addition with the current Current Cavalcades that are offered in each of the Disney Parks, keep that Disney magic alive while keeping all Guests and Cast Members safe and healthy.
At this time, the virtual meet and greet with Tinker Bell is just in a Playset or development/testing phase. However, if the feedback is positive, which it seems to be, expect this new technology to expand to other Disney Parks and maybe even with more Disney characters. Make sure to keep it here with MickeyBlog for all the latest!
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Image Credit: Instagram @jenn.tanaka