5 MAJOR Things That Happened in Disney World Last Month

In case you missed it, April was a big month in Disney World! We’re talking a restaurant opening, the return of hugging characters, and some major announcements.


A lot may have happened but we’ve narrowed it down to the BIGGEST news of the month, so check it out here!

Find out 5 of the BIGGEST things that happened in April in Disney World!

Connections Cafe and Eatery Opening

At EPCOT, a new restaurant opened! Connections Cafe and Eatery opened this month with an unexpected soft opening, followed by the official grand opening on April 27th.

Connections Cafe!

This quick service spot is the new location of Starbucks in EPCOT and you can find a variety of eats in the dining area, including burgers, pizza, milkshakes, and more!

Read more about Connections Cafe and Eatery here!

Traditional Meet-and-Greets Are Back

You can HUG characters in Disney World again! After a period of modified meet-and-greets that required social distancing, you can now move closer to characters for photos, hugs, and autographs again.

Drizella and Anastasia

Not every character meet-and-greet is back to normal yet, but many of our favorites are, like Mickey, Minnie, and the evil stepsisters, Drizella and Anastasia. So grab your autograph book and a pen and get in line for your favorite character!

Here’s a full list of all the traditional character meet-and-greets currently available in Disney World!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Opening Date Announced

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind FINALLY got an official opening date! The highly anticipated indoor roller coaster will open on May 27th, 2022.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

We’ve seen tons of progress with the construction as the ride gets ready to open, and some lucky people will be able to catch early previews of the new ride.

Here’s everything we know about Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in EPCOT!

Character Dining is Back

With traditional character meet-and-greets back in Disney World, “normal” character dining has also returned to the parks and resorts at select locations. Character dining has been back for some time now, but diners could only greet characters from afar.

Hugging Minnie!

“Normal” character dining means that characters can visit your table once again, and you can also stand up to hug and take photos with characters. Not every character dining restaurant is back to totally “normal,” but many of them are! You can check out our full list below.

See the full list of character dining restaurants that are back to “normal” in Disney World!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is Coming Back!

And finally, we have big Halloween news! Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is coming back to Magic Kingdom this fall, after being replaced by Disney After Hours Boo Bash last year.


This Halloween party will occur on 37 select nights from August 12th to October 31st from 7PM to midnight, and we can’t wait to enjoy festivities like Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show, and Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular fireworks, plus trick-or-treating!

Here’s everything coming back to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this fall!

That’s all the big news from April! What are you most excited about? Keep following AllEars for more Disney news and updates.

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