When the Disney parks shut down in the early months of 2020, we were all left missing the magic. With Walt Disney World being back in action and the good news that California theme parks have been given the green light to reopen on April 1, 2021, Disney fans across the country are happy to live in a world where magic exists again.
But just because the parks have reopened (or are planning to) doesn’t mean that it automatically means everyone will flock to their favorite destination. We’re still in the midst of a pandemic and the most important thing is for you and your family to do what you feel most comfortable with. If you don’t feel comfortable visiting the parks just yet but are still missing the magic of Disney, we’re going to let you in a little secret: you can still interact with them from the comfort of your home! In this article, we’ll let you in on how to write a letter to a Disney character and get one back!
How Do I Send a Letter to Mickey Mouse and Friends?
If you write a letter to a Disney character, you can mail it to either Walt Disney World, Disneyland or both. Here at WDW Vacation Tips, we recommend sending a letter to both locations to increase your chances of getting a signed autograph back in the mail.
Character letters to Walt Disney World can be mailed to:
Walt Disney World Communications
P.O. Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040
Character letters to Disneyland can be mailed to:
Walt Disney Company
Attn: Fan Mail Department
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Which Disney Characters Can I Send a Letter To?
The good news is that you can write a letter to ANY of your favorite characters, but they may get a little help from their friends if they have difficulty signing autographs themselves! When you write a letter to a Disney character, you will get an autographed postcard back in the mail from either your favorite Disney princesses (Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Tiana, Snow White, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Aurora) or Mickey and his friends (including Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck and Goofy).
Because not every character in the park is able to sign autographs, they call on the Disney Princesses and their pal Mickey Mouse to help them; but don’t worry — even if your child doesn’t get a letter back from Lightning McQueen or Sully, doesn’t mean they didn’t get your letter! They did! And they’re keeping it in their autograph collection!
And speaking of, always make sure to keep a copy of the letter you sent them. After all, your child’s letter made their day so they’re going to keep it for safekeeping, meaning you will just be getting the signed autograph back, not your original letter.
Read more: Which Characters Sign Autographs at Disney?
What Should I Include in My Letter to Disney?
You can include a variety of things in your letter to a Disney character, but here are just a few of our favorite ideas:
- Tell them how much you love them
- Tell them why they are so important to you
- Tell them your favorite scene in their movie
- Tell them about your latest trip to Walt Disney World and/or Disneyland
- Tell them about any good grades your child got in school
- Tell them about your birthday or any other special occasions or big events
- Tell them about your accomplishments, such as winning an award
These are just some of the fun and creative ideas you can use but what you include in your letter is totally up to you! Remember, each member of your family can write a letter to their favorite Disney character, so the more the merrier!
How Long Will it Take to Get a Letter From a Disney Character Back?
On average, it takes between 4 and 6 weeks to get a signed autograph back in the mail. However, as with anything, unexpected delays with the postal service and other mail carriers can always happen. If you are looking to get a signed autograph back in time for your child’s birthday, graduation or other special event, it’s recommended that you send your letter out at least 8 weeks in advance to offset any unexpected delays.
Tips for Writing a Letter to a Disney Character
When you go to write a letter to a Disney character, be sure to keep the following tips in mind:
- Make a copy of your letter before you send it
- Be sure to write your return address on the envelope AND letter
Right now with remote learning, having your child write a letter to a Disney character is a fun and interactive way to get them to practice their writing skills!
So often we think of Disney magic being something we can only find in the parks, but there’s so many ways to keep the magic of Disney alive from the comfort of your home. Whether it’s making your favorite Disney parks recipe, flipping on Disney+ or writing a letter to your favorite Disney character, there’s so many ways to enjoy the magic wherever you are.
Read more: Small Ways to Add Disney to your Home
Did you ever write a letter to a Disney character? Let us know what your experience was down below.
As a self-proclaimed Mouseketeer, Courtney Dercqu is a fan of all things Disney. Between decorating her desk with souvenirs from the park, to making unique mouse ears and having a dedicated Disney Instagram, Courtney is a true believer in the magic of a Walt Disney World vacation. Having had more than 200 articles published on various content, Courtney’s excited to share her knowledge and experience with everyone! Be sure to follow her on Instagram for all the Disney magic.