Disneyland Paris has announced that it will begin a phased reopening from July 15 after it was forced to close in March due to COVID-19.
There will be extensive safety measures in place when Disneyland Paris reopens based on guidance from the French government and health authorities.
On July 15, Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel and Disney Village will reopen.
Three other Disney hotels are scheduled to reopen over the summer, while Disney’s Sequoia Lodge Hotel and Disney’s Davy Crocket Ranch are staying closed and have no reopening date yet.
Park entry reservation system
Capacity will be limited in the resort. Guests who have an annual pass or non-dated ticket will need to reserve a park entry in advance through the new online reservation system that will launch in early July.
Those with dated tickets or holiday packages that include park admittance will receive admission for the duration of their stay without needing to book a reservation.
Physical distancing throughout the resort
Physical distancing will take place in queues, shops, restaurants, hotels and other facilities throughout Disneyland Paris. Physical distancing between groups will take place on rides. Furthermore, Single Rider and FASTPASS services will also be temporarily suspended.
Shows that attract large crowds, such as Disney Illuminations and Disney Stars on Parade will not occur. However, The Lion King: Rhythms of Pride Lands show will return in the summer with a new seating layout to promote physical distancing.
Traditional Character meet and greets will be unavailable, however there will be chances to meet characters in a different way, although close interactions will be suspended.
All cast members and guests aged 11 and older must wear a mask, except when eating. The capacity of restaurants will be reduced, and there will be a new Take-Away offer so guests can eat food in outdoor locations. Buffet restaurants will now be an all-you-can-eat table service.
Enhanced cleaning procedures
There will be more than 2,000 sanitisation stations throughout the resort. Enhanced cleaning will also take place, especially in high-traffic areas like handrails and tables.
The hotels and parks will undergo an enhanced cleaning and disinfection process before reopening.
Natacha Rafalski, President of Disneyland Paris said that everyone was excited to reopen. “Making magic means even more, as we reflect on the resilience of our cast members and community, the enthusiasm of our guests and fans, and the positive momentum of many reopenings in the tourism industry across Europe. We are looking forward to the return of our cast members and reopening our gates for guests to once again enjoy.”
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea to reopen
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are also going to reopen on July 1. New safety measures will be implemented at both theme parks. As with Disneyland Paris, capacity will be limited, enhanced cleaning will take place and physical distancing will be promoted throughout the resort.
Walt Disney World has released more information about its Park Pass System which will see an end to park hopping when the resort begins its reopening on July 11. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Disneyland has reopened and guests could see the new castle design.
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