Disneyland, a popular theme park among children and adults, closed its doors, along with a string of other attractions, back in March when the lockdown was first announced. While the summer months are usually spent holidaying abroad and enjoying fun-filled day trips for most, this year will likely be different thanks to COVID-19. While coronavirus has cancelled many a plan this year, the gradual easing of lockdown has given hope that some activities will soon be back on the cards. If you were planning to take a trip to Disneyland, Express.co.uk has all the latest information on when parks will reopen.
When will Disneyland reopen?
Disneyland Paris confirmed that it will be reopening next month, with a new set of health and safety measures in place.
The world-famous resort said it will begin a “phased reopening” on July 15, with both its parks as well as Newport Bay Club Hotel and Disney Village.
Among the changes which will be implemented upon its reopening will be the mandatory wearing of face coverings for visitors aged 11 and older “at all times except when eating”.
There will be no meet and greets with characters for the time being, and some seats on rollercoasters will be kept empty to enable social distancing.
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In addition, there will be more than 2,000 hand sanitiser dispensers and hand-washing stations set up.
These will be located at the entrance and exit to each ride, as well as in restaurants and theatres.
No tickets will be sold on site, meaning that tourists will have to register in advance, while many of the usual shows will be cancelled.
Cancelled shows include Disney Stars On Parade and Disney Illuminations Night Time Spectacular, which will instead be rescheduled to a later date.
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However, entertainers playing beloved characters from Disney, Pixar and Star Wars films will still be available for photo opportunities.
Disneyland also says it will offer a limited number of tickets every day in a bid to maintain social distancing measures.
The MailOnline reports that the Hotel Santa Fe will reopen on August 3, while the Disneyland Hotel will stay closed until September 7 and the Sequoia Lodge Hotel and Davy Crocket Ranch will not open this summer.
Disneyland Paris president Natacha Rafalksi said: “All of us at Disneyland Paris are excited to be on the path to reopening over the next few weeks.
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“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 reopening in the tourism industry across Europe.
“We are looking forward to the return of our cast members and reopening our gates for guests to enjoy once again.”
Executive director of leisure industry group SNELAC, Sophie Huberson said it was an “important milestone for the tourism and leisure industry in France”.
Ms Huberson added: “We are thrilled to see one of the main tourism destinations in Europe and largest single site employer in France to reopen to guests and its employees.”
It is important to remember that the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office still advises against all non-essential travel – a warning that will impede all travel insurance policies if it is ignored.
The FCO states: “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. This advice is being kept under constant review.”
Even once the restrictions are lifted, Britain’s two-week quarantine rule has spurred France to do the same for arrivals from Britain, meaning you will need to quarantine for two weeks before visiting Disneyland Paris.
Proposals for ‘air bridges’ or ‘air corridors’, which would mean arrivals do not need to quarantine, have been suggested, but no finalised plan has been announced.
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