Disneyland Paris to reopen in June
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Disneyland Paris is set to reopen 17 June, and visitors will be welcomed back to the park with enhanced cleaning protocols, mandatory physical distancing and mask-wearing.
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French President Emanuel Macron plans to reopen the country to international travellers on 9 June, assuming cases aren’t on the rise. That means Disneyland’s gates will be open to everyone, including British citizens who have been vaccinated or produce a negative PCR test result.
Disneyland Paris’ English website hasn’t been updated since 13 May and currently says “Just a little more patience. We are putting the final touches on the magic and will share our reopening date with you very soon,” but the news broke as a result of a tweet from the Euro Disney Group.
“We are pleased to announce that Disneyland Paris will reopen on June 17 with Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel and Disney Village,” the tweet reads. “Our reopening will follow enhanced health and safety measures.”
“In order to maintain physical distancing in line with recommendations from the French government and health authorities, attendance at Disneyland Paris is currently limited each day,” the park’s website says. As a result, Disneyland Paris will require parkgoers to prepurchase tickets for specific dates.
In addition to allowing holidaymakers from other countries to enter France, Macron’s blueprint for reopening the country limits crowd sizes to 5,000 people, among other stipulations, such as reduced operating hours for local bars and restaurants. Although it’s a given that Disneyland Paris will reopen the park at reduced capacity, it’s unclear how closely it will have to adhere to the 5,000-person rule.
Disneyland Paris originally reopened 15 July 2020, but was forced to shut down again as coronavirus cases spiked.
Disney World in Florida — which has been successfully operating for almost a year under strict social distancing (even in lines, on rides and on people-movers), sanitisation and mask-wearing procedures — waived its outdoor mask-wearing requirements on 15 May, along with Universal and several other parks.
Last week, as the U.S. lowered its travel advisory against the U.K. to a “Level 3: Reconsider Travel,” the heads of several major travel companies endorsed a letter asking U.S. President Joe Biden to completely open borders to international travellers from low-risk countries.
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