Disneyland Paris is to reopen to guests on Wednesday 15th July in a limited and safety measured capacity, it has been announced.
The resort has seen over 14 weeks of downtime and counting since temporarily closing its gates amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Mirroring that of the other Disney resorts throughout the world the decision was made back in March to pause operations to help limit spread of the virus for the safety of both guests and Cast Members.
Now Disney and DLP have revealed that they feel confident the severity of the disease has eased enough in France to allow guests to once again return to the magic.
“All of us at Disneyland Paris are excited to be on the path to reopening over the next few weeks.
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
Natacha Rafalski, President of Disneyland Paris
Though this is naturally very exciting and positive news for Disneyland Paris fans things will be very different to how the parks were remembered and beloved mere months ago. Many vitally important measures will be put into place to ensure the safety and well-being of all that venture to the Marne-la-Valleé area.
A limited number of capacity will be placed on both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, specifically to ensure social distancing rules can be realistically put in place throughout the resort including attraction queues, stores and general areas. Face masks will also be mandatory for guests above the age of 11 and must be worn at all times whilst on DLP property. The exception of this obviously being when eating or drinking.
A virtual registration system has been established which guests must acquire before they can enter the resort on a specific day. These reservations will be limited and a regular means of entry (such as a part ticket or Annual Pass) is also required in other to access either park. It should also be noted that standard park tickets (sold at the gate below Disneyland Hotel) will not be available during this period).
To ensure the spread of COVID-19 is limited as much as possible extra hygiene and cleaning practices will also take place. Regularly touched surfaces like counters and tables will be wiped down and disinfected after each use and guests encouraged to use contactless payment methods where possible. Attractions will also see social distancing in their ride vehicles and queues while restaurants will see a number of changes including the temporary cancellation of self service buffets.
These measures will all go into affect when Disneyland Paris begins reopening to guests on 15th July and must be practiced at all times by both guests and Cast Members.
Disneyland Paris will become the fourth Disney resort to reopen after the global pandemic. Shanghai Disneyland was the first to return back in May with Hong Kong Disneyland following suit earlier this month. Walt Disney World Resort will become the next to begin the reopening process on the 11th July with Disneyland Resort in Anaheim coming just a few days later on 17th; with DLP sandwiched between the two.
These new measures will undoubtedly be different and unfamiliar to guests spending time at the parks. For many it may even detract them from returning in the near future as, despite all of Disney’s best efforts, experiences cannot be exactly the same as we are used to. It must be noted however that all these changes, rules and limitations exist purely for the safety of everyone who enters a Disney Park, be that guest or Cast Member.
Disneyland Paris will reopen to guests in a limited capacity on Wednesday 15th July 2020.