Several key measures and restrictions, including social distancing and the mandatory wearing of face masks, have been revealed to be put in place when Disneyland Paris reopens.
The resort is yet to announce when it plans to reopen to guests, though French government has permitted Disney to do so anytime after 22nd June. With the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic still active however and world attention centered around the spread of the disease, key health and safety measures will be necessary to ensure DLP can welcome guests once more.
Le Parisien has obtained documents relating to some practices and implementations Disneyland Paris are expected to put into place when the resort reopens their gates. It should be noted however, while this is likely accurate, it is a draft document meaning information can be added or modified if required.
The most major changes that will come from the offset is that both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park will open to a decreased capacity size. This will be set in place to ensure that appropriate social distancing can be practiced for guests and Cast Members alike throughout the resort.
Face masks will be required to be worn while within Disneyland Paris property for all guests above the ages of 9 or 11. The document states that the decision has not yet been made on what lower age bracket the rule will apply to.
In addition, the restaurant experience is likely to dramatically change with limited capacity in dining locations and the full removal of self-service buffets including breakfast. These will either become table service, remain closed or some locations will open on a takeaway only basis.
As for attractions and characters, several changes will also be seen to ensure guests can still have an enjoyable and safety Disneyland Paris experience. Attractions will run at a lower capacity than regular operation to ensure that appropriate social distancing standards can take place. This will include additions such as floor markings signalling to guests where to stand to ensure the correct amount of distance is kept.
With guests and Cast Members limited to being distant to anyone but their direct party, this will of course mean shows, parades and character meet & greets will not operate when the resort reopens. To provide some magic and interaction however Disney characters will be able to be seen from a raised distance (similar to how Mickey would wave from Main Street Station during the 25th Anniversary).
Of course it can be difficult – if not impossible – to go a Disney day and not touch some surfaces such as railings, harnesses, doors etc. To relieve this Disneyland Paris will employ over 2,000 sanitising gel stations for guests and Cast Members to use to clean their hands.
Finally for major changes in Disneyland Paris’ return, work will begin to drastically change the security tents at the entrance to the resort. The current two tent system guests are familiar with when entering the parks from the train station will change to become one, extra long row of tents. Once complete, this will increase the capacity of the security system from 12 queuelines to 18.
Disneyland Paris have not yet made an official statement on this document release or further information on the parks’ reopening. Rest assured when announced all health and safety measures will be provided so that guests and Cast can enjoy a fun and safe day at the resort.