Disneyland Paris has planned to gradually reopen the complex from July 15. In accordance with the French government policies and health guidelines, Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel and Disney Village will be reopened. This decision was made after France’s restrictions due to coronavirus continued to relax, as cinemas have also reopened today. In addition, this decision also follows the reopening of Hong Kong Disneyland last week.
Following the reopening of Disneyland Paris, the management has made some health and safety policies for both cast members and guests which will be implemented after the reopening. For instance, a limit has been set on the guest attendance and ticket sales and reservations will be done in advance instead of selling tickets on the entrance. In the initial stage, a limited number of tickets will be provided every day, and a new online reservation system will be made in early July. Cast members and guests aged 11 and over will be required to wear masks while they are at the resort.
Based on the safety and health policies and the recommendations from public authorities, certain experiences, performances or events will be unavailable or may change. These include several offering such as Disney Stars on Parade and Disney Illuminations, but these are also set to return as time passes and things begin to get normal. The Lion King: Rhythm of the Pride Land and Jungle Book Jive entertainment program is also set to return later this summer.
According to Disneyland Paris, Character meet and greets will be temporarily suspended but the characters will still be in the parks to entertain the guests in new ways. Some other experiences like playgrounds and makeovers will also be temporarily suspended. The FastPass service will also be suspended for queue management on attractive spots.
President of Disneyland Paris, Natacha Rafalski said in her announcement of the reopening,
“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 re-openings in the tourism industry across Europe.”
The successful reopening of Disneyland parks is a signal event for Disney and the rest of the world, as governments and businesses are now planning to adopt strategies to move out of lock-down even if the dangerous coronavirus continues to remain a threat.