If you’re planning to travel to one of the Disney Parks & Resorts around the world, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.
After being closed for over a year, Disneyland Resort in California reopened on April 30 with limited capacity at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park. The latter opened its brand new “Avengers Campus,” a new land based on the Marvel franchise, on June 4.
On June 15. Disneyland reopened to out-of-state visitors for the first time since March 2020, six weeks after the resort reopened to California residents.
Those wanting to visit need to purchase tickets in advance via a new reservation system.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa reopened on April 29. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel reopened June 15, while the Disneyland Hotel will reopen on July 2 with reduced capacity.
In Florida, most of Disney World’s parks are open. The Blizzard Beach water park reopened on March 7. No reopening date has been set for Typhoon Lagoon, however.
Disney World also requires visitors to make reservations in advance.
Hong Kong Disneyland reopened in February 2021. Shanghai Disneyland Park is operating normally with enhanced health and safety measures in place, however guests need to reserve their tickets online before visiting.
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are open. A visitor cap is in place, with each park allowing 5,000 visitors per day, excluding those who have already bought advance tickets.
Disneyland Paris fully reopened on June 17.
What’s on offer
The original and, some might say, best, theme parks, Disney’s resorts remain a magical experience for all the family. From vertiginous rides to firework displays, and of course the chance to meet classic characters, a trip to a Disney Park makes memories that last a lifetime.
Who can go
Entry to each Disney Park is dependent on local travel restrictions.
The Paris location is subject to France’s entry rules. The country reopened to all EU citizens and some low-risk countries on June 9.
Only locals and returning citizens can access the Tokyo and Hong Kong Disney parks, while the Shanghai resort can only be accessed by locals or those who meet China’s strict entry requirements, including two negative test results taken within 48 hours of departures.
What are the restrictions?
Disney parks in the US are are slowly easing their Covid-19 protocols. Face masks are now optional in most areas for guests of the California and Florida parks who are fully vaccinated.
Disneyland has eliminated on-site temperature checks and is allowing guests to “self-determine” social distancing since the state has removed distancing requirements.
Some parks have reduced capacity and require temperature checks on entry.
Guests of Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai parks do need to continue to wear masks.
What’s the Covid situation?
Exact numbers of cases linked to Disney Parks are unclear.
What can visitors expect?
Similar to other Disney parks around the world, Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida have reopened with some restrictions; however these are now easing.
Parades and fireworks had been put on hold in a bid to keep guests safely apart. Disney World announced it will resume its fireworks displays on July 1, while Disneyland in California will resume their nightly fireworks shows on July 4.
FASTPASS and Disney MaxPass services are suspended and not available for purchase or use.
Interactive games, such as the hands-on scavenger hunt game Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, have been closed.
Capacity has also been cut, with numbers further limited in restaurants and in queues to prevent overcrowding.
Despite this, guests can still dine in at their favorite restaurants and enjoy the rides, though character meet-and-greets have been replaced by socially distanced character processions.
Several Disney World restaurants are allowing character dining.
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