With about 27,000 guests per day (in 2018), both Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studio parks are the first tourism destination in Europe. Shut since mid-March because of the Covid-19 epidemic currently spreading across the world, the group faces heavy financial losses. In France, the part-time working process set up by the government enabled to save the temporary show business workers employed for shows of the cancelled seasons such as the Marvel super-heroes season.
Managers, visitors and cast members are all wondering when the most visited theme park in France will reopen. And the good news has been announced on June 22, 2020: Disneyland Paris officially reopens on July 15, 2020. An announcement made by the managing board to its staff in an internal conference.
If you had booked a stay during the lockdown or prior to July 14, 2020 repayment conditions give you two choices: “you can choose to receive a refund for the amount already paid for your holiday, or to receive a voucher for the same amount.”
Moving on to health measures set up within parks, a health safety plan has been disclosed by our peers at Le Parisien earlier this month, sharing most of guidelines visitors will have to adopt, naming facemasks mandatory from 9 years old within parks, several hundreds of "hand sanitizer" areas, and even limited capacity of the rides to enable social distancing, systematic visual checking of boarding criteria. A health safety plan that was still talked about with the board and the union trades.
Measures that OutsidEars Twitter account - which news are often pretty much trustworthy - has also completed on Wednesday June 17, 2020. So, the two parks are likely to open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Disneyland Paris, and to 6 p.m. for Walt Disney Studios. As for rides, Fast-Pass and Single Riders queues are likely to be closed first. Please also note that a threshold as for the guest capacity has been set up 12,000 visitors in each park by day, and that only of the resort's hotels, the Disney's Newport Bay Club will open at the same time as the parks. It will be followed by the Disney's Hotel Cheyenne on July 20, the Disney's Hotel Santa Fe on August 3, and the Disneyland Hotel on September 7.
Moving on to shows, no show will be performed at the reopening, but The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands and the Rhythm of the Jungle will resume later this summer.
Abroad, the parks of the entertainment leader are gradually reopening such as the Shanghai Disneyland that partially reopened on May 11th. Among the health measures implemented, body temperature checked at arrival, mandatory facemasks, limited number of visitors in the park… Same call for Hong Kong Disneyland officially reopening on June 18.
As for the American resorts, reopening is also on tracks. Disney World implied - according to our peers at Fox News, that they have handed on Wednesday May 27 a reopening plan to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force. Disney Springs, which is the equivalent of the French Disney Village, but set in Orlando, Florida, has reopened on May 20. A trial run that may inspire The Walt Disney Company as for the reopening of the Parisian resort and Disney Village.
While waiting for the theme park to reopen, let Disney magic come to your home:
Disneyland offers virtual versions of the rides during lockdown
As the entire world is on lockdown because of coronavirus, Disney Parks, Disney parks’ global YouTube channel, offers a little piece of magic by inviting you to discover virtual versions of their main rides. The occasion to “have a ride” without leaving your couch.
Coronavirus: relive Disneyland Paris magic from your home
Despite coronavirus, children and adults can be amazed by Disneyland Paris magic from their home… And for good reason, the Parisian theme park invites them to discover a new and free platform called Disneyland Paris at home providing games, entertainments and other videos to develop creativity. The park also offers the possibility to discover - or rediscover - parades and shows on their social networks: the best way to wait and enjoy the atmosphere of the resort before being able to return to the park.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 15 July 2020
77700 Bailly Romainvilliers
RER A station "Marne-la-Vallée - Chessy - Parc Disneyland"
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