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If you are planning to travel to any of the Disney parks and resorts around the world, here is what you need to know and expect if you are planning to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

All Disney parks around the world are now open to visitors, although Covid-19 restrictions remain in place.

Disneyland Resort in California reopened on April 30 with limited capacity at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.

Those wishing to visit must purchase tickets in advance through a new online reservation system.

All three California Disney Resort hotels are open.

In Florida, all Disney World parks are open except Typhoon Lagoon. No reopening date has been set.

Disney World also requires visitors to make reservations in advance.

As for the Florida Park hotels, many have already reopened. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge reopened on August 26.

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort reopened on September 16. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort will open on October 14, followed by Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter on October 28. Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort is scheduled to reopen on December 9.

Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland Park – including all hotels – operate with enhanced health and safety measures in place. Customers should book their tickets online before visiting.

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are open, as are their hotels. A new addition, the Toy Story Hotel, is expected to open in the coming months.

Disneyland Paris fully reopened on June 17, while its new Disney’s Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel property opened on June 21. The Disneyland Hotel is currently closed for renovations.

What’s on offer

The original, and some might say the best, of theme parks, Disney resorts remain a magical experience for the whole family. From dizzying rides to fireworks, and of course the chance to meet classic characters, a trip to a Disney park makes memories that last a lifetime.

Who can go

Entrance to each Disney park is subject to local travel restrictions.

The Paris location is subject to France’s entry rules. On September 10, France removed the United States from its safe travel list, effectively banning non-essential travel to the country for unvaccinated visitors. Learn more about the restrictions here.

In accordance with the latest requirements of the French authorities, a Health Pass is required for people aged 18 and over to visit Disney parks in Paris.

Only locals and returning citizens can access Disney Parks in Tokyo and Hong Kong, while the Shanghai Resort is only accessible to locals or those who meet China’s strict entry requirements, including including two negative test results taken within 48 hours of departure.

What are the restrictions?

In the United States, all guests aged 2 and over at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort are required to wear a face cover indoors, regardless of their immunization status. They are optional for outdoor common areas.

Disneyland has removed on-site temperature checks and allows customers to “determine for themselves” social distancing since California removed distancing requirements.

Some parks have a reduced capacity and require temperature controls at the entrance.

Visitors to parks in Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai should continue to wear masks in all areas.

What is the situation of the Covid?

The exact number of cases related to Disney parks is unclear.

What can visitors expect?

Some Disney parks have resumed their fireworks and nightly parades. Schedules and reopening information are available on each park’s website.

Some interactive games remain closed.

Capacity has also been reduced at Disney theme parks, with even more limited numbers in restaurants and in queues to avoid overcrowding.

Despite this, patrons can still dine at their favorite restaurants and enjoy the rides, though character encounters have been replaced with processions of socially distant characters.

Several Disney World restaurants in hotels and theme parks once again allow character dining. Reservations, strongly recommended, are required in some locations.

At Disneyland, California, Minnie and Friends Breakfast at Plaza Inn reopened for a boutique dinner in August 2021.

In hotels, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa offers Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast at Storytellers Café and Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Napa Rose Restaurant, while Disneyland Hotel offers Goofy’s Kitchen.

Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Party will begin on October 1 and last for 18 months. Celebrations will take place at the resort’s four theme parks.

A “Beacons of Magic” show begins October 1, where iconic structures in each park will be specially illuminated: Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom, Spaceship Earth at Epcot, Hollywood Tower Hotel at Hollywood Studios, and Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom.

At the Magic Kingdom, a nighttime show titled “Disney Enchantment” will feature music, enhanced lighting, fireworks and immersive projection effects from Cinderella’s Castle on Main Street, USA.

Useful links

Official Disney Parks website

Our last blanket

Disney is rolling out a new service that will help park visitors streamline their tours and reduce wait times. “Genie” – which debuts this fall at Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida – is a new digital service that will “maximize your park time, so you can have more fun,” according to the company. Read more about it here.

Meanwhile, Disney recently revealed pricing for its highly anticipated new Star Wars hotel – and the cost of immersing yourself in a galaxy far, far away for a few days won’t be cheap.
Disney has finally returned to its jungle cruise after being criticized for years for the attraction’s controversial portrayals of indigenous people. On July 16, the ride will reopen at Disneyland in California, while the updated version at Disney World in Florida will be completed later this summer. Read more about it here.

Disney World in Florida is turning the big 5-0, but the resort isn’t letting its age slow it down. Walt Disney World Resort has announced a series of new events, slated to begin October 1, in honor of the park’s 50th anniversary.

“Avengers Campus,” a new land based on the Marvel franchise, opens at Disney’s California Adventure on June 4 and we get a preview here.

Disney’s flagship resort in Anaheim, Calif., Just unveiled plans for a multi-year expansion called “DisneylandForward.” Read more about it here.

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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley, Karla Cripps, Frank Pallotta, Cheri Mossburg and Forrest Brown contributed to this report

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