When Disney’s theme parks closed indefinitely during the spread of COVID-19 in early 2020, many wondered when they would reopen. Both Shanghai Disney and Hong Kong Disney closed in late January, followed by the Tokyo Disney Resort in late February. Disneyland Paris, closed March 12.
Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disney remain closed. Here’s how has affected all of its global resorts, and when those parks can reopen. While we’re waiting for the parks to reopen, you can check out some behind-the-scenes magic on the Disney Parks TikTok account, or the Disney Parks YouTube channel.
Disneyland: Whenever Orange County reaches ‘minimal’ cases
, it was announced Jan. 11.
As for when it can reopen as a theme park — California revealed its theme park reopening guidelines on Oct. 20, saying large parks like Disneyland can open once the county they’re in has less than one daily new case of coronavirus per 100,000 people, as well as less than 2% of tests coming back positive.
As of Jan. 12, Disneyland’s home of Orange County was sitting at 91.3 cases per 100,000 people, with a 19.5% positive rate on tests. Once Disneyland does reopen, park capacity will be limited to 25% and reservations will be required.
Disney protested the strict rules, calling them “arbitrary” and “unworkable.” Disneyland President Ken Potrock said the company has proved it can open responsibly. “The state of California continues to ignore this fact,” he said. “State guidelines will keep us shuttered for the foreseeable future … irreparably devastating the Anaheim/Southern California community.”
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Hong Kong Disneyland: June 18-July 15; Sept. 25-Dec. 2
Hong Kong Disneyland reopened on June 18 with reduced capacity, enhanced health measures and a new reservation system — but then in the region. The theme park reopened Sept. 25, but remained closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays and required online reservations up to seven days in advance.
Hong Kong Disneyland was forced to close down for a third time on Dec. 2 due to a resurgence in cases. “As required by the government and in line with preventive efforts taking place across Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland park is temporarily closed from December 2, 2020,” the park said. “We are in close contact with health authorities and the government about the situation and will announce a reopening date once they determine it is advisable.”
It has yet to announce a reopening date.
Disneyland Paris: July 15-Oct. 29; Feb. 12, 2021
Disneyland Paris reopened on July 15, including both theme parks, Disney’s Newport Bay Club hotel and the Disney Village shopping and dining area. Likewise, it limited attendance under a reservation system, physical distancing and more emphasis on cleaning.
Disneyland Paris closed again at the end of the day on Oct. 29 in line with new French guidance following another wave of COVID-19 cases across the nation. The theme park originally hoped to reopen from Dec. 19 until Jan. 3 to celebrate the holidays, but in an Instagram post Nov. 25, Disneyland Paris confirmed it would remain closed through the holidays.
“While we were hoping to be able to reopen during the Christmas holiday season, the latest government measures announced for France do not allow us to deliver the Disneyland Paris experience,” the Disney park said.
Disneyland Paris aims to reopen Feb. 12, 2021.
Disney World: July 11
Fireworks have been suspended. Disney World resorts and hotels began reopening in late June.
limited parking, fewer entrances, temperature screening before entry, masks required, physically distanced lines and barriers, reduced hours, no entertainment and more sanitization and disinfectant. Disney-owned stores and restaurants in Disney Springs began reopening May 27.May 20 with
Tokyo Disney Resort: July 1
Disney Parks announced on June 23 that it would be opening Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea on July 1.
Japan began reopening in late May, with the Tokyo Disney Resort saying June 4 that the opening date for the Tokyo Disneyland major expansion area will be determined once the situation can be gauged after reopening both parks.” The extensive expansion — which includes a Beauty and the Beast-themed area and a Baymax ride — was originally slated to begin opening on April 15, 2020.
Disneyland Shanghai: May 11
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced May 5 that the. It has , a reservation system to gain entry to the park, an entry control system, social distancing requirements, tape markings keeping guests distanced while in lines for rides, masks, temperature screenings, contact tracing and government-required health procedures. It increased capacity from 30% to 50% of the park on Aug. 24, and also restarted its fireworks show.
Shanghai began opening restaurants and stores on March 9 in Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and at the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, requiring all guests to undergo temperature screening, present a green Shanghai QR health code at dining venues, constantly wear a mask and “maintain respectful social distances at all times.”
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