Here s When Disney Is Reopening Its Global Theme Parks Following COVID-19 Closures
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With its [ ] during the spread of [ ][/tags/disney/ Disney] World will reopen. The [/news/disneyland-disney-world-disneyland-paris-to-temporarily-close-amid-coronavirus-fears/ theme parks in Anaheim, California, and Orlando, Florida, have been closed since March 12] due to concerns about the spread of the [ coronavirus]. 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.
Until they reopen, you can enjoy theme park content through the [/news/disney-launches-magic-moments-website-to-fill-the-disneyland-void/ Disney Magic Moments website] like virtual ride-throughs of attractions, [/news/disney-is-streaming-fireworks-tonight-from-the-magic-kingdom/ Disney World's Happily Ever After fireworks show], a viewing of Disneyland's new Magic Happens parade and sing-alongs with the Dapper Dans from Main Street.
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Disneyland: July 17
[/news/disneyland-plans-to-reopen-july-17/ Disneyland has announced plans to reopen July 17], on the 65th anniversary of the resort. The announcement in June came despite Gov. Gavin Newsom's [ plan to reopen California] saying the "highest risk" venues like concerts, convention centers and sports with live audiences [/news/when-disneyland-and-disney-world-might-reopen-following-covid-19-closures/ shouldn't reopen until "therapeutics have been developed."] A [ ].
The phased reopening will begin with the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district on July 9, followed by both theme parks -- Disneyland and California Adventure -- on July 17 and then the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Paradise Pier Hotel on July 23, Disney said Wednesday.
Parades and nighttime spectaculars like fireworks are cancelled for now. Character meet and greets will also be unavailable, although the characters will still be present in the parks. The launch of Disneyland's newest area, the [ ][ ] from its original July launch.
Disney released its guidance on June 23 for reopening Downtown Disney. It will include [ operational hours of 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.]; only the Simba parking lot will be open; guests with a temperature of 100.4 F or higher won't be allowed in; hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations will be present throughout the area; all guests must bring and wear their own masks; and there will be ground markings for www.vietpro.ca social distancing.
With Newsom warning June 22 that [ the first coronavirus wave isn't even finished yet], with a 16% increase in Californian COVID-19 hospitalizations over the last two weeks, union leaders who represent Disneyland's 17,000 employees are [ pushing for the theme park to slow down its plans to reopen until it's safer].
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Walt Disney World: July 11
Disney plans to [/news/disney-world-plans-reopening-date-for-july-11-covid-19/ reopen Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15]. The Orlando parks will have social distancing and wellness measures, including temperature screenings, wearings masks, keeping guests six feet apart while lining up for attractions and [ a guest reservation system to limit capacity].
Fireworks, parades and character meet and greets have been suspended. Disney World also isn't selling any new tickets for now -- instead, it will focus on guests who have existing tickets and reservations, like those who made bookings prior to the pandemic and had to postpone, as well as annual passholders.
Disney World resorts and hotels will begin reopening next month, starting with Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground on June 22.
[/news/disney-springs-will-start-reopening-in-phases-on-may-20/ Disney Springs shopping and dining area reopened] May 20 with [ 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.
But with [ Florida on the fast track to possibly becoming the new epicenter of coronavirus infections in the US] -- there's been a rise in hospitalizations as it reopened -- around [ 4,000 Disney World cast members have reportedly signed a petition to delay the reopening].
Disney World's fireworks show is on hold, though the Magic Kingdom has a planned reopening date of July 11
Disneyland Paris: July 15
[ Disneyland Paris has announced it's reopening on July 15], starting with both Disneyland Paris parks, Disney's Newport Bay Club hotel and the Disney Village shopping and dining area. Likewise, it will have limited attendance under a reservation system, physical distancing and more emphasis on cleaning.
Disney's hotels will have "sneeze guards" installed, and only one family at a time may use the elevators. Character meet-and-greets are being replaced by "unexpected appearances to new Selfie Spots." Parades and fireworks are cancelled, but the [/news/disneyland-paris-will-live-stream-its-lion-king-stage-show-friday-night/ Lion King stage show] will return some time during summer 2020.
The reopening of Disneyland Paris comes despite French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe saying in May that [ public events with more than 5,000 people would be against the law until September].
Tokyo Disney Resort: July 1
Disney Parks announced on June 23 that it will 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.
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Disneyland Shanghai: May 11
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced May 5 that the [/news/disney-shanghai-theme-parks-reopen-date-monday-may-11/ Shanghai park would reopen Monday, May 11]. It has [/news/watch-how-disney-plans-to-re-open-its-shanghai-park/ limits on attendance], 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.
[ 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]."
Hong Kong Disneyland: June 18
Hong Kong Disneyland announced June 15 that it would [ reopen on June 18] with reduced capacity, enhanced health measures and a new reservation system.
An [ update posted on the website for Hong Kong Disneyland] says all guests will undergo a temperature screening when entering the park and will be required to wear face masks. Social distancing measures will also be put in place in lines, restaurants, attraction vehicles and other areas throughout the park. Attractions that require close interaction, like character experiences, will be temporarily suspended.
The resort will also gradually resume its hotel services.