Not even the Magic Kingdom itself was immune from the global impact of coronavirus.
The Happiest Place on Earth closed its resorts, including the iconic park in Orlando, Florida – the largest Disney resort in the world.
Disney closed its parks for only the fourth time in history between March and July 2020.
With lockdown restrictions easing in countries across the globe following wide vaccine rollouts, will Disney fans in the UK get to visit the likes of Disneyland Paris or Florida this year and what restrictions are in effect?
Can you go to Disneyland Paris from the UK?
Disneyland Paris is still closed, and the whole of France remains on the amber list for entering England.
This means that you can go to Disneyland Paris, but you must quarantine in the place you’re staying and take two Covid-19 tests before being allowed to leave upon returning to the UK.
Disneyland Paris will reopen on June 17.
In keeping with the physical distancing recommended by French authorities, entrances to the parks will be limited each day.
Further, all visitors aged six years and over, Cast Members, and service providers are required to wear a mask.
The Disneyland Paris website states that to visit the park, guests must confirm they:
- Are not experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19, including fever (above 38 degrees) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
- Have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 symptoms without completing a seven-day quarantine
- Are not under any self-quarantine orders
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Can you go to Disney World Florida from the UK?
The US has been added to the amber list of countries as part of the reopening of international travel from May 17.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced that, like France, the US would not make the list of green countries, stating that the removal of international travel restrictions on May 17 was ‘necessarily cautious’, adding: ‘We must make sure the countries we reconnect with are safe.’
The lists are expected to be reviewed and updated every three weeks.
So, for now, you can visit Disneyland Florida but you would be required to isolate and take two tests upon returning to England.
Will all the same Disney attractions and shows go ahead?
Across the parks, guests can expect restrictions and changes to the usual offerings.
For Disneyland Paris, guests will need to reserve a Standby Pass via the official Disneyland Paris mobile app in order to be able to join the queue for some of our most popular attractions during a specific allocated time slot.
Single Rider and FASTPASS services will also be unavailable.
The Disneyland Paris website also states that some ‘experiences, shows or events are not available or are modified depending on the evolution of the safety and sanitary measures and recommendations from public authorities.
‘This includes offerings such as Disney Stars on Parade and Disney Illuminations night time spectacular which will return at a later date.’
Similar restrictions are expected at Disneyland Florida.
The Disney World website makes it clear that, like Disneyland Paris, park attendance and bookings will be managed via a Disney Park Pass reservation system app.
It’s also stated that face coverings are required for all guests aged two and up, and all Disney Cast Members will be required to wear masks.
The website includes a disclaimer, alerting guests that: ‘Upon reopening, theme parks, Disney Resort hotels, restaurants, attractions, experiences and other offerings may be modified and will be limited in capacity and subject to limited availability or closure, based on direction from health experts and government officials to promote physical distancing.
‘Additionally, attractions, experiences (such as shows, parades and fireworks), services and amenities may have limited availability or may remain closed. We will provide more information as it becomes available.’
Will it be more expensive than usual?
There is no mention of inflated prices to stay or visit the Disney parks.
Flight prices also vary by month and carrier.
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