Disneyland Paris and the Walt Disney Studios Park, along with Newport Bay Club Hotel and the Disney Village complex will began their second phased reopening in June 2021. In this post, we’ll share the details, including temporary health safety protocol, rules, and more.
The resort complex in Marne-la-Vallée closed for the second time last fall, as part of France’s second shutdown prior to the holiday season. Lockdown measures eased after Christmas, allowing non-essential shops to reopen. However, higher risk activities and businesses like ski resorts and theme parks did not have reopening dates established, which was probably for the best, as another wave of cases last month caused France to reintroduce a curfew and other closures.
Cases are now down dramatically, with France’s reopening plans made possible by an accelerating vaccination campaign. This coming week, restaurant terraces, museums, cinemas, zoos, libraries, and all shops will be allowed to resume operations at partial capacity. The next big step in this plan comes on June 9, when even more businesses will be allowed to reopen at higher capacity levels and international tourism is slated to resume…
A little over a week after that, Disneyland Paris will reopen on June 17, 2021 with Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club, and Disney Village all resuming operations on that date. Hotel Cheyenne will reopen on July 1, 2021 and Davy Crocket Ranch will reopen on July 13, 2021.
The long-awaited Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will open on June 21, 2021, with bookings opening on May 18, 2021. Disneyland Paris is teasing an “exclusive launch offer” going live on that date–aggressive discounts for the other hotels this summer and fall are already available.
When Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park reopen on June 17, they’ll be the last two parks to reopen for what’s hopefully the final time–and should be given the success of vaccination campaigns in the United States and Europe. All of the global Disney Parks & Resorts haven’t operated simultaneously since January of last year, making this a pretty big milestone.
While the initial closure of all the parks felt excruciatingly long at the time, Disneyland Paris and WDSP both have now been closed significantly longer during the second closure–currently 200 days–than the initial closure, which totaled 123 days.
Upon reopening, the majority of rides, shows, shopping, and dining locations in Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park will resume operations. However, experiences that draw large group gatherings and some indoor shows will return at a later date. Additionally, as with the other parks, some modifications will be made to accommodate physical distancing.
The reopening of Disneyland Paris is in line with guidance from the government of France, health authorities, and has been discussed with Cast Member union representatives. If all goes according to plan, subsequent stages of the plan will continue in late summer and through Fall 2021.
The phased reopening of Disneyland Paris will incorporate enhanced health and safety measures for the safety of Cast Members and guests. This will include limits on attendance and the requiring of advanced ticketing and reservations to accommodate controlled guest density that supports government guidance on physical distancing.
Some experiences, shows or events will not be available or may be modified upon reopening depending on the evolution of the safety and sanitary measures and recommendations from public authorities. This includes entertainment offerings such as Disney Stars on Parade and Disney Illuminations nighttime spectacular, both of which will return at a later date.
The official Disneyland Paris website includes details about all health safety protocol, but it’s mostly hygiene theater–enhanced cleaning on attractions, hand sanitizer stations, and other things public health experts learned a year ago have a negligible impact on transmission.
Additionally, face masks are required for each guest, which must be worn in all public areas–including while entering and exiting dining locations–and can be removed only while eating or drinking. â€‹
In attractions, the configuration of each ride including boarding will be adapted for physical distancing between groups or families. Single Rider and FastPass services will be temporarily unavailable.â€‹
During certain periods of the day, 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.â€‹ This will be done to prevent lines from becoming too lengthy, a phenomenon that has occurred frequently at Walt Disney World, and resulted in some queues being routed backstage.
Restaurants seating capacity will be reduced, while a Take-Away option will allow guests to enjoy eating in the many outdoors locations available in both parks. Menus can be viewed on the Disneyland Paris website or official mobile app. Single-use paper menus will be available if required in the restaurant.â€‹
Buffet restaurants will change to a new all-you-can-eat table service offer. Advance reservations are highly recommended for all table service restaurants, and can be booked up to 2 months in advance.
Disneyland Paris boutiques will be open and reconfigured to create a larger circulation space. In addition, Cast Members will be available to encourage physical distancing. Different entry and exit paths will be used in both restaurants and boutiques, while contactless payment will be encouraged and sneeze guards installed at points of sale.
Fitting rooms are closed. Guests will have up to 30 days following a purchase to ask for an exchange or be reimbursed, upon presentation of a receipt, as long as the item has not been worn or altered.â€‹ â€‹
In order to accommodate physical distancing guidelines, character meet and greets will be temporarily unavailable. Characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests–likely via cavalcades and smile & wave greetings.
There will also be new Selfie Spots, but close interactions and hugs will not be permitted. Other experiences such as playgrounds and makeover experiences will remain temporarily unavailable.
As Disneyland Paris welcomes guests back with a limited number of tickets available each day during the initial reopening, an online reservation system is now available. To ensure admission, guests in possession of or buying non-dated tickets, and Annual Pass holders, will need to register on this new online reservation system to obtain a reservation for park entry prior to their arrival.
Guests who already have a dated ticket to Disneyland Paris or Walt Disney Studios Park do not need to register and reserve a date. Likewise, guests with hotel + ticket packages that include park admittance will receive admission for the duration of their stay and do not need to use the new online reservation system.
Tickets and packages are now on sale on the resort’s website, Disneyland Paris call center, and official travel partner channels with a limited number of tickets available each day during the initial reopening phase.
To provide guests with maximum flexibility, new booking conditions are now available to include cancellations and modifications without fees (excluding transport) on stays in the Disney Hotels anytime up to seven days before the arrival date.
Overall, about par for the course with the reopening procedures in place at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and even what Disneyland Paris did back last summer when it previously reopened. We’re optimistic that the return to normalcy will be pretty swift at Disneyland Paris based on recent experience with Walt Disney World.
While France and Florida are obviously very different beasts, the commonality is vaccinations. Disneyland Paris should only be a few months behind its United States counterpart in reopening progress, with a lot more returning this summer and beyond–so long as attendance and guest demand are there to support it. We cannot wait for our next trip to Disneyland Paris to see the new hotel, entertainment, reimagining attractions, and everything else that has changed since our last visit!
Happy that the last Disney Parks finally have reopening dates? Excited to return to Disneyland Paris in Summer 2021, or will you wait until fall or beyond when things are more back to normal? Any desire to visit France later this year or next? Any questions? Hearing your feedback about your experiences is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts or questions below in the comments!