Disneyland Paris and the Walt Disney Studios Park, along with Newport Bay Club Hotel and the Disney Village complex began their phased reopening on July 15, 2020. In this post, we’ll share the details, including temporary health safety protocol, rules, and more. (Updated August 12, 2020.)
Both parks, several resorts, and the shopping complex are now operating. In Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park, the majority of rides, shows, shopping, and dining locations have resumed 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 Union Representatives from the Comité Social et Economique (CSE). If all goes according to plan, subsequent stages of the plan will continue in late summer and continue through the fall and into Spring 2021…
Here are other hotel reopening dates announced by Disneyland Paris:
Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne – Currently open, will close again from October 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021
Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe – Open
Disneyland Hotel – December 8, 2020.
Disney’s Newport Bay Club – Open
Disney’s Sequoia Lodge – May 1, 2021
Disney’s Davy Crocket Ranch – TBD
Disney’s Hotel New York: The Art of Marvel – March 8, 2021
Note that these hotel dates were modified in August 2020 based on a (lack of) guest demand. Hotel bookings have been low since Disneyland Paris reopened, so the timeline has been adjusted accordingly based upon what’s necessary. Don’t be surprised if the above dates change again.
Extra Magic Time will continue, so every guest staying at a Disney Hotel or Disney Nature Resort will be able to access select areas of the parks an hour before official opening time.
While originally scheduled to open this summer, Disney’s Hotel New York — The Art of Marvel wasn’t even mentioned in the reopening announcement. It was previously revealed that construction on the project was temporarily put on hold, and Disneyland Paris was reaching out to guests with reservations to offer refunds or rebooking vouchers for reservations.
As with the other Disney Parks, the phased reopening of Disneyland Paris will incorporate a deliberate approach. Enhanced health and safety measures will be implemented for the safety of both 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.
As a result, 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 Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands and Jungle Book Jive shows will return later in Summer 2020. Theaters will adopt a new seating configuration to promote physical distancing. Guests can check the availability of attractions and entertainment through the resort’s official website and app.
Restaurants seating capacity will be reduced, while a new Take-Away option will allow guests to enjoy eating in the many outdoors locations available in both parks. Buffet restaurants will change to a new all-you-can-eat table service offer. Advance reservations are highly recommended for all table service restaurants.
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
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.
In attractions, the configuration of each ride including boarding will be adapted for physical distancing between groups or families. Additionally, FastPass services will be suspended in order to allow for the necessary queue management on attractions.
Other experiences such as playgrounds and makeover experiences will remain temporarily unavailable. Cast members and guests ages 11 and older will also be required to wear face coverings while at the resort.
As Disneyland Paris welcomes guests back with a limited number of tickets available each day during the initial reopening, a new 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. Ticket sales will not be available on site at Disneyland Paris.
Upon arrival, guests will be asked to present both the confirmation file received after the reservation is secured and their park ticket to be granted access to Disneyland Paris or Walt Disney Studios Park.
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 announcements from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and everywhere else. It’s nice that Disneyland Paris isn’t making guests with date-based tickets or hotel & ticket packages make additional reservations. Walt Disney World doing the same would cut down on a lot of the headaches that have been experienced over the last couple days, but we can see why that wouldn’t be feasible.
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