Traveling to Disney Parks during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

If you’re planning a trip to one of the Disney Parks, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic. Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images Walt Disney World reopened in July 2020.

The basics

At the moment, Disney Parks in Hong Kong, Paris and Los Angeles are closed due to the pandemic. 

Some parks began to tentatively reopen over the summer, although restrictions are in place, with rules varying depending on each park’s location. 

In Florida, most of Disney World’s parks are currently open and Blizzard Beach water park is due reopen on March 7. No reopening date has been set for Typhoon Lagoon. 

What’s on offer

The original and, some might say, best, theme parks, Disney’s resorts remain a magical experience for all the family. From vertiginous rides to firework displays, and of course the chance to meet classic characters, a trip to a Disney Park makes memories that last a lifetime.

Who can go

Entry to each Disney Park is dependent on local travel restrictions. That means locations in the United States are only open to foreign visitors from outside the European Schengen Area, UK, Ireland, China, Iran and Brazil, while its Paris location — when it reopens — will be subject to France’s entry rules, which prevent most non-EU nationals from coming into the country. Only locals and returning citizens can access its Tokyo and (currently closed) Hong Kong parks, while its Shanghai resort can only be accessed by locals or those who meet China’s strict entry requirements, including two negative test results taken within 48 hours of departures.

What are the restrictions?

All Disney Parks require guests to wear masks, with some more stringent than others. Walt Disney World, Florida, mandates face coverings for everyone aged two years or over. Every park has reduced capacity, and guests must take a temperature check on entry and observe social distancing at all times. 

What’s the Covid situation?

Exact numbers of cases linked to Disney Parks are unclear.

What can visitors expect?

Disney World, Florida canceled its parade and fireworks indefinitely in a bid to keep guests safely apart. Parades are also suspended. Capacity has also been cut, with numbers further limited in restaurants and in queues to prevent overcrowding.

Despite this, guests can still dine in at their favorite restaurants and enjoy the rides, though character meet-and-greets have been replaced by socially distanced character processions.

Useful links

Official Disney Parks site

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