Discover the New Safety Protocols at Disneyland Paris

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Disneyland Paris, a favourite amongst holidaymakers both young and old, closed its gates in mid-March when France went into lockdown. It’s now ready to open its gates again and bring some magic back into our lives. Mickey Mouse and his friends will be welcoming visitors back from the 15th of July.

To ensure the safety of visitors and cast members, Disneyland has implemented a range of new measures for your next visit. So, what are they?

Re-Opening of Hotels

As Disneyland Paris is planning a phased reopening, not all hotels will be open at once. On the 15th of July, the Newport Bay Club Hotel, along with the Disney Village will open. The Cheyenne will reopen on the 20th of July, the Santa Fe on the 3rd of August and the Disneyland Hotel on the 7th of September. The Sequoia Lodge will remain closed until the end of September.

All onsite Disney hotels will still offer Magic Extra Time so you have an extra hour to enjoy the park before it opens to the public. 

At the hotels,plexiglass sneeze guards will be installed at the front desks and only one family (or room) can use the lifts at a time. There will also be enhanced cleaning measures introduced and hand sanitising stations set up in the hotels. 

Entrance to the Park

If you’re staying off-site (e.g. at the Explorer’s Hotel or Campanile Val de France) and have yet to buy your tickets, a limited number will be available each day for the park. Ensure you book yours online in advance to avoid any disappointment at the park. 

Attractions & Shows

Each attraction, including queueing and boarding, will be adapted to ensure physical distancing between groups, couples and families. You’ll no longer be able to use the Single Rider or FASTPASS services for any attraction in Disneyland Paris. 

In order to adhere to social distancing, some shows such as Disney Stars on Parade, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and Disney Illuminations Nighttime Spectacular won’t be returning for the moment. The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands will return to Disneyland’s theatres with reconfigured seating so you can enjoy the songs, sounds and stories of the pride lands. 

Character Encounters

If you (or your children) have dreamed of getting a hug from Elsa, Goofy, Aladdin or any one of the Disney, Pixar or Star Wars characters, you’re out of luck for now. Also, breakfasts with your favourite Disney stars, including character meals at Auberge de Cendrillion, Inventions, and Cafe Mickey will be unavailable for the moment. 

While you can get a selfie with characters, close interactions like hugs are temporarily suspended. Traditional Character meets and greets and makeover experiences are also temporarily suspended, so you’ll have to keep an eye for Characters roaming the parks. Or, find one of the new designated Selfie Spots! 

The Restaurants 

In the restaurants, seating capacity will be reduced to allow for social distancing. It’s recommended to book your restaurants in advance of your visit. Buffet restaurants will now offer all-you-can-eat table service. If you fancy eating al fresco, many restaurants will be offering a takeaway service so you can enjoy your meal at some of the park’s outdoor areas. 

Face Masks & Hygiene 

During your stay and time in Disneyland Paris, all guests over the age of 11 will be required to wear a face mask at all times, with the exception of while eating. All Cast Members and all third-party operators will also be required to wear face masks or coverings. 

There will also be over 2,000 sanitising and handwashing stations throughout the park. You’ll find them at the entrance and exit of each attraction, boutique, restaurant and theatre. In addition to a deep clean before opening in July, going forward, there will be increased cleaning and disinfection procedures in high-traffic areas such as handrails, tables, handles and restrooms.

For more information about all things travel safety, check out Our Guide to Travel Safety Measures!

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