Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials caution that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to stem transmission. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on February 8.
At the moment, the Disney Parks in Hong Kong, Paris and Los Angeles are closed because of 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 open, and Blizzard Beach water park is due reopen on March 7.
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?
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this, guests can still dine in at their favorite restaurants and enjoy the rides, though character meet-and-greets have been replaced by socially distanced character processions.
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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Karla Cripps contributed to this report