Disneyland Paris announces reopening date in June

Disneyland Paris announces reopening date in June
Illustration photo: Aurelia Moussly/AFP
Disneyland Paris, Europe's biggest tourist attraction, said on Monday that it would reopen on June 17th as France eases Covid-19 restrictions.

The theme park, which employs 17,000 people, closed between March 13th and July 15th last year and has been shut again since October 30th, 2020.

It has had to cancel its reopening plans twice because of the ongoing pandemic.

“We are pleased to announce that Disneyland Paris will reopen on June 17th,” the park said in a statement, adding that it will follow “enhanced health and safety measures”.

The date comes as France gradually reopens, wit bar, café and restaurant terraces reopening on Wednesday, followed by larger gatherings and tourism from outside the EU allowed again from June.

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Initially, Disneyland Paris had hoped to re-admit visitors in February, before setting April 2nd as its new target date, which it then also cancelled.

Last month, the site began hosting mass Covid vaccinations as France accelerated its inoculation drive.

The Magic Kingdom has become the vaccine kingdom as the park was closed during lockdown. Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

On Monday, the theme park said it would require guests over six years old to wear face masks.

Attendance would be limited, and advanced ticketing and reservations were required.

Depending on Covid guidance from the authorities, some attractions could be shut or modified, it said.

A union source at Disneyland said earlier this year that management expects a return to pre-pandemic levels of activity only in 2022.

The Disney group has announced 32,000 job cuts at its theme park activities worldwide, mostly in the United States, because of the impact of the coronavirus.

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