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

CNN StaffUpdated 24th February 2021
Walt Disney World reopened in July 2020.
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 24.
(CNN) — If you're planning to travel to one of the Disney Parks & Resorts around the world, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

At the moment, the Disney Parks in Paris and Los Angeles are closed due to the pandemic, though Disney recently announced that California Adventure Park will open on a limited basis in March focused on food, beverages, merchandise and "carefully crafted entertainment experiences."
On February 23, Disney announced that the Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are scheduled to reopen beginning May 2.
However the rest of the resort, as well as The Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, remain closed for normal operations.
In Florida, most of Disney World's parks are open, and Blizzard Beach water park is due reopen on March 7.
No reopening date has been set for Typhoon Lagoon, however.
Hong Kong Disneyland reopened on February 19 for the third time since the start of the pandemic.
Disneyland Paris was originally scheduled to reopen on February 13. However, the park announced it is moving its reopening date to April 2 "due to the prevailing conditions in Europe."
Though Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are open, a visitor cap is reportedly in place until at least March 7, with each park allowing 5,000 visitors per day, excluding those who have already bought advance tickets.

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 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, and some parks' mask requirements are more stringent than others. For instance, Walt Disney World, Florida, mandates face coverings for everyone 2 or older, including people who have been vaccinated.
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.
Older interactive games, such as the hands-on scavenger hunt game Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, have been closed.
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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