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

Editor’s note – The number of coronavirus cases remains high worldwide. Health officials warn that travel increases the chances of contracting and spreading the virus. Staying at home is the best way to stop transmission. Below is information you need to know if you plan to travel, last updated on September 19, 2022.

(CNN) – If you’re planning to travel to one of the Disney Parks and Resorts around the world, here’s what to know and expect if you plan to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

the basics

All Disney parks around the world are open to visitors, although Covid-19 restrictions remain in place in many of them.

All three California Disney resort hotels are open.

Hong Kong Disneyland is open. Guests must book tickets in advance and are required by law to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” app and meet the “Vaccine Pass” requirements when entering the Park and designated premises.

Shanghai Disneyland Park, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are open, along with their hotels.

Disneyland Paris is open. All the other Disney hotels there are open except for the Disneyland Hotel, which is closed for renovations today.

What is offered

The original and, some would say, the best, Disney theme parks continue to be a magical experience for the whole family. From vertical rides to fireworks, and of course the chance to meet classic characters, a trip to a Disney park creates memories to last a lifetime.

Who can go

Admission to each Disney Park is subject to local travel restrictions.

For example, only local residents or those who meet China’s strict entry requirements, including two negative tests within 48 hours of departure, can enter the Shanghai resort.

What are the restrictions?

Earlier this year, Disney announced that all U.S. resorts would drop mask requirements for vaccinated guests.

Those who are not fully vaccinated are expected to continue to wear face coverings everywhere indoors.

Disneyland has eliminated on-site temperature controls and is allowing guests to “self-determine” social distancing since California lifted its distancing requirements.

In the Disney parks in Paris, face covering is not mandatory.

Some parks have reduced capacity and must control the temperature at the entrance.

Guests at THong Kong and Shanghai parks must continue to wear masks in all areas. Guests in Tokyo are required to wear masks, but are allowed to remove them for photos and outside as long as they are away from other people.

What is the Covid situation?

The exact number of cases involving Disney Parks is unclear.

What can visitors expect?

Some Disney parks have brought back their nightly fireworks shows and parades. Schedules and reopening information are available on each park’s website.

Capacity has been reduced at Disney theme parks, and numbers have been further limited to avoid overcrowding in restaurants and lines.

However, guests can still dine at their favorite restaurants and enjoy tours, although some character encounters have been replaced by processions of socially distanced characters.

Several Disney World restaurants in hotels and theme parks are once again accepting character dining. Reservations, highly recommended, are required at some locations.

Disney World’s 50th anniversary party started on October 1, 2021 and will last for 18 months. The celebrations will take place in the resort’s four theme parks.

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