Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea — both the Tokyo Disney Parks — that were closed since late February due to the pandemic have finally opened their doors to visitors from July 1. By Kumar Shree

The reopening of Tokyo’s Disney parks around the world started with Shanghai Disneyland, which was the first to reopen after the lockdown. It started welcoming tourists from May 11 with strict social-distancing norms and a policy that made sure visitors and staff wore masks at all points in time. A month later, Hong Kong Disneyland also reopened its gates for visitors.


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Oriental Land, the company that runs the Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea parks in Japan, has also implemented its tailor-made safety guidelines for guests and staffs. Advanced booking of tickets with only five tickets per order, mandatory temperature checks before entering the park, and social distancing are some of the rules. It has also ensured enhanced air circulation within indoor facilities and frequent disinfection of rides and other equipment.

Many of Disney’s other signature experiences have also changed. Fans will have to do without photos with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, who will be seen in the parades, but not pose for photos with visitors or mingle with them. Oriental Land has also capped the number of visitors to less than 50 per cent of the park’s capacity. Park’s operating hours have also been reduced. Many of the entertainment shows and parades also stand cancelled.


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As reported by The Japan Times, “We will consider restarting the parades and increasing the number of visitors allowed inside the park as we monitor this new way of operating,” a staff member was quoted.

Disney’s theme parks in other parts of the world are also planning to reopen soon. Disneyland Paris is scheduled to reopen on July 15. Disney World in Orlando, Florida is hoping to open its doors on July 11.

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