Disneyland Paris opened its doors today for the first time in four months with mandatory masks, socially remote queues and hundreds of handwashing stations across the park.
The theme park closed on March 12 when the coronavirus pandemic got out of hand in Europe, but today began the ‘phased reopening’ with visitor numbers limited by an online reservation system.
A steady stream of visitors trickled in in the morning with some wearing Mickey Mouse ears as they entered Europe’s most visited theme park, but some attractions remain closed while playgrounds and makeup workshops don’t work either.
Paris has also reopened the top floor of the Eiffel Tower today, while France is attempting to revive the £ 50 billion tourist industry after its closure.
British tourists can now travel back to France without facing a 14-day quarantine, after the French government lifted the measure in response to the UK relaxing its own travel restrictions.
Tourists with masks are today walking around Disneyland Paris in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, as Europe’s most visited theme park opened its doors for the first time since the closure of the corona virus
Pictured left: Disneyland masks with masks stand at the entrance to an Indiana Jones themed ride, with demarcated areas where people can queue up at a social distance. Pictured on the right, guests are starting to enter the park today
Visitors wearing a mask take a photo on the top floor of the Eiffel Tower, which reopened today after the two bottom floors welcomed tourists again on June 25
Disneyland says there are no on-site tickets sold on site – meaning tourists should choose a date and register in advance.
Social distance means that children are not allowed to hug their favorite Disney characters, although the entertainers are still in the park.
Visitors were told to stay three feet away from others, and Disneyland says there are more than 2,000 sanitizing gel and handwash stations located throughout the resort.
These will be at the entrance and exit of each ride, as well as in restaurants and theaters, although some shows will be canceled to keep social distance.
Guests 11 years and older must ‘wear facials at all times, except during meals’, the same rule applies to staff.
Some rides, including an Indiana Jones-themed ride, had road signs marked on the ground to indicate where people should queue to enforce social distance rules.
Guests ride the Giant Teacups at Disneyland Paris, which closed its doors on March 12 when coronavirus cases got out of hand in Europe. Masks are mandatory for adults, but not for children under 11
Guests of Disneyland Paris walk through the park today as a steady stream of visitors trickle in in the morning as they have booked online as no tickets are sold at the entrance under the coronavirus rules
Walt Disney World opened much of its complex in Florida on Saturday, despite a wave of new infections in the state, while Disneyland Hong Kong has closed its doors again.
The second shutdown in the Chinese-controlled city followed a decision to ban public gatherings of more than four people from a new wave of infections.
The French tourism industry got another boost on Wednesday with the reopening of the top floor of the Eiffel Tower, which reopened the two bottom floors on June 26 after the longest shutdown since World War II.
Eiffel Tower officials have said that there can now be up to 250 people on the top floor to enjoy the panoramic view of the French capital.
Tourism officials say Paris normally draws in more than 30 million tourists a year, with nearly 90 million visits to France, making it the world’s most visited tourist destination.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse welcome guests as Disneyland Paris reopens today – with the entertainers playing Disney characters still in the park, but kids shouldn’t be cuddling them
Guests with masks are walking the main street of Disneyland Paris today, where some attractions and shows remain out of bounds due to coronavirus restrictions
The industry normally accounts for nearly eight percent of GDP, more than £ 50 billion in tourism revenue and two million jobs in the country, the French government says.
The French authorities had previously set a target of 100 million international tourists by 2020, but industry has been plagued by global economic stagnation in recent months.
Britain eased its travel restrictions last week, meaning a trip to France will no longer result in a 14-day quarantine when the traveler returns to England.
The UK Foreign Office has also released France from its warning against non-essential international travel, a decision affecting travel insurance.
France had imposed a 14-day retaliation in retaliation for Britain’s decision, but British Ambassador Ed Llewellyn announced on Monday that Paris will scrap the measure.