Hong Kong Disneyland to Reopen This Week With New Coronavirus Precautions in Place
Social distancing, advanced reservations and face masks will mark Hong Kong Disneyland’s grand reopening on June 18.
After a five-month closure due to the coronavirus, Hong Kong Disneyland will become the second Disney theme park in the world to reopen. Similar to the new health procedures implemented at the Shanghai theme park, Hong Kong Disneyland will look very different from when it shut down in January.
Because of new health guidelines, the park will be operating at a reduced capacity and reservations will be required for both ticket and season pass holders, according to a press release. Magic Access members may make their reservations eight days in advance and general guests can do so seven days before their visit. The “pre-arrival reservation process” will also require visitors to sign a health declaration.
Upon arrival at the park, visitors will have to undergo temperature checks and abide by social distancing measures in lines, restaurants, and attractions. Both employees and guests must wear face coverings in the park.
Visitors may be spaced out differently on roller coasters and have to stand on pre-marked places while waiting in line. Activities that require close-contact — like posing for photos with costumed characters — will be temporarily suspended while social distancing measures are in place.
The majority of the park’s attractions and entertainment will open on June 18 but guests can check online or on the theme park’s app for up-to-date information about new hours, capacity, and operating procedures.
All of Disney’s other parks in California, Florida, France, and Japan remain closed at this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Walt Disney World Resort in Florida plans to reopen to the public on July 11, although select resort hotels will reopen as early as June 22. Disneyland in California plans to begin a phased reopening on July 9.
The same health procedures — temperature checks, social distancing, and mandatory masks — will be in place at Disney parks in the U.S. once they reopen to guests.
Travel + Leisure – Cailey Rizzo