Update March 13, 2020: accordingly to a new statement from Disneyland Paris, both parks will close effective tonight through the end of the month. The decision was made after French government officials banned gatherings of more than 100 people.
The Disney Village and hotels will remain open for the time being.
Update March 12, 2020: the Disneyland Paris Resort will close its two theme parks beginning on the close of business Sunday, March 15 through the end of month.
The hotels and Disney Village shopping and dining district will remain open until further notice.
In its annoucement, Disney has committed to paying its cast members during the closure period. The announcement also included closure notices for Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line. Disneyland in Anaheim, CA had previously announced its closure as well.
This is a rare time for the Walt Disney Company with all its theme parks around the globe closed at the same time
Disneyland Paris announced what it calls exceptional measures this morning to help constrain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at its parks and resorts. The changes begin today and will run through at least April 15, 2020.
The changes will reduct operational capacity and suspend some experiennces in an effort to increase social distancing among guests and cast members. According to the statement these changes were implemented after contact with French authorities and made under their direction.
The resort has also implemented a new policy for guests who want to change or cancel their vacations in the near term.
A statement from Disneyland Paris’ medical team says, “We are carefully monitoring this evolving situation and continue to be in regular contact with local health authorities about the matter and implement preventive measures in line with their recommendations. For example, we have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection in high guest contact areas and added hand sanitizer in our parks, hotels, back of house locations, and offices.”
Like the Coronavirus statement made for the US Disney Parks, there was also a list of what procedures the park uses to help maintain guest and cast member safety as normal operating procedures.
Social media video & photos from Disneyland Paris this morning reveal a mostly empty parking lot and park.
News reports this morning also indicate that three Disneyland Paris cast members have tested positive Coronavirus / COVID-19. They are now in quarantine.
The plan published on the Disneyland Paris website includes the following changes:
Attractions: queue line capacity has been adjusted to comply with the requirements of the government.
Indoor and Outdoor shows: These shows are running with reduced capacity — Mickey and the Magician in Animagique Theater, Frozen: A musical invitation in Animation Celebration, Motors… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular and Stitch Live.
Parades and outdoor shows temporarily suspended: Frozen 2: An Enchanting Journey; Disney Stars on Parade; Princess Promenade; Disney Illuminations; First Order Recruitment; First Order March; The Imperial March; Legends of a Galaxy Far, Far Away; Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration; Disney Studio 1 musical orchestra
Character meet and greets: there will still be opportunities to meet characters in the parks.
Dining: Restaurants remain open, but steps have been taken to increase social distancing by reducing capacity and closing some elements, like the dance floor at Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon.
Shopping: Stores remain open, however capacity is being adjusted to comply with government requirements.
Disneyland Paris has increased flexibility as far as cancellation policies. If you hold a reservation to visit before June 1st, you can move it to a date after Oct 15 with no fees. Cancellation fees have also been waived for those with reservations before June 1st.
Additionally the AP Party scheduled for March 13 has been cancelled.
Considering that Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products now operates Disneyland Paris, we have to wonder if this isn’t a preview of what’s to come at the Disney’s American parks and resorts. All Walt Disney World parks are currently scheduled to open as normal today, and crowds were lined up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as usual.
Do you have plans to travel to Disneyland Paris in the near future? Will you be changing them?
Further details on the official Disneyland Paris website.