Tokyo Disneyland reopens after 4-month virus closure
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea reopened their doors with social distance guidelines on Wednesday following four months of closure over the novel coronavirus outbreak. Visitors need to have their body temperatures taken at the entrance and wear masks at all times except when dining.
Visitors are also asked not to hug and shake hands with Disney characters. With hand sanitizers placed in many locations in the park, visitors are asked to sanitize hands and wash them regularly. The operator Oriental Land limits the number of visitors to the parks to less than half pre-outbreak levels while cancelling many entertainment shows and parades.
"I was so looking forward to this day. This is like a dream," a man in his 40s told broadcaster NHK. The Tokyo park is the third Disneyland worldwide to resume services following Shanghai and Hong Kong. Disneyland Paris is set to reopen on July 15.
The Japanese government ended a coronavirus state of emergency for Tokyo and four other prefectures in late May - the last remaining regions subject to restrictions. Meanwhile, Disneyland Paris will reopen on July 15 in phases, IANS reported.
The theme park has announced a phased reopening of the resort starting with the Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney's Newport Bay Club Hotel and Disney Village. The reopening is in line with guidance from the French government and health authorities, the theme park said in a statement.
"The focus continues to be on promoting the health and safety of Cast Members and guests, as we welcome guests back to Disneyland Paris. In addition, and subject to the continued evolution of the situation, Disneyland Paris also announced the scheduled phased reopening of several other Disney Hotels including Disney's Hotel Cheyenne on July 20, Disney's Hotel Santa Fe on August 3 and the Disneyland Hotel on September 7.
"Disney's Sequoia Lodge Hotel and Disney's Davy Crocket Ranch will remain closed during the summer with reopening dates announced at a later time," it said in a statement.