PARIS – For the first time in 17 months, all Disney theme parks are open worldwide.
Europe’s busiest theme park had been closed for almost eight months.
“The happiest place on Earth,” said Debbie Tater of Delaware with tears in her eyes. She was visiting family in France, including her daughter and two granddaughters, whom she had not seen for a year and a half.
California Original disneyland actually calls itself “the happiest place on Earth,” and he had reason to celebrate this week as well. Tuesday the the resort has reopened to out-of-state visitors for the first time since the pandemic.
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Disney theme parks open to the world
- Disneyland Resort (California): Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure
- Walt Disney World Resort: Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
- Tokyo Disney Resort: Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea
- Disneyland Paris: Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park
- Hong-Kong Disneyland
- Shanghai Disney Resort: Shanghai Disneyland
Disneyland Paris, like France, reopens
“We couldn’t miss the reopening,” said Elodie Piedfort, from the Haute-Loire region in central France. “Because I’m a nurse, it’s been a very difficult year, and being here with my son is great. And the reopening, moving on is also great.”
Pauline Baudouin, Disney fan from Angoulême in the west of France, said: “We missed the magic because it was already a complicated time, and we needed to recharge our batteries in this magical world.
Visitors must wear masks inside the park and other measures are in place, including a cap on the number of visitors to ensure distancing.
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French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Wednesday that France was returning to “a normal form of life”, announcing that people would no longer have to wear masks outdoors, except in crowded places.
France started gradual reopening its economy last month. Monuments and museums, including major sites like the Louvre and Versailles, are open, as well as hotels, cafes and restaurants. Tourists, however, will still have to wait for the Eiffel Tower, which should reopen on July 16 after major renovations.
Contribution: Associated Press