Masks and Mickey: Disneyland Paris Reopens After Four-Month Closure

July 15, 2020 Updated: July 15, 2020

PARIS—Disneyland Paris welcomed back visitors on Wednesday after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, with face masks and social distancing the order of the day.

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First visitors arrive at Disneyland Paris as the theme park reopens its doors to the public in Marne-la-Vallee, near Paris, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, on July 15, 2020. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

A steady stream of visitors trickled in during the morning, with one group wearing Mickey Mouse ears and dancing with glee as they entered Europe’s most visited theme park.

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First visitors arrive at Disneyland Paris as the theme park reopens its doors to the public in Marne-la-Vallee, near Paris, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, on July 15, 2020. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Masks were mandatory and advance booking required. Visitors to the park, which has imposed a limited capacity, were told to keep a metre (3 feet) away from others, and hundreds of sanitising-gel and hand-washing stations were scattered around.

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First visitors arrive at Disneyland Paris as the theme park reopens its doors to the public in Marne-la-Vallee, near Paris, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, on July 15, 2020. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

No tickets were sold at the entrance, while playgrounds and make-up workshops remained closed.

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Chefs welcome the first visitors arriving at Disneyland Paris as the theme park reopens its doors to the public in Marne-la-Vallee, near Paris, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, on July 15, 2020. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Walt Disney World also reopened its two most popular parks in Orlando, on Saturday, despite a surge of new infections in Florida.

But in Hong Kong, the company has decided to temporarily close its Disneyland park amid rising coronavirus cases in the Chinese-ruled city.

By Charles Platiau and Noemie Olive