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Disneyland Paris to reopen in June; can Americans go?

May 17, 2021
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Disneyland Paris to reopen in June; can Americans go?
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Disneyland Paris is set to reopen June 17, and visitors will be welcomed back to the park with enhanced cleaning protocols, mandatory physical distancing and mask-wearing. But what does that mean for Americans?

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French President Emanuel Macron plans to reopen the country to international travelers on June 9, assuming cases aren't on the rise. That means Disneyland's gates will be open to everyone, including U.S. citizens who have been vaccinated or produce a negative PCR test result. (Regardless of vaccination status, Americans currently must provide proof of a negative test for entry before isolating for 7 days and then taking another test.)

Disneyland Paris will reopen on June 17, eight days after French President Emanual Macron plans to open France to international travelers. (Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP.)

Disneyland Paris' English website hasn't been updated since May 13 and currently says "Just a little more patience. We are putting the final touches on the magic and will share our reopening date with you very soon," but the news broke as a result of a tweet from the Euro Disney Group.

"We are pleased to announce that Disneyland Paris will reopen on June 17 with Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney's Newport Bay Club Hotel and Disney Village," the tweet reads. "Our reopening will follow enhanced health and safety measures."

"In order to maintain physical distancing in line with recommendations from the French government and health authorities, attendance at Disneyland Paris is currently limited each day," the park's website says. As a result, Disneyland Paris will require parkgoers to prepurchase tickets for specific dates.

The park will reopen with safety protocols as guided by the French government, and visitors will be required to repurchase tickets for specific days. (Photo by Disney Magical Pride.)

In addition to allowing vacationers from other countries to enter France, Macron's blueprint for reopening the country limits crowd sizes to 5,000 people, among other stipulations, such as reduced operating hours for local bars and restaurants. Although it's a given that Disneyland Paris will reopen the park at reduced capacity, it's unclear how closely it will have to adhere to the 5,000-person rule.

Disneyland Paris originally reopened July 15, 2020, but was forced to shut down again as coronavirus cases spiked.

Disney World in Florida -- which has been successfully operating for almost a year under strict social distancing (even in lines, on rides and on people-movers), sanitization and mask-wearing procedures -- waived its outdoor mask-wearing requirements on May 15, along with Universal and several other parks.

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Disney Paris originally reopened on July 15, 2020, but was forced to shut down again due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Henk-Jan van der Klis/Flickr.)

The U.S. Department of State currently lists France under a "Level 4: Do Not Travel" travel advisory, citing high levels of COVID-19 there.

Last week, as the U.S. lowered its travel advisory against the U.K. to a "Level 3: Reconsider Travel," the heads of several major travel companies endorsed a letter asking U.S. President Joe Biden to completely open borders to international travelers from low-risk countries.

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  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
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  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023