Walt Disney always said all our dreams could come true. And for kids who’ve been stuck indoors with their parents for three months, it seems just maybe he was right.
In excellent news for restless Ratatouille, Toy Story and Indiana Jones fans across Europe, Disneyland Paris has announced it will join its American siblings in reopening all of its theme parks in phases through July.
In a statement, Natacha Rafalski, the parks’ president, said that it plans to reopen Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, the Newport Bay Club hotel and Disney Village from July 15.
Back in March, Disney announced it was closing all of its parks around the world over health fears.
After three-and-a-half months’ closure, Disneyland Shanghai became the first to reopen post-lockdown on May 15. From July 11, all of the Disney parks across the USA are also set to open up again in phases.
When it reopens, Rafalski said Disneyland Paris would introduce enhanced health and safety measures to comply with the French government’s guidelines on social distancing. This will include limits on attendance and mandatory advanced ticketing, while all staff and guests will have to wear masks.
Little else will have changed, though. Characters will still be mingling everywhere you turn. It’s A Small World will still be whisking toddlers on an all-singing, all-dancing tour of the world. And the Tower of Terror will still be making mums and dads scream.
We’re not sure it’s the ‘happiest place on earth’, as the ads go. But for many, it’ll certainly feel like that come summer.