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Editor’s Note — Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials caution that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to stem transmission. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on September 19, 2022.

(CNN) — If you’re planning to travel to one of the Disney Parks & Resorts around the world, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

All Disney parks around the world now open to visitors, though Covid-19 restrictions remain in place in many of them.

All three of the California Disney resort’s hotels are open.

Hong Kong Disneyland is open. Guests need to reserve their tickets in advance and are required by law to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” app and fulfill the “Vaccine Pass” requirements upon entering the Park and specified premises.

Shanghai Disneyland Park, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are open, along with their hotels.

Disneyland Paris is open. All other Disney hotels there are open with the exception of the Disneyland Hotel, which is currently closed for renovations.

What’s on offer

The original and, some might say, best, theme parks, Disney’s resorts remain a magical experience for all the family. From vertiginous rides to firework displays, and of course the chance to meet classic characters, a trip to a Disney Park makes memories that last a lifetime.

Who can go

Entry to each Disney Park is dependent on local travel restrictions.

For example, the Shanghai resort can only be accessed by locals or those who meet China’s strict entry requirements, including two negative test results taken within 48 hours of departures.

What are the restrictions?

Earlier this year, Disney announced that all of its resorts in the US would lift mask requirements for vaccinated guests.

Those who are not fully vaccinated are expected to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations.

Disneyland has eliminated on-site temperature checks and is allowing guests to “self-determine” social distancing since California has removed distancing requirements.

In the Paris Disney parks, face coverings are no longer mandatory.

Some parks have reduced capacity and require temperature checks on entry.

Guests of THong Kong and Shanghai parks need to continue to wear masks in all areas. Tokyo guests are required to wear masks but are permitted to remove them for photos and outdoors if they are away from other people.

What’s the Covid situation?

Exact numbers of cases linked to Disney Parks are unclear.

What can visitors expect?

Some Disney parks have resumed their nightly fireworks shows and parades. Schedules and reopening information are available on each individual park’s website.

Capacity has been cut in Disney’s theme parks, with numbers further limited in restaurants and in queues to prevent overcrowding.

Despite this, guests can still dine in at their favorite restaurants and enjoy the rides, though some character meet-and-greets have been replaced by socially distanced character processions.

Several Disney World restaurants in hotels and theme parks are allowing character dining again. Reservations, highly recommended, are required in some locations.

Disney World’s 50th anniversary party kicked off on October 1, 2021 and will last 18 months. Celebrations will be held in all four of the resort’s theme parks.

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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley, Karla Cripps, Frank Pallotta, Cheri Mossburg and Forrest Brown contributed to this report


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