- Title: Masks and Mickey: Disneyland Paris reopens after four-month closure
- Date: 15th July 2020
- Summary: MICKEY MOUSE (SOUNDBITE) (French) DISNEYLAND PARIS PRESIDENT, NATACHA RAFALSKI, SAYING: "What a joy it is to be by your side and to finally be able to welcome you again within our marvellous destination - your destination. Disneyland Paris is for all of us a synonym of hope and shared happiness. Each one of us has precious memories here." RAFALSKI SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (French) DISNEYLAND PARIS PRESIDENT, NATACHA RAFALSKI, SAYING: "In a 28-year period, our resort has become a place where visitors immerse themselves in Disney's magic. And today, more than ever, this unique experience makes all the more sense. We are deeply proud to have become the top tourist destination in Europe, and maybe even more proud to be the standard for destinations for families and adults."
- Embargoed: 29th July 2020 10:31
- Keywords: COVID-19 Disneyland Paris France Mickey Mouse coronavirus re-opening
- Location: CHESSY, FRANCE
- City: CHESSY, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA003CMX7QRR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: PLEASE NOTE: EDIT 3152-HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/DISNEYLAND-PARIS-VISITORS WILL CONTAIN CLEAN IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
Disneyland Paris welcomed back visitors on Wednesday (July 15) after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, with face masks and social distancing the order of the day.
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.
"What a joy it is to be by your side and to finally be able to welcome you again within our marvellous destination - your destination," Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski said during the re-opening ceremony, which featured performers singing and dancing to cheerful tunes.
Masks were mandatory and advance booking required. Visitors to the park, which has imposed a limited capacity, were told to keep a meter away from others, and hundreds of sanitizing-gel and hand-washing stations were scattered around.
No tickets were sold at the entrance, while playgrounds and make-up workshops remained closed.
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.
(Production: Noemie Olive, Melodie Sforza, Ardee Napolitano)
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