WATCH LIVE: Hong Kong Disneyland Has Reopened!

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After a temporary closure that lasted several months in 2020, Hong Kong Disneyland has officially reopened to the public today. The park was scheduled to reopen at 10:30 a.m. local time on Thursday, June 18, although select Guests and media were let into the park after 9 a.m.

Scroll to the bottom of this post for the live stream of the reopening day!

Hong Kong Disneyland Managing Director Stephanie Young gave a speech during the reopening ceremonies (and of course, our favorite friends joined her).

“Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished Guests, media friends, and my fellow Cast Members, good morning and welcome back to the happiest place on Earth! We are so happy you are here to stand in front of the Castle of Magical Dreams, and we’re reminded that dreams really do come true.

“I am grateful for the support of this incredible community in Hong Kong, the commitment of our medical staff, and the dedication of all of our Cast Members. You have all managed through this challenging time, and I am optimistic that we have a bright future ahead. The health and safety of our Guests and Cast continues to be at the forefront of our mind, and our Cast Members have been working diligently to make sure all the necessary measures are in place for Guests to enjoy a magical visit.

“The community has also been at the heart of Hong Kong Disneyland. Today we are very happy to welcome more than 100 families from Lantau Island through our NGO partners. They’re back for a magical visit. And Hong Kong Disneyland will continue to work with different charity organizations, inspiring them with the magic of Disney’s positivity and optimism. 

“At Hong Kong Disneyland, we do believe in magic. It’s in every one of our stories and every one of our shows and attractions. As you can see, the Castle of Magical Dreams is nearing the final stage of transformation and will launch in late 2020. The castle will shine as a beacon of courage, hope, and possibility, which we will forever hold dear in our heart. 

“So let’s all celebrate joy and happiness because being together with friends and family is the most magical memory of all. So Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, are you ready? It is my pleasure to allow all of you to believe in magic and officially announce that Hong Kong Disneyland is reopened!”

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Credit: SCMP/AP via YouTube
Hong kong disneyland reopening
Credit: SCMP/AP via YouTube

“At Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, it is my privilege to work with an incredible team of cast members to help share the magic with our guests,” Young shared in the initial announcement of Hong Kong Disneyland’s reopening. “Over the past few months, we’ve been moved by your understanding and patience as we navigated an unprecedented closure. During this time, we took measured steps to maintain guest offerings at our hotels, with adjusted levels of service, and in May we reopened additional dining experiences.”

Reuters reports that Hong Kong Disneyland Senior Vice President of Operations Tim Sypko said the park is focusing on attracting local residents, as Hong Kong’s borders remain closed.

“With reducing the capacity of the park overall, our focus coming out of the gate is going to be the local Hong Kong market,” Sypko said.

The theme park reopened with limited attendance, increased frequency of sanitization and disinfection in high-Guest contact areas, and social distancing requirements in queues, restaurants, attraction vehicles and at other facilities throughout the park. You can read more about the health requirements for Guests here, or you can click here to read about the reservation system that is being implemented for all Guests wanting to get into Hong Kong Disneyland from reopening day onward.

Below are some of the photos that Disney shared regarding the health and safety measures in place now that Hong Kong Disneyland has reopened.

cast member in from of shop
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guests sitting at a restuarant
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guest using phone to scan menu
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cast member sanitizing carousel horse
Credit: Disney

Ahead of reopening, media outlets had the opportunity to preview the theme park. You can even get a peek at the nearly finished Castle of Magical Dreams.

Local Hong Kong news stations and Disney fans also took to social media to share coverage of Hong Kong Disneyland reopening day. Several shared images of temperature screenings and social distancing markers seen outside the theme park’s entrance.

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Credit: SCMP/AP via YouTube

You can watch a live stream of the reopening of Hong Kong Disneyland below!

 

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