At Disney theme parks throughout the world, Guests are required to wear masks, among other health and safety protocols, in order to keep Guests safe as the theme parks try to navigate this new pandemic-era world. With COVID-19 vaccination rates increasing and people wanting life to go “back to normal,” that has left many wondering — when will Disney theme parks be “normal” again?
While Guests visiting Disney World may come from all over, Guests visiting Disneyland must reside in California. Universal Studios Hollywood in Southern California recently began allowing out-of-state visitors, if they can provide proof of vaccination. Disneyland has not announced that they will be following this same protocol, but it did pose some interesting questions. Should Disney Parks require proof of vaccination to enter? Would that help keep Guests even safer while at the theme parks?
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed an executive order banning the use of vaccine passports throughout the state — which would include Walt Disney World. However, most other Disney theme parks have not stated whether they will require Guests to show proof of vaccination. Now, we have more clarity on what will occur when Disneyland Paris reopens and whether France will require a COVID-19 vaccine passport.
Today, DLP Report shared on Instagram that authorities in France ruled out the use of a “health pass” (which would include proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test) to enter theme parks, including Disneyland Paris:
French authorities have ruled out the use of a mandatory “health pass” for theme parks that would have required Guests to show proof of vaccination or negative test to enter, removing a major hurdle to the industry’s reopening.
⚠️French authorities have ruled out the use of a mandatory “health pass” for theme parks that would have required Guests to show proof of vaccination or negative test to enter, removing a major hurdle to the industry’s reopening. pic.twitter.com/lruFfJOAQy
— DLP Report (@DLPReport) May 12, 2021
The information shared by DLP Report was backed up and verified in a post by SNELAC — Syndicat National des Espaces de Loisirs, d’Attractions et Culturels. Below is the English translation:
It is confirmed, the sanitary pass will not be required at the entrance to the leisure parks! The @snelac would like to thank the ministers @alaingriset, @JBLemoyne and their teams for the quality of the exchanges and the listening of the problems of our companies.
🟠 C'est confirmé, le Pass sanitaire ne sera pas exigé à l'entrée des parcs de loisirs !
— SNELAC (@snelac) May 12, 2021
SNELAC is the French Amusement Park union, which fought hard against the use of vaccine passports in the country.
Disneyland Paris was scheduled to reopen on April 2, 2021, but had to delay the reopening due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases throughout the country. Disneyland Paris has not made an official announcement as to when the theme park will reopen.
Do you think Disney should require Guests to show proof of vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test to enter the parks? Would this help the parks around the world go “back to normal” sooner? Let us know in the comments!
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