As the world continues to endure and recover from the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are being lifted and imposed on a regular basis in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.
For Disney Parks and its partners like The Oriental Land Company that operates Tokyo Disney Resort, the guidelines for protection against COVID-19 have been ever-changing. Now, in a new announcement, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will require specific elements from Guests in order to experience the Disney Resort.
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea closed their doors in February last year along with many of the other Disney Parks worldwide. The Disney Resort reopened in July, with the Guests able to return to the theme parks and experience their favorite attraction or see their favorite Disney characters once again.
Tokyo Disneyland boasts themed lands such as Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Toontown, for example — much like the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. As one of the world’s most-visited theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland is joined by Tokyo DisneySea which includes areas like Mermaid Lagoon and Arabian Coast.
The Parks are joined by the shopping area, Ikspiari, as well as numerous Disney Hotels like Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, and Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, as well as non-Disney hotels.
In news coming directly from Tokyo Disney Resort’s website, the Disney vacation destination will now be requiring certain things from Guests opting to visit the Parks over a specific period of time. They state:
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will be cooperating in the Japanese government’s technical demonstration of using COVID-19 vaccine certificates and negative test results during the limited period of November 22 to 28, 2021.
For this purpose, guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a negative COVID-19 test result will be able to purchase specified Park tickets for admission to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea during this period.
The information goes on to explain just what the Disney Resort — which has recently upped its Park capacity — will be requiring for entry into Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea:
On your day of visit, please bring (1) a certificate (verifying vaccination, or negative test result) along with (2) personal identification. The cast member will check your certificate at the Park admission gate.
It is specified that the Cast Members will be requiring proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test taken within three days of Park entry, or a negative antigen result taken within one day of entering. Vaccination status or test results must be provided with a form of identification such as a passport or driving license. The website reminds Guests that these are the terms of entry:
Please note you will not be able to enter the Park without the required certificate and identification. Guests ages 12 and under will not be required to present a certificate if accompanied by a guardian.
This technical demonstration over a limited time at the end of November could be a sign of the future for the Tokyo Disney Resort. We have seen similar requirements for Park entry in other Disney Parks such as Disneyland Paris who require a Health Pass for entry as well as mandatory mask-wearing for Guests aged six and up.
Restrictions aside, Tokyo Disney Resort recently made an effort towards inclusivity at its Parks when the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights made its return to the Park with a new welcome message that removes all gendered language. The parade’s triumphant return saw the Disney magic spread across the lands and around Cinderella Castle in the nighttime show.
Tokyo Disney Resort will also welcome an all-new Toy Story Hotel coming soon!
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