Disney on Lockdown: Guests Now Restricted Access to Theme Park

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The weather in Paris has been causing some major disruptions at Disneyland Paris, including restricted walkways and areas for guest safety.

Sleeping Beauty Castle in the end of Main Street, U.S.A, at Disneyland Paris
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Springtime in Paris means that at times, you may have the sun shining down on you, and then, in a flip of a switch, that run will be covered up with rolling dark skies pouring down a torrential rainfall. Luckily, the weather systems in the spring tend to move out quite quickly, but at times, that storm may last the whole day.

Over the past week, we have seen an increase of storms and high wind warnings in Paris. Just this week, Météo France announced the arrival of an episode of”strong winds to be monitored in connection with the low-pressure system ‘Nelson’ over the west of the country”. This will cross the country from west to east throughout Thursday. “In the départements under orange alert, wind gusts are expected to reach 120 to 130 km/h near the coast, and 100 to 110 km/h inland, particularly under stormy squalls. The strongest gusts are expected around midday. Lulls are expected in the late afternoon and evening”, adds the weather service in today’s bulletin.

Guests, cast members, and a horse-drawn streetcar in Main Street, U.S.A, at Disneyland Paris with Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background
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While Disneyland Paris may be magical, it sadly does not hold enough pixie dust to whisk away the rain. The theme park has been prepping for these weather systems by blocking off any areas under construction to ensure that if a construction wall were to fall down from the wind, that guests would not be hit or endangered.

Disneyland Paris reporter Cave 0f Wonders shared photos of large areas of Disneyland Park that now have green barricades keeping guests away, or blocking them out entirely.

We can see that the construction that is currently underway on Main Street, U.S.A., has barricades up and in front of the construction walls to still allow guests to walk by, but not too close. Other areas that once acted as pathways in the parks with construction walls on each side have been locked down, and now are temporary restricted areas.

The weather has even been so bad that parts of Sleeping Beauty Castle are ruined inside Disneyland Paris. As Inside the Magic has covered, La Boutique du Château, which is a Christmas store in the castle, is currently pouring in water from the ceiling, and has been for quite a while with the damages only getting worse.

Guests walking around the front entrance of Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris
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With the recent capacity issues that Disneyland Paris has been facing, these new closed-off areas may cause for higher crowding until the weather deems it safe again to remove the barricades. Luckily, at Disneyland Paris, there are so many areas for guests to shelter safely from rain or any bad weather — and a lot of attractions also feature indoor queues, allowing guests to both escape the rain while being productive and waiting for an attraction.

Plus, you know what they say: a rainy day at Disney is better than a sunny day back home!

Do you mind visiting the Disney parks when the weather is less than ideal? 

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