Guests Returned to Hong Kong Disneyland After a 5-Month Closure – See the First Photos

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Update: As of July 15, Hong Kong Disneyland will once again shut its doors temporarily due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and in alignment with the prevention efforts of Hong Kong’s government and health authorities. According to Reuters, “Hong Kong recorded 52 new cases of coronavirus on [July 13].”

Original Story: Hong Kong Disneyland began its phased reopening plan on June 18, opening its doors to guests for the first time since closing temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic on Jan. 26. It’s the second Disney resort to open up following Shanghai Disneyland, which reopened on May 11. As of its initial reopening, a majority of Hong Kong Disneyland’s attractions, restaurants, and shops are open, but the park is taking guests at a limited capacity and has rolled out enhanced health and safety procedures such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

“Creating magic today means even more to us than ever before. This was especially apparent as thousands of talented and dedicated Hong Kong cast members came together to take great care in preparing the park for the return of our guests,” read a June 18 statement on the Disney Parks Blog. “As we reopened our park today, we reflected on the strength and resilience of our community, the perseverance of our cast members, the support from our guests and the unwavering commitment of our medical responders. To each of these groups – we thank you for your significant contributions that helped lead us to this special moment . . . Today serves as an important step forward for Hong Kong Disneyland. We are excited not only about upcoming milestones for our park, but also for the rest of our Disney parks around the world.”

In the US, Walt Disney World has already opened Disney Springs, and will open Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, followed by Hollywood Studios and Epcot on July 15. Meanwhile, Disneyland will reopen Downtown Disney on July 9 and its parks once it has approval from California government officials. Keep scrolling to see photos of what Hong Kong Disneyland’s reopening amid the pandemic looks like, as well as a video put together by the park.

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