Today is a double-dipper as we have news of a second 12 Days of Disney…
After months of being closed, then open, then closed again, we finally have news of when Hong Kong Disneyland is reopening. With most other Disney resorts already reopened around the world, Hong Kong Disneyland is reopening to the public on September 25, 2020!
It’s been quite the story with Hong Kong Disneyland as they had already reopened in June, but then were forced to close down shortly after that in July due to government regulations.
Over the past months, Disney has been working hard on a plan to reopen Hong Kong Disneyland and they have been able to modify the guest experience allowing guests to once again visit the parks while at the same time staying safe.
Some of the restaurants in Hong Kong Disneyland have been open since May, but now we are talking about a full opening of the park itself.
One big change will be a 5-Day operating schedule for Hong Kong Disneyland and the park will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the time-being.
Lessons have been learned from the Walt Disney World reopening and Shanghai Disneyland reopening openings and Hong Kong Disneyland now has enhanced health and safety measures after following the guidance from the local authorities.
Limited Attendance – Just like in the other Disney Parks that are reopening, Hong Kong Disneyland will have limited attendance during this initial phase. Keeping crowds down to levels lower than normal is key in limiting the spread of germs. We don’t know how many people will be allowed in the park, but it will be in the 20-30% range.
Park Reservations – Since attendance is limited, guests require a park reservation in order gain entry to the parks. Guests can reserve their date of entry 7 days in advance of their visit.
Temperature Screening – Before entering the parks, guests will have to undergo temperature screening. Any guests or Cast Members with a high temperature will not be given entrance.
Face Masks – Just like in other Disney Parks, face masks will be required to wear by both Cast Members and guests.
Sanitization and Cleaning – There will be an increase in the frequency of sanitization and disinfection in high-guest contact areas. More hand washing and hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the park.
Queue Distancing – Like in the other parks, ground markers have been installed showing guests where to stand in the queues. This way they will be able to keep distance from other guests while waiting in line for a ride or for food.
Restaurants – Guests dining in Hong Kong Disneyland will eat at tables distanced further from each other than normal. This means the overall capacity of restaurants will be reduced for the time being.
Contactless Menus – There will be contactless menus available for guests to scan with their mobile devices instead of using the traditional menus.
Contactless Payment – This will be the only form of payment accepted in Hong Kong Disneyland. Mobile payments are encouraged.
Attractions – The seating in ride vehicles has been modified to allow for more space between guests on attractions.
Characters – There won’t be any Disney character meets during the reopening phase. Characters will however, be present in the park, greeting guests from afar. They might even take a ride on Dumbo so be on the lookout!
Many of the new safety guidelines are the same as what has been implemented in Walt Disney World. If you want more info about how they will work, read our post on All the New Disney World Safety Guidelines and Changes.
One piece of good news is that the Castle of Magical Dreams transformation is almost complete and they are entering into the final stages of the construction process. When complete, the Castle of Magical Dreams will be the centerpiece of the park.
For more info on the Hong Kong reopening, watch this instructional video put out by Disney:
Also, make sure to visit the Hong Kong Disneyland website before you go for the most up-to-date announcements.
Once September 25 comes around, Hong Kong Disneyland will be the 2nd to last Disney park to open worldwide, with only the two parks at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim remaining closed.
If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World in the next few months, make sure to read our Disney World Reopening Guide where we explain all the trip-planning info you need to know during the reopening phase.
I want to know what you think about the Hong Kong Disneyland reopening…
- When are you going to visit Hong Kong Disneyland?
- What changes are you happiest about?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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