Disneyland Paris will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for theme park entry

12 days ago in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Friday July 16, 2021 3:09pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Beginning July 21 2021, following government regulations, Disney will require guests to present a Health Pass for admission into the Disneyland Paris theme parks for anyone 18 years or older. From August 30, that age requirement will drop to age 12.

The change comes as the Delta variant of COVID continues to take hold, and the French government looks for ways to curb the virus while still allowing theme parks to operate.

According to information available from the French government, a Health Pass must be presented in digital or paper form, to verify one of three things:

That a guest is fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine):
- Two weeks after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
- Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
- Two weeks after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).

OR that a guest has been tested (PCR or Antigen) and has a negative result within the last 48 hours;

OR for persons who have had COVID-19: the result of a positive RT-PCR or Antigen test, attesting that the individual has been infected, and that a period of time of at least 11 days and less than 6 months has passed since the test result was obtained (considered as a recovery certificate).

To support the process, Disney will be providing onsite testing for around $80 for non-French citizens, and around $20 for French citizens.

Disneyland Paris reopened from the original COVID-19 shutdown on July 15 2020 at the same time as Walt Disney World, but subsequently closed again as pandemic conditions forced an additional shutdown in France late 2020. The resort then reopened again on June 17 2021.

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Robbiem1 day ago

Interesting I was thinking about the effects of the measure itself (stopping infection) rather than the behaviour it’s designed to encourage (getting vaccinated). Although I’d still err on the side of caution. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should do it

Swissmiss2 days ago

There is no disputing that the measures were taken to increase vaccination rates - Macron said that during his announcement. However, some of the measures could not be implemented before the necessary legal framework was adopted.

wdrive2 days ago

The measures basically exist to encourage people to get vaccinated. If you say no one can go to a shop from tomorrow if you’re not vaccinated you’ll just end up with angry people. If you say in a month from today you need to be vaccinated to go to a shop that gives people a month to get vaccinated.

Robbiem2 days ago

Thanks. That makes sense, although it still sounds too late from a public health perspective

Swissmiss2 days ago

While this may be technically correct, it is not the practice when entering from the train station side. You first show your health pass before proceeding through security. I don’t know what the reply would have been if someone says they are only going to the Village. However, if you enter from the Disney Village parking lot side, it is correct to say that no health pass was required to enter the Village; they asked for the pass further inside as you continue towards the parks.

Swissmiss2 days ago

I believe it has more to do with the fact that a legal basis had to be adopted by the French legislature first so that certain measures could be implemented. Those that did not require an additional legal basis went into effect last week and those that did go into effect shortly.

Robbiem2 days ago

I just don’t get it. At the moment there are less restrictions with less vaccinated people. Surely when more people are vaccinated its the time to ease the restrictions not tighten them further?

wdrive2 days ago

It’s basically to allow people time to be vaccinated. They are following the governments rules. Visiting places like theme parks and zoos are less important than shops and restaurants. I get it doesn’t make much sense in the context of Disneyland but they are just doing what they’re being told to do.

Oddysey3 days ago

The US Government’s message has went from “you can’t get it or spread it if vaccinated” to “you might get it but you won’t get severely ill.” Our message is not evolving as quickly as the UK message, but it is evolving. Also in today’s news according to this report immunity is waning several months after vaccination and Pfizer is already advocating for a 3rd shot or booster. https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-immunity-wanes-but-third-shot-still-rarely-needed-biontech-ceo-says-11627211359?mod=mhp

Robbiem3 days ago

There a lot of ‘interesting statistics’ at work for sure. Here in the UK government messages have gone from ‘being vaccinated will stop you getting covid’ to ‘it will stop you being hospitalised/dying’ to ‘we have to live with it’. Even our own health minister has caught covid after being fully vaccinated. I suspect politicians wont share the full facts because the vaccine programs have become highly politicised and none of them want to tell people they aren’t going to be as protected as they were promised

Oddysey4 days ago

First I agree that disparities in data could be a result of differing vaccine effectiveness, but the numbers are rarely reported for each vaccine and are often lumped together. This is disconcerting because it is a very important piece of the puzzle. That said, I watched the US Press Secretary state in her live conference 2 or 3 days ago that 97% of hospitalizations are a result of the unvaccinated. The UK is reporting 60% of hospitalizations are unvaccinated, and Israel is reporting that the Pfizer vaccine is 88% effective against hospitalization. These numbers are quite disparate and lead me to believe that the US reportings are potentially optimistic. 97% is also not consistent with anecdotal info I am seeing on the ground in the US in my small circle. I now know of multiples of hospitalizations of the vaccinated and if 97% is the real number, I should be hard pressed to actually know multiples of people this has happened to. I’m not saying the vaccines are not effective, but such wide variations in the reporting of the data raises my antennas a bit and causes me to dig a bit deeper rather than just trust what my government is telling me. The US may also be reporting 97% effectiveness against hospitalizations for the Alpha variant because the vaccines seem to be holding up against Alpha better than the Delta variant and possibly the Lambda variant. However, this is me speculating because they are never clear in their reporting. I wish my government would just release all the data and be clear, but that seems to be huge ask these days. I want to be able to put my full trust in them during a pandemic. That said, I hope the vaccines hold up against all variants. After all, I am a human and would prefer not to get sick or see family members get sick. I just hope we are getting real numbers and not the governments preferred numbers. Time will tell.

Robbiem4 days ago

Its just nuts. When the pandemic began last year we were in Thailand. Everywhere you were temperature checked and masks and sanitizer was everywhere. When we made it back to the UK it was the start of the first lockdown. We couldn’t believe that there were no checks at all at Heathrow or on the tube when we travelled home The way the west has handled the pandemic has been bad compared to asia, I only hope we learn the lessons of those countries rather than congratulating ourselves for beating the virus

marni19714 days ago

The UK gave 4 days warning it was closing to India to “keep the delta variant out” Every flight from India for those 4 days was sold out.

Robbiem4 days ago

I really don’t understand when safety measures like this are phased in. Surely you should do the full implementation and then ease off if hopefully things improve. Saying we’ll up the measure in a few weeks doesn’t make it sound that effective now to me