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Disneyland Paris delays reopening to April

Disneyland Paris has announced it will push its reopening date back by another two months to April 2 as France tightens its COVID-19 restrictions further.

The resort had originally said it would open its gates again on February 13, after closing for the second time in October and delaying its initial plan of a Christmas reopening.

The theme park first shuttered in March 12, 2020 due to the initial COVID-19 outbreak then reopened on July 15 with enhanced health and safety protocols that included a limit on attendance and required advance ticketing and reservations, before closing again three months later due to a second wave of the virus.

Disneyland Paris said in an announcement: “Due to the prevailing conditions in Europe, Disneyland Paris will not reopen on the 13th of February as initially planned. If you have a booking with us during the closing period, please check our website for our latest commercial conditions.”

The resort is cancelling all bookings for arrivals through April 1 and guests with affected reservations may rebook through March 31 at the same price for arrivals April 2 through March 30, 2022.

Dated tickets during the extended closure will be refunded and non-dated tickets will be extended through September 30.

France was placed under a nationwide 6pm curfew on Sunday as the number of deaths due to COVID-19 surpassed 70,000. Since the start of the vaccination campaign on December 26, just under half a million people have been vaccinated.

The Disneyland Paris Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland and the original Disneyland Resort in California are closed due to the pandemic, while Tokyo Disney recently reduced its operating hours and capacity.

Disney Parks revealed plans to cut 28,000 jobs in September as a result of the pandemic on Disneyland and Walt Disney World.