Disney Parks Resort announces its reopening date, following extensive pandemic-related closure

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Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has announced it will once again welcome Guests through its gates beginning April 21.

According to Hong Kong Disneyland‘s website, the Resort will reopen later this month, but with restrictions:

  • Hong Kong Disneyland Park will reopen on April 21. Guests are required to make park visit reservation with valid tickets. Magic Access members can begin reservation from April 14, after which the system will open to the public from 12:00 noon on April 16.
  • Guests are required by law to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” app and fulfill the “Vaccine Pass” requirements upon entering the Park and specified premises.
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The site also informs Guests that there will be “special arrangements for unused park tickets, date-specific products, hotel bookings, and Magic Access memberships.”

On January 6 of this year, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island, closed for the fourth time since the coronavirus pandemic began in early 2020. Since that time, the Disney Park has extended its closure several times as park management continually reevaluates the risks associated with the COVID-19 virus. Unlike Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has failed to remain open continually to Guests since its initial reopening.

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According to Variety, the local government said in March that current travel restrictions and requirements related to quarantine could be reduced beginning in early April of this year. Further, there was an indication that social distancing measures could allow for cinemas, theme parks, and other entertainment facilities to reopen by April 21.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort was hit hard by the absence of Guests related to the Hong Kong government ordering closures and restricting travel because of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021. In 2021, Hong Kong hosted fewer than 92,000 tourists, most of which were not traveling for leisure.

In March, Hong Kong‘s Tourism Board predicted that the number of visitors to Hong Kong this year will approach 10 million, despite first-quarter closure and restrictions in the country.

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Hong Kong Disneyland Resort reported a loss of HK $2.4 billion, or almost $307 million USD, for its last financial year, bringing the Disney Park‘s number of years in a row with no profit to seven. The Hong Kong Disney Park‘s financial year runs from October to September, and profits reports from 2021 were disappointing, but in line with the previous six years.

Per the South China Morning Post, “the results for the financial year ending on September 30, 2021, revealed by the company on Monday, were 12% lower than the HK $2.66 billion shortfall recorded for the preceding 12 months.”

Shanghai Disneyland Resort has also been closed to Guests since March 21, 2022. The Shanghai Disney Park, however, remains closed with no indication yet as to when the park will reopen to Guests.

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A message on Disney’s Shanghai Disneyland Resort website reads:

“Due to the current pandemic situation, Shanghai Disney Resort, including Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown, and Wishing Star Park has been temporarily closed from Monday, March 21, 2022. The two resort hotels are also closed to the public.

There is currently no confirmed date for the re-opening of our operations. We will continue to monitor the pandemic situation and in consultation with local authorities update our Guests as soon as we have more information.

All ticket sales and hotel reservations have been suspended until the Resort reopening date is announced. We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide refunds or exchanges for all Guests impacted during this period.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! We look forward to seeing you soon!”

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!