by Beth Keating
April 1, 2021
With COVID-19 hospitalizations in France once again on the rise, France is heading into its third countrywide lockdown of the pandemic. French President Emmanuel Macron this week extended the country’s previous lockdown, and closed schools through the end of April. Residents are not permitted to travel more than 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) from home.
Disneyland Paris, which was set to reopen on April 2, has also extended its closure date with no reopening yet set on the calendar. In fact, the park itself is about to become one of 35 mega-vaccination sites in the country.
International travel may be prohibited right now, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get an opportunity to visit Disneyland Paris and stroll through the park – albeit virtually. On April 12, you can join Yves Benyeta from Walt Disney Imagineering; Catherine Chevreux, Manager, Consumer Insight; Imagineer Beth Clapperton; David Duffy, Vice President of Entertainment; and former Disneyland Paris/Euro Disney Chairman and CEO Philippe Bourguignon for a visit to the park. There will be some interesting discussions on the history and the future of Disneyland Paris, and a peek at new merchandise that will soon be released. (Would it be a Disney presentation without merchandising?)
The park is celebrating its 29th Anniversary this year, and the Disneyland Paris walk-through tour will be a virtual celebration of sorts for the milestone. You can tune in and follow the updates at the Disneyland Paris Park Ambassador’s Instagram site.
Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.
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