The Disneyland Paris theme park opened to visitors today after being shut for nearly eight months during the pandemic, but safety measures were in force to stop the virus spreading.

While cast members dressed as favourite Disney characters - among them Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy - were on hand as usual for selfies with visitors, they were keeping their distance.

According to the park's revised rules, "close interactions, including hugs, will be temporarily suspended."

Visitors over the age of six are also required to wear masks.

Natacha Rafalski, CEO of Disneyland Paris, said the reopening was a watershed moment for the whole tourism and hospitality sector in France as it emerges from the pandemic.

"We've all waited impatiently for this moment," she said.

"Restaurants, hotels, theme parks, all hospitality venues, are essential to the life of the French people."