Shanghai Disneyland will begin a phased reopening starting on May 11 following its temporary closure, which began on January 25.
“On May 11, the majority of Shanghai Disneyland’s attractions, rides, some shows and shopping and dining locations will resume operations, with controlled attendance,” an official press release explains.
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Some interactive areas and experiences, including children’s play areas and theatre performances, will remain closed.
To account for social distancing measures, parades and nighttime events will also not resume until a later date.
Additionally, beloved Disney characters will return to the park in a different way, “as they make appearances in each of the themed lands, greeting and welcoming everyone back to Shanghai Disneyland.” Close interactions and photos with characters will not be permitted during the initial reopening phase.
The frequency in which sanitization measures are carried out will also be increased, and hand sanitizer stations will be available at attractions, restaurants, and stores.
Surrounding the new measures and protocols, guests will be asked to comply with multiple requirements, including purchasing dated admission tickets before arriving since onsite ticketing will not be available. Annual Pass holders must also make reservations for their visit specifying date and time through the resort’s website. In this period of advanced reservations, General Admission tickets will not be accepted.
Guests must also provide basic information about themselves when they visit, including their name, phone number, type of ID and ID number, through the Shanghai Disney Resort online channels before their arrival.
“A Shanghai Disneyland Reservation QR Code will be provided after the successful submission of the required identification information, and guests will be required to present the code before entering the theme park,” the press release explains.
This Health QR code must be registered before arrival. Only those with green codes will be permitted entry.
Guests must also present a China government ID or valid travel document at park turnstiles. Pictures and photocopies will not be accepted.
Finally, visitors must participate in “temperature screening procedures” when they arrive and will be required to wear an “approved mask” during their entire visit, except when dining.
All of the above measures will continue to be reviewed “as the situation warrants” and may be altered further.
In a separate press release published by the president and general manager of Shanghai Disney Resort, Joe Schott, he explains that “now more than ever” the resort is an ideal location for fans and families alike to celebrate being together once again by creating new and lasting memories.
The release explains that as Shanghai Disneyland continues with the process of being the first Disney park to reopen, other parks around the world are also carrying on with preparations to do the same.
“When the time is right, they will be able to once again welcome guests – to explore and play and to enjoy the lands of adventure, fantasy, tomorrow and imagination together,” the release states.
Until that time comes, fans are encouraged to stay safe and alert to any new updates from Disney Parks and for stories from Shanghai Disneyland.
For those looking to add a dose of Disney to their lives, the company is providing an abundance of virtual services to curb any cravings until things go back to normal.
For instance, fans can virtually experience the magic of the “Magic Happens” parade and digitally embark on some of their favourite Disney rides all from the comfort of their own homes through the Disney Parks YouTube channel and the #DisneyMagicMoments website.
For additional information regarding the conditions of the Shanghai Disneyland reopening, visit the park’s official website.