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Shanghai Disneyland Reopens Today With Controlled Capacity During Coronavirus Pandemic

Rebecca Shepherd

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Shanghai Disneyland Reopens Today With Controlled Capacity During Coronavirus Pandemic

Shanghai Disney Resort opened its gates once again to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic:

The Magic Kingdom was brought to a standstill following the Covid-19 outbreak but with enhanced health and safety measures being implemented, the park has been able to start the initial reopening phase.

According to a press release, Shanghai Disneyland will institute new measures and procedures, including opening with limited attendance and required advanced ticketing and reservations; accommodating social distancing in queues, restaurants, ride vehicles and other facilities throughout the park; and implementing increased frequency of sanitisation and disinfection.

Limited numbers of tickets were made available from 8 May to keep attendees to a minimum. Today, the majority of Shanghai Disneyland's attractions and rides, plus some shows and shopping and dining locations, will resume operations - at a controlled capacity.

The queuing measures will ensure a two metre distance is kept. Credit: Shanghai Disneyland
The queuing measures will ensure a two metre distance is kept. Credit: Shanghai Disneyland

Some interactive attractions and experiences - such as children's play areas and theatre shows -will remain closed. Additionally, parades and nighttime events will return at a later date.

The park has promised that a special Disney character procession, the Mickey and Friends Express, will take place several times daily, and the Enchanted Storybook Castle will come to life with light and music at dusk each day with Evening Magical Moments.

Disney characters will appear around the park but people are being advised not to allow close interaction and close-up photos have been suspended.

The park will be frequently sanitised. Credit: Shanghai Disneyland
The park will be frequently sanitised. Credit: Shanghai Disneyland

The frequency of sanitisation measures will be increased to meet the standards of cleanliness already in place throughout the park, and hand sanitisers will be available at attractions, restaurant and stores.

Guests will be required to undergo a temperature screening procedure upon arrival and must wear approved masks during the entire visit.

Aditionally, people attending the park will have to register for a Health QR Code prior to their arrival, which must be presented upon entering any location at Shanghai Disney Resort. Only guests with a green Health QR Code will be allowed to enter the resort.

The rides will be sanitised on a regular basis. Credit: Shanghai Disneyland
The rides will be sanitised on a regular basis. Credit: Shanghai Disneyland

The press release goes on to say that the resort 'looks forward to recognising and celebrating medical professionals who helped to make the reopening possible at an appropriate time in the near future'.

President of Shanghai Disney Resort, Joe Schott, told reporters: "We hope that today's reopening serves as a beacon of light across the globe, providing hope and inspiration to everyone."

Featured Image Credit: Shanghai Disney Resort

Topics: Coronavirus

Rebecca Shepherd
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