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Shanghai Disneyland reopens
The reopening of Shanghai Disneyland with a host of mandated COVID-19 health and safety measures is expected to serve as a blueprint for how Disney’s U.S. theme parks will need to function if they hope to swing open their gates in the next few months.To get more news about latest Shanghai news, you can visit shine news official website.
The Shanghai Disneyland theme park in China reopened on Monday, May 11 with additional health and safety measures including face masks, temperature checks, reduced attendance, social distancing and constant sanitization.
The first Disney visitors of the post COVID-19 era were welcomed into the Shanghai Disneyland theme park on Monday morning at 9 a.m. (6 p.m.Pacific time) following a three month-plus coronavirus closure of the park.
The $5.5 billion Shanghai Disney resort closed on Jan. 25 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Shanghai Disneyland resort had previously reopened its outdoor shopping mall and a hotel.
Disney’s two Anaheim theme parks, three hotels and outdoor shopping mall were shuttered in mid-March and remain closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The shuttering of the Anaheim parks was preceded by closures of Disney parks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Japan and followed by closures of Disney resorts in Florida and France.
California theme parks can’t reopen for months based on a plan laid out by Gov. Gavin Newsom in a four-stage roadmap for reopening the state’s economy.Advanced reservations were required for Monday’s reopening of Shanghai Disneyland and tickets sold out in minutes when they were posted online. Attendance was limited to 24,000 visitors — about 30% of Shanghai Disneyland’s 80,000 capacity.
“We’re going to actually open up far below that just to have our training wheels on with our new procedures and processes to make sure we don’t have any lines backing up either as guests enter into the park or as they wade through the park,” new Disney CEO Bob Chapek said on a conference call with analysts. “We’re going to approach that very, very slowly.”Visitors arriving at Shanghai Disneyland passed through a temperature screening tent. Anyone with a temperature above 37.3 degrees Celsius (approximately 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit) was prohibited from entering. All visitors were required to wear a mask during their entire visit — except while dining. Signs on the ground of the security queues read “Please do not stand here.”
“We did various studies with our guests,” Shanghai Disneyland senior vice president of operations Andrew Bolstein said during a Chinese media tour of the park. “We found it was easier to tell the guests where not to stand and then leave the empty space where they can stand.”
All visitors with advanced reservations were required to show their China government ID and Shanghai QR health code to gain entrance to the park.A 90-minute live-stream by China’s Pengpai News gave viewers around the globe a front row seat from their homes to watch the opening ceremony and first guests arriving at Shanghai Disneyland.
The Shanghai Disneyland brass band played during a reopening ceremony attended by Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald.
A steady stream of socially distanced visitors in Minnie Mouse ears and Disney princess dresses walked down Mickey Avenue around 9 a.m. Monday Shanghai time. Thor, Mulan, Buzz Lightyear, Elastigirl, Olaf and other Disney, Pixar and Marvel characters waved hello from a balcony over the entry portal of Shanghai Disneyland.
The park was in full bloom with spring flowers throughout the Gardens of Imagination. Visitors took their masks off to smile for a photo in front of Enchanted Storybook Castle before quickly putting their masks back on.