Attractions11 May opening will introduce strict rules including social distancing, limited capacity, facemask wearing and temperature checks

Shanghai is first Disneyland park to reopen worldwide

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Hong Kong Disneyland has no set date for reopening the popular park following the opening of its sister Shanghai Disneyland in mainland China on 11 May
Hong Kong Disneyland has no set date for reopening the popular park following the opening of its sister Shanghai Disneyland in mainland China on 11 May

SHANGHAI - The first of the world’s Disneylands will officially reopen on May 11 – in Shanghai. Limited amounts of tickets will be available for each day, with sales opening on 8 May at 8am for dated and time-specific reservations.

We will take a phased approach with limits on attendance, using an advanced reservation and entry system, controlled guest density using social distancing and strict government required health and prevention procedures,– CEO Bob Chapek

Understandably, Disney fans excited to be visiting the park will face a somewhat different welcome to usual, including requirements to wear facemasks and individual temperature checks.

To adhere to social distancing rules, advanced reservation and entry will be opened to crowds limited to 30% of the park’s full capacity, meaning up to 24,000 guests of the park’s total of 80,000, will be allowed per day.

Guests will be required to present Health QR Codes alongside ID documentation.

“We will take a phased approach with limits on attendance, using an advanced reservation and entry system, controlled guest density using social distancing and strict government required health and prevention procedures," said CEO Bob Chapek.

Inside the park, most attractions and rides, and some shows, shops and dining locations will open, while subject to social distancing rules. Parades and evening events other than the Evening Magical Moments will open later. Sanitisation and disinfection will be increased, with hand sanitiser at ride entry and exit points.

Cast members, who will be wearing protective equipment, will be interacting with guests without making contact and taking part in special processions such as the Mickey and Friends Express.

Specifically interactive attractions and experiences will stay closed

The Shanghai Disneyland park had previously opened a few facilities, including Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and the Disneyland Hotel, in early March, trialing enhanced health and safety measures.

The Disney team are hoping to be able to increase visitor numbers gradually as the weeks go by.

There is no news regarding potential opening dates for the group’s other parks including Japan and Hong Kong in Asia, Paris in Europe and the US.

A spokesperson at Hong Kong Disneyand said yesterday, “Safety is always a top priority at Disney. We are carefully monitoring the situation in Hong Kong and remain in regular contact with the health and government authorities. We look forward to welcoming guests back to HKDL as soon as it advisable.”

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