Disney announced today that its first theme park to close due to the global health emergency, Shanghai Disneyland, would also be the first to reopen. Shanghai Disney Resort has been allowing guests into its shopping and dining district, Disneytown, and is now ready to do a limited phased opening of the main theme park gate.
The opening was announced to happen on May 11, however, please be aware that is subject to change. Reservations will be required to help the park maintain a capacity it can manage in park while maintaining health restrictions and physical distancing.
Other health measures will include temperature taking, contact tracing, and strong cleanliness and hygiene messaging. The theme park management has been working with local health officials to establish guidelines and procedures to limit the risk for guests and cast members.
Shanghai Disneyland has been setting up new queues with lines on the ground to ensure physical distancing and has been doing limited character dining testing along with tests to figure out how to handle larger crowd experiences like shows and fireworks.
We will be keeping a close eye on this limited reopening as we expect the lessons learned by Disney at Shanghai Disneyland to help inform how and when it will open its other theme parks.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it comes in.