Shanghai Disney Resort Expanding Health QR Code Checks; Only Guests With Green QR Codes Allowed to Enter Resort

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, Shanghai Disney Resort has been closed since late January. However, the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, Disneytown, and Wishing Star Park resumed limited operations on March 9, with health protocols in place to keep guests safe and prevent the further spread of the virus. In a recent update to the Shanghai Disneyland website, a slight alteration has been made with regards to the use of Health QR Codes, which were previously only required upon entering dining venues, but are now required resort-wide. Only guests with a green Shanghai QR Code will be allowed to enter the resort.

The following statement was issued back when the resort announced it would reopen, under certain conditions, on March 9:

Shanghai Disneyland remains closed as we continue to closely monitor health and safety conditions and follow the direction of government regulators. However, as the first step of a phased reopening, Shanghai Disney Resort will partially resume operations on March 9, 2020 with a limited number of shopping, dining, and recreational experiences available in Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. Each of these resort locations will operate under limited capacity and reduced hours of operation. The Disney Car and Coach Park and the Disneytown Parking Lot will also reopen.

The resort will provide an extensive range of measures, designed to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all guests, Cast Members and Disneytown tenant employees, including strict and comprehensive approaches on sanitization, disinfection and cleanliness. In accordance with relevant regulations, every guest entering Shanghai Disney Resort will be required to undergo temperature screening procedures upon their arrival and will need to present their Health QR Code when entering dining venues, and are required to wear a mask during their entire visit. Guests will also be reminded to maintain respectful social distances at all times while in stores, queues and restaurants.

Please refer to the Shanghai Disney Resort official website and app for the operation hours of Disneytown and Wishing Star Park.

The new statement issued today reads exactly the same, with the exception of the new QR Code regulations (in bold):

The resort will provide an extensive range of measures, designed to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all guests, Cast Members and Disneytown tenant employees, including strict and comprehensive approaches on sanitization, disinfection and cleanliness. In accordance with relevant regulations, every guest entering Shanghai Disney Resort will be required to undergo temperature screening procedures and present their Shanghai QR Code. Only guests with a green Shanghai QR Code will be allowed to enter the resort. Guests must wear a mask during their entire visit (except when dining), and will also be reminded to maintain respectful social distances at all times while in stores, queues and restaurants.

For those unfamiliar with the system, the Health QR App is a color-coded system for coronavirus tracking used across China, with those who’ve successfully maintained quarantine getting assigned a status of green and those who have been potentially exposed to the virus, or tested positive for it, given a status of orange or red. As of today, Shanghai Disneyland Park remains closed until further notice. Lumiere’s Kitchen recently reopened back in late March, with a new brunch offering available on weekends. In a recent interview with Barron’s, former Disney CEO Bob Iger commented on the possibility of similar technology being used stateside, namely temperature checks, but no confirmation of this being implemented at the other Disney Parks has been issued.

We’ll keep our eyes on developments here as well as in Tokyo and Hong Kong regarding the COVID-19 situation’s effect on Disney Parks operations.