CONFIRMED: Shanghai Disneyland Opens May 11th with Reservation-Only Limited Attendance and Temperature Screening, Chapek States Other Disney Parks Will Follow Same Protocol When Reopening
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, Shanghai Disney Resort has been closed since late January. During today’s Walt Disney Company Q2 earnings call, it was announced that Shanghai Disneyland park will reopen on May 11. The reopening will take into account guest capacity for social distancing, as well as health and prevention procedures that comply with local guidelines.
Visitors will also need to make reservations to visit in order for the resort to limit and control the number of guests in the park. No further details are available at this time regarding how the booking process will work.
During the Q&A segment of the earnings call, Chapek pointed out that Shanghai Disneyland has a max capacity of 80,000 guests a day. The local government has indicated that the park is to run at 30% of the maximum capacity, meaning that the park must operate at a maximum of 24,000 guests until those restrictions are lifted. Their goal is to make sure no lines are backing up at the entrance to the park and throughout the park.
Shanghai Disneyland’s reopening is generally seen as a test of sorts for the other Disney Parks around the world to follow. CEO Bob Chapek indicated that similar social distancing measures to attend parks and within attractions, restaurants, and shows will be taken at other Disney theme parks around the world as they return to service.