Shanghai Disneyland Landscaping Overgrown as Extended Closure & Lockdown Continues
Shanghai Disneyland has been closed since March 21 due to the continuing lockdown in Shanghai, which is now entering its eighth week. Now, photos have surfaced on Twitter depicting the state of the park’s landscaping and character topiaries as crews have been unable to perform upkeep around Shanghai Disneyland.
The somewhat shocking and almost apocalyptic photos show the state of two character topiary sets in the Gardens of Imagination. The first shows Donald and Daisy, whose forms are much less defined than they were two months ago. Around the topiaries, the flowers which used to accent the pair are now gone and almost entirely overgrown with weeds and grass peeking in.
This is how the topiaries appeared when the parks were still open earlier this year. As you can see, the tulips which used to flank the pair behind are now entirely gone.
The same fate seems to have met Chip and Dale, who are both even more overgrown with weeds and even small bushes where baby trees used to be. Weeds and grass are now where flowers used to be.
Seeing these really goes to show how much work Disney’s landscaping teams puts in to keep things guest-ready 365 days per year. Without the proper maintenance, these planters are quickly overtaken by nature.
Shanghai’s lockdown is currently set to begin relaxing in early June with the goal of being fully reopened by the end of June, per the South China Morning Post. The country is famously holding onto and doubling down on its “dynamic zero-COVID” strategy to prevent any and all transmission of the coronavirus through extensive and constant testing as well as aggressive lockdowns. China remains in stark contrast to the rest of the world, which is largely adopting a “living with the virus” approach.
No reopening date is in sight at present for the newest park in the Disney family. Shanghai Disney Resort is the only to remain closed at present.