Shanghai Disneyland reopens after four-month shut down due to pandemic

 Monday, May 11, 2020

The Walt Disney Company in Shanghai has reopened its biggest Asia resort after a four-month shutdown, as the health authorities in this Chinese city eased restrictions on public gatherings after getting the coronavirus outbreak affecting 24 million people in this mega city.

The first batch of 200 visitors entered in this theme park as soon the gates opened at 9:30am. The entry to the park is being staggered and guests would be allowed entry based on time slots specified on their tickets.

The tickets for Shanghai Disneyland, restricted to one-third of its normal daily capacity of 80,000 visitors, sold out within minutes on Friday for 399 yuan (US$56) each, according to the company’s website. They were priced at 499 yuan each for weekends.

The reopening of this wonderland, which is the biggest of Disneyland three resorts in Asia that hosted about 11.8 million visitors in 2018. The coronavirus pandemic helped lop off US$1.4 billion of its income, by shutting cinemas and theme parks around the world during the three months to March 31 versus a year earlier.

The authorities of DisneyLand and local authorities of Shanghai have maintained a tight crowd control, with constant reminders on wearing their face masks and strictly observing social distancing guidelines. The relatively sparse crowd means visitors need not spend time queuing for a Tron ride, one of the more popular attractions.

All indoor activities such as Frozen musical show are still suspended, while a parade at noon turned out to be a “simplified version” with only two carts showing up on the avenue. Still, the predominantly young visitors were unfazed.

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