Photos of Shanghai Disneyland may be precursor to the future of theme parks reopening around the world

Mark Mayes

On May 11th, Shanghai Disneyland has finally reopened its doors after almost three and a half months of being closed due to Covid-19. This was a historical moment in Disney history, especially given the fact that Shanghai Disneyland was the first Disney park to close its doors back in January alongside its neighboring park in Hong Kong.

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Although visitors and cast members alike were extremely excited for the reopening, there still needed to be a vast number of cautionary measures in place to keep everyone safe. These measures included numerous social distancing tactics and extensive cleaning procedures.

Shanghai Disneyland has also announced that they will be opening in phases, starting with the “initial reopening phase” that will be in effect indefinitely until they decide to move forward with more lenient restrictions. Other parks that will eventually reopen have released that they will also open in similar phases.

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CNN reported on May 11th that the park operated at less than the anticipated 30% capacity. Some guests even noticed that the cast members outnumbered the visitors in the park.

When entering the park, guests will have their temperature taken by cast members. All guests will be required to wear masks at all times with the exception of sit-down dining. To find out more about the exact rules and regulations of this first phase, visit the attractions magazine article here.

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