Shanghai Disneyland reopened its doors to the public Monday after 3 and half months of closure. But the park’s rules and guidelines have changed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of parades and fireworks. There are mandatory masks, temperature screenings, and social distancing for visitors and employees. “Andrew Bilstein” SVP of operations for Shanghai Disney Resort said,” We have a very dedicated team of custodial cleaners. That we’ve increased the number of those throughout the park that are constantly wiping down all the surfaces. He also added that ‘We’ll be able to strike that right balance between the safety and health and confident side. And then the magic that we’re able to deliver every day”
Visitors arriving at Shanghai Disneyland. Not crowded as far as we see. @Disney is limiting attendance to 30% capacity in line with government and social distancing rules. Masks required for all. ? #China #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/2Iioy17c22
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Shanghai Disneyland became the first of Disney’s parks to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Which has killed more than 280,000 people across the world? The reopening may offer hints about how other Disney parks may handle reopening. Still, Disney Shanghai saw its attendance drop to nearly 16,000 people which is about 20% capacity for the park. Children’s play areas closed and indoor live shows scrapped, too.
Some of the new safety measures have introduced in the park to keep workers and visitors safe. Masks are now mandatory for all guests, and new bins have dotted around the resort to dispose of old masks safely. Guests must have their temperature taken on arrival and be able to show an all-clear green QR code from Shanghai’s official diagnostic app. Queues and rides also incorporate social distancing measures. With purple mats placed on the ground to show visitors how far apart to stand, and alternate rows left empty on rollercoasters. Seats and safety bars are regularly disinfected. While some interactive rides. Like the blaster-wielding Buzz Lightyear’s Planet Rescue now need disposable gloves.
Joe Schott, the general manager of the Shanghai resort, said the reopening was going smoothly. So far, guests are being very respectful about social distancing. It has been an emotional morning, he also adds but there is light at the end of the tunnel