Shanghai Disneyland this morning welcomed its first guests since closing in January. Shanghai Disney Resort President and General Manager Joe Schott reopened the park with a ceremony in front of its "floral Minnie."
"Since the reopening of Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel in early March, we have been deeply moved by the encouragement from our guests and Disney fans," Scott said. "Today, we are extremely pleased to reopen Shanghai Disneyland thanks to the unwavering efforts of our Cast Members and our community. Today’s celebrations will be remembered with joy, as we look forward to welcoming our guests back to this happy place."
A limited number of guests were admitted to the park this morning, as Disney is keeping capacity low to accommodate social distancing restrictions, including inside attraction, shops, and restaurants.
The park detailed its new operating procedures during a press tour over the weekend. Initial reports from the park seemed to be positive, with wait times low to nonexistent on almost all rides due to the lower number of guests in the park.
Shanghai Disneyland is the first of Disney's theme parks to reopen following the pandemic shutdowns around the world. It is currently the largest theme park in the world, ranked by previous annual attendance, to be open to guests. Disney has not yet announced an opening date for any of its other theme parks, though the Disney Springs shopping and entertainment district at the Walt Disney World Resort is to begin the first phase of its reopening on May 20.
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