The Tokyo Disney Resort reopened to guests this morning and, as expected, there are plenty of changes within the parks. But one big one that people haven't been talking about was on the Haunted Mansion.
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are enforcing what has become the industry standard for new health and safety procedures at theme parks: masks, physical distancing in queues and attractions and plenty of hand sanitizer. You can see the changes illustrated in the resort's new instructional video, below. Sure, it's in Japanese, but you don't need to know a word of that language to understand the message.
One thing that the video did not show was changes in the attractions themselves. Chris from the amazing TDR Explorer feed tells us about what has changed at the Haunted Mansion — there's no preshow and no stretch room anymore.
Is this a preview of what we might see in Florida, when the Mansion reopens with the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in one week? The Tokyo and Orlando versions of Haunted Mansion can get away with skipping the stretch room presentation, as there's no functional role for the stretch room on those installations. But the stretch room at the original Haunted Mansion at Disneyland in Anaheim is an actual elevator, so Disney would need some way to get guests from the Mansion entrance down to the Doom Buggy load station there.
Of course, it now looks like it will be some time before theme parks reopen in California, so Disneyland might have plenty of time to see how things work out before making a decision there.
If you'd like to see how things are going in Tokyo, the official Tokyo Disney Resort app is now available on the Apple App Store in the United States and other countries outside Japan. You can use the app to check wait times and, if you are in the parks, to make Fastpass reservations or enter lotteries for show tickets. Those are essential functions as Fastpasses and show reservations typically disappear within moments of the parks' opening in Tokyo and you don't want to be wasting time running to locations to get tickets when others are grabbing those spots with the app. Now visitors can do that in English, which is a huge help in visiting the resort.
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