Though local leaders in both California and Florida are currently discussing when (and under what conditions) Disney theme parks can reopen in the United States, Disney has confirmed that Shanghai Disneyland theme park will officially reopen after the successful phased reopening of Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and Lumiere’s Kitchen (which is a Character Dining location).
And now it has been confirmed that a reopening of Shanghai Disneyland will be coming next week, but with some big changes.
Shanghai Disneyland to begin welcoming guests once again on May 11, 2020
It was confirmed in an earnings call on May 5, 2020 that Shanghai Disneyland theme park will be the first Disney park worldwide to reopen its gates, and will begin welcoming guests once again on May 11, 2020 with significant social distancing measures in place. These new measures have been extensively tested and are fairly varied but are in line with some of the ideas proposed by both Disney and Universal Parks in the US.
Limited attendance and appointment arrival times
Though no details have been made available yet, Disney has confirmed that when it reopens Shanghai Disneyland, they will only be allowing a certain percentage of guests into the park at a time via a staggered arrival appointment reservation system.
In addition, the total number of guests allowed into the park during a regular operational day will be reduced, as strict attendance caps will be put in place before the theme park officially opens. These attendance caps will be set low when the park first opens, and gradually rise over the coming weeks and months to the 30% attendance cap (24,000 guests) currently set by the government
And once guests are actually in the park, the experience will be a lot different, with new policies in place with regard to facemasks for guests, attraction experiences, and more