Shanghai Disneyland is now officially the only Disney theme park in the world that is operating. And though the surprise announcement earlier this month about this park's imminent opening may have initially come as a shock, Shanghai Disney Resort has been preparing to once again welcome guests for weeks, and has put some interesting measures in place to help keep guests safe during their visit to the park and resort.
1. Characters now meet guests "from a distance"
Obviously characters are a big part of the Disney parks experience, and in an effort to keep guests engaged with their favorite princesses, Marvel Super Heroes, and more, Shanghai Disneyland has implemented a new policy where characters march through the park in little mini processions where guests can see them. However, Cast Members will be there to remind guests not to approach the characters.
In addition, characters have also been seen posing from stages throughout the park where guests can see and take pictures of them, but not interact directly with them. In front of these little stages guests are required to stand on small taped off squares which act as viewing "seats" which not only keep guests away from the characters but also away from each other as well.
This same "seats" guests management strategy is used during a trimmed-down version of Shanghai Disneyland’s daytime parade Mickey’s Storybook Express, which now features a much shorter route.
2. Capacity is EXTREMELY low
Tickets to Shanghai Disneyland's first reopening day sold out in moments, and though the park was technically "full" on its opening day, you'd never know it from walking around, as capacity was EXTREMELY limited, with wait times for attractions staying mainly between 5-10 minutes for the full operating day, and the majority of long queues standing fairly empty due to the low amount of guests in the park.