Shanghai Disneyland to reopen on May 11 with precautions
The Magic Castle of Shanghai Disneyland. /VCG

The Magic Castle of Shanghai Disneyland. /VCG

Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Tuesday that it plans to open its Shanghai Disneyland theme park on May 11. This will be the first park to be reopened, since the closure, as the coronavirus outbreak eases in China.

According to the official WeChat account of Shanghai Disney Resort, most of the attractions, amusement facilities, performances, shops and restaurants will resume operation with a control visitor flow. Some interactive facilities and programs will be temporarily closed to tourists such as kids' corner and theater performances. Visitors can check out the official site or app of the resort to view the operation arrangements.

Other precautions will be taken to cope with the prevention of the epidemic.

Ticket sales will be available via the resort's official online channels and official travel partners' channels beginning May 8 at 8 a.m., with a limited number of tickets available each day during the initial reopening. Guests are required to purchase admission tickets valid on a selected date only and Annual Pass holders must make a reservation before arrival. On-site ticket sales will be temporarily canceled.

Temperature screening will be implemented and visitors should provide the Shanghai Health QR code at the entrance. A valid ID or travel document is required at the gate, and photocopies will not be accepted. Additionally, guests must wear a mask during their visit, except when dining.

Capacity will be recommended and managed in queues, restaurants, ride vehicles and other facilities. Queues will be structured and ride vehicles will be loaded in a manner promoting social distancing.

Hand sanitizers will be available at queue entries and attraction exits. High-touch locations, such as ride vehicles, handlebars, queue railings, and turnstiles will have increased sanitization.

Cast members will receive training on procedures with an emphasis on contactless guest interaction, cleaning, and social distancing and will receive additional protective equipment, including masks.

These measures will be continuously evaluated and may be further adjusted as the situation changes. 

Shanghai Disneyland Resort will also extend the validity of the Annual Pass for the days corresponding with the closure.