Shanghai Disneyland has officially re-opened! The park, which was the first Disney Park to close globally, has re-opened after shutting its doors nearly four months ago in January.
If you were curious what re-opening day of the park looked like, not only can you watch a (previously recorded) live-stream, but Disney has also shared pictures of what the first day back looked like.
Since news of Shanghai Disneyland’s re-opening broke, many have wondered what the park would look like with precautionary procedures in place such as face masks, spatial distancing, and limited capacity.
The re-opening ceremony included words from Joe Schott, who is President and General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort. He was joined by Mickey and Minnie as he spoke to the guests, later sharing in a Disney Parks Blog post, “For myself – and for our Shanghai Disney Resort cast members, who have taken great care to prepare the park for our guests – this is a very special moment. Making magic means even more to us today, as we reflect on the resilience of our community; our wonderful cast members who worked so diligently to preserve the park during the closure; the enthusiasm of our guests and fans; and, of course, the determination and dedication of the medical workers and first responders who helped to make this possible.“
The official Shanghai Disney Resort Instagram gave us a closer look at exactly what re-opening day at the park looked like, sharing pictures from the opening ceremony, where characters greeted guests upon their arrival.
The Walt Disney Imagineering Instagram also shared some images from the day. In this image, you can see guests being greeted by Cast Members as they head toward the iconic Enchanted Storybook Castle.
For a closer look at how the precautionary measures would be implemented, CNN visited the park prior to opening day, and showed viewers what could be expected as the park re-opened. One of the major points was an increase in sanitation around the parks.
Additionally, spatial distancing was an important factor mentioned, from rides to shows at the park. Pictured here is a line for one of the rides at Shanghai Disneyland, with markers showing where you should and should not be standing while waiting.
When it comes time to get on the ride vehicle itself, every other row is closed off for entry.
When you exit rides, you will also find a variety of hand sanitizers stations positioned along the walls.
For shows, there are boxes where they ask guests to stand while watching, keeping a proper amount of distancing between each person.
While character meet and greets are not available for the moment, parades are still in place, allowing guests to take pictures of the characters as they come by.
And for dining, similar spatial distancing is being implemented, with certain tables marked asking guests to refrain from using.
As the park re-opens, they are also celebrating their “Spring Into Color-full” event.
To celebrate the event, guests will find flowers, as well as a floral Mickey head, greeting them in front of Enchanted Storybook Castle.
We will continue to bring you updates as we learn more from the re-opening of Shanghai Disneyland, as well as the future re-openings of the other Disney Parks.
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