With Disneyland Shanghai set to reopen on Monday, May 11, the Disney Parks team is going full speed ahead with new social distancing protocols and other measures set to protect Guests from illness.
In this Twitter video, prospective Shanghai Disney Resort visitors are able to view information about new theme park regulations that will be in place starting Monday.
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— DONGDONG (@gourmetdyy) May 8, 2020
The Disney rules video features text in both English and Chinese characters. It begins, “To protect the health and safety of our Guests and Cast Members, Shanghai Disneyland will operate with limited attendance with ‘Advanced Reservation.'”
The video continues, “Before visiting, you must purchase a dated admission ticket from our official online channels and obtain a Shanghai Disneyland Reservation QR Code.”
The next screen informs visitors that, “Annual Pass holders must also make an advanced reservation and obtain a QR code.”
In the next section of the Shanghai Disneyland rules video, visitors learn what items must now be brought along in order to enter the Disney park.
The video states, “First, a valid government ID. Digital or print copies are not accepted.” The next item on the list is “a valid green “Health QR Code” generated on the day of your visit.” From the video, it appears that this new “Health QR Code” will appear in each user’s Shanghai Disney Resort app.
The video then states that all Shanghai Disneyland theme park Guests will be required to wear face masks for the duration of their visits. Viewers are also informed that “as you enter the resort, you will pass through a health screening point” and are urged to “please follow instructions and markings to ensure appropriate social distancing.”
None of the measures that are outlined in this Shanghai Disney Resort video are shocking, but it is good to have official confirmation of these new Disney park protocols.
The current presumption is that the Disneyland Shanghai reopening will be used as a litmus for the other five Disney theme parks in the world. This means we could see very similar, or even identical, health and safety measures when Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort reopen their gates to Guests.
Neither a Walt Disney Company spokesperson nor CEO Bob Chapek have announced reopening dates for any other Disney theme park, including the other China property in Hong Kong. Disney Springs, however, will begin a phased reopening on May 20.
What do you think about the new Shanghai Disneyland social distancing protocols and other rules? Are you hoping for similar measures when the Disney Parks in Orlando and Anaheim reopen?