Shanghai Disney Resort Takes Two New Major Steps

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A Shanghai Disney Resort update has dropped today as the park makes another big step forward.

The resort re-opened to its Guests back in May and now it looks like as though it will continue moving forward to a more normal service as it will increase its guest capacity as well as update its booking system.

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Shanghai Disneyland Will Increase Capacity

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Josh D’Amaro stated in an interview back in July that they have been pleased with Shanghai and will increase capacity. “We’ve increased capacity in Shanghai,” he said. “I think we’re seeing very cooperative guest behavior.”

Now, according to a statement on the resort’s website, Shanghai Disney Resort will start increasing its capacity as of August 24th. This comes after the Chinese government has raised the operating capacity from 30 to 50% within its ‘Notice on Further Business Resumption of Tourism Enterprises’ memo. The official statement on Shanghai’s website reads:

China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently issued the “Notice on Further Business Resumption of Tourism Enterprises,” which raises the operating capacity of tourism sites from 30% to 50% of permitted capacity. As a result of this policy change, and as overall market conditions continue to rebound, Shanghai Disney Resort is increasing the daily capacity of the resort’s theme park, Shanghai Disneyland, and, effective August 24, 2020, will transition the current Advanced Reservation Period to a new reservation phase, aiming to provide more flexibility for guests to plan and enjoy their park visit. During this new reservation phase, the park will continue to fully comply with regulatory directives on reservations, staggered arrival and applicable capacity controls.

With the increased daily capacity beginning August 24, 2020, Shanghai Disneyland Annual Pass holders and General Admission Ticket holders will be able to visit the park on any eligible day based on the condition of their pass or ticket*. All other guests will be able to purchase park tickets and visit the park on the same day, subject to ticket availability. To comply with regulatory directives, all guests, including Shanghai Disneyland Annual Pass holders and infants under 3 years old or under 1.0 meter in height, will still be required to make a reservation by submitting their visitation date and personal information to obtain a Shanghai Disneyland Reservation QR Code prior to their arrival at the park’s Main Entrance.

Starting from the first day of the new phase on August 24, 2020, the validity period of Annual Passes and General Admission Tickets that were impacted by the park closure and Advanced Reservation Period will be extended accordingly. Click here for more details.

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Booking Changes at Shanghai Disney Resort

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Capacity won’t be the only change at the Chinese Disney resort. Booking a reservation will also change for both day guests and annual passholders. Directly from the Shanghai website:

Shanghai Disneyland Annual Pass Holders
Beginning August 24, 2020, Shanghai Disneyland Annual Pass holders will no longer be required to obtain a visitation spot or choose the arrival time of their visit in advance. The new procedures for Annual Pass holders to visit the park are as follows:

  • Annual Pass holders will be able to visit the park on any day falling under their eligible dates on the up-to-date Shanghai Disneyland Annual Pass Calendar for different Pass types*;
  • Annual Pass holders will need to make a reservation by submitting their visitation date and personal information through the resort’s official online platforms to obtain a Shanghai Disneyland Reservation QR Code prior to their arrival at the park’s Main Entrance;
  • They can arrive and enter the park at any time during the park’s announced hours of operation on their selected visitation date;
  • The current seven-day reservation calendar will be expanded to a 30-day window for Annual Pass holders, allowing more flexibility to plan their visit and offering same day visit reservation. At 13:00 on August 18, 2020, we will open a 30-day window from which Annual Pass holders are able to register a visit starting from August 24, 2020.
  • Annual Pass holders will be provided with one reservation per visit per pass, and a new reservation will be able to be made once the current one is redeemed, cancelled or expired.
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Starting from the first day of the new phase on August 24, 2020, the validity period of Annual Passes that were impacted by the park closure and Advanced Reservation Period will be extended as follows:

  • For Annual Passes that were purchased before the park’s closure date of January 25, 2020 and still valid on and after January 25, 2020, the validity period will be extended for 212 days (the total number of impacted days from January 25 to August 23, 2020), starting from the original expiration date of each such Annual Pass;

  • For Annual Passes that were purchased on or after January 25, 2020, but before or on August 23, 2020, the validity period will only start on August 24, 2020.

Shanghai Disneyland General Admission Ticket Holders
As with Annual Pass holders, Shanghai Disneyland General Admission Ticket holders will not be required to obtain a visitation spot beginning August 24, 2020. Instead, they will only need to make a reservation by submitting their visitation date and personal information to obtain a Shanghai Disneyland Reservation QR Code prior to their arrival at the park’s Main Entrance.

With the park’s transitioning to the new reservation phase, the validity periods of all General Admission Tickets to Shanghai Disneyland issued before January 25, 2020 and still valid on and after January 25, 2020 will be extended for 212 days ( the total number of impacted days from January 25 to August 23, 2020), starting from the original expiration date of each such General Admission Ticket. For General Admission Tickets to Shanghai Disneyland that were issued on or after January 25, 2020, but before or on August 23, 2020, the validity period will only start on August 24, 2020.

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Shanghai Disneyland Dated Ticket Holders

Other guests visiting Shanghai Disneyland are still required to purchase dated admission tickets in advance. Guests may purchase tickets and make reservations with their personal information on the same day of their visit. Tickets are available via the resort’s official online channels and official travel partners’ channels; however, onsite ticket booths will remain closed.

Please visit the Shanghai Disney Resort Official Website, App or Shanghai Disney Resort Official WeChat account to check the updated rules. Shanghai Disney Resort may further adjust the policy accordingly if the local government releases updated guidelines in response to the pandemic situation.

*In accordance with existing Shanghai Disneyland attendance management policies, if a date is forecast to be a ‘high attendance day’ based on government guidelines on maximum capacity (currently 50%) and should demand require such action, Shanghai Disneyland reserves the right to suspend the sale of all ticket products and block out all Annual Passes on that date. Communications will be made accordingly in a timely manner.

This is all great news for fans of Shanghai Disney Resort. It shows the Chinese park making great strides to return to normalcy. It’s important to note that not too long ago Inside the Magic reported Hong Kong Disneyland had to, unfortunately, close down its park once again due to the current global pandemic.

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Will other Disney parks do the same?

Unfortunately, this kind of update is highly dependent on the state of the park‘s country. While Shanghai may be seeing reduced numbers, we don’t expect any other Disney resort to follow suit any time soon. It is important to note that at this time, Disney has not announced any new changes to any other Disney Resort around the world.

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