It is rare to see a Disney Park close, as emergent conditions must be in place for it to happen. As we saw with the pandemic, it was shocking to see every Disney Park close for such long periods of time since we rarely ever see the Parks completely shut down.
Typically, if a Disney Park closes, it is often weather-related. At Walt Disney World Resort, hurricanes are often the main source of the theme park Resort’s closure, but even so, there have only been six closures due to hurricanes over the past 50 years. Today, one Disney Park has had to shut its doors due to an active typhoon.
Shanghai Disneyland has taken to their website to alert Guests that Typhoon Chanthu has caused the Park to close after the Shanghai Flood and Typhoon Emergency Response urged them to do so:
Due to Typhoon Chanthu and taking into consideration guidance from the Shanghai Flood and Typhoon Emergency Response Guidelines, Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and Wishing Star Park will be closed on Monday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 14, 2021. We are continuing to closely monitor weather conditions, and will notify guests if there are any further changes to our operation hours.
As we can see, the Park will be closed on September 13 and 14, alongside Disneytown and Wishing Star Park. Guests with tickets for the following two days will still be able to use their tickets through to March 14, 2022. Guests who will not be able to visit again before then will be refunded.
Guests with tickets to visit Shanghai Disneyland on September 13 and/or September 14, 2021 may choose to visit the park on any other day within the next six months (by March 13, 2022 inclusive with respect to park tickets for September 13, 2021; and by March 14, 2022 inclusive with respect to park tickets for September 14, 2021). Your tickets can be redeemed at the park entrance turnstiles with the original Government Identity Card or Travel Document that was used to purchase your tickets for September 13 and/or September 14, 2021 on the day of your next visit, and reservation will not be required*.
Those staying at Shanghai Disneyland’s resorts need not worry, as both will be working as per usual.
The two resort hotels at Shanghai Disney Resort continue to operate as normal, but we do understand if you wish to change your plans due to the inclement weather conditions. For guests who have booked resort hotels for the night of September 13 and/or September 14, 2021, you can contact the original purchase channel for enquiries.
As noted by CNN, “Chanthu, known as Kiko in the Philippines, was one of the strongest storms this year, with sustained winds of 260 kph (160 mph) before landfall — equivalent in strength to a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane at its peak.” The typhoon is set to bring heavy rain and flooding to Shanghai.
We hope that all who are being affected by what weather reports are calling a “Super Typhoon” remain safe through these uncertain times.
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