Operating a Disney Park in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult path to follow. We have seen some Disney Parks reopen and then shut down again due to virus outbreaks in the area, but for the past while, things have seemed to be working well.
Earlier today, we reported that Shanghai Disneyland and Disneytown would immediately close due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Guests could no longer see the stunning Enchanted Storybook Castle, as the theme park temporarily stopped entry to the theme park due to a reported positive case of COVID-19. It seems a Guest who entered the Park on October 30th received a positive COVID-19 test.
As we reported, Shanghai Disneyland and Disneytown have stopped admitting Guests. Still, they are allowing outdoor entertainment (such as ILLUMINATE! A Nighttime Celebration at the Gardens of Imagination) and some attractions to remain open for the Guests that were already in the Park.
When the news broke, the Shanghai Disneyland official website read the following statement:
To cooperate with the pandemic investigation in other provinces and cities, we have temporarily suspended entry into Shanghai Disneyland and Disneytown, and some attractions inside the park will also temporarily stop operating. Outdoor entertainment will continue as scheduled.
Guests who are inside the park are reminded to strictly comply with pandemic prevention measures including wearing a mask and maintaining social distance at all times.
Guests will be required to undergo nucleic acid testing at the exit when leaving the resort, and follow Centre for Disease Control guidance.
We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide information on ticket refund and exchanges for all guests impacted. Thank you for your cooperation.
Now, it seems we have an update on the situation as we can see how long the closure will last, at this time.
In order to follow the requirement of pandemic prevention and control, Shanghai Disneyland and Disneytown will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, November 1-2, 2021. We will notify guests as soon as we have a confirmed date to resume operations. We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide refund or exchange for all guests impacted during this period. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
As noted, November 2 is not yet a confirmed date to resume operations, but at this time, it seems that the current plan is to remain closed for two days while Guestsundergo nucleic acid testing at the exit when leaving the Resort. Today, 60,000 Guests were waiting in line for a viral test. If no other Guests have been infected with COVID-19, we will likely be able to see Shanghai Disneyland reopen as they anticipate, on November 2.
Guests who purchased a ticket will be fully refunded or will be able to receive an exchange of dates for their ticket.
When in any Disney Park, always be sure to follow the rules and regulations set in place by the Park, and adhere to the proper face-covering guidelines.