Many Disney fans woke up earlier today in the United States (yesterday in China) towards the wake of something magical happened in where Shanghai Disney Resort officially reopening up towards it’s guests after being closed for 100+ days for it’s operations due towards the pandemic worldwide. Disney’s two out of three Asian parks for Shanghai and Hong Kong Disneyland have been the longest closures since January 25th, as prior where the virus was breaking out in December 2019.
Tokyo Disney Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris Resort still don’t have confirmed reopening dates at this given time.
The Walt Disney Company announced the reopening date during their Q2 FY20 earrings call earlier this month with both Bob’s for CEO, Bob Chapek and Executive Chairman for Bob Iger (who previously stepped down earlier in the year from his CEO position) as the House of Mouse took a financial loss of $1 billion dollars from the company and $500 million for Disney domestic parks for the fiscal quarter.
Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products revenues for the quarter decreased 10% to $5.5 billion, and segment operating income decreased 58% to $639 million. Lower operating income for the quarter was due to decreases at both the domestic and international parks and experiences businesses and to a lesser extent, in which also included games and merchandise licensing businesses.
Shanghai Disneyland reopening up shared a special occasion in hoping to serve as a beacon of light and hope as many Chinese locals within the Shanghai region or just in China in general were finally managed to get out of their houses after being locked down for such a long period of time. The park can hold up towards 80,000 and 12,000 for it’s cast members.
The park had reduced capacity of 30% as the resort mandated for both guests and cast members to wear masks, have their temperatures taken and following the social distancing guidelines for attractions, dining, shopping and character meet and greet entertainment (only can social distancing selfie photos). Fireworks and parades won’t be held till further instructions and are TBA.
Bright yellow tape marked 1.5-meter (6-foot) distances to help families separate from each other while waiting in line for rides or watching some of Disneyland’s live shows that are marked on the ground in following those restricted guidelines.
Advanced tickets sold out last weekend on Friday and were sold out in matter of minutes in booking their reservations for it’s first day of operations today and guests had to use their green QR Shanghai health code, which is the government’s color-coded way of contact tracing to determine potential exposures.
“A Disney park is a place unlike any other – where we are transported to wondrous worlds of fantasy and adventure to create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime,” according to Shanghai Disney Resort president Joe Schott in the official Disney Parks Blog post for Monday. “Today, we marked a return to those worlds, as Shanghai Disneyland reopened its gates to welcome guests and fans.”