Shanghai Disneyland is Back!… sorta
Yesterday, Shanghai Disneyland announced on their website that they were re-opening parts of the park and allowing guests to visit once again.
According to their site, a limited number of attractions have become available to the public in Disneytown (Downtown Disney), Wishing Star Park, and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel.
Unfortunately, the actual Disneyland park will remain closed until an unspecified date in the future.
The park originally closed on January 25th, so its been roughly six weeks so far since anyone has been allowed to visit.
This closure is the longest a Disney park has been shut down since the Japanese tsunami disaster closed Tokyo Disney Park in 2011.
The offshore earthquake on March 11th 2011 closed Tokyo Disney Park midday, trapping the guests that were visiting the park inside overnight.
The park remained closed for roughly five weeks, then reopened in April with a brand new show, the Japanese version of Fantasmic! A new interpretation of the original show that plays in both US Disney Parks.
Tokyo Disney is also currently closed because of the spread of coronavirus, and plans on opening its doors on March 15th (hopefully with another new show, fingers crossed).
Just like Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland also doesn’t have a re-open date yet. So if you’re anywhere in Asia right now, there are no Disneyland’s available to visit.
Follow Mickey’s Rules
If you plan on visiting the partially re-opened parts of the areas surrounding Shanghai Disneyland, including Disney Town and Wishing Star Park, there are some rules you need to follow.
According to the website, you’ll need to:
- Agree to be temperature tested upon arrival. Once you’ve been checked, you’ll be given a scannable QR code through a health mini-app inside WeChat.
- Show your health mini-app QR code whenever you enter one of the restaurants you plan to eat at, they will scan it to retrieve your temperature verification before letting you in.
- You’ll need to wear a mask at all times.
- According to the website, you’ll need to maintain a “respectful social distance at all times while in stores, queues, and restaurants.”
One question that’s been on the minds of annual passholders has been “what about my damn annual-pass?! I spent big money on that ticket, and over a month of it has been wasted!”
My plan was to contact Shanghai Disney before writing this story, but whipping open the app saved me a phone call.
Instead of arguing with us about extending the end dates of our passes, the app has been backtracking the expiry date of the pass automatically.
So no need to fret everyone, just check your app and sigh with relief as the expiry date gets ever pushed back as park closure drags on.
One day we’ll get Disneyland back again, and who knows? They might reward our patience with a new show.
I know the poor performers who came all the way to China for the “year of their lives” must be bored out of their minds right now. I’m sure if given the opportunity they’d be more than happy to give us a new show.
Show or no show, all I want is to walk down main street again with a Mickey-shaped donut in my hand.
Just being around the action is all I bought the annual pass for; I just want the sights, the smells, the music and the donuts.
Hell, after two months of coronavirus lockdown, I just want to be able to safely leave my apartment and go absolutely anywhere.
But the outside world is just a dream now, all that’s real is my couch… and the donut shop that delivers. They don’t deliver Mickey donuts, but these are the times we live in.