The Shanghai Disney Resort theme park reopened after a three-month closure, with face masks and social distancing the order of the day. According to Reuters, over a thousand visitors came in on Thursday.
Theme park – last to reopen
The park shut on March 21 as cases rose in the Chinese business hub, leading to a two-month-long citywide lockdown that eased on June 1. Just over a week later, the resort began opening some areas, with the theme park the last to re-open.
Zhang Yudong, a 19-year-old student dressed in a Mickey Mouse wizard hat and T-shirt for the occasion, was among the first visitors on Thursday.
“It truly feels like returning home. I was overjoyed “Zhang, who owns a Disneyland annual pass, explained. “I was looking forward to this day. Every day, I would wonder, ‘When will it reopen?'”
Face mask is the norm
Before its March closure, the park had enforced COVID-19 measures required by the authorities, such as face masks and regular disinfection.
Covid test mandatory
After the re-opening, it requires guests to show proof of a negative COVID test taken within the last 72 hours, in line with rules for public areas in Shanghai and other cities.
Marvel universe will stay closed
The park has also said it will limit capacity, but gave no details, adding that some attractions, such as Marvel Universe, will stay closed. Shanghai Disneyland is a joint venture with Chinese state-owned Shendi Group, which holds a 57% stake.