Shanghai Disneyland drafts latest reopening plan


After several closures and reopenings during the pandemic, Shanghai Disneyland will resume operations on Friday, November 25. The Shanghai Disney Resort said it would continue to operate with limited daily capacity and implement “enhanced health and safety measures”.

The park was last abruptly closed in late October to comply with China’s controversial zero-Covid policy, which required all visitors to stay indoors for hours until they could show a negative test for the virus.

Today, the resort said the park will open Friday at 8:30 a.m. local time and the Toy Story Hotel will also resume operations. Other parts of the resort were back online last week, including Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel.

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Certain attractions, live entertainment, restaurants and retail locations may not be available immediately or may operate at reduced capacity.

Guests are still required to “strictly follow the measures to combat the pandemic”. This includes proof of a negative nucleic acid test within 48 hours, temperature checks, a green Shanghai Health QR code, masks and social distancing.

The news comes as China has loosened its control policies somewhat, including shortening quarantine time, but continues to try to contain Covid outbreaks. By the South China Morning MailThe number of infections reached a new high of 31,444 today, surpassing an April peak of more than 29,000 nationwide at a time when Shanghai was under heavy lockdown.

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The Shanghai Disney Resort initially ceased operations due to Covid in January 2020 and reopened in May of that year. Then, in November 2021, 34,000 visitors were trapped inside after a woman who had been in the park the day before later tested positive or came into contact with someone who had it. The facility reopened two days later after everyone tested negative.

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The next shutdown was in March this year, which lasted until the end of June when Shanghai ended its strict lockdown.