After three and a half months of initial closure, Visitors in face masks streamed into Shanghai Disneyland as the theme park reopened Monday in a high-profile step toward reviving tourism that was shut down by the coronavirus
However, not everything at the theme park looks the same as it did before due to the new safety measure.
The cap on visitor numbers is now reduced. A maximum of 24,000 people will be allowed to enter each day, representing around 30 percent of the park’s regular capacity, against its initial capacity of 80,000 people.
On the ground reports suggest much fewer guests than this showed up on on the first day, and that the mood was somewhat muted, as masked visitors were greeted by costumed cast members (Disney’s term for staff) shouting welcomes in both English and Chinese.
Some 43,000 park staff have been furloughed just from Walt Disney World in Florida, and the closure of parks is estimated to have cost the company $1 billion in operating income.
A report by New York times indicates that: Disney has not indicated when other parks might reopen, but it’s possible that resorts in the US will be next. Shanghai Disney reopened gradually, with a nearby shopping mall containing Nike, Starbucks, and Lego stores opening in March. In what could be a similar sequence, the shopping mall in Florida’s Walt Disney World, Disney Springs, begins phased reopening on May 20th with limitations on visitor numbers.
The reopening was going smoothly. “So far, guests are being very, very respectful about social distancing,” Schott told the NYT. “It has been an emotional morning,” he said, but “[t]here is light at the end of the tunnel.”Joe Schott, general manager of the Shanghai resort, said.