Shanghai Disneyland Resort launches ‘phased reopening,’ and requires guests wear masks ‘during their entire visit’

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Shanghai Disneyland has taken the “first steps” toward reopening the resort after temporarily closing in late January 2020 amid concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

As part of its plans for a “phased reopening,” the resort has reopened a “limited number of shopping, dining and recreational experiences” — but not the actual Shanghai Disneyland theme park itself.

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The Shanghai Disneyland Hotel reopened this week.

Shanghai Disneyland Resort has reopened the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, Disneytown (the resort’s shopping/dining district) and Wishing Star Park (a free-to-the-public lakefront park operated by the resort).

“Each of these resort locations will operate under limited capacity and reduced hours of operation,” the resort notes in a message posted to Shanghai Disneyland’s website. “The Disney Car and Coach Park and the Disneytown Parking Lot will also reopen.”

Shanghai Disneyland Resort is also requiring temperature screenings for anyone planning to visit the reopened areas. Guests will also “need to present their Health QR Code when entering dining venues, and will be required to wear a mask during their entire visit,” according to Shanghai Disney Resort.

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Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland also confirmed that the theme park itself “remains closed” while officials assess the safety of reopening under the guidance of the Chinese government.

The theme park originally announced it would be temporarily closing on January 24th “to ensure the health and safety of our guests and cast.”  The shutdown commenced a day later, on the date of China’s Lunar New Year.

In the weeks since, Hong Kong Disneyland announced its temporary closure amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, followed by Tokyo Disneyland Resort closing in Japan.

In March, Disneyland Paris announced that it would not be closing its park in France, but continue with its stringent sanitation practices, a sentiment the theme park reiterated after a cast member who worked at night and had no contact with guests  tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

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Cast members can check for park hours here: Blockout dates for Cast Members

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The view from the top of the park.

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Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland Are Now Both Closed Indefinitely

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Closed until further notice.

Hong Kong Disneyland has joined Shanghai Disneyland in closing indefinitely amid the Coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 100, infected thousands and restricted millions from traveling to China tourist destinations during the Lunar New Year holiday.

Hong Kong Disneyland announced that the theme park would be temporarily closing indefinitely on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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The streets are deserted.

“As a precautionary measure in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong, we are temporarily closing Hong Kong Disneyland park from January 26, 2020 out of consideration for the health and safety of our Guests and Cast Members,” the park said in a statement posted on its website. “We are in close contact with health authorities and the government about the situation and will announce a reopening date once they determine it is advisable.”

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Notice from the Hong Kong Disneyland website.

Coronavirus symptoms include fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Most of the fatalities from the outbreak have been from pneumonia in elderly patients with preexisting conditions, according to the World Health Organization.

The Coronavirus outbreak and a fear of a spike in the infection rate has forced the closure of tourist destinations across China and put airlines and hotels on high alert during the Lunar New Year when hundreds of millions of Chinese travel domestically and internationally.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Hong Kong.

The closures of Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland comes during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, one of the busiest travel seasons of the year in China.

Some of China’s best-known tourist attractions have also been closed by the Coronavirus outbreak, including the National Museum of China on Tiananmen Square, a section of the Great Wall of China near Beijing, and the Forbidden City.

Airlines suspending flights into and out of China today, Jan 29th:

US carriers:  United, American

British Airways

Air Canada

Air France

Air India

South Korean budget carrier Seoul Air

Indonesia’s Lion

Finnair

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia

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Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland closed its doors Saturday 1/25/2020 in reaction to the spread of the Coronavirus that has now killed over 100 people in mainland China.

The resort complex, which normally operates 365 days per year and welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually, announced last Friday afternoon local time that it will shutter the Shanghai Disneyland theme park, the Disneytown retail and dining area, the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, and Wishing Star Park.

It did not give a date for their reopening.

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They have new costumes to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

This week is the Chinese Lunar New Year.  Chinese Lunar New Year is the peak time of year for internal travel within China, when typically half of the country’s 1.4 billion population travel to their home towns to be reunited with family. Seven cities – over 11 million people – have been placed under lock down measures to prevent the spread of the disease, and vast numbers of cinemas have also closed their doors.

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Visitors to Shanghai Disneyland Resort’s website can find the following message:

In response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak and in order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and Cast, Shanghai Disney Resort is temporarily closing Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown including Walt Disney Grand Theatre and Wishing Star Park, starting January 25, 2020. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and be in close contact with the local government, and we will announce the reopening date upon confirmation.

Shanghai Disney Resort will assist in the refund for guests who have purchased tickets for admission to Shanghai Disneyland, have booked a resort hotel, or have booked tickets for Beauty and the Beast Mandarin Production through the original ticket purchase channel, and we will introduce the detailed procedure and guidelines via the resort’s official platforms as soon as possible.

We wish our guests a healthy and happy Spring Festival!

Shanghai Disney Resort

January 24, 2020”

shangaiThe resort is issuing refunds to guests looking to cancel their trip due to the outbreak.

Cast members can’t use self admission or guest passes through at least the end of the month.

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Expect the park to be closed at least until February 29, 2020.

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Expect the park to be closed at least until February 29, 2020.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Shanghai Disneyland Resort is Closed August 10th Due to Typhoon Lekima

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This is the largest castle at any of the Disney Parks standing at 197 feet tall.

With Typhoon Lekima set to hit the eastern part of China, Shanghai Disneyland Resort has announced it will be closed on Saturday, August 10, 2019.

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Projected path of Typhoon Lekima.

For Park Tickets for Saturday, August 10, 2019

Due to inclement weather conditions, Shanghai Disney Resort including Shanghai Disneyland is closed on Saturday, August 10, 2019.

For Park Tickets for Sunday, August 11, 2019

According to the current weather forecast, we plan to open Shanghai Disneyland at 11 am and close at 10 pm on Sunday, August 11, 2019. We are working closely with the local government to monitor weather conditions and will notify guests if there are any further changes to our opening hours.

Check here for latest update:  Shanghai Disney Resort

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April 1, 2019, Magic Kingdom Disney World: Caroline traded pins with two guests and got these 2 fabulous pins from the Grand Opening of Disneyland Shanghai! Amazing!!!

What’s happening now:

Shanghai Disneyland Resort has announced it will be closed on Saturday, August 10 due to inclement weather.

With “Super Typhoon” Lekima headed toward Eastern China, the Resort posted a notice on their website warning guests that they will not be open.

Shanghai Disneyland Resort also noted that for guests who had tickets booked for admission to the park on Saturday, would be able to use their tickets on any day in the next 6 months (by February 10, 2020).

Guests can redeem tickets at the park entrance turnstiles with the original Government Identity Card or Travel Document that was used to purchase tickets for August 10, 2019, on the day of their next visit.

For guests who have booked tickets for the Beauty and The Beast Mandarin Production on August 10, 2019, Shanghai Disney Resort encourages them to contact their purchasing channel to reschedule a date or obtain a refund.

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The areal castle view from the top of the park.

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Shanghai Disneyland’s Enchanted Storybook Castle is the largest of them all! 197 feet tall!

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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2020 Blockout Days for Guest Passes at Shanghai Disneyland

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shanghai-disneyland-castle-3NOTICE:  Shanghai Disneyland is Currently Closed!

Shanghai Disneyland closed its doors Saturday 1/25/2020 in reaction to the spread of the Coronavirus that has now killed 26 people in mainland China.

The resort complex, which normally operates 365 days per year and welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually, announced Friday afternoon local time that it will shutter the Shanghai Disneyland theme park, the Disneytown retail and dining area, the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, and Wishing Star Park. It did not give a date for their reopening.

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They have new costumes to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

This week is the Chinese New Year.  Chinese New Year is the peak time of year for internal travel within China, when typically half of the country’s 1.4 billion population travel to their home towns to be reunited with family. Seven cities have been placed under lock down measures to prevent the spread of the disease, and vast numbers of cinemas have also closed their doors.

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Visitors to Shanghai Disneyland Resort’s website can find the following message:

In response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak and in order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and Cast, Shanghai Disney Resort is temporarily closing Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown including Walt Disney Grand Theatre and Wishing Star Park, starting January 25, 2020. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and be in close contact with the local government, and we will announce the reopening date upon confirmation.

Shanghai Disney Resort will assist in the refund for guests who have purchased tickets for admission to Shanghai Disneyland, have booked a resort hotel, or have booked tickets for Beauty and the Beast Mandarin Production through the original ticket purchase channel, and we will introduce the detailed procedure and guidelines via the resort’s official platforms as soon as possible.

We wish our guests a healthy and happy Spring Festival!

Shanghai Disney Resort

January 24, 2020”

shangaiThe resort is issuing refunds to guests looking to cancel their trip due to the outbreak.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle at sunset at Disneyland Hong Kong.  Beautiful!

We thought we would post the upcoming blockout dates for using your Disney passes at Shanghai Disneyland for the next few months.

New official link to check on blockout dates at all Disney Parks: https://blockoutdates.disney.com

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The view from the top of the park.

February – March 2020:  The blockout dates for self admission and using your guest passes are below.

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Expect the park to be closed at least until February 29, 2020.

During guest blockout days (aka Main Entrance Pass), you can’t use your guest passes to get friends and family into the park for free, but CMs can usually still get in for free.  Just show your company ID at Guest Services and they will give you an entrance pass.

Note:  The park tickets do sell out!  Always check first!

CM Tip:  Always check with the official Disney website for ticket availability before you go! https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com

Shanghai Grand Opening Pins

April 2019, Magic Kingdom Disney World Orlando, Florida: Caroline traded pins with a park guest and got these 2 fabulous pins from the Grand Opening of Disneyland Shanghai! Amazing!!!

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June 16, 2016

We thought this online review of Shanghai Disneyland from August 2016 (3 months after Grand Opening) was very helpful:

We visited Disneyland on a Tuesday in August 2016. Yes it was very crowded and hot but it is still Disney and worth 5 stars in my opinion. By arriving early and with a plan we were able to see pretty much every major attraction in the park with a max wait time of maybe 30 minutes.

We did however skip Roaring Rapids and Buzz. Biggest complaint is the Fastpass system, if you arrive super early it is helpful to pick up FP for either Soaring or Roaring Rapids, otherwise they are all gone within 30 minutes of opening and >120 min wait. We later spent 40 minutes in line for FP in Fantasyland which was a total waste of time in the heat as we had already ridden the only 3 FP attractions offered in the area with minimal waits.

Also not impressed with the food, overpriced, crowded, not very good quality and minimal table-service offerings (though we could have gone out to Disneytown). I saw a little bit of queue jumping but not too much and staff often sent people to back of line. Occasional smoking in crowds which was annoying but not unexpected.

For those looking to avoid the lines, this was our general touring plan. We took the Metro which was about 70 minute trip. Arrived to the park by 7:30am (park was scheduled to open at 9am on that day) and there was already a relatively big line for security, however they did not start letting people through until 8am.

By 8am, the line was huge so we were glad we had arrived when we did, it still took us 15 minutes to get through but any later would have been much longer. We had bought tickets in advance and was easy to pick up at main entrance. Park opened at 9am but they had rope drop at 8:30am – the crowd at that point was massive and seemed everyone ran straight to the FP in Adventure Isle for either Soarin or RR. This was actually quite scary and dangerous and I did see a couple people fall and nearly get trampled. Use caution if have little kids or are elderly!

Our FP return time for Soarin was 11:15am despite being early in line and by that point the wait time for RR was already 60 minutes so we skipped over to Fantasyland which was nearly empty. We basically walked on to both 7 Dwarfs and Peter Pan (and still no one at all in line after we had finished), then went to Tron which only had 15 min wait. Note that by 10am the line for 7 Dwarfs was posted at 120 minutes.

Back to Fantasyland for Winnie the Pooh and Voyage to Crystal Grotto (not worth more than a 10 minute wait IMHO). We then did Soarin with Fastpass (still had about 30 minute wait time). So by 11:30am we had already been on 6 attractions with relatively minimal waiting.

Pirates was not scheduled to open until noon (check the daily times guide). We walked by around 1pm and it looked like it had opened briefly but was closing down again. But at 2pm we passed by again and it was now open with 30 minute wait time, we also went back to ride a second time around 7pm, again with 30 minute wait. Definitely worth the time (and longer).

We spent the rest of the day eating, visiting smaller attractions, shopping, watching Tarzan show (excellent), and eventually stayed for nighttime fireworks. The show was great but recommend arrive very early for good spot, otherwise difficult to see everything.

Visited August 2016
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Disneyland Shanghai Enchanted Storybook Castle is the largest of them all! 197 feet tall!

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Mulan Epcot China

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

Two Disney sisters2 DCP Alumni

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