NOTICE: 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.
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.
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”
The resort is issuing refunds to guests looking to cancel their trip due to the outbreak.
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
February – March 2020: The blockout dates for self admission and using your guest passes are below.
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
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.
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Have a magical day!