Guest To Shanghai Disney On Opening Day Shares A Look at New Park Rules
Jordan Fraser a contributor to Medium.com visited Shanghai Disney Resort yesterday. As you know if you’ve been following with MickeyBlog, the park had its grand reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown and is the first Disney Park to do so.
We recommend that you check out Jordan’s article in its entirety here but here are a handful of interesting insights into how ALL Disney theme parks might look due to new policies and procedures that must be put into place to combat the spread of COVID-19.
According to Fraser there were several checkpoints guests need to go through before entering the park. This started with a checkpoint to check temperatures. Going forward, guests showing signs of fever will not be able to enter the parks.
As we reported yesterday, here at MickeyBlog, visitors to Shanghai Disney must get a QR code in advance that displays the risk of having contracted coronavirus. Those with green QR codes will be allowed to gain entry to the parks. Those with red QRs will be turned away. According to Fraser, the codes are red if you have travelled out of the country etc.
Next, it was on to having tickets checked before bags were searched and passport check was required.
While many attractions are open at the theme parks, social distancing has required certain experiences at the theme parks to remain closed. According to Fraser this includes no parades, fireworks and character meet and greets.
Fraser also advised that some new offerings had been thrown in to make up for the seeming lack of entertainment, one was a Captain Jack Sparrow show in Shipwreck Cove.
Fraser advised that a castle show, Mickey’s Fairtytale Fanfare still happened according to plan. However, there were designated areas where guests needed to stand to keep a safe distance apart. These were indicated by painted squares. Cast Members were on hand to ensure that guests stayed within their designated areas.
As we previously advised here at MickeyBlog, one of the biggest changes comes to the queuing system for rides. There are new floor markings on every attraction where quests are expected to wait in line. However, Fraser said in his piece for Medium that he felt these guidelines were largely ignored by guests. We say a bit of that in the picture we shared yesterday with some guests seemingly more close than others!
In addition, more space is given on ride vehicles. As we announced yesterday, some of the rides like Tron were only allowing one rider per car.
Fraser said that one area where he felt that parks could done better is when it came to hand sanitizing. Disney has been very vocal for the get-go that new sanitation procedures would need to be brought into the parks now that COVID-19 is with us. However, Fraser said, “While I saw lots of hand sanitiser, it wasn’t everywhere, and it wasn’t being used.” The picture above also shows us that available hand sanitizer stations WERE NOT hands free!?
We here at MickeyBlog want to thank Jordan Fraser for his awesome insights! Again check out his awesome article in its entirety here! Readers are also encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for more news from Shanghai Disney.
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Source: Jordan Fraser/Medium.com