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On a shareholders call today, Bob Chapek announced that the Shanghai Disney theme park would be reopening on May 11.
Shanghai Disney was the first park to close down due to the worldwide Coronavirus back in January and it will be the first to reopen.
The announcement came on the heels of Disney sharing earlier in the day that the estimated COVID-19 impact on the their second-quarter operating income at its Parks, Experiences and Products segment was about $1 billion Naturally, this was expected as all of their domestic and internation theme parks have been closed for an extended period.
According to Chapek, the decision to reopen Shanghai Disney comes following the lessening of the COVID-19 restrictions in China, where the virus originated. In addition, in early March Disney reopened portions of the Shanghai Disney Resortcomplex outside the main theme park including Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and Shanghai Disney Hotel.
He said the success of those reopenings helped fuel the decision to reopen the main park. Chapek also said the reopening of the theme park will include a number of “guest capacity” and “density control measures.”
Disney has released a statement with protocols and measures that will be put in place for the opening. These could become the standard for other parks when the time comes for them to reopen.
The measures include:
— Limited and pulsed attendance with an advanced reservation and entry system: Guests are required to purchase admission tickets valid on a selected date only and Annual Pass holders must make a reservation prior to arrival.
— Controlled guest density: Capacity will be recommended and managed in queues, restaurants, ride vehicles and other facilities. Queues will be structured and ride vehicles will be loaded to promote social distancing.
— Implementing required government health and prevention procedures: This includes temperature screening and the use of the government-issued Shanghai Health QR code, a contact tracing and early detection system used in China. Additionally, guests must wear a mask during their visit, except when dining.
There is no update on the reopening of domestic parks at this time.
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