Disney announced it will reopen Disneyland in Shanghai, China on May 11, but the announcement left many wondering when the American Disney parks will follow suit.
Shanghai Disneyland will open with plenty of precautions. The park will operate at a maximum of 30% capacity but will operate far below that figure for the first few weeks. Patrons will be required to social distance and to wear masks. The park will take temperature scans of patrons and employees upon arrival.
Most employees are also required to wear masks, but the Disney characters are not, so they will be social distancing from patrons during this time.
Disney’s chief medical officer, Dr. Pamela Hymel, said in a blog post she has been working with the U.S. Travel Association to develop a set of guidelines for reopening Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida.
Hymel said U.S. locations will also have a limited capacity upon reopening, and workers will clean and disinfect the parks more often. Disney has already added hand sanitizing stations throughout the parks during the shutdown.
Unfortunately for Disney fanatics, there is no reopening date yet for the U.S. locations. Disney CEO Bob Chapek said it is “too early to predict” when American Disney parks will open, but it’s likely patrons will have to wear masks when they do return. He also said Disney’s cruise line will likely be the last company entity to reopen, but on May 7, Disney said that the Disney Springs shopping and entertainment center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida will have a phased reopening beginning on May 20.
On May 11, Chapek told CNBC, via CNN, that Disney was “very encouraged” after the first day the Shanghai park reopened.
On May 27, Disney announced it would reopen Disney World on July 11 with Epcot and Hollywood Studio to follow four days later.