In another sign of life returning to normal in China, and a light at the end of the tunnel for the rest of us, Shanghai Disneyland re-opened yesterday morning after a 3 month shutdown, and operating at one-third of its normal capacity to allow for social distancing.
According to the SCMP, “Monday’s tickets for Shanghai Disneyland, restricted to one-third of its normal daily capacity of 80,000 visitors, sold out within minutes on Friday for 399 yuan (US$56) each. Disney and local authorities have maintained a tight crowd control, with constant reminders on wearing their face masks and strictly observing social distancing guidelines. The relatively sparse crowd means visitors need not spend time queuing for a Tron ride, one of the more popular attractions. All indoor activities such as Frozen musical show are still suspended, while a parade at noon turned out to be a ‘simplified version’ with only two carts showing up on the avenue”.
Whilst a return visit to Disneyland might seem a long way off for the rest of us (in both actual and metaphorical terms) it’s heartening to see Disney leading the way to more fun and happiness as they have done since the opening of the first Disneyland at Anaheim, California in July 1955.