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Shanghai Disneyland opens up. Here’s what it’s like

The Disney theme park has already opened with some restrictions. Here’s what it’s like

Employees stand at the gates of the Shanghai Disney Resort, which announced that it will be closed indefinitely from Saturday, in Shanghai, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. China’s most festive holiday began in the shadow of a worrying new virus Saturday as the death toll surpassed 40, an unprecedented lockdown that kept people from traveling was expanded to more than 50 million residents and authorities canceled a host of Lunar New Year events. (AP Photo/Fu Ting)
Employees stand at the gates of the Shanghai Disney Resort, which announced that it will be closed indefinitely from Saturday, in Shanghai, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. China’s most festive holiday began in the shadow of a worrying new virus Saturday as the death toll surpassed 40, an unprecedented lockdown that kept people from traveling was expanded to more than 50 million residents and authorities canceled a host of Lunar New Year events. (AP Photo/Fu Ting)
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Shanghai Disneyland reopened its doors to the public Monday after 312 months of closure. But the park’s rules and guidelines have changed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Instead of parades and fireworks, there are mandatory masks, temperature screenings and social distancing for visitors and employees,” CNBC reports.

Here’s what it looked like:

  • Visitors have been asked to wear masks.
  • Cast members took temperatures of guests, too.
  • Social distancing measures were added as well.
  • Mickey Mouse joined with the crowds, according to CNBC.
  • The park — normally with 80,000 people and 12,000 capacity — dropped the amount of people allowed behind the gates. Guest totals dropped below 30%.
  • The park has required guests to show a green QR Shanghai health code, which is the government’s way of contact tracing for the novel coronavirus, CNN reports.

“We have a very dedicated team of custodial cleaners that we’ve increased the number of those throughout the park that are constantly wiping down all the surfaces,” said Andrew Bolstein, SVP of operations for Shanghai Disney Resort, according to CNN. “We’ll be able to strike that right balance between the safety and health and confident side, and then the magic that we’re able to deliver every day.”

Shangai Disneyland became the first of Disney’s parks to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 280,000 people across the world. The reopening may offer hints as to how other Disney parks may handle reopening.

Still, Disney Shanghai saw its attendance drop to nearly 16,000 people — which is about 20% capacity for the park. Children’s play areas were closed and indoor live shows were scrapped, too, according to CNBC.

Many of the park’s shows and rides will open, with more opening up with time, too.