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It’s Time For Magic: Shanghai Disneyland Begins Phased Reopening on May 11

Joe Schott

by , President and General Manager, Shanghai Disney Resort

Over the past few months, all of our lives have been reshaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. But even in the midst of uncertainty, it has been heartwarming to see people and communities around the world show compassion and support for one another.

At Shanghai Disney Resort, where I’m fortunate to serve as President and General Manager, we’ve been deeply touched by the kind words of care and courage shared with us as we navigated the longest park closures in the history of the Disney company. In Shanghai, we took the first measured steps towards reopening in early March, with the opening of some retail, dining, and entertainment experiences at Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel.

Today, as residents in Shanghai and its neighboring provinces have returned to more normal life – including at workplaces, schools, shops, restaurants, and entertainment destinations – I’m excited to share that Shanghai Disneyland will also be reopening to the public on May 11. 

As we welcome guests back to the park, we will draw on the learnings from the reopening of Disneytown and Wishing Star Park, and we will implement new and enhanced health and safety measures reflecting the guidance of our local health and government authorities. While some things will look a little different, know that that a magical experience awaits you at Shanghai Disneyland. Now, more than ever, Shanghai Disney Resort is a special place for families and fans to create joyful memories and celebrate being together once again.

As Shanghai Disney Resort embarks on the first Disney park reopening, the rest of the Disney family at our other parks around the world also are busy preparing for reopening. When the time is right, they will be able to once again welcome guests – to explore and play, and to enjoy the lands of adventure, fantasy, tomorrow and imagination together.

Until then, stay safe, keep dreaming and stay tuned for more Disney Parks news and stories from Shanghai Disneyland!

And remember, you can always experience the magic of Disney wherever you may be on, and use #DisneyMagicMoments on social media to share your stories.

See you real soon!


  • Great news to hear Disney Parks are reopening however based on this statement “Annual Pass holders must make a reservation for their visit date and time through the resort’s official online channels before their visit to the park” I have concerns this will be the end of annual passes at all parks. Having an annual pass (at my tier) means I may enjoy the park any day I like 365 days a year. Will the reservations essentially eliminate the annual pass experience?

  • To answer Richard’s question above, directly from the Shanghai Disney website

    “Ticket sales will be available via the resort’s official online channels and official travel partners’ channels beginning on May 8 at 8:00 a.m., with a limited number of tickets available each day during the initial reopening. Guests are required to purchase dated admission tickets prior to their arrival, and Annual Pass holders must make a reservation for their visit date and time through the resort’s official online channels before their visit to the park. During this “Advanced Reservation Period,” General Admission tickets for Shanghai Disneyland will not be accepted.”

  • I would like to buy a ticket in the USA for the first week of Shanghai Disneyland opening. Any clue how to do this? (no guesses, speculation, a true real answer thx)

  • Welcome to the blog Mr. Joe!

  • Brilliant! Expecting the reopening of all other Disneyland. There are rehearsals on these days!

  • Great news!

  • This is wonderful news, signs that things are slowly coming back and while our new normal is going to be different, a little disney magic will help everyone feel better

  • This is great news! Thank you for working so hard to reopen Disney Parks for us. 😊

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