China’s Disneyland closes after COVID-19 surge

China’s Shanghai Disneyland has temporarily closed its pearly white doors after the country saw a spike in coronavirus cases.

The amusement park posted a “friendly reminder” on its website on Monday to make fans aware of the new change.

“Due to the current pandemic situation, Shanghai Disney Resort, including Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown and Wishing Star Park, will be temporarily closed starting Monday, March 21, 2022,” the company wrote.

The memo continued, “We will continue to monitor the pandemic situation and will be consulting with local authorities and notifying guests once we have a confirmed date to resume operations.”

“We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide a refund or exchange to all guests affected during this period. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! We look forward to seeing you soon,” they concluded.

Chinese officials reported 1,807 new symptomatic COVID cases on March 13, and two people died from the virus over the weekend, the first couple in over a year.

Shanghai Disneyland
Disneyland Shanghai has temporarily closed business due to the surge in COVID cases in China.
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Shanghai Disney Resort ceased operations in January 2020 due to COVID-19. They reopened the park in May of that year.

However, last November, the Mickey Mouse playground was closed for two days after 33,863 park visitors had to be tested for coronavirus.

The Parkers had to be jailed after a woman who visited them a day earlier tested positive.

One visitor told the Associated Press she was at the park when she heard an announcement at 5 p.m. that everyone would need to be tested. “No one complained and everyone was really well behaved,” she said.

As of January 9, 2022, Disneyland Shanghai had increased its ticket prices.

For children (3 to 11 years), seniors (from 65 years) and guests with disabilities (disability card/disability card required) the 25% discount continues to apply. Infants (under 3 years old) continued to have free admission to Disney Park.

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