If you’ve ever been to a theme park, aside from having a lot of fun, you probably remember long lines, massive crowds, packed performances, and crowded restaurants.
But as theme parks around the globe have reopened or plan to reopen in the coming weeks and months, they are looking very different than they used to.
Now, the vibe is socially-distanced queueing, masks everywhere, and temperature checks on entrance. Plus, some elements of the parks, like child play areas, theater shows, parades, and nighttime spectaculars remain closed.
At least that’s the case at Disney Shanghai, which reopened on May 11.
In a press release, Shanghai Disney resort said the following of its reopening:
“The park will institute new measures and procedures, including opening with limited attendance and required advanced ticketing and reservations, accommodating social distancing in queues, restaurants, ride vehicles and other facilities throughout the park, and implementing increased frequency of sanitization and disinfection.”
Video footage of Disney Shanghai theme park visitors on May 11 shows masked individuals, well-spaced lines for rides, and general rule-following.
But TheStreet’s Jim Cramer cautions that Americans will need to be ready to do the same in order for theme parks in the U.S. to reopen safely—and stay open. Whether Americans are willing to wear masks is another question, said Cramer.
“Masks are something that’s very up in the air in this country. We don’t know whether a lot of people are willing to wear masks,” he said in an interview with TheStreet's Katherine Ross on Monday.
Disney World in Orlando, Florida is taking reservations beginning July 1.
Watch the video above to learn more about Disney Shanghai's reopening and what theme parks look like during the coronavirus pandemic.