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Shanghai Disneyland reopens gates

By He Wei China Daily Updated:2022-07-01

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Tourists play at Shanghai Disneyland on Thursday. GAO ERQIANG/CHINA DAILY

Shanghai Disneyland officially reopened its gates on Thursday after a three-month closure, as the latest COVID outbreak subsided in the city where merchants and businesses are returning to business as usual.

With a lineup of fan-favorite offerings and experiences, guests found themselves immersed in long-awaited joy as they reunited and celebrated with loved ones in the theme park, which is Walt Disney Co's newest entertainment establishment worldwide.

Park tickets, including single entries and annual pass holder reservations, were quickly snapped up for the first few days of reopening via a suite of official online and travel partner channels of Shanghai Disney Resort, which operates Disneyland as well as sister amenities like Disneytown and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel.

To commemorate the moment, many guests wore stylish Disney-themed outfits with matching accessories, adding to the cheerful vibe radiating throughout the park.

Bai Rongkui could not withhold his excitement for the grand reopening, arriving at the park at 6:30 am. The avid Disney fan admitted visiting the resort 10 times already since a phased reopening of the surrounding facilities began to open from earlier in June.

"I spent five consecutive days at the park during this year's Chinese Lunar New Year. It's such a long-overdue reunion," said Bai. "I am familiar with literally all the rides, but it's the iconic parade that I miss the most."

Gao Erqiang, a photographer in Shanghai, said his heart beats every time with the awe-inspiring Disney journey through a magical multimedia experience. "The enchanting music at Disneyland cheers me up and allows me to see the ligh