Tourists at Disney Town on May 05, 2020 in Shanghai, China.
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It seems that Chinese consumers are not afraid to return to the theme parks. Tickets for the reopening of Shanghai Disney on Monday sold out in minutes.
Shanghai Disney, which closed on January 25, will be the first major theme park to reopen since the closings of Covid-19.
Usually, this park receives around 80,000 visitors a day, but the government has mandated Disney to operate at 30% of its capacity, or about 24,000 visitors.
CEO Bob Chapek said on a results call on Tuesday that the park would initially operate well below this capacity, then increase to reach the 30% ceiling over several weeks.
Customers are required to purchase entry tickets before arriving at the park, and annual pass holders will need to make reservations.
Disney will implement the government-issued Shanghai Health QR code, a contact detection and early detection system widely used in China, and will require all customers to wear masks throughout the park, except during meals.
Third-party Chinese ticket providers Fliggy and MeiTuan also said that their allocated reopening day tickets have run out. It is not known how many tickets each seller has been allowed to sell.
Fliggy said the platform tickets for Monday May 16 sold out in three minutes.
It is not known how the other dates on the calendar sell, as there seems to be a problem on the station’s website. Sometimes dates like May 12, May 13, May 15 and May 16 do not appear to be available for ticket purchases. However, some of these dates seem to become available when the page is refreshed.
Disney officials did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.