Countries that reopen amusement parks amid coronavirus worries. Theme parks are always a place of entertainment filled with joy and happiness. Every time or every step spent in this place has also always been full of fun. No wonder the playground is always a place to unwind and find entertainment that is popular with all circles.
The reason is, in this place we can enjoy quality time to the fullest with loved ones, be it a partner, family, or friends. Basically, every playground has its basic function to play and have fun. That’s why every playground is always full of attractions, beautiful places, adequate facilities, and even a supportive environment.
Which theme park opened first?
For this reason, a number of countries have reopened their tourism sector, including amusement park destinations that are loved by tourists. This opening is certainly different from normal conditions, where during the Corona pandemic, health protocols were equipped.
Summarized from various sources, here is a list of countries that have reopened their amusement parks.
On the other hand, Disneyland Tokyo and Disneysea Tokyo only opened on July 1, 2020. This opening was carried out by implementing health protocols, namely checking body temperature for employees and visitors, maintaining a distance, and wearing masks.
This was done to prevent exposure to the corona virus that flies in the air. So get ready to welcome the new normal to ride a roller coaster without shouting. Visitors are also prohibited from speaking loudly or screaming to shout for support or encouragement. Yup, at certain attractions, shows and games or rides, visitors are prohibited from shouting.
Japanese people are asked to adopt a ‘new lifestyle’ or new normal and avoid three things, namely closed spaces, crowds, and close interactions. In order to prevent the spread of the corona virus, every visitor must keep droplets from emerging from the mouth.
In addition, the amusement park capacity is also reduced to 50 percent of its total capacity. Each visitor is also required to order tickets online with a maximum of 5 tickets in one order.
Singapore has opened thirteen theme parks, including Universal Studios Singapore and the Singapore Zoo in early July 2020. The two theme parks, Universal Studio Singapore and the Singapore Zoo, as well as the 11 theme parks, have been given the green light to welcome more tourists.
Including Universal Studio Singapore, while at S.E.A. aquarium located within Resorts World Sentosa and has more than 100,000 underwater animals, of approximately 1,000 species. The visitor applies the defined health protocol. They show regular lines, with everyone keeping a safe distance and wearing masks.
The entertainment industry group Syndicat National des Espaces de Loisirs, d’Attractions et Culturels (Snelac) Disneyland Paris’s re-opening after its closure due to Covid-19 is an important milestone for the tourism and leisure industry in France. Disneyland Paris is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe.
One such protocol includes the mandatory use of a face covering for visitors over the age of 11. Visitors are required to wear a face covering at all times, except when eating. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and other characters will still appear, but this time there are no more hugs from them. The agenda was replaced by waving and selfie from a certain distance.
France has also allowed Disneyland Paris to open from July 15, 2020. To prevent the spread of Corona, they provide 2,000 hand sanitizer points, signs to keep the distance, and plexiglass (acrylic glass) which when put together a length of 3.2 kilometers.
The company said there would be no visitors’ gatherings and welcome from Disney characters when Disneyland Paris returns. Not only that, some gaming seats such as rollercoasters will also be vacated to maintain a safe distance.
Disney also revealed they would not sell tickets on site. This condition means that tourists must register in advance to visit Disneyland Paris by ordering entrance tickets online. The opening of Disneyland is one of Paris’ efforts to arouse tourism again. Since opening in 1992, Disneyland Paris has attracted 320 billion visitors. And every year, Disneyland contributes six percent of revenue from tourists.
During the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, many of the tourism industry has suffered heavy losses. Last year’s tourism revenue was 6.5 trillion yuan. Chinese media estimates the tourism industry loses 17.8 billion yuan in each closing day.
About 40% of tourism in China has reopened, including Huangshan National Park in Anhui Province and Hangzhou West Lake. As a safety precaution, tourist zones require booking a visit a day in advance. Temperature checks are still being carried out before entering the park and the number of visitors is limited.
The popular Disneyland theme park in the city of Shanghai reopens After closing for 3 months, while China is still trying to contain the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Chinese government only allows Disney Shanghai to receive a maximum of 30 percent of visitors.
All tickets sold online early open sold out in a day. Disneyland also opens sales for Tuesday and Saturday nights. Disney Shanghai can accommodate up to 80,000 visitors per day. However, this time, the government only allowed at least 30%, or around 24,000 visitors per day during the reopening stage.
Likewise, Lionsgate will reopen amusement parks in China on June 24, after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lionsgate Entertainment World, touted as the world’s first “vertical” park, is located on Novotown, on China’s Henqin Island, near Hong Kong and Macau.
The park has interesting tourist attractions based on Lionsgate films such as “The Hunger Games”, “The Twilight Saga” and “Now You See Me”. The park’s reopening date coincides with China’s Dragon Boat holiday weekend.
Lionsgate said it would enforce a health and safety protocol. This park also only receives visitors as much as 50 percent of the usual. Lionsgate also applies a policy of one guest, one disinfection for each VR headset, table, countertop and VR ride. So after every use, officers will immediately disinfect. In addition, payments for tickets, food and merchandise are done digitally. In addition, the staff reminded visitors to avoid gathering with large numbers of people. Spraying of disinfectants is also carried out regularly.
Lionsgate Entertainment World will also offer free admission to all healthcare workers who present their official medical documentation and IDs until December 31st.
The Walt Disney World theme park in Florida, United States (US) has reopened in June after about four months of being closed. But when it reopened, a lot of criticism came because the Covid-19 corona outbreak in the US, including in Florida, was still quite a lot.
After receiving a lot of criticism, Disney World finally decided to reduce operating hours at their four theme parks. Reporting for USA Today, Sunday, August 9, 2020, Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will close one hour earlier than usual, from 9 am to 6 pm local time.
The Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meanwhile, Hollywod Studio’s will operate from 10:00 to 19:00 local time. The hours change will start on September 8 and will remain in effect at least until October 2020. Any further updates or changes to the operating schedule will be uploaded to the official Walt Disney World website.
Walt Disney World in Florida kicked off a gradual reopening in mid-July with mandatory wearing of masks for visitors and staff. As well, security measures and other health protocols such as maintaining distance, hand washing facilities at several points and increased sterilization. In addition, Disney World visitors are also required to wear masks. They are also not allowed to remove their masks and eat and drink while walking.
Visitors and employees are required to wear masks and undergo a temperature check before entering the playground. Physical contact purchases of tickets will be eliminated, so payment is recommended via Apple Pay, Google Pay and Disney Magic Bands. This is because visitor capacity is limited to around 30 percent.
The risk of contracting Covid-19 remains when the park will reopen. That’s why Disney has alerted customers to the possibility of being exposed to the virus in public. Then security measures such as physical distancing will be improved, and hand washing facilities will be expanded around the park.