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Shanghai Disneyland to increase capacity, adjust booking system

Shanghai Disneyland theme park, the first Disney resort to reopen in May, has adjusted its booking system in line with increasing its capacity from August 24.

The attraction is looking to move forward to a more normal service, with visitors no longer required to obtain a visitation spot or choose the arrival time of their visit in advance.

Annual Pass holders will still need to make a reservation by submitting their visitation date and personal information through the resort’s official online platforms to receive a QR code prior to their arrival at the park’s main entrance.

The current seven-day reservation calendar will be expanded to a 30-day window for Annual Pass holders, allowing more flexibility to plan their visit and offering same day visit reservation.

The Chinese government has raised the operating capacity from 30 to 50 per cent within its ‘Notice on Further Business Resumption of Tourism Enterprises’ memo.

A statement from Shanghai Disneyland reads: “During this new reservation phase, the park will continue to fully comply with regulatory directives on reservations, staggered arrival and applicable capacity controls.”

Tickets will still not be sold on-site at ticket booths, but they may be purchased through the Shanghai Disneyland website or through travel agency partners.

New York Museums

Museums, art galleries and other cultural institutions in New York will be allowed to reopen from August 24 after a five-month shutdown due to COVID-19.

The reopening will require organisations to implement timed ticketing with staggered entry, as well as keep capacity at 25 per cent and visitors and staff will be required to wear face masks.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said: “New York City’s world-class cultural institutions have long provided comfort and creativity for generations of people in one of the world’s most vibrant places, and when the COVID-19 pandemic began to threaten the city and this nation, it was especially heartbreaking to see them close their doors.”

While museums in the state look forward to welcoming visitors back later this month, performing arts venues will remain shut until the end of the year.

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which normally welcomes seven million visitors each year, announced its plans to reopen on August 29.

Met president Daniel Weiss said in a statement: “After nearly six months, The Met’s reopening will be a historic moment for the Museum and the City.”

“Throughout the recent months of uncertainty, isolation and grief, we have longed for the day when we can safely welcome everyone back to The Met, where all can find comfort, inspiration, and a sense of community.”

The Whitney Museum of American Art said it plans to reopen on September 3 while the Museum of Modern Art has yet to announce its reopening date.

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