Almost a Million Visitors BUT it’s not Open yet! Shanghai Disneyland
The fact that Shanghai Disneyland is not yet officially open does not stop visitors from frequenting it. So far, a total of 960,000 people have visited the park.
On April 24th, tourists flocked to the unopened park following the opening of the park’s own metro station. These tourists stood outside the gates and could be seen buying souvenirs. On May 7th, days after thousands of people trashed the park, Disneyland commenced its trial operations. Doors were opened to special partners, staff members, and their families.
It is during those 23 days of trial operations that the park received the 960,000 visitors with a majority of them coming on 1st May.
The park is scheduled to open its doors to the public on 16th June but it is reported that tickets for the first two weeks have already been sold out. That has not, however, been confirmed especially because those tickets seem to be available online.
Some complaints have been received from those who visited the park during its trial operations. These complaints include high food prices, overcrowding, and the inability to take balloons on the metro. However, management insists that the park has only a few minor problems that are being addressed and that the park is running smoothly. The executive deputy director of the zone management committee points out traffic facilities and management as the main challenge that the park is facing. According to him, other challenges are safety standards, emergency plans in handling big crowds, guest services, and law enforcement abilities. He insists, however, that these issues are being addressed and will be solved in no time.
The park hopes to host over 15 million visitors by the end of the year.