Disney Park Closed Indefinitely Amid Pandemic and Protests

Shanghai Disneyland
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The COVID-19 pandemic closures may seem like a thing of the past at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort, but Shanghai Disneyland can’t seem to keep its gates open. The Disney Park has once again closed amid pandemic restrictions and protests.

Shanghai Disneyland Resort resumed operations on Tuesday, November 25, 2022, after a lengthy closure that began when Disney suddenly locked the gates on October 31, 2022, due to China’s COVID restrictions.

But now, just four days after reopening, Shanghai Disneyland is closing again.

Shanghai Disneyland
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The Disney Park will be closed as of Tuesday, November 29, 2022, for an indefinite amount of time.

Shanghai Disneyland’s website provides an update about the theme park, stating:

“In order to follow the requirement of pandemic prevention and control, Shanghai Disneyland will be temporarily closed starting Tuesday, November 29, 2022.”

We will notify Guests as soon as we have a confirmed date to resume operations. Disneytown, Wishing Star Park, and the two Resort hotels will continue to operate normally.”

“We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide refunds or exchanges for all Guests impacted during this period. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!”

Shanghai Disneyland
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With the Shanghai government’s COVID pandemic restrictions on theme parks and local businesses, rare protests are occurring as many are tired of the strict restrictions.

According to a report from CNN, “The decision to close Disneyland once again comes following nationwide protests over the weekend in a rare show of dissent against the ruling Communist Party.

“For the first time in decades, thousands of people have defied Chinese authorities to protest at universities and on the streets of major cities, demanding to be freed not only from incessant Covid tests and lockdowns, but strict censorship and the Communist Party’s tightening grip over all aspects of life.”

Shanghai Disneyland
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As always, we will be sure to keep Disney Dining readers updated as we learn more about Shanghai Disneyland’s closure, as this is a developing story.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.