As the rate of coronavirus infections lower in Japan, Tokyo Disneyland is planning to reopen. The amusement park has been closed since late February but it will be opening back up soon. However, since the coronavirus has not been eradicated yet, safety precautions will have to be taken to minimize the dangers. That’s why the “East Japan and West Japan Theme Park Associations,” released the “Guidelines to Prevent the Spread of Infection of the Novel Coronavirus” document to make the happiest place on earth a safe place to visit, reports SoraNews24.
The guidelines are not too surprising. It’s pretty much the standard coronavirus safety measures. The documents suggest that Tokyo Disneyland lets only a limited number of people in, have people where face masks, check peoples’ body temperature, use cashless payment systems, social distance in line, and etc.
But it gets peculiar when the guidelines suggest how to be safe while riding rides. According to SoraNews24, the document suggests people not scream on rides.
“Roller coasters and other conveyance-style attractions – Have guests wear masks, and urge them to refrain from shouting/screaming,” the document said. The suggestion isn’t just for rides it’s for shows also.
This rule makes sense considering you don’t want saliva flying everywhere but it takes a little joy out of riding roller coasters. Nothing like screaming your lungs out and letting out that visceral scream of joy and terror, but safety first.
In addition to not screaming, staff members in costumes will not be allowed to hug guests. That means kids won’t be able to hug their favorite Disney characters like Mickey or Pluto.
Tokyo Disneyland reopening will be the second of Disney’s theme parks to reopen since the coronavirus shut the places down. Shanghai Disneyland reopened in May with similar guidelines. Check out Vice’s video of what Shanghai Disneyland looks like with the guidelines in place: