Dozens of fans streamed into Hong Kong Disneyland on Friday as it reopened its doors after two months.
Anti-epidemic measures were in place at visitors returned, welcomed by a band along with a group of cheering staff – although its famous mascot Mickey mouse was conspicuously absent.
The relief and joy was evident on the faces of visitors and staff.
Some Disney workers greeted each other with "air hugs" at a distance – in line with social distancing protocols.
There was the mandatory temperature screening at the entrance of the park, which is operating at a reduced capacity. All guests are required to book their visits online beforehand.
Some staff also held signs inside the park to remind visitors to keep their distance from one another.
The park also has introduced what it called “selfie spots” to allow guests to take photos with Disney characters, from a safe distance.
But the age-less attraction that theme parks hold despite all the reminders of the ongoing pandemic was evident as the crowds returned. An 80-year-old visitor said she had been waiting for the park to reopen.
She said she used to come every day to walk around as she likes the environment at the park.
But a tiny tot who was coming to the park for the first time summed up the mood of most of the visitors: "I am very happy," said four-year-old Shelby. "Today I want to play."