Two days after its Shanghai Disneyland theme park opened for the first time ever, authorities in China are trying to figure out how it got into the wrong hands.
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People associated with Shanghai Disneyland say the incidents have been isolated and not a reflection of how the park itself is being used.
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Related Image Expand / Contract The Shanghai park has temporarily closed two rides, Epcot’s High Roller and a food ride, to see if anyone had acquired the associated high-priced passes to the park. (AP)
The Shanghai Disney Resort is the first place China has ever hosted a theme park and because of that, the area is restricted to Chinese citizens.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t criminals out there to make a quick buck on anyone who has a replica of the park’s gold and gem-studded passports.
As part of a precautionary measure, both Epcot’s High Roller Ferris wheel ride and a food eating and chalet ride named Terra Luna were shut down Monday and Tuesday after “there was a chance they may have been touched by a tourist.”
None of the rides is deemed “vulnerable,” said Disney officials.
Related Image Expand / Contract Epcot’s High Roller Ferris wheel, inside the Shanghai Disneyland theme park which opened on June 16, 2017. (AP)
Disney officials said the park itself has not been affected in any way.
“The details of a tourist’s identity will be determined after the investigation. We are confident that this will be an isolated incident,” said Disney spokesperson Clark Donlin.
An investigation by The New York Times reports that Shanghai authorities initially closed two children’s rides because they believed the guest had a “proprietary” gold and gem-studded passport, costing in the region of $100.
The Times interviewed a father in the country who said he gave his child’s mother, the daughter’s mother, a gold passport after he was shown it by an employee at the park’s information desk.
Officials haven’t yet determined if the pair actually received the passport or not.