Stay Calm & Don’t Lie Down: Shanghai Disney Etiquette Guide

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The official opening of the hotly anticipated Shanghai Disney is just days away, and city officials have released an etiquette guide aimed at encouraging 'civilized behaviour' by all visitors.

The good behaviour guide is in response to what officials called 'uncouth' activities during the soft launch in April.

When the subway line from downtown Shanghai officially opened last month, large crowds rushed to the site and assembled outside the main gates, resulting in mountains of trash, trampled flower beds and graffiti. Photo-documented misdemeanors include people carving their names into walls and benches and the occasional child urinating in public. 

The etiquette guide cautions tourists not to throw trash, be rowdy, vandalize property, damage the landscaping or jump lines.

Those all make sense, but the guide also admonishes Disney visitors not to 'lie down on the ground.' Hmmm…is that a thing? Are Shanghainese known for acts of spontaneous prostration?

The massive $5.5 billion Shanghai Disneyland opens in mid-June featuring 6 themed areas including Adventure Isle, Treasure Cove, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Tickets sold out within hours for opening day and since then, have been sold out for at least the 1st 2 weeks.

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