It appears the hopes were too good to be true. Inside the Magic has just learned that the Tokyo Disney Resort will extend its closure past its original reopening date to early April as well as postponing the opening of the new expansion to Tokyo Disneyland. The news was reported on Kyoto News and then confirmed on Tokyo Disney’s website.
The Walt Disney Company’s only Japanese resort and only Asia resort to feature more than one park, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, was originally scheduled to open on March 15. However, it has now been pushed back to next month. The Oriental Land Company — which owns Tokyo Disney and operates the resort in partnership with The Walt Disney Company — said it made the decision following a request made by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to “organizers of sports and cultural events” to further cancel or postpone events for at least another ten days. Prime Minister Abe made his request Tuesday, March 10.
Here is the official statement posted on Tokyo Disney Resort’s website today, March 11, 2020:
As a precautionary measure in line with prevention efforts taking place across Japan and in response to the recommendations of appropriate authorities, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will remain closed through early April out of consideration for the health and safety of our guests and cast members. We remain in close contact with related government agencies about the situation and will provide updates as the situation changes.
Please note that the Grand Opening of the new area in Tokyo Disneyland scheduled for April 15, 2020 is postponed to mid-May 2020 or beyond.
Universal Studios Japan Also Delays Its Reopening
Universal’s Osaka-based resort, Universal Studios Japan, will also comply with the Prime Minister’s request. The park’s operator, USJ, LLC., announced reopening is now scheduled for March 22. Both Universal and Disney parks have been closed since February 28.
As of now, the Land of the Rising Sun has 1,200 people infected with the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. 500 of which are domestic cases and the other 700 were unfortunately aboard the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship that was quarantined just off Yokohama.
This disease is proving to be most deadly to the elderly. Considering Japan’s rapidly aging population, it is understandable why they would being to take even more precautionary measures. However, there are still no plans to cancel the Summer Olympic.
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