Disney Park Continues to Extend Alcohol Ban Due to Pandemic Concerns

in Tokyo Disneyland

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Like the rest of the world, Tokyo has been hit hard by the pandemic. While many other countries are slowly beginning to bounce back, Japan has been struggling to keep its COVID-19 positivity rate down.

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Because of this, the fourth state of emergency has been called, which is greatly affecting both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Originally, the state of emergency was called from July 12 to August 22, but now, Tokyo Disney will continue its reduced hours and alcohol ban through to August 31.

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This means that the parks will only operate between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and alcohol cannot be purchased on property.

The official notice on the Tokyo Disney website reads: 

Oriental Land Co., Ltd. announced today that the Park operating hours for Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea® Parks will continue to be from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through August 31. This decision is based on the state of emergency announced by the Japanese government and requests from local authorities. In addition, sales of alcoholic beverages will continue to be suspended until August 31. Tokyo Disney Resort® will continue to focus on the health and safety of our guests and cast members in our Park operations. We ask for your understanding and cooperation

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Although the Park hours are meant only to be reduced until August 31 according to Tokyo Disney’s notice above, their theme park calendar shows that the park hours will remain reduced until the beginning of November, which is something we have seen on the theme park calendar since the new extended hours were announced.

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After seeing both Disneyland and Disney World continue to progress in a forward direction regarding safely returning to more normalized operations, it is unfortunate to see that Tokyo Disney continues to face pandemic-induced operational changes. That being said, even both Disneyland and Disney World have had to take a few steps back due to increasing COVID-19 cases. Both theme parks have reinstated indoor mask mandates for Guests at this time.

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