Universal Theme Park Shuts Down, Disney Next

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Credit: Osaka.com

It takes extreme weather to shut down a theme park, especially Universal or Disney.

Woman happy in front of the "NO LIMIT!" parade
Credit: Universal Studios Japan

When it comes to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, the theme parks rarely need ever to shut down entirely. It has happened so few times in history due to weather, with the longest stint being the COVID-19 pandemic closures. In Orlando, hurricanes are the weather condition that can sometimes be so treacherous that it may sometimes cause the parks to shut down for safety. In Japan, which is home to Universal Studios Japan and Tokyo Disney Resort (Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea), typhoons can be catastrophic.

Universal Japan
Credit: Universal Studios Japan

Currently, Japan is preparing to be hit by its second typhoon this week, Typhoon Lan. Reuters noted, “Japan braced for Typhoon Lan to make landfall, with airlines and railways cancelling services in central areas of the country’s main island, where it is expected to strike on Tuesday. Lan, the seventh tropical storm of the season, was over the Pacific Ocean near central Japan, headed northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (9.3 miles per hour) on Monday, with a maximum wind speed of 139 kph and gusts of up to 195 kph, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.”

Guests dressed as Super Mario characters with a Team Member at Universal Studios Japan
Credit: Universal Studios Japan

The storm sadly comes on the heels of Typhoon Khanun, which meandered in the northwest Pacific for days before lashing southern Japan. Typhoon Lan threatens to disrupt one of Japan’s busiest travel seasons during the Obon summer holiday, when many people take vacations and return to their hometowns, with the increased amount of airline cancelations amounting to hundreds, this will not be possible for many.

Now Universal Studios Japan has announced that it will be closed on August 15, 2023, for Guest safety during the typhoon. If you have a ticket, it will be refunded for the day. Typhoon Lan seems to likely be affecting Osaka more than Tokyo, where Disneyland is located. That being said, depending on the course of the typhoon, there is always a chance that Tokyo Disney Resort would have to also shut down for safety.

Spider-Man closure poster
Credit: Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and the newly opened Super Nintendo World. Guests visiting can also ride The Flying Dinosaur, Hollywood Dream, Jaws, and more. They can also enjoy the No Limit! parade, Halloween Horror Nights, and the Hahaha Halloween Party!

At Universal Orlando Resort, things are a little different. When visiting Universal Orlando Resort, Guests can enjoy attractions such as Rip Ride Rockit, MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack, Transformers: The Ride, and more. Visit Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can venture into Gringotts!  Islands of Adventure has some fantastic attractions like the new Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Jurassic Park River Adventure, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, and more! Volcano Bay is also open for those who want to get their splash on.

Magical creatures encounter at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan
Credit: Universal Studios Japan

At Universal Studios Hollywood Guests can enjoy WaterWorld, The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Super Silly Fun Land, Silly Swirly Fun Ride, Kung Fu Panda Adventure, Universal’s Animal Actors, Special Effects Show, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, The Simpsons Ride, Studio Tour, Jurassic World — The Ride, Revenge of the Mummy — The Ride, Transformers: The Ride-3D, and more!

Have you ever been to Universal Studios Japan? Would you like to visit?


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