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Tokyo Disney Resort announces temporary closure due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Tokyo Disneyland Photo courtesy Disney

Tokyo Disney Resort will close for at least two weeks after the Japanese government implemented new policies to control the outbreak of Coronavirus in Japan. Tokyo Disney Resort is the third and last Disney theme park resort in Asia to close in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The spread of the virus happens when people come in close contact with each other and can be passed by touching a surface where the virus was left by another person. This makes theme parks a natural vector of transmission.

Update: 3/11/2020 – A new statement from Tokyo Disney Resort extends the closure through early April 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.

The announcement by Tokyo Disney Resort states the park will be closed through March 15th early April. Stating that large-scale infection risk is too great, they will take the step to suspect operations for the next two weeks. It’s also stated that they could extend the closure if events warrant.

It sounds like all, or large parts, of Japan are being asked to suspect sporting and other cultural events due to the infection risk from Coronavirus.

Tokyo Disney Resort contains two theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, and a number of hotels. Guests with tickets arne reservations are encouraged to contact the agency through which they purchased the tickets. Guests with Tokyo Disney Resort reservations should contact Tokyo Disney.

Both Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland remain closed while authorities in China. The plot of land being reserved for the second gate at Hong Kong Disneyland is currently being converted into a temporary hospital for those infected by Coronavirus.

The city of Toyko in Japan is set to host the Summer Olympics this year. There’s a lot of pressure to get the coronavirus under control in time for atheletes to arrive ahead of the games.

We hope everyone is able to get this under control, but just in case, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water. That’s the best way to prevent getting infected.