A few quick updates from Tokyo Disneyland.
Although entertainment cast members had been called in to rehearse on Monday, the rehearsals were canceled due to rolling blackouts scheduled for mid-day at the resort. Cast Members are dealing with their own blackouts and struggles for food and water, but a group of Disney entertainment cast members who found themselves freed up from the canceled rehearsal, picked up rakes and shovels and went out into the community to help clear away some of the debris and silt from the homes of elderly.
Here’s a pic of the crew from Disney performer @JarrodLentz‘s twitter stream. Lentz said of the adventure, “The human spirit will not be broke” and “Helping people was the best medicine so far.” I continue to be astounded by how professional and caring Tokyo Disneyland cast has been in the face of tragedy.
Although myself and others had speculated that liquefaction damage near the Monorail stations would result in a long delay in the trains returning to service. That has not been the case. Here’s a short video showing damage near one of the monorails and in the second half you can see them testing the monorail. So that’s good news for Tokyo Disneyland and OLC.
The parks themselves continue on a schedule to open after the 21st. Meanwhile they’re assessing damage and making small repairs. Below the jump is a press release put out by the Oriental Land Company after the quake:
Here’s the best video I’ve found so far of what it was like inside Tokyo Disneyland in the hours following the earthquake. As it turns out, fairly orderly and calm. Especially given the circumstances.
The video starts off oddly formatted, but it soon shifts to a more normal perspective.
I’m fairly certain the scene would be very different inside one of the American parks.
Below the jump is an amazing video of what it was like inside the park during the quake:
Update: More video from around Tokyo Disneyland Resort.
Here’s a video taken by a park guest sitting in the safety of an open area of the Tokyo Disneyland Resort attraction Tower of Terror (similar to the American park’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attractions) swaying in during one of the after-shock earthquakes.
Now that’s an E-Ticket ride.
Below the jump is more video of DisneySea park guests inside the Tower of Terror as the building shakes.