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Robert Niles

Tokyo Disney Resort closed indefinitely

Published: March 14, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Following last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Tokyo Disney Resort announced today that it is closing its theme parks and all other facilities, including the hotels, indefinitely.

The resort cited the scheduled blackouts and reduced power supply in announcing the decision. Previously, Tokyo Disney had declared it would remain closed for 10 days after the quake.

In addition to the ongoing recovery efforts in the Tokyo area and northern Japan, the nation is facing a power crisis due to explosions at one nuclear power plant and failures at another. The spread of radiation after the plant explosion has forced evacuations of hundreds of thousands of people in one Japanese province, even as many others remain homeless due to the tsunami.

Clearly, this isn't the right moment for tourism in Japan. Fortunately, many Tokyo Disney cast members are remaining busy. Tokyo cast member Jarrod Lentz posted this photo last night (US time) of folks heading out to help dig out the elderly and others in their community.

Best wishes and hopes for the recovery of everyone in Japan.

Replies (4)

TH Creative

Published: March 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Also thinking about the Japanese hosts and hostesses working at EPCOT.
Daniel Etcheberry

Published: March 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM

What a tragedy. As if the tsunami was not enough, now they have a serious problem with their nuclear plant.

The closure of the Disney Resort is irrelevant right now; what matters now is to avoid a nuclear meltdown and to help the survivors.

Published: March 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Japan in this tragic time. I think they have currently made the right decision as a theme park is the last thing on everyone's mind there right now.
Joshua Counsil

Published: March 15, 2011 at 1:11 AM

Here's hoping further disaster is averted.

My buddy in nuclear engineering sent me this article. It's a nice alternative to what I've read in the mainstream media.

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