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Andrew Swanson

Tokyo Disneyland to reopen on Friday

Published: April 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Oriental Land Company is reopening Tokyo Disneyland tomorrow, Friday, April 15, following a month-long closure due to the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. The park originally opened April 15, 1983, so this reopening date coincides with its 28th anniversary.

To conserve electricity, they will only be open during daylight hours (from 8 am - 6pm). According to the park's website and Oriental Land Company's website, 300 yen from every park ticket purchased and 1000 yen from every hotel stay will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross. Guests can make additional contributions by purchasing wrist bands that say "We Are One." Cast Members will also be wearing these wrist bands and all proceeds from these sales will be donated. This is in addition to a donation of 200 million yen that OLC has already donated to the relief efforts.

A reopening date for Tokyo DisneySea has not been announced but the resort's website did say that a minimum of three days notice would be given. This park was originally slated to start its 10th anniversary celebration on April 23rd, and there's no word on how the opening of the new Fantasmic and the related special events will be affected. The Tokyo DisneySea Hotel Miracosta is expected to reopen on the same day as the park.

Finally it seems that the resort is being extremely accomodating with regards to guests holding ticket media affected by the closure. Expired single or multi day passports can be exchanged or refunded at the guest's choosing and annual passports will automatically have their expiration date extended by the number of days the park was closed.

Bravo once again to the cast of Tokyo Disney Resort and the staff of the Oriental Land Company for handling this situation with upmost professionalism and for giving the people of Japan a much needed escape.

Update, April 15: "Tokyo Disneyland opened earlier than its 8 a.m. schedule today as about 10,000 people lined up to visit the amusement park that had been shut for five weeks by the strongest earthquake on record to hit Japan." - From Bloomberg

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