Tokyo Disney theme parks ride out a typhoon
Written by Robert Niles
Have you even been to a theme park during a hurricane? Most readers probably think of the Florida theme parks as being the most likely targets, but tropical storms hit theme parks along the Pacific, too.Tweet
The Southern California theme parks have never suffered a hurricane, thanks to the California Current pulling cold ocean water from the north down the coast. (Think of it as the opposite of Florida's Gulf Stream, which draws warm water up the U.S. east coast, helping to make it a prime hurricane target.) But the Kuroshio Current brings warm water up to Japan, providing a road map for tropical storms such as Typhoon Man-yi, which hit Japan over the past couple days. The storm caused considerable damage in the southern part of the country, but by the time it reached the Tokyo Disney Resort, its rain and winds were mostly a nuisance rather than the source of major harm. Several visitors documented the storm on Twitter:
After the worst of the storm blew through, maintenance crews moved swiftly to repair storm damage.
I've not yet found any reports from Universal Studios Japan, which is in Osaka, where the storm caused more damage than in Tokyo. If you've found some reports, or were there, please comment.
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