Published: March 11, 2011 at 9:17 AMLaughingPlace.com has a twitter feed from someone who's been stuck inside the park. They've been posting random pictures and info from inside the parks before their phone died, they can been seen from the link below.
Also for current tweets and various pictures:
An additional piece with inside pictures and various updates: http://www.insidethemagic.net/2011/03/pictures-great-earthquake-strikes-tokyo-disneyland-and-disneysea-stranding-thousands-of-guests/
Published: March 11, 2011 at 1:14 PMI imagine Tokyo Disneysea is especially flooded, seeing as it's literally alongside Tokyo Bay which would have had quite a few major waves this morning. I guess nobody in the park was experiencing a major disaster though since we would have heard it on the news. Most of all though, I feel sorry for the guests who pay premium prices to stay in Hotel MiraCosta inside Disneysea park. As they are eating their meals in the forseeable future, all they will see out of the lounge windows are stranded tourists standing in the rain packed liked sardines in a crushed tin box.
Published: March 11, 2011 at 1:49 PMFWIW, the flooding in the parking areas is not the result of the tsunami, but of the ground itself essentially liquefying during the quake, allowing groundwater to saturate the pulverized earth on parts of the landfill upon which the resort was built.
Also, tweets from guests inside the park have been quite complimentary of the park's staff, given what must be extremely trying circumstances. Which makes it all the more weird that Disney's saying nothing directly to its fans about the situation. Yes, I know that the parks are under the operation of Oriental Land, and not Disney itself, but it's Disney's brand name that's out there.
Published: March 11, 2011 at 1:56 PMCould not agree more. This is a real missed opportunity for Disney.
Published: March 11, 2011 at 3:42 PMIt would appear that someone at Disney might have been paying attention. They're now addressing the issue on their blog.
Published: March 13, 2011 at 9:17 AMKudos to the Tokyo Disney management and CMs for a calm, professional reaction to a major catastrophe.
But I question using the computer-generated voice for the English voice announcement -- it gives the whole scenario a creepy, "Westworld" feel...
Oops. Sorry, Kurt -- Great impression of "Microsoft Bob."
Published: March 13, 2011 at 8:00 PMWhat happened at the universal studios japan? Can't find something about them.
Published: March 16, 2011 at 4:08 PMUniversal Studios Japan is located in Osaka, more than 300 miles west and a bit to the south of Tokyo. Osaka Bay was sheltered from the brunt of the tsunami and Osaka was located far enough away from the epicenter that it should have escaped major damage.
I haven't heard any reports from USJ. Its website reports that the park is open, and the southern part of the country appears to be in much better shape than the area around Tokyo and to the north.