Tokyo Disney owner Oriental Land Company announced in a press release on its corporate website today that Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will close from February 29 through March 15. The parks are scheduled to reopen on March 16.
On April 15, Tokyo Disneyland is scheduled to open several new attractions as part of a major expansion project, including a new Beauty and the Beast-themed trackless dark ride, a Big Hero 6 spinner ride, and a Broadway-style Fantasyland theater.
Yesterday, Japanese officials ordered the closing of schools in an effort to stop the spread of the virus, but there's little sense in making that effort if everyone is just going to spend their days off at Disneyland, is there? So the closure of the parks - along with other attractions around the area - seemed inevitable.
While Disney's Chinese parks remain closed indefinitely, at least the Japanese parks are announcing a planned reopening date. However, fears of the coronavirus spreading and further disrupting the global economy led to the US stock market suffering its biggest one-day point drop ever today, so long-range travel planning in the coronavirus era might better be described as long-range guessing at this point.
Update: Universal Studios Japan in Osaka has announced that it will close for the same, two-week period: Feb 29 through March 15.Tweet
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