Tokyo Disney, Universal Japan delay their reopening dates

March 11, 2020, 11:21 AM · The Tokyo Disney Resort and Universal Studios Japan today each announced that they will not reopen next Monday as planned.

The resorts had been closed as part of Japan's response to the spreading Covid-19 virus. However, with the virus not slowing down in Japan after the government's efforts to promote social isolation, the decision has been made to extend the shutdown of public attractions.

Tokyo Disney announced that Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will remain closed through early April. In addition, the grand opening of the Tokyo Disneyland expansion, planned for April 15, has been delayed until "mid-May 2020 or beyond." That expansion includes Tokyo Disneyland's new Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast dark ride, a Big Hero 6-themed spinner, a Broadway-style Fantasyland theater presenting Mickey's Magical Music World, and a new Minnie Mouse meet-and-greet.

Universal Studios Japan announced that it will be closed through at least March 22, extending its closure by at least one week. Neither resort has announced a specific reopening date, as they had done when they first announced their closures last month. Universal Studios Japan also still has not announced an opening date for its upcoming Super Nintendo World land following its global PR kickoff in January, before the coronavirus crisis became a worldwide news story.

Both resorts are refunding tickets sold for dates when the parks will be closed. If you have a ticket, you should contact the hotel or travel agency throughout which you bought the ticket, or the park if you bought it directly. Tokyo Disney has announced that it will extend annual passes' expiration dates due to the closure, while Universal said that it will make an announcement about annual passes by Friday.

Earlier this week, Shanghai Disneyland announced a phased reopening starting with the reopening of select locations in its Disneytown shopping district and the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. But the resort still has not announced a reopening date for its theme park. Hong Kong Disneyland also remains closed indefinitely due to the virus.

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