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Tokyo Disney targets April 20 reopening date

March 27, 2020, 10:09 AM · The Tokyo Disney Resort today announced that it will reopen on April 20. The resort had closed in February, initially planning a reopening for March 16. But earlier this month, the resort said that it would extend its temporary closure through early April. Today's announcement puts a hard deadline on that closure.

With some wiggle room. The announcement does say “April 20 or beyond” for a reopening. As with everything involving this pandemic, only time will tell.

Elsewhere in Japan, Universal Studios Japan in Osaka has extended its closure through April 12. In addition, the Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed until 2021, in large part because athletes could not train properly nor could qualifying events be held during the global shutdown.

Elsewhere with Disney, we are still awaiting a revised closure timeline from the US parks, which continue to publish operating hours starting April 1, which are not happening due to local shelter in place orders in California and the Orlando area.

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March 27, 2020 at 10:41 AM

That is some optimism right there, I hope it indeed works out. Judging by past events, these Japanese parks closed about four weeks prior to the American ones. That would put the US based theme parks for a May 20ish re-opening if the logic of America being four weeks "behind". All we can do is hope.

March 27, 2020 at 11:41 AM

Well, Japan was a bit ahead on the entire mess closing earlier so makes sense opening earlier than U.S.

March 27, 2020 at 11:45 AM

I don’t see it. If you start a lockdown today, it takes 3 weeks before you really start to see the effects, and then you need to actually wait longer for the peak to ebb. I think mid summer is optimistic.

March 27, 2020 at 12:53 PM

Anything prior to July is ambitious and when everyone goes back to normal the cases will rise again and this cycle will be repeated. we aren't getting out of this in two months. there is not a COVID-19 season like say the flu season. We are going to be in this for a while. Until we find an effective treatment or vaccine life is going to be upside down and large gatherings will not be advised.

March 27, 2020 at 2:10 PM

Well, I know where not to come to, if I’m needing a shot of optimism, even if it’s a sugar coated one, lol.

March 28, 2020 at 2:12 AM

Actually Legoland Japan, reopened already. On March 23, I think. four hour car ride or a three hour high speed train between there and tokyo disneyland. So. April 20 seems quite realistic. If Tokyo does not have setbacks in the virus control, it seems like the corp. that owns tokyo disneyland is even being very cautious. I have looked up a website that tracks business conferences. Some have changed dates, but many business conferences have still happened in tokyo the last couple of weeks.

March 29, 2020 at 4:12 AM

Tokyo and Shanghai are literally the only Disney parks I see reopening the next 2 months

March 30, 2020 at 11:53 AM

Yes, the disease in Japan appears to be different. Despite crammed transport systems the disease seems to be having a harder time... I guess it’s just a cleaner culture.

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