While the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation initially looked favorable in Japan, things have taken a turn for the worse. On the evening of April 7th, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency through May 6th for 7 Japanese prefectures. These include Chiba, the home of Tokyo Disney Resort, as well as Tokyo, Osaka, and others. As such, the Oriental Land Company has announced that the Tokyo Disney Resort closure will be extended though at least mid-May, to an undetermined date.
The opening of the vast New Fantasyland expansion is now also set for an unknown date to be determined later.
This closure applies to both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. The Ikspiari shopping mall adjacent to Tokyo Disney Resort will also be closed during this time.
Guests with unused tickets dated or expiring between February 29th-May 31st, 2020 can have their ticket changed to an open-dated ticket expiring March 31st, 2021. Guests with Annual Passports will have the expiration date extended. Details will be released later.
Events scheduled to end during the closure, including Fantasmic!, Very Very Minnie, and Pixar Playtime were not extended. Ariel’s Greeting Grotto, Lilo’s Luau and Fun, and other offerings set to close March 31st also were not extended. However, souvenir food items and event merchandise will be sold for a short period after re-opening. Details will be announced later. No word on how this will affect the planned Disney Easter event that was set to begin March 27th at Tokyo DisneySea.
While we’re very disappointed to see this development, it’s for the best. The safety of Guests and Cast Members is the highest priority, and it’s critical that the COVID-19 situation gets closer to under control. No Disney parks are currently operating across the world.
Be sure to keep your eyes on a trusted global news source and check with your doctor and the US State Department before travel. If you choose to come, wash your hands as often as possible, use hand sanitizer, and consider wearing a mask and/or touching your face as little as possible.
We’ll keep our eyes on developments worldwide regarding the COVID-19 situation’s effect on Disney Parks operations.
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