Disneyland & DisneySea Will Be Closing Its Doors Till 15 Mar
It seems Japan is erring on the side of caution and will close its Disneyland and DisneySea resorts amidst fears regarding the Covid-19 outbreak.
According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), the 2 Disney resorts are proceeding with an extraordinary closure from 29 Feb to 15 Mar.
This comes after the government urged measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Disneyland & DisneySea will be closing from 29 Feb – 15 Mar
Oriental Land, the operator of Disneyland and DisneySea, plans to resume operations from 16 Mar onwards but this depends on developments in the interim.
Tokyo Disney Resort Ticket holders can exchange or get a refund in advance
Tokyo Disney Resort has updated their page with instructions for ticket holders that will be affected during this period.
Guests that have already purchased the following tickets will have their tickets exchanged for one that can be used until 31 Mar 2021 with no difference or change fee. This ticket cannot be used in parks with restricted admission.
- Tickets that include the designated admission date from 29 Feb 2020 to 15 Mar 2020
- Tickets that expire between 29 Feb 2020 to 15 Mar 2020
- Campus Day passport with admission period from 6 Jan 2020 to 19 Mar 2020
- Corporate program “Sunks Festival” passport with admission period from 6 Jan 2020 to 19 Mar 2020
Guests that wish to exchange tickets or get a refund in advance, will need to fill out a special web form from 6 Mar. Further details can be found here.
Disneyland not the only attraction temporarily closed
But it’s not just Disney that’s taking this cautious stance. Other attractions in Japan have also been cancelled or closed to prevent the spread of infection.
The Japan National Tourism Organisation has provided a list of facilities affected by the coronavirus outbreak. You can take a look at it below or click here.
Japanese govt taking Covid-19 fears seriously
Unlike its South Korean neighbours, Japan has not yet experienced a sharp increase in reported infections. However, this did not stop the government from taking pre-emptive measures.
Citizens were urged to work from home, avoid large gatherings, and commute only during off-peak hours.
Peak hour in Japan
On Thursday night, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked all of the country’s schools to close for about a month.
Drastic as it might seem, such measures only serve to ensure the safety of Japanese citizens. Hopefully the situation blows over soon and we can all unleash our inner child when Disneyland reopens.