Disney is closing down its theme parks in Japan as the coronavirus outbreak in Japan escalates. Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will shut down on Saturday and stay closed through March 15, the parks’ operator Oriental Land announced on Friday.
In a statement, a rep for Oriental Land said, “Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea have decided to proceed with an extraordinary closure from Saturday, Feb 29, 2020, through Sunday, March 15th. The reopening date is scheduled for March 16 (Monday), but we will contact closely with the relevant administrative organs and will inform you again.”
The decision to close the parks is a precautionary measure and Disney’s way of keeping in line with prevention efforts taking place across Japan. It was also made in the wake of a request by Japan’s government to cancel or postpone big gatherings and events over the next few weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A rep for Oriental Land also said that the resort will refund guests for admission fees and hotel bookings.
Shanghai Disney was also closed as a precaution and remains closed for the foreseeable future. In an earnings call, Disney said that a two month closure of the Shanghai park could cost it $135 million in lost earnings.
Read Disney’s entire statment on their website.