Because of the worldwide health crisis currently happening, Disney has been forced to close all of its parks including Tokyo Disneyland. Unfortunately, as the situation continues to evolve returning to the parks seems further and further away with Tokyo Disneyland still closed.
In this post, we will explain to you everything we know so far about the Tokyo Disneyland closure including which parks, hotels and other parts of the resort are affected. We will provide you the latest updates as this situation continues to change.
(Update 5/8/20) – Tokyo Disneyland has officially extended its closure indefinitely, past the previous mid-May date it had set. This comes only days after Japan extended its state of emergency through May 31. Read on for the latest news.
Now that Tokyo Disneyland is closed we will try to answer any questions that you might have about it. We also will help you figure out how to get a refund, how to reschedule your trip and when Tokyo Disneyland is reopening. Lastly, we will discuss what kind of impact the closure might have on the Tokyo Disneyland Resort in the future.
If you are looking for information on any of the other Disney Parks closures at this time, just follow our links below where we have guides to each resort which will help you get updates on those specific locations:
- Disney World Closure Guide
- When Will Disney World Reopen?
- Disneyland Resort Closure Guide
- Disneyland Paris Closure Guide
- Disney Cruise Line Closure Guide
Some more helpful resources about this world situation include:
- World Health Organization’s page – This has good advice and guidelines regarding prevention and care.
- U.S. Department of State’s Alert Bulletin – This will let you know the current level of the situation and any travel advisories you need to be aware of.
Latest Tokyo Disneyland Closure News
After Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has now extended the national state of emergency through May 31 for many areas of Japan including Tokyo, the Tokyo Disneyland Resort closure will once again be extended too, this time indefinitely without a reopening date.
The national state of emergency was supposed to expire on May 6, but seeing how the situation in Japan isn’t getting better quickly, the Japanese Prime Minister has updated the country with new guidelines on public safety.
In The Japan Times, Prime Minister Abe said: “The coming month is one where we will aim to resolve the state of emergency and view it as a preparatory period toward a next step.”
In the middle of May, the Japanese government will then reevaluate the situation to see if the state of emergency will have to get extended into June and beyond.
Disney and The Oriental Land Company have now put the “indefinite” label on the park closures and will reevaluate things when the national state of emergency ends on May 31, or later if it is extended again. Then they can start thinking about reopening.
Tokyo Disneyland’s official statement is as follows:
“The reopening of the Parks was to be decided in mid-May; however, based on the extension of the state of emergency declaration, hereafter, the decision on the reopening date will be made and announced once the requests from Government and local municipalities have been lifted.“
The last time we heard from The Oriental Land Company, they announced that the Tokyo Disney Resort will remain closed indefinitely, through at least Mid-May. This is now the fourth time they have extended the resort’s closure. The Tokyo Disney Resort closure includes Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, the Ikspiari shopping center and the Tokyo Disney Hotels.
Guests who have unused tickets with expiration dates from February 29 – June 30, 2020, can change the dates on the tickets to anytime before March 31, 2021. Like in Disney World, Annual Passholders will also get a ticket extension based on the number of days Tokyo Disneyland is closed for.
Originally, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea were supposed to be closed only through March 15, 2020. Then an extension was ordered until Early April. However, the situation has now changed and is getting worse in Japan at the moment.
Obviously though with this latest announcement from the Japanese government, it now isn’t possible for Tokyo Disneyland to reopen before June, but that will most likely turn into July or August at this point. People are still being encouraged to stay at home and only go outside when necessary, so we don’t know when that will end.
Theme parks certainly don’t fall under the “necessary” category and therefore will be closed during this period.
Places like theme parks put guests at risk and could potentially help spread sicknesses and most of the Japanese cultural events like concerts, sporting events, etc have been canceled for the time being. Not only Tokyo Disneyland, but even other theme parks like Universal have been closed.
The government in Japan has closed down schools and encouraging employees to work from home when possible. The hope is that these closures will slow the situation before it gets to a point of no return. This extra time will enable the authorities to get a better handle on things and figure out how to proceed.
What Is Closed in Tokyo Disneyland?
The Tokyo Disneyland closure affects the two theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, as well as the Ikspiari shopping mall next to the Tokyo Disney Resort and all four Tokyo Disneyland Resort Hotels. All of these Tokyo Disney properties are closed through at least Mid-May at this time.
Again, it’s disappointing to see, but it makes sense as the current set of circumstances continues to decline in Japan, and around the world for that matter. It doesn’t make sense to keep these locations open from a guest health standpoint or an economical one.
How to Get a Refund or Reschedule
Hotel & Vacation Packages – Guests who had reservations at the Tokyo Disney Resort from now through the end of May will be able to get their money back as a refund.
Reservations from Now – May 31, 2020, will be automatically canceled without fees to the guest. Any money paid toward your vacation package will be refunded to your original form of payment. No word on dates past May 31 at this point but stay tuned.
Also, no new guest reservations can be made at this time.
Park Tickets – Guests who had purchased tickets with fixed dates between February 29 to June 30, 2020, will be able to get a full refund for these tickets or switch their tickets for new ones for any date between now and March 31, 2021.
Annual Passports – Annual Passports for Tokyo Disneyland have also been affected and Disney is extending out the expiration dates of those too. More details on this will be released at a later time.
Dining – If you have a dining reservation at one of the hotel restaurants or lounges during the closure dates, they will be automatically canceled.
If you have purchased tickets or vacation packages to the Tokyo Disney Resort, we encourage you to either contact your travel agency where you got your tickets and hotel reservations from or contact Tokyo Disney itself if bought or booked directly through them.
Tokyo Disneyland Impact
Even before Tokyo Disney closed, they had already started giving strict guidelines to follow for its guests visiting the parks.
The Tokyo Disneyland website had these guidelines:
- Please use the hand sanitizer that is available in all Park restrooms after washing your hands.
- If you begin to feel unwell while in the Park, please contact the nearest Cast Member.
- Guests feeling unwell due to possible cold symptoms are requested to refrain from visiting the Parks.
Up until the closure, guests that were going to Tokyo Disneyland were wearing protective masks to reduce the chance of catching anything. Even Cast Members were allowed to wear protective masks if they so desire.
Also hugging was no longer allowed between guests and the various characters in the parks, including princes and princesses as well as characters in full costume with headgear and all.
All of this comes with terrible timing since 2020 was supposed to be a huge year for the Tokyo Disney Resort. A big expansion in Fantasyland with a new Beauty and the Beast ride was supposed to open in April, then it was postponed again until mid-May 2020. Now with this latest closure extension, there is no longer an opening date planned and they’ll have to wait and see how long things continue.
The nighttime spectacular Fantasmic is also quietly closing during this period. As of now, Disney hasn’t announced that the closure will be postponed to a later date, and guests will not get to say their proper goodbyes as they would have liked to do.
The big draw to Japan this year was supposed to be the Summer Olympics which was going to create huge crowds, possibly unlike ever before in Japan. Now the Olympics have been officially pushed back until 2021.
This makes sense and even with new safety guidelines in Japan, things won’t be resolved before the Summer games were scheduled to start. Athletes will need time to arrive in Japan and become acclimated to the area and train for the competitions, visitors would want to take trips in Japan to see the sights, etc.
Not to mention that in many of the participating countries, residents are forced to stay at home right now and they wouldn’t even be able to travel to Japan for the Olympics. The health situation needs to be fixed first before we can start thinking about international sports.
Thankfully the Summer Olympic games were not just straight-up canceled. This would have been the worst-case scenario for Japan as they have already invested upwards of $20+ Billion into bringing these games to Tokyo. There were already concerns before all of this started that Japan might have another bad quarter financially which would put the country into a recession. At this point, that looks like a foregone conclusion rather than a possibility.
Lastly, it’s important to note that the Tokyo Disney Resort will be closed AT LEAST until May 31, 2020. Disney has said they will continue to evaluate the situation there, and the closure could end up being extended out past that date if necessary.
Right now the Tokyo Disney Resort would be in the middle of its busiest season of the year which runs from April and May. In May is when Golden Week starts up, and the beginning of the traditionally busiest season for tourism in the country. Now that the closure of Tokyo Disneyland is continuing up to that point, it’s a nightmare, and the worst possible outcome for the parks, and tourism in Japan in general.
Who knows when they will be able to schedule the opening of the new Fantasyland project for at this point. If everything starts getting back to normal it’s possible we could see it open in June or July. If things get pushed back again though, all bets are off. You can be sure the Disney and Oriental Land Co. execs are waiting on pins and needles to see how the next weeks play out.
With Disney Resorts now also closed in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and the U.S., this will put a big dent in the company’s bottom line for Q2 2020 and beyond, and even the domestic parks will start to feel the financial repercussions of these closures.
When is Tokyo Disneyland Reopening?
So when is Tokyo Disneyland reopening? Will it really open back up in June? This is the dilemma everyone is facing with all the Disney parks worldwide right now. Unfortunately at this point, no one knows the answer to that question. Things are changing so quickly that it’s hard to predict with any certainty when the parks could open again.
We’ve already seen the closure of Tokyo Disneyland get announced for March, then pushed back to “early April,” then April 20, mid-May, and now indefinitely. The Oriental Land Company is making incremental announcements every few weeks to minimize the damage and not say they are closing for months right from the start. Honestly, they don’t really know themselves, so until the situation becomes clearer it needs to happen this way.
As of this writing, the latest reports are saying that Japan is actually getting worse and has now extended the national state of emergency through the entire month of May. That would seem to indicate that Tokyo Disneyland won’t be able to reopen until at least June, making it very likely we will see another extension in the coming weeks.
If you have a trip planned to the Tokyo Disney Resort in the coming weeks or months, keep a close eye on the situation. If the parks are closed on the dates you have a reservation, you’ll be refunded and given the opportunity to reschedule your trip. At that point, you’ll have to make a decision for you and your family whether or not to postpone or cancel your trip.
I have no knowledge about how long Tokyo Disneyland is going to remain closed, and honestly, I don’t think Disney has any idea either. It’s impossible to predict because everything hinges on how much this thing continues to spread and what rules the government decides to keep in place.
Anything at this point is just a guess and would not be reliable information. We’ll keep a close eye on this situation and let you know what develops.
I want to know what you think about the Tokyo Disneyland closure…
- Is your trip affected by this closure?
- What can Disney do to get the parks open sooner?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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