Disney Parks in Japan Remain Closed

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will remain closed for the time being, the Walt Disney Co. announced yesterday, as a result of the disaster that struck Japan on March 11.

While the Disney Co. will start back some operations in Japan, which it did not give details about, the theme parks, owned by partner Oriental Land Co., will not reopen yet, reports the Associated Press. No date was given for when they might.

Tokyo Disneyland had launched a new attraction, "Mickey's PhilharMagic," a 3-D film, on January 24, while Tokyo DisneySea, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, had scheduled events to celebrate starting on April 23, 2011.

The 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan over a week ago appears not to have done any major damage to the to buildings and facilities, but no stable electricity and transportation issues to and from the parks are still a problem, Oriental Land said after an inspection. The parking lot did suffer some damage, which was being repaired.

Thousands of guests had been stranded at the parks following the earthquake and park employees gave out blankets, heaters, plastic raincoats, food and water. No injuries were reported.

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