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Tokyo Disney parks closing for two weeks over virus concerns

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By Kazuhiro Nogi

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Terrible! Mickey's first vacation in 50 years!

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Well, it was not running good anyway.

Bet they got their salary... right?

ps: Don't forget to wear masks, it save lives... as they want us to believe.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

Makes sense to close it.

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Dear The Resident.

Have you been to Disney the past weeks? It's dead. It's sure one of the last place u'd want to go...

Don't forget to wear the mask.

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Constructive comment.

About the main topic. Better close than being open and losing money.

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I don’t know if Japan can do without Tokyo Disney for 2 weeks. Going to be majorly packed when it opens back up.

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Now I’m scared.

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'well, it was not running good anyway' ? Are you referring to some sort of combustion engine?

DisneyLand and DisneySea used to be exactly like they are now (well, until today)) until mainland Chinese Citizens were allowed to travel here visa -free AND the growth of low cost airlines to Narita from China, South Korea and Taiwan.

They are closing purely because of health concerns - not because they are 'not running good'

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Now I’m scared.

No reason for alarm. Everyone is just jumping on the two-week shutdown bandwagon to avoid being singled out in the witch hunt news, as the renegade culprit who dared to keep their venue open and spread corona.

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yokohamarides

Now I’m scared.

You KNOW its bad when the disney resorts in japan close! LOL!

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Exellent point made by BeerDeliveryGuy, Nobody will want to be tarred with that brush, From that, you would not recover for a lot longer.

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No reason for alarm. Everyone is just jumping on the two-week shutdown bandwagon to avoid being singled out in the witch hunt news, as the renegade culprit who dared to keep their venue open and spread corona.

Yep. It is understandable. The ‘happiest place on Earth’ can’t afford a PR catastrophe.

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On Thursday night, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged schools across the country to close for around a month, though nurseries and after-school clubs are exempt.

This is most likely why Disney decided to close for two weeks.

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Tokyo Disneyland Haiku

Standing for two hours

All for a two minute ride

Blue pill is it not?

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I suspect that two weeks will stretch to four at least, until the number of active coronavirus cases in Japan drops.

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And USJ reluctantly followed suit too:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200228_37/

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... two weeks? for some people i,m sure it,s gonna feel like two years ...

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I'm at tokyo disney sea now and the popular rides are really packed.

Even now it is still a wait of 100 min

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Hi everybody, I have planned my trip to Tokyo on 17th March to 8th April, my flight company doesn't want to refund my ticket so I'm coming anyway, I see that museums, zoo parks etc. is closing, but do you know about marktes like Tsukiji Outer Market is it open? Thank you very much.

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Only 2 weeks... should be shutdown the whole period Schools are forced to shut early, otherwise they'd be supporting the spread of the virus.

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No reason for alarm. Everyone is just jumping on the two-week shutdown bandwagon to avoid being singled out in the witch hunt news, as the renegade culprit who dared to keep their venue open and spread corona.

Memories are short. Disneyland was the infection point of a 2015 outbreak of measles that resulted in 100 cases in 8 states, and 100 cases in Canada. That brought a lot of unwelcome publicity, and so there was further attention on Disneyland in August 2019 when a New Zealand tourist who had visited was found to be infected with measles (brought from NZ).

NZ tourists are also thought to have brought measles into Samoa, which starting in September 2019 had a very serious outbreak that resulted in around 80 deaths, a disproportionate number of which were of young children.

Disneyland can be blameless in all this other than being a place where people gather in large numbers, but even so, their wish to avoid negative consequences is not hard to understand. Becoming the centre of a large COVID outbreak in Tokyo or Hong Kong at the moment is the last thing they want.

In Hong Kong, Disneyland was closed way back on January 26, when "worldwide" cases amounted to just 2,077, with 56 deaths.

https://variety.com/2020/biz/asia/hong-kong-disneyland-ocean-park-close-andy-lau-coronavirus-1203480669/#!

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Why only two weeks? Close it for at lease 6 months.

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Expect to see Mickey, Goofy & Donald down at the dole office on Monday

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