The country’s top three animation attractions all closed indefinitely.
At the end of February, with the level of coronavirus infection in Japan exceeding the initial expectations, Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea announced they would cease operations from February 29 to March 15. Voluntary measures were introduced after health officials said the first half of March would be a critical period of stopping the spread of the virus, but it turned out that the time frame was too optimistic.
This week, Tokyo Disney Resort (including Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea) said it would expand the park closure, and this time, it refused to give a reopening date. While the announcement stated that the parks anticipate they will be able to safely start welcoming guests around early April, no official date has been set at this time. In addition, the Tokyo Disneyland grand expansion, with new Beauty and the Beast and Big Hero 6 attractions, has been in operation for four years and is scheduled to open on April 15, will reopen. at least between May, if not later.
Fans of Japanese animation also get some bad news from the Tokyo Gh Ghili Museum. The strange temple for anime director Hayao Miyazaki and his army originally planned to close from February 25 to March 17, but are also delaying reopening. Ghibli Museum requires a ticket in advance, valid for the specified date only. Although the museum was planning to start selling tickets for April on March 10, but since then, it has been posted on its website that ticket sales are delayed indefinitely.
Finally, Osaka Elevator Universal Studios Japan is also extending its closure. Closed from February 29, this week USJ sent a follow-up statement saying they had officially decided to close the park until March 22. However, the notice also explained that no reopening date, implying that there is a significant chance that the closure will be extended again after the 22. The park has yet to comment on whether this will affect the expected opening. Super Nintendo World expansion, scheduled to open this summer or not.
So basically, if you plan to visit any of these four facilities in the next few weeks, you may need to make other plans. At least there are plenty of free Pokémon manga and cartoons to enjoy online while isolating yourself at home.