Typhoons are no laughing matter. Being the Pacific equivalent of hurricanes, they can get extremely intense. And with the approach of Typhoon Hagibis (also known as Typhoon #19), companies across the Tokyo area are taking extreme precautions. And today, as a precaution, the Oriental Land Company has announced that both parks at Tokyo Disney Resort as well as Ikspiari will be closed on Saturday, October 12th. This will be the first closure of the parks since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
The Oriental Land Company confirmed this in a statement released this afternoon. Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will both be closed all day Saturday. The parks will re-open in the afternoon on Sunday, with hours to be announced on Saturday afternoon. Ikspiari will also be closed on Saturday.
This news follows cancellations at both of Tokyo’s airports, of Rugby World Cup games, and train closures in the Kanto area. JR East announced this morning that the Keiyo Line, which services Tokyo Disney Resort, will cease operations at 10am on Saturday. Additionally, the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, a distant alternate route, will cease from 1PM on Saturday. If you are visiting Tokyo Disney Resort, please exercise caution and stay indoors. Like Walt Disney World during Hurricane Dorian, the Oriental Land Company’s first concern is Guest and Cast safety.
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