Remembering the Great East Japan Earthquake and Its Effects at Tokyo Disney Resort
Five years ago one of the biggest earthquakes in Japan’s history struck the eastern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. The earthquake was felt in many parts of Japan, including Tokyo and the surrounding area. People in Tohoku are still feeling the aftermath of the earthquake, even after all these years. If you can, please consider donating to the Japan Red Cross to help those in need.
Let’s take a moment to remember those that lost their lives on March 11, 2011.
Tokyo Disney Resort felt the effects which resulted in the resort being closed for 5 weeks after the earthquake. It reopened to the public on April 15, 2011. The earthquake struck in the early afternoon, which resulted in thousands of guests stranded at the park. Some had to stay overnight, due to public transportation being suspended. From stories told, Cast Members went above and beyond to make sure the safety and comfort of guests. There were no reported injuries at the resort. The resort suffered some damage, such as parts of the parking lot liquefying.
There are a number of videos from inside the parks during and after the earthquake. You can find them below or here and here. A number of Disney fan sites also reported on this as it was happening.
Earthquakes are common occurrence in Japan, but that should not deter you from deciding to visit this wonderful and beautiful country. Read up on what to do during an earthquake. If you are visiting and one occurs there are announcements in English. Also follow instructions from the Cast Members.
Now, to lighten the mood let’s watch “Happiness is Here” from Tokyo Disneyland!
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