Breaking News: The Tokyo Disney Resort is Reopening!

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  • Great news, everyone!

    The Tokyo Disney Resort is finally reopening on July 1, 2020 after having been closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even after Universal Studios Japan reopened its doors, the Tokyo Disney Resort was still assessing the situation to see if it would be prudent to reopen.

    However, until further notice the park will be operating a bit differently because of the risk the pandemic has brought. As a result, guests should know what changes the resort is implementing before choosing to go. After all, as long as things are like this, the experience won’t really be the same.

    by Martin Danker

    New Guidelines

    While the parks is reopening on July 1, 2020, guests will be required to do certain things when going to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea:

    Guests will have to have their temperatures taken before being admitted into the parks. If guests’ have a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher, they won’t be allowed into the parks. The same will happen to those who have cold-like symptoms.

    Like in many establishments across Japan, guests will have to wear masks at all times. There are a few exceptions to this rule. The first exception applies when people are eating. The second one during the hottest summer months due to the risk of heat stroke. However, guests will only be allowed to take off their masks in summer if they are outside and if there is enough distance between them and other guests.

    The park will enforce social distancing guidelines and implement markings in places like queuing lines and restaurants to ensure people know how far from each other they should stand.

    While not as strictly enforced, the park will have multiple hand sanitizing stations, and guests will be encouraged to wash their hands as much as possible. Cashless transactions will also be recommended, so guests should bring credit cards.

    Tickets

    In the past, one could purchase tickets in many locations, including Disney Stores and kiosks located inside Family Mart convenience stores. However, for the time being guests will only be allowed to purchase fixed-date tickets online, using the Tokyo Disney Resort’s official website.

    What’s more, people will be allowed to buy up to five tickets at a time and will be required to input their personal information. If you are staying at a Disney hotel, then you should contact the hotel you are staying at to inquire about tickets.

    Since the park will be implemented social distancing guidelines, there will be 3 types of tickets:

    1-Day Passports that will cost 8,200 yen for adults, 6,900 yen for teens between the ages of 12-17, and 4,900 yen for children. These tickets allow people to enter the park at 8 a.m.

    11:00 a.m. Fixed-Day Passports. Admission starts at 11:00 a.m., and the tickets cost 7,300 yen for adults, 6,100 for teens between the ages of 12-17, and 4,300 for children.

    2:00 p.m. Fixed-Day Passports. Admission starts at 2:00 p.m., and the tickets will cost 6,300 yen for adults, 5,400 for teens between the ages of 12-17, and 3,800 yen for children.

    Closed Attractions

    Some attractions won’t be opened during this time. The attractions include Penny Arcade, Swiss Family Treehouse, Tom Sawyer Island Rafts, Woodchuck Greeting Trail, Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall, Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House, Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse, Toon Park, Donald’s Boat, Minnie’s House, and Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey at Tokyo Disneyland; while Fortress Explorations, Village Greeting Place, ¡Saludos Amigos! Greeting Dock, Mickey and Friends’ Greeting Trails, Ariel’s Playground, Mermaid Lagoon Theater, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will be closed at Tokyo Disney Sea

    No FASTPASS

    For those considering going to the parks, note that FASTPASS tickets won’t be available until further notice.

    Suspended Programs and Additional Information

    There will also be changes like stores, restaurants, and programs. For more information, one can check the detailed PDF document the Tokyo Disney Resort prepared for all their guests.

    How We Got Here

    When the Tokyo Disney Resort announced that they would close the parks until March 15, 2020, citizens who had not paid close attention to the coronavirus outbreaks or who had dismissed it as something that was not as serious as SARS, MERS, or the common flu began to understand just how grave the situation was.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) had refused to call the COVID-19 outbreaks a pandemic, instead stating that the outbreak becoming a pandemic was “very likely” despite multiple health care experts and epidemiologists stating that the world was indeed experiencing a pandemic.

    However, on March 12, 2020 Japan Time, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
    This delayed decision came as the World Health Organization recorded 118,326 confirmed cases and 4,292 deaths on their March 11, 2020 situation report. The numbers have continue to rise each day, and the United States has become one of the most affected countries.

    The World Health Organization has been observed to use the word “pandemic” more carefully. A recent example occurred during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. In this particular case, the World Health Organization officially declared the disease a pandemic on June 11, 2009 despite the disease having been spreading and killing people for months. When the World Health Organization declared the influenza a pandemic, 74 countries had already reported 27,737 cases and 141 deaths.

    Japan slowly ended the country’s state of emergency, Tokyo being the last city to lift it. Most people started going to work on June 1, 2020, but there are still many companies encouraging their employees to work from home some days each week. Tokyo has also reported multiple days with more than 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases, creating worries of a second wave like the one South Korea has recently reported.

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