Friday, March 11, 2011

Tokyo Disneyland Earthquake

Thousands stranded in Tokyo Disneyland by earthquake-tsunami

Reports: Tokyo Disneyland closed after earthquake

Tokyo Disneyland and TokyoSea are closed in the wake of the major earthquake that hit Japan on Friday, several websites report

The Disney Blog says that theme-park management has said the theme parks will be closed Saturday and possibly Sunday as the damage is assessed. The resort says there were no injuries.

Inside the Magic website reports that 70,000 guests were forced to stay overnight at Tokyo Disneyland. Pictures show standing water in the resort's parking area.

The theme parks are about 200 miles away from the center of damage from the 8.9-magnatude quake.

Reports are coming in of thousands of people trapped in Tokyo’s Disneyland following the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Friday.

According to media reports, the quake and subsequent tsunami has forced the Tokyo Disney Resort to shut its gates with thousands of tourists still inside the park. The parking lot has been flooded, making it impossible for people to leave.

According to TheDisneyBlog, 69,000 guests were evacuated to safe areas within the park and provided with supplies and temporary shelter. They are waiting for instructions on how to get home.

Much of the resort has been flooded because the park’s expansion areas were built on landfills. However, only some minor structural damage was reported in the park and no injuries to the people stranded inside.

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