Disneyland and Universal closed by coronavirus as Japan shuts down

Tokyo Disneyland and a number of other theme parks in Japan are set to shut as the country battles the coronavirus outbreak.

Events that were expected to attract tens of thousands of people, including a tour by the K-pop group BTS, have also been called off as the crisis escalates.

The theme park will close from tomorrow to March 15 due to concerns about the virus spreading in Japan, its operator said today – leaving all of Walt Disney Co’s theme parks in Asia temporarily shut. Tokyo Disneyland, Universal Studios and and DisneySea will be closed after a government recommendation that big gatherings and events be curtailed for two weeks.

The move comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for all schools to close to stop the coronavirus spreading. The government has also urged that big gatherings and sports events be scrapped or curtailed for two weeks.

On its website, Operator Oriental Land said: ‘We plan to reopen on March 16, but we will make an announcement after keeping close contact with relevant institutions.’

It said it would inform ticket holders of policies on refunds.

Disney’s Shanghai and Hong Kong theme parks are set to remain closed for more than a month, and the company warned earlier this month of an expected fall in its profits as a result.

It said on an earnings call on Feb. 5 that closure of the Shanghai park could impact operating profit by about $135 million if closed for 2 months.

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