Disney reality check for the stuck

Compiled From Kyodo, Bloomberg

Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, suspended operations Saturday to conduct maintenance and will close the park for about 10 more days, the theme park said.

Some 20,000 people stayed overnight at the park after public transport paralyzed by Friday afternoon’s massive earthquake marooned tourists, commuters and students. No injuries were reported by visitors or staff, the theme park’s operator said.

“I spent the night inside an attraction. They provided blankets so it wasn’t that cold, but I just can’t believe this is happening,” said a 44-year-old woman visiting from Tokai, Aichi Prefecture.

At Haneda airport, more than 10,000 people spent the night on the floor, with a group of 120 junior high school students on a trip from Niigata among them.

About 5,000 people stranded in the center of town camped out in Tokyo Metropolitan Government building lobby.

Flooded by the stranded, supermarkets and convenience stores quickly exhausted their stock as customers waited in long lines to get whatever food they could.

“We have less than half our normal supply today, so please cooperate so many people can buy what they need,” a Tokyu Store supermarket manager in Minato Ward, Tokyo, said through a loudspeaker. “Limit your purchases to up to two PET bottle drinks per person, please.” It took some people as long as 50 minutes to go through check-out.