Tokyo Disneyland reopens with fewer lights

Kyodo, Bloomberg

Tokyo Disneyland reopened Friday after a suspension caused by the March 11 quake, which caused liquefaction damage to its parking lot and created power shortages in the Tokyo area.

Disneyland’s operator, Oriental Land Co., decided to reopen the theme park on the 28th anniversary of its opening in 1983, but has shortened its daily business hours to close at 6 p.m., four hours earlier than usual, in an effort to save electricity.

It also will suspend its popular electrical parade and reduce illumination at the park, located in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture.

After seeing how Disneyland fares, it hopes to reopen the neighboring Tokyo DisneySea.

The company plans to donate ¥300 per visitor from admission fees through May 14 to disaster relief and sell charity wrist bands reading “We are one” from next Friday.

The monthlong closure of the resort may have cut Oriental Land’s revenue by about ¥21 billion, according to calculations using data from the company. Sales at the theme parks, which generate more than 80 percent of Oriental Land’s revenue, may suffer during summer as power supply is regulated to avoid a large-scale blackout.

“We will decide on our next steps based on the result this weekend of our energy-saving measures” such as dimming lights and cutting back on air-conditioning, said Toshio Kagami, chairman and chief executive officer of Oriental Land.

Tokyo Disneyland reopened Friday after a suspension caused by the March 11 quake, which caused liquefaction damage to its parking lot and created power shortages in the Tokyo area.