A new report claims that Tokyo Disneyland will reopen on Friday, April 15, after being forced to close by the massive earthquake that hit Japan in March.
The Nikkei report (cited by The Daily Yomiuri) claims that an official announcement of the reopening date will be made on Tuesday. This is yet to be confirmed by the Tokyo Disney Resort's operator, the Oriental Land Company, although it has previously stated that the resort will return to operations at some point during April.
According to Nikkei, the move has been made by possible by an end to rolling power blackouts in the Urayasu City area where the theme parks are located. However, only Tokyo Disneyland will reopen initially, with the resort's other theme park, Tokyo DisneySea, remaining closed until later this month at the earliest. The park will not operate after 6pm initially, due to ongoing electricity shortages.
The Tokyo Disney Resort's official website has not yet confirmed the plan to return to operations, simply stating that the theme parks remained closed. The Oriental Land Company released a document last week confirming that the resort suffered minor damage during the earthquake, but that it was largely contained to its car park. All elements of the resort that were affected, including the Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster, have now been repaired.
Around 20,000 guests spent the night at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea on March 11 after the earthquake caused massive disruption to public transport systems. No injuries were reported, with staff providing supplies for those who needed to stay overnight. This included food, water, blankets, heaters and even free merchandise to help entertain and calm frightened children.