The Tokyo Disney Resort has reported strong attendance figures for its 2011/12 fiscal year, despite the impact of the major earthquake that struck Japan in March 2011.
The operators of the resort, the Oriental Land Company, report that the total attendance dropped just 0.01% year-on-year to 25.35 million guests. The earthquake's impact caused a significant drop in visitor numbers during the first half of the year, but a record-breaking 14.6 million people visited Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea during the second half.
Attendance was boosted by the debuts of several new attractions, including a version of the Fantasmic! show. Further new additions are due to be made during 2012, including the opening of the interactive Toy Story Mania! attraction at Tokyo DisneySea on July 9.
The Tokyo Disney Resort was forced to close both of its theme parks for over a month following the earthquake, with neither operating during the first two weeks of the fiscal year. Around 20,000 guests spent the night at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea on March 11, 2011 after the disaster caused massive disruption to public transport systems. While the theme parks have since recovered, the resort was forced to close Cirque Du Soleil's Zed show due to declining attendance following the earthquake.
In total, 540 million guests have visited Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea since the first theme park opened in April 1983.