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Though Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland have been closed for nearly a month now, it looks like the crowing spread of the Coronavirus outbreak has prompted the Oriental Land Company to announce that the Tokyo Disney Resort will be closed from February 29th through March 15th.

This closure applies to all parts of the resort, including Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea and the Ikspiari shopping mall adjacent to the resort. All guests with tickets or reservations they already paid for during this time will be refunded in full.

Image: Disney/OLC

Though the resort closed temporarily last year due to a typhoon, this is the first long-term closure since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

Because Tokyo Disney Resort is owned by the Oriental Land Company (and not by Disney) these closures are not expected to have much impact on the losses already being felt by Disney due to this virus outbreak. 

Image: Disney/OLC

Of course, the timing couldn't be worse for this closure, as on April 15, Tokyo Disneyland is scheduled to open several new attractions as part of a major Fantasyland expansion project, including a new Beauty and the Beast trackless dark ride, a Big Hero 6 flat ride, and a Broadway-style theater. If the reopening on March 15 goes as planned, the resort could still technically make this opening, but with the Coronavirus situation changing almost daily, it's hard to predict if the resort will actually reopen on that projected date. 

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