Disney Parks in Japan Close, Provide Aid to Victims

Monday, Mar 14, 2011  |  Updated 10:57 AM PDT
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URAYASA, JAPAN - APRIL 15: People walk in front of the Cinderella Castle at the 20th Anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland April 15, 2003 in Urayasu, Japan. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)

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The Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. announced it will keep its two amusement parks in Japan closed for about 10 days, as word came that the parks had become a tent city for guests stranded by the massive earthquake.

And a Disney cruise ship, the Disney Wonder, cancelled a port visit to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, this weekend because of tsunami warnings along the entire North America west coast, a park official said.

Minor injuries were reported at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea as the magnitude 9.0 quake shook the area. The parks are on a peninsula in Tokyo Bay, far away from where severe damage occurred.

"Cast members at the Tokyo Disney resort are providing humanitarian aid in the form of blankets, food and water for the guests who are still at the resort due to the transportation challenges that associated with the quake," wrote Disney social media director Thomas Smith in a company blog.

New York Post travel writer David Landsel, tweeting from inside DisneySea, said that park was full of people stuck because the Tokyo transit systems had stopped running. Snow was falling and people were cold, others reported.
 

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