Parks back in biz after blackouts, caused by quake, end

Tokyo — Oriental Land has revealed that Tokyo Disneyland, shuttered since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, will reopen on Friday while Tokyo DisneySea will be back in business on April 28, the day before the start of the Golden Week holiday.

The parks will open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-quake, the parks stayed open until 10 p.m. but Oriental Land is cutting back to save electricity.

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) will no longer impose the rolling blackouts that had been a barrier to operating the parks. But it may reinstate the blackouts in summer when power demand spikes.

Oriental Land is currently drafting a plan to accommodate future power cuts that it intends to finalize by May.

The parks were not damaged on March 11 but part of the Tokyo Disneyland parking lot, which is built on reclaimed land, underwent liquefaction during the quake and had to be repaired.

This is the first time that Tokyo Disneyland has shut its doors since bowing in 1983.

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