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Photos: Thousands spend night in Tokyo Disney Resort following 8.9 quake in Japan

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As many as 70,000 people were reported to be visiting the Tokyo Disney Resort when a magnitude 8.9 earthquake rocked Japan Friday afternoon. No injuries to cast members or visitors have been reported, but park managers made the decision to close the parks Friday, and keep them closed through at least Saturday, to allow for a full inspection of the reportedly minor damage.

Based on reports gleaned from several social media sites, the worst damage was caused by liquifaction in the parking lots of the Tokyo Disney Resort. The parks reportedly still have gas, water and electricity.

Thousands of park visitors spent Friday night in the Disney theme parks because train service from the area was shut down following the quake. Based on accounts posted to Twitter, Disney cast members issued rain jackets, plastic bags, hand warmers and food to park guests, but kept many guests outdoors in 30-degree weather.

Tokyo Disney Resort is operated by the Oriental Land Company. The Orlando Sentinel reports that OLC has issued a statement that reads:

Following the earthquake that occurred today, we [OLC] have decided to suspend operations at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea on Saturday, March 12 in order to conduct inspections at all facilities. As for operations from March 13 and beyond, that has yet to be determined at this point in time. As of now, we have not confirmed any injuries among our guests or cast members.
In the hours after the quake, several people in the parks shared photos on sites like Twitpic and Yfrog. Here is a selection of those images, mostly showing calm park guests and minor damage.

Photo of guests inside Tokyo Disneyland (From @MrDaps on Twitter)



Tokyo Disney Sea parking lot flooded


Aerial view of Tokyo Disney Sea (From @Eminem_JP on Twitter)


Disney Imagineer Steve Davison is in Tokyo working on the new Fantasmic show, and sent out a message shortly after the quake that the theme parks had closed, but that the cast members and guests were safe. Twitter user @Boy33 posted two photos Steve shared from the parks.

Photo #1 from Imagineer Steve Davison (Posted by @Boy33)


Photo #2 from Steve Davison (Posted by @Boy33)


(From @Japan_4_You)


(From @MrDaps on Twitter)


Twitter user Reza Ikram (@rezaikram) posted several live updates from Tokyo Disneyland before his phone battery died. Here are some of his photos:

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new update in Tokyo Disneyland. we have been told to stay in an open place even its raining.far from buildings.

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"update:we are not allowed to leave TDL.have to spend a night here.no transportation outside.what a horrible exp"



From @mrdaps on Twitter


The Web site deepdisney.com posted several photos from around the Tokyo Disney Resort.







deepdisney.com has many more photos from Tokyo Disneyland (click each link to open):

Parking lot outside Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

Road in front of Cirque tent in Tokyo Disney Resort

Guests sheltering near the turnstiles in front of Tokyo Disneyland

Standing water and cracked pavement near bus stops outside Tokyo Disneyland

A Monorail at the station outside Tokyo Disneyland

For additional updates, visit MousePlanet.com.

Additional resources:

@mrdaps on Twitter

@rezaikram on Twitter

@JarrodLentz on Twitter (American cast member working at the Tokyo Disney Resort)

@davidlandsel on Twitter (New York Post travel editor David Landsel, who is visiting Tokyo Disney Resort.

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