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Corbisblue
03-11-2011, 01:26 AM
If you haven't heard there has been a massive earthquake that hit Japan just a few hours ago. Looking on Twitter people are posting photos from Tokyo Disneyland where the bay in DisneySea is flooding and the parking lots are flooding too.

This is terrible and is heart breaking!

Thoughts and prayers are going to everyone in Japan.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/11/japan.quake/?hpt=T1

I have close friends that are living in Japan. I was able to get a hold of them via text message and thankfully they are all OK! She is telling me right now that they are unable to use their cellphones, but she's texting me via wifi on her iPhone.

This is terrifying.

steph73
03-11-2011, 01:43 AM
Reports are staying that Tokyo Disneyland car park has been obliterated and the park is being flooded.

Pray for all involved.

Corbisblue
03-11-2011, 01:57 AM
Here are some photos from TDL.

http://twitpic.com/48e9ob

http://twitpic.com/48e9o7

The parkcade has been completely destroyed. They are evacuating guests right now.

disney_princess_85
03-11-2011, 02:53 AM
Awful. My thoughts are with everyone in Japan. :sad2:

PrincessInOz
03-11-2011, 03:00 AM
Hope that everyone is evacuated safely.

Corbisblue
03-11-2011, 03:00 AM
More photos from TDL:

http://twitpic.com/48ei47

http://yfrog.com/h4j7svaj

http://yfrog.com/h7wjumej

http://yfrog.com/h386ykjj

http://p.ybt.jp/ppxsatoxqq/4d79cb3575f05.jpg

http://twitpic.com/48e8ke

http://www2.deepdisney.com/mobile/data3/11/0311/11031111ss.JPG

mma800
03-11-2011, 03:12 AM
Watching on CNN and twitter. Praying for Japan and all guests and CM at Tokyo Disney

franandaj
03-11-2011, 03:41 AM
This is just awful! I hope everyone get out of there safely! It looks bad enough in the other areas, I hope there is minimul damage and loss of life!

ben1993
03-11-2011, 04:01 AM
Terrible news. Thoughts are with everyone in Japan, and all cast members and guests at Tokyo Disney

Corbisblue
03-11-2011, 04:01 AM
It looks like guests are not able to leave TDL due to the trains not running at all throughout Tokyo.

http://yfrog.com/h7e5knwwj

This is the person that is tweeting from TDL: http://twitter.com/#!/rezaikram

simzac
03-11-2011, 04:46 AM
Thanks for the updates. What a terrible ordeal everyone there must be going thru. They will be in my thoughts thoughout the days to come.

mikelan6
03-11-2011, 05:22 AM
My hopes and prayers are with the people in Japan.

Disneymadhouse
03-11-2011, 07:47 AM
They are saying on the TV here in England that the EQ is 7th biggest ever. Thousands of times bigger even than the NZ quake.
The poor Japanese people are also still suffering really bad aftershocks - so far they have had over 30.
UK TV is also reporting that parts of California, Oregon and Washington state are being evacuated due to tsunami warning.

Hope anyone who knows people involved gets to contacts them.

Claire

bbwfan
03-11-2011, 09:09 AM
Thoughts and Prayers to all that are there.

LeeLeeLuvsDisney
03-11-2011, 09:48 AM
My family and I are praying for the people of Japan.

AmberHeartsDisney
03-11-2011, 10:57 AM
So sad :(

ChrisFL
03-11-2011, 11:38 AM
Overall Tokyo Disneyland seems to be in good shape, but the parking areas and monorail tracks are apparently damaged from reports.

BTW, Tokyo Disneyland is a major topic on Twitter right now...but lots of false reports as well.

ben1993
03-11-2011, 12:33 PM
Of course its terrible what has happened, but at least TDR isn't in too bad a shape. Could you imagine a crumbling Magic Kingdom?! That would be quite a horrific image.

dwtraveler
03-11-2011, 01:23 PM
My prayers are with all the people who are going through the efects of this disaster. Thanks to all the DISboarders who are keeping us informed with their news posts and pictures! After hearing the news of this masive quake, my thoughts went immediately to Tokyo Disneyland and there hasn't been any info on the major news sources so I am happy we have such a good source of information with the DISboarders. Sounds like there will be a major impact with the nuclear power plant since the cooling system has now failed. Again, prayers go out to all who are impacted by this major natural disaster!

Cyrano
03-11-2011, 02:32 PM
My thoughts to everyone caught up in this most devastating of disasters :grouphug:

vakamalua
03-11-2011, 03:06 PM
Visited Japan and TDL and have warm and wonderful memories of the people and beautiful country. My family's prayers to all affected by this tragedy.

nytimez
03-11-2011, 04:19 PM
Of course its terrible what has happened, but at least TDR isn't in too bad a shape. Could you imagine a crumbling Magic Kingdom?! That would be quite a horrific image.

I'm pretty sure the non-imaginary images of the rest of Japan are more horrific.

Corbisblue
03-11-2011, 04:34 PM
Here's some more news about TDL. They are going to be closed today and they are not sure when they will reopen. About 70,000 people were inside the parks and many had to stay because there was no transportation.

Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/the-daily-disney/os-disney-tokyo-disneyland-earthquake20110311-4,0,3357237.story

ben1993
03-11-2011, 04:53 PM
I'm pretty sure the non-imaginary images of the rest of Japan are more horrific.

Didn't say they weren't :confused3

queenie82
03-11-2011, 06:54 PM
Video of when the quake struck Tokyo Disneyland

http://www.insidethemagic.net/2011/03/video-earthquake-strikes-tokyo-disneyland-while-theme-park-guests-remain-calm-and-collected/

sunny_stace
03-11-2011, 09:24 PM
So tragic and terrifying. :sad1: My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected.

ChipnDaleRule
03-12-2011, 04:31 AM
Absolutly horffic.The whole world is thinking of all affected.

Its a reminder that nature is a powerful machine which cannot be forgotten.

Pictures coming out show us all how strong and dignified the people from Japan are, no mass panic or looting.

You will recover.

ben1993
03-12-2011, 04:36 AM
Absolutly horffic.The whole world is thinking of all affected.

Its a reminder that nature is a powerful machine which cannot be forgotten.

Pictures coming out show us all how strong and dignified the people from Japan are, no mass panic or looting.

You will recover.

Not even the most advanced nation on earth can compete with mother nature :sad2: It's humbling to see nations come together to offer any help they can.

tiggertabi
03-12-2011, 07:37 AM
Here's some more news about TDL. They are going to be closed today and they are not sure when they will reopen. About 70,000 people were inside the parks and many had to stay because there was no transportation.

Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/the-daily-disney/os-disney-tokyo-disneyland-earthquake20110311-4,0,3357237.story

Word now is they are closed until at least march 22. my cousin is one of the characters there, and she said they are still having them come in for rehearsals but have told the workers no park opening until at least that date.

vettegirl
03-12-2011, 07:41 AM
My family is so shocked and sadden by the news. My DH and family lived in Yokohama and we have many friends in that area, thank goodness everyone is safe. We are currently up in the air whether we are going to travel to Tokyo on April 5th.

yarlenna
03-12-2011, 09:38 AM
Praying for the people in harms way and for the people who have lost everything, family, home, job, the very earth they we stand on. I am hope that the Disney people will tell how to help.

Tinkerbellie16
03-12-2011, 11:09 AM
I'm crossing fingers really hard...My brother lives in Japan (he's a nuclear physicist) and I called him last night. He's alright and is keeping me updated on the nuclear situation there as well. I don't know if he's putting on a brave face or if he's being really honest - but he says they are not too worried about any nuclear meltdown. He says if there is, it should be fairly contained. But why would he say anything different? Nothing he can do or I can do to get him out of the area.

Well, I haven't heard from my friend Shinsuke who is in Tokyo so still checking everything I can to see if he's alright.

Lots of prayers from our family to those in Japan!

Corbisblue
03-12-2011, 11:53 AM
I'm crossing fingers really hard...My brother lives in Japan (he's a nuclear physicist) and I called him last night. He's alright and is keeping me updated on the nuclear situation there as well. I don't know if he's putting on a brave face or if he's being really honest - but he says they are not too worried about any nuclear meltdown. He says if there is, it should be fairly contained. But why would he say anything different? Nothing he can do or I can do to get him out of the area.

Well, I haven't heard from my friend Shinsuke who is in Tokyo so still checking everything I can to see if he's alright.

Lots of prayers from our family to those in Japan!

You can try looking for your friend via this link:

http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/query?role=seek

I hope they are OK! Glad to hear that your brother is OK too.

AlisaMom
03-12-2011, 12:57 PM
Our prayers to all people in Japan :sad1:

escape
03-12-2011, 05:05 PM
My heart goes out to all affected by the earthquake.. I had the pleasure of visiting TDL a couple of months ago and came back with some wonderful memories of the park and the people of Japan. I wish there was something I could do to help other than giving money to relief organizations. Before we left for Japan, the friend I went with said that Japan was due for a major earthquake, based on previous EQ timeframes. I didn't think anything of it but how haunting those words are now.

Very sad! My thoughts and prayers will be for the people of Japan as they rebuild their lives and the areas affected by the EQ and tsunamis.

CaptainAlex
03-12-2011, 09:34 PM
Very sad and heartbreaking. As every hour goes by the disaster becomes even more terrible and grim.

My prayers are with all those affected. I fear the loss of life will be much higher when the realizations that those costal towns and villages simply do not exist anymore.:sad1:

It does seem prudent to have TD closed for 10 days but even when it reopens will the crowds come back right away? I know it's escapism to visit but this is an epic event. I'm thinking peoples energies will be directed to what needs to be done in the here and now versus escapism.

PoohFuji
03-13-2011, 12:31 AM
Hi all!

I've been a lurker for a long time and this is actually my first post on Disboards. As a Japanese native, I thought I could share with you some info and stories regarding what the Parks were like that day, based on what I read and heard from the media, twitters, and so on. I'm not a native English speaker, so please bear with my English.

When the initial quake hit, there was a show going on in Disneyland. Donald was on stage. As the shaking began to stop, some ppl were panicking and crying, then Donald gave a "calm down!" gesture repeatedly. The same thing happened in Disneysea. Ariel was on stage when the earthquake hit. She must have been very scared because she was hung in the air. She was smiling till she gets off stage and the audience gave a big applause.

CMs were also great. After the shaking stopped,

Wait! Aftershock again!
Good, it wasn't that big.

Ok, after the shaking stopped, CMs looked around, making sure everybody was ok, and instructed them to stay away from all the buildings until safety was confirmed. Since DLR is very close to the ocean and it's the coldest month of the year, staying outside doing nothing is very hard even with warmest clothes on, so CMs distributed blankets, scarfs, and gloves which were on shop shelves. They also gave guests big plastic gift bags and cardboard boxes for wind guard.

After safety was confirmed, some restaurants and attraction buildings were open to guests who didn't have any transportation back home. (Remember all the train services around there were suspended all day that day.) in the evening, souvenir snacks (you know, little crackers and chocolate and stuff) was provided, and at night warm rice balls give to the guests. Even bread and hot soup were provide in the morning.

All that time, CMs were walking around checking if everybody was ok or in need for anything. Guests and CMs helped each other and survived thru the night. Guests even received a bag of goodies when they left for home after the train began running.

Like I said, this is all what I read and heard. I wasn't in or near either of the Parks. Though my home is in the same prefecture (state) as DLR is in, Urayasu city is damaged more since it's a coastal city. I hope, and I know, that we will recover soon.

I hope my next post is about DVC, which I became member of last summer :))


Thank you very much for reading!!

mimmi
03-13-2011, 01:37 AM
Absolutely horrible. I had a Tokyo trip scheduled for tuesday and probably won't go now with all the uncertainty about the nuclear situation. My heart goes out to the people in Japan.

fla4fun
03-13-2011, 03:32 AM
It does seem prudent to have TD closed for 10 days but even when it reopens will the crowds come back right away? I know it's escapism to visit but this is an epic event. I'm thinking peoples energies will be directed to what needs to be done in the here and now versus escapism.

I don't know. A Disney park is a bit like comfort food - when you're going through a lot of stress, if you have the ability to get away from it for the day and kind of "recharge your batteries" then it's a good thing. You need that feeling of being someplace "normal" in the midst of the chaos. I'm not saying that providing assistance is less important, or that people would choose a Disney park over providing assistance, but having been through several hurricanes and knowing how the mental and physical stress can eat away at you after a while, it was really nice to have that WDW AP so I could forget about it for a few hours.

CaptainAlex
03-13-2011, 08:50 AM
Thanks for the report PoohFuji. I wonder if the CM are trained on how to handle this kind of event? I head safety for my corporation and I'm the 1st to say when disaster strikes you can throw the Disaster Action Plan out the window because every crissis takes on a life of its own. It reads as the CM's did a fantastic job.

BTW your English is perfect. Much better than my English and English is my primary language.:goodvibes

DISNEYaddict4evr
03-13-2011, 10:02 AM
Hi all!

I've been a lurker for a long time and this is actually my first post on Disboards. As a Japanese native, I thought I could share with you some info and stories regarding what the Parks were like that day, based on what I read and heard from the media, twitters, and so on. I'm not a native English speaker, so please bear with my English.

When the initial quake hit, there was a show going on in Disneyland. Donald was on stage. As the shaking began to stop, some ppl were panicking and crying, then Donald gave a "calm down!" gesture repeatedly. The same thing happened in Disneysea. Ariel was on stage when the earthquake hit. She must have been very scared because she was hung in the air. She was smiling till she gets off stage and the audience gave a big applause.

CMs were also great. After the shaking stopped,

Wait! Aftershock again!
Good, it wasn't that big.

Ok, after the shaking stopped, CMs looked around, making sure everybody was ok, and instructed them to stay away from all the buildings until safety was confirmed. Since DLR is very close to the ocean and it's the coldest month of the year, staying outside doing nothing is very hard even with warmest clothes on, so CMs distributed blankets, scarfs, and gloves which were on shop shelves. They also gave guests big plastic gift bags and cardboard boxes for wind guard.

After safety was confirmed, some restaurants and attraction buildings were open to guests who didn't have any transportation back home. (Remember all the train services around there were suspended all day that day.) in the evening, souvenir snacks (you know, little crackers and chocolate and stuff) was provided, and at night warm rice balls give to the guests. Even bread and hot soup were provide in the morning.

All that time, CMs were walking around checking if everybody was ok or in need for anything. Guests and CMs helped each other and survived thru the night. Guests even received a bag of goodies when they left for home after the train began running.

Like I said, this is all what I read and heard. I wasn't in or near either of the Parks. Though my home is in the same prefecture (state) as DLR is in, Urayasu city is damaged more since it's a coastal city. I hope, and I know, that we will recover soon.

I hope my next post is about DVC, which I became member of last summer :))


Thank you very much for reading!!

THANK YOU so much for sharing. It is always great to see people come together in times like these. I wish you the best and hope your family is all okay and that things will start to go back to normal and clean-up can so begin. I will put you in my prayers :hug:

voleball
03-13-2011, 12:47 PM
I don't know. A Disney park is a bit like comfort food - when you're going through a lot of stress, if you have the ability to get away from it for the day and kind of "recharge your batteries" then it's a good thing. You need that feeling of being someplace "normal" in the midst of the chaos. I'm not saying that providing assistance is less important, or that people would choose a Disney park over providing assistance, but having been through several hurricanes and knowing how the mental and physical stress can eat away at you after a while, it was really nice to have that WDW AP so I could forget about it for a few hours.

Planned power outages, which include Urayasu city, started today. TDR will lose power from 6:20~10:00 and 16:50~20:30. This will likely to continue for a couple of weeks. And the planned power outages (scale is unknown for now) will probably continue until the end of the next month. So, I don't think they have a choice.

disneyholic family
03-15-2011, 12:21 PM
my heart is breaking for the Japanese....i cannot stop thinking about them....
those who perished so horribly and those who now must live in the face of the disaster that has befallen them (and the potential nuclear catastrophe)...
other than America and Israel, Japan is the country closest to my heart....where i spent so much of my childhood and teen years....
i pray for them....i pray that god will give them the strength to survive and recover.....

sherpasmom
03-16-2011, 09:10 AM
Hi all!

I've been a lurker for a long time and this is actually my first post on Disboards. As a Japanese native, I thought I could share with you some info and stories regarding what the Parks were like that day, based on what I read and heard from the media, twitters, and so on. I'm not a native English speaker, so please bear with my English.

When the initial quake hit, there was a show going on in Disneyland. Donald was on stage. As the shaking began to stop, some ppl were panicking and crying, then Donald gave a "calm down!" gesture repeatedly. The same thing happened in Disneysea. Ariel was on stage when the earthquake hit. She must have been very scared because she was hung in the air. She was smiling till she gets off stage and the audience gave a big applause.

CMs were also great. After the shaking stopped,

Wait! Aftershock again!
Good, it wasn't that big.

Ok, after the shaking stopped, CMs looked around, making sure everybody was ok, and instructed them to stay away from all the buildings until safety was confirmed. Since DLR is very close to the ocean and it's the coldest month of the year, staying outside doing nothing is very hard even with warmest clothes on, so CMs distributed blankets, scarfs, and gloves which were on shop shelves. They also gave guests big plastic gift bags and cardboard boxes for wind guard.

After safety was confirmed, some restaurants and attraction buildings were open to guests who didn't have any transportation back home. (Remember all the train services around there were suspended all day that day.) in the evening, souvenir snacks (you know, little crackers and chocolate and stuff) was provided, and at night warm rice balls give to the guests. Even bread and hot soup were provide in the morning.

All that time, CMs were walking around checking if everybody was ok or in need for anything. Guests and CMs helped each other and survived thru the night. Guests even received a bag of goodies when they left for home after the train began running.

Like I said, this is all what I read and heard. I wasn't in or near either of the Parks. Though my home is in the same prefecture (state) as DLR is in, Urayasu city is damaged more since it's a coastal city. I hope, and I know, that we will recover soon.

I hope my next post is about DVC, which I became member of last summer :))


Thank you very much for reading!!

Thank you PoohFuji ~ sending you and everyone in your country our LOVE HOPE and HEALING :goodvibes ~~ bless you all and know that your country's quiet grace amid this horror is simply inspirational......there is so much the world could learn from your nation.

Congratulations on DVC :cool1: and I agree your English is better than most Americans :scared1:

Again, Bless you all in our small world ♥ :flower3:

dcbrown
03-20-2011, 06:29 PM
I want to thank PoohFuji for her post. I have been searching the internet for news on Tokyo Disney......everything I read is very general and I appreciate her taking the time to share on a personal level. My daughter is a cast member who recently auditioned for a position in Japan.....so my heart sank upon hearing the news.....I know that all cast members were obviosly not at work that day and I am hoping that the ones who had the day off are all safe....I am not sure we would hear otherwise....so I keep praying. Anymore info please post. Welcome to DVC PoohFuji!:littleangel:

Disneyafternoonfan
04-03-2011, 01:33 PM
my prays are with Japan also espically now with the power planets dister as well