The company resumed operations of its administrative offices within the country of Japan last week. But even though a major inspection of the parks and other guest areas showed that that structures sustained little to no damage, parking lots, which are built on landfills, didn’t fare so well, as they underwent a process called soil liquefaction, a phenomenon caused by the earthquake’s extreme shaking, which causes saturated soil to behave like liquid. Sporadic power outages in the surrounding areas, and the downturn in visitors traveling to Japan because of the earthquake, tsunami, and resulting radiation problems from nuclear plants in the country, have further complicated the matter of when to reopen the tourist destination.
Speculation as to a new reopening date, which the company previously stated might be as early as March 21, is not being answered by Disney, or the park’s owner, Oriental Land Company. However, many believe that the resort will be open once more in time for the busy summer season. As the company shares news, we will be sure to update you.