When the COVID-19 outbreak hit Japan in February, Tokyo Disneyland was one of the first big leisure facilities to take action by announcing a temporary closure
. At the time, many assumed it would be a short closure, but it took more than a full four months before the park declared its plans to finally reopen. Leading up to the July 1st reopening, Japan's Oricon News
reported on an explosion of related keywords taking over the Japanese internet, like "Disney reopening" (ディズニー再開), "TDR_now" (TDR = The Disney Resort), "park reopening" (パーク再開), and "soarin'" (ソアリン), one of the park's more popular attractions. And when advance ticket sales began online, a purchase war broke out, jamming the booking page for several days in a row. On the long-awaited opening day, carefully social-distanced
lines stretched out front far before the 8 am opening time.