Cirque du Soleil to end shows at Tokyo Disney Resort

TOKYO —

Entertainment company Cirque du Soleil will withdraw from Tokyo Disney Resort at the end of the year, the theme park’s operator said Monday, citing the impact of the March 11 quake-tsunami disaster.

“It is with regret… that due to the effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the business environment for this theater has greatly changed,” amusement park operator Oriental Land said in a statement. “Based on a review of the expected results and the long-term viability of the show, it was mutually agreed that the business environment would remain extremely difficult. Therefore, it was decided to close the show.”

Performances of the circus company’s ZED show will end on Dec 31, it said, adding that it had enjoyed strong business success since Cirque du Soleil opened a permanent theater in October 2008 in the Disney Resort.

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea closed for 20 days after the quake and tsunami hit eastern Japan, depressing the combined visitor figure for the 2010 fiscal year to March 31 by 1.8% on-year to 25.4 million people.

© 2011 Agence France-Presse

  • -1

    whiskeysour

    Thats very sad. Its a great show.

  • -2

    herefornow

    Add Cirque du Soleil to the list of victims of the Tohoku disaster, including the lingering problems at Fukushima. The continued issues and accompanying uncertainty caused by the three melt-downs is costing billions more than just the actual re-building costs.

  • -1

    gyouza

    It is a great show, but even before the 'quake teh attendance numbers were way down (been 5 times now!). The weekday performances are at 1pm, which means that people in the park would need to disrupt their Disney day to watch it (not always possible when you have kids in an 80 minute queue for a ride), and even the evening show negins quite early. So despite having a large group of leisure seekers nearby, it isn't very practical. Also, the location is far enough out to not be convenient, making it unattractive for daytrippers.

    It's sad, but the maths didn't add up to a long term money maker. Wonder what they'll do to the theatre?

    Better book tickets for last time?

  • -1

    Smorkian

    Also, the location is far enough out to not be convenient, making it unattractive for daytrippers.

    Hmm? It's 15 minutes from Tokyo station. That's super convenient.

    I think the biggest problem is it's impossible to get a decent seat for over 10,000. So, so expensive.

  • -1

    gyouza

    Hmm? It's 15 minutes from Tokyo station. That's super convenient.

    But takes me 40 minutes to get to Keiyo Tokyo platform.

    Agree on cost though, but even if it were cheaper, I don't thnk the numbers would rise significantly.

  • -1

    GomiNeko

    I went about a month ago. The parking lot in front of the theater was still a wavy mess from the earthquake and the show was far from full (granted it was during the week). I really enjoyed it though! Too bad it's closing.

  • -4

    CruzControl

    Good to see who your friends are when the chips are down.

  • -2

    Elbuda Mexicano

    I took my wife for her b day last month she was happy but my poor wallet!!!$$$$$$$¥¥¥¥¥¥¥$$$$$$$!!!! way too expensive for Japan's crappy economy constantly stuck in reverse!!! To bad for this Circus of the Sun for all the non French speaking folk here.

  • -1

    cactusJack

    Cirque wants to cut their losses and pull out. Can't blame 'em.

  • -2

    Nonanon

    Even the circus is a business, and business is business. It's not a charity or public service. It's not a matter of friendship. Not entirely surprised either - as people have said above, given that the Japanese economy was already bad and slipping, even before the quake; and it is a pricey event.

  • -6

    CruzControl

    And Cirque du Soleil was boring too. Too little circus and too much bizzare french circle-jerking they call art.

  • -1

    miamum

    She keeps in close contact with several of the people who perform in Tokyo. They cannot wait to get out of there and there is great concern about consumption of contaminated food by more than a few members (duh!).

    There are quite a few performers housed in my area, and being the "foreign community" here we tend to get to know each other. This has been my experience as well based on what they have told me.

  • -1

    pawatan

    There are quite a few performers housed in my area, and being the "foreign community" here we tend to get to know each other. This has been my experience as well based on what they have told me.

    You probably live right by me!

  • -3

    Equality

    It's kind of ironic that Guy Laliberté, the billionaire majority owner of Le Circque and a former homeless street performer would cite reduced business due to the earthquake as the reason for pulling out. I know that 'business is business', but as someone who knows what it's like to be homeless, wouldn't it be nice to have, say, a week of performances (gratis) for the victims of the earthquake? It would be a drop in the bucket to him and would mean the world to the victims!

  • 0

    Bumblejay

    But it's too expenasive... ToT

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