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Japanese theme park lets visitors work remotely from Ferris wheel

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Yomiuriland, a theme park in Tokyo, is selling day passes for a new programme that allows visitors to work poolside or from rides including the Ferris wheel.

The ‘Amusement Workation‘ package is available from October 15 at Yomiuriland, for the price of 1,900 yen ($18) for one person and 3,600 yen ($34) for two people.

It includes access to the park’s rides and amenities, and users can set themselves up in a poolside or sky-high ‘work booth’, which comes with a table, chairs, and Wi-Fi.

When the working day is done, visitors can enjoy the theme park’s other attractions, including laser tag, a botanical garden, haunted house and a coaster called Bandit.

It’s worth noting that the attraction has a ‘no screaming’ policy in place, after Japanese theme park associations suggested the rule in guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The East Japan and West Japan Theme Park Associations previously prepared a document entitled ‘Guidelines to Prevent the Spread of Infection of the Novel Coronavirus’.

‘Amusement Workation’ at Japan’s Yomiuriland

For ‘roller coasters and other conveyance-style attractions’, the advice was as follows: “Have guests wear masks, and urge them to refrain from shouting/screaming.”

The coronavirus crisis has prompted operators to develop innovative solutions to welcoming guests and making money, with even Disneyland launching the Backlot Premiere Shop at Disney California Adventure’s Stage 17.

Meanwhile, an amusement park in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, Lagunasia, is now home to the theme park industry’s first haunted toilet, inspired by the legend of Hanako-san.

Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan have also confirmed that Super Nintendo World is opening in spring 2021. Mario Cafe & Store is launching at USJ on October 16.

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Bea Mitchell

A journalist specialising in entertainment and attractions, Bea loves theme parks (mainly Disney) and is particularly interested in things of a gothic, horror or fantasy nature.

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