Location: Urayasu, Japan
Here in the land of the raising sun, is a magical place for everyone. Mickey Mouse brought all his friends along, so the fun could go on and on. Tokyo Disneyland is a place for all, to come and cherish their memories and have a ball.
Tokyo Disneyland is unlike any other Disney park in the fact that Disney doesn't own it. The Oriental Land Company operates the park, while Disney licenses the properties. It was the 1970's and the OLC wanted something big for Tokyo, and the original Disneyland was just the thing. April of 1979 saw an agreement between The OLC and Disney, which allowed the first Disneyland park to be built outside the US. A year before the park opened, Disney formed Walt Disney Attractions Japan which makes sure that the Disney magic is properly being used throughout the property. Basically they have the say so on anything Disney that goes into the park.
It was on a rainy April 15, 1983 when the CEO of Disney, E. Cardon Walker welcomed everyone to this happy place. The park's layout is the same as Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in the states in which it uses a hub an spoke design. The lands are the almost all the same, with just a few minor differences. Westernland takes the place of Frontierland, and Main Street U.S.A is called World Bazaar instead. In the World Bazaar, you'll find a glass roof being held up by steel beams, but other than that, it's pure small town U.S.A. You'll find many of the same attractions as you would at other parks. The mountain triple threat of Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Space Mountain are there as well as Peter Pan's Flight. The Jungle Cruise is also there along with Pirates of the Caribbean, Winnie-the-Pooh, Snow White, and the fan-favorite Haunted Mansion.
With three Disney themed hotels, and six non-themed Disney hotels, there is something for everyone. The fun doesn't have to stop at the theme park, as there's a shopping district named Ikspiari which is similar to Downtown Disney. Loaded with lots of shops and different types of restaurants, there are fun things to do all night long. As with the other Disney Parks, Tokyo Disneyland celebrates the holidays with decorations and special events.
From the attractions, to the shops, and everything in between, you'll know your in a Disney park, but this time the park has a distinct Japanese ambiance. With the combined magic of Disney and the culture of Japan, the two separate worlds become one. A world that brings family and friends together all wearing their Mickeys Ears . It's time to visit a place that millions already know, It's a small world after all.
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