Jumat, 06 Februari 2009

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland is a 466,535 m² theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. It was the first Disney park to be built outside of the United States and was opened on April 15, 1983. The park was constructed by Walt Disney Imagineering in the same style as Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida. It is owned by The Oriental Land Company, which licenses the theme from The Walt Disney Company. It, along with its companion park, Tokyo DisneySea, are the only Disney parks not owned by The Walt Disney Company.

There are seven themed areas, each complementing each other yet unique in their style. Made up of the World Bazaar, the four classic Disney lands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, and two mini lands, Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown, the park is noted for its huge open spaces to accommodate the massive crowds the park receives on even moderate attendance days. In 2007, Tokyo Disneyland hosted approximately 13.9 million guests, ranking it as the third-most visited theme park in the world, behind its American sister parks, the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland.

Tokyo Disneyland began celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its grand opening in April 2008, with special events, entertainment and merchandise expected to continue into next year.

Themed areas
With only a few exceptions, Tokyo Disneyland for the most part has the same attractions found in Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

World Bazaar
Instead of a Main Street USA, Tokyo Disneyland has the World Bazaar, whose most noticeable aspect is that it is enclosed under a glass canopy.

Unlike its sister parks, Tokyo Disneyland does not have a railroad encircling it. There is, however, an attraction in Adventureland called the Western River Railroad, but it cannot be used to travel from one area of the park to another; rather it makes a scenic round-trip excursion. Adventureland in Tokyo Disneyland contains a New Orleans section, which makes the version a combination of New Orleans Square and Adventureland in California.

Frontierland is replaced by Westernland, taking a wild west-style appearance similar to Frontierland.

Critter Country

It's a Small World

In Fantasyland, we can find The Mickey Mouse Revue, an Audio-Animatronic musical show. This attraction originally debuted at Walt Disney World in 1971; it was later translated into Japanese and moved to Tokyo Disneyland. (The 3-D film Mickey's PhilharMagic now occupies the former Mickey Mouse Revue theater in Florida). The major E-ticket attraction in this land is Pooh's Hunny Hunt, a unique attraction featuring trackless technology and state-of-the-art special effects. Haunted Mansion also makes its home in Fantasyland due to the Japanese belief that ghosts exist only in fairy tales, yet its exterior is the same Hudson River Gothic design as Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square.


Tomorrowland takes up a more urban look and appears more like a community than a showcase of future technology. The rides include Star Tours and Space Mountain. The entrance part of Tomorrowland resembles the one originally designed for Walt Disney World, before its remodeling in the early nineties.