Where the magic comes to life.Credit: Taken by Chris Burns
Tokyo Disneyland is one of the premiere Disney parks in the world. Inspired by the Anaheim Disneyland as well as the Orlando-based Disney parks such as the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and the Disney's Hollywood Studios, this theme park has taken the best of each of its predecessors and turned it into a magical experience unlike any other.
Tokyo Disneyland was built on landfill with money from the government that was to be allocated for entertainment purposes. It first opened its doors on April 15th, 1983. Since that time it has lived up to the Disney standard. In fact, some may argue that because it is actually owned by a non-Disney company (The Oriental Land Company) that its standards are higher than that of the theme parks in the United States. Currently it stands as the third most visited theme park in the world behind the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland in California. It has received this ranking due to the multiple repeat guests that frequent the parks as well as the wide variety of multiple day passes that they offer.
There are seven themed areas within the Tokyo Disneyland theme park which steal design structures from the both the Florida and California Disney parks. The World Bazaar is the answer to Main Street which showcases the turn of the century in the United States. Unlike its sister parks, this Main Street area is covered which provides the guests with some shelter during the ever popular typhoon season. Some other areas will seem very familiar to the American traveling guests such as: Adventureland, Critter Country, Toontown, Tomorrowland, Westernland and of course Fantasyland. Even though these areas seem very much like parks you have seen in the States, it is important to take a closer look especially at some of the experiences they offer. Pooh’s Hunny Hunt for example opened in 2000 and cost over $130 million. This ride used cutting edge technology to provide a new trackless system to propel the ride. This technology has been in testing mode for automobiles as a way to remove the human error from day-to-day driving.
Once you step past the sights of Mount Fuji in the distance, and the sounds of the roaring train as it enters and exits Miahama station, you will soon lose yourself in an Americanized version of Disneyland, complete with all the familiar characters, parades and side-show acts that you can see in your local Disney Parks. The Japanese have been very particular about also protecting their culture within this park and have made sure to make every guest experience a memorable one.