Tokyo Disneyland is a 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 opened on April 15, 1983.
The park was constructed by Walt Disney Imagine-nering in the same style as Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida. It is owned by The Oriental Land Company, which licenses the theme from The Walt Disney Company. Tokyo Disneyland and its companion park, Tokyo DisneySea, are the only Disney parks not owned by The Walt Disney Company.
The park is noted for its extensive open spaces, to accommodate the large crowds that visit the park. In 2009, Tokyo Disneyland hosted approximately 13.65 million guests, ranking it as the third-most visited theme park in the world.
In 2011, the park hosted 14 million visitors, again ranking it as the world’s third most visited theme park.
There are eight themed areas in the park: the World Bazaar; the four classic Disney lands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland; and two mini-lands: Critter Country and Mickey’s Toontown.
World Bazaar; Main Street, U.S.A.
World Bazaar is the main entry corridor and primary shopping area of Tokyo Disneyland. Despite the use of the word “World” in its name, the general look and theme of World Bazaar is that of early 20th-century America, matching the “Main Street, U.S.A.” areas of other Magic Kingdom-style parks.
World Bazaar consists of two streets: Main Street which is the primary corridor running from the main entrance toward Cinderella Castle, and Center Street, which forms a perpendicular line with Main Street and leads to Adventureland in one direction and Tomorrowland in the other. A unique feature of World Bazaar is a permanent canopy covering the Main Street and Center Street areas, designed to protect guests from the elements.
Toontown: Mickey’s Toontown
Like its counterparts in other Disney theme parks, Toontown is heavily inspired by the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Appropriately, the major attraction here is Roger Rabbit’s CarToon Spin.
There are several smaller attractions, including the immensely popular Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey, which often boasts some of the longest wait times in the park.
Tomorrowland takes up a more urban look and appears more like a community than a showcase of future technology. Rides include Space Mountain and eventually Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.
The entrance part of Tomorrowland resembles the one originally designed for Walt Disney World in every way except the lack of the PeopleMover track.
Westernland; Frontier land
Westernland is an “old west” themed area, the counterpart of Frontierland in other Magic Kingdom-style parks. Like its counterparts, the landscape of Westernland is dominated by the Rivers of America, a man-made waterway that is home to the Mark Twain Riverboat, Tom Sawyer Island, and numerous live and Audio-Animatronic animals.
Major attractions also include Big Thunder Mountain and the Country Bear Theater.
Critter Country is a small area of the park and is dominated by a single major attraction, Splash Mountain.
The landscape and theme of the area, including its shops and restaurants, are a direct extension of that attraction.
This consists of two distinct yet complimentary areas: A New Orleans-themed area, and a “jungle”-themed area.
Major attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, and The Enchanted Tiki Room.
It is roughly a combination of the New Orleans Square and Adventureland areas found in Disneyland Park in the United States.
Like other Magic Kingdom theme parks, Fantasyland’s central entryway is a castle, in this case Cinderella Castle.
Without any “thrill rides,” Fantasyland’s attractions are generally dark rides that take visitors through scenes from classic Disney movies such as Snow White, Peter Pan, and Pinocchio.
Fantasyland is also home to two iconic Disney theme park attractions, The Haunted Mansion and It’s a Small World.
Had dinner in The Queens Banquet.. From Alice in Wonderland.
The song “Its a small world” never fails to creep me out. I will continously hear the song playing in my head, LONG after the ride has ended!
Arghhh!!…That song! It keeps going in loops and never ends.
…And, It’s a small small worlddd!
Another major attraction of significant note is Pooh’s Hunny Hunt; presented in a “trackless” format unique to Tokyo Disneyland, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt is one of the park’s most popular attractions.
Here’s the deal. Pooh was being greedy as usual. He went to go in search of honey.
Luckily (as he seemed to be enjoying it) for him, the honey he consumed was POISONOUS…
…And he started to HALLUCINATE!
Jubilation! – The afternoon parade with your favorite prince & princesses!
A show that makes your storybook characters in dreams, come true!