Tokyo Disneyland is a theme park that is based from Walt Disney’s famous animated creations, movies and stories. Opened in April 15, 1983 in Urayasu, Chiba, Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney theme park that was built outside the US. The entire theme park is named Tokyo Disney Resort where Tokyo Disneyland is one of the major attractions together with Tomorrowland, Toontown, Adventureland, Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland and World Bazaar.
The construction of Tokyo Disneyland was commissioned to Walt Disney Imageneering and its design was modeled after Magical Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland California. Tokyo Disneyland is noted for its extensive size that spans a 115-acre of open space, more than enough to accommodate huge number of visitors that tour the park. With almost 15 million visitors each year, Tokyo Disneyland ranks as the third most visited theme park in the world. Tokyo Disneyland has a partner, the Tokyo DisneySea, and these two themed parks are the only parks that are not wholly owned by the Walt Disney Company.
Going to Tokyo Disneyland must be everyone’s top priority when touring Tokyo, Japan. This is the theme park for all ages because even adults are awed with what the theme park has to offer. For the adventurous little children, the ride to the Omnibus, Jungle Cruise, Western River Railroad and Tom Sawyer Island Rafts are new experiences for them. And for rides that they will never forget, there’s Castle Carousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Gadget’s Go Coaster and Starjets. Some of the notable attractions that cater to all ages include The Big Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, Splash Mountain and Pooh’s Honey Hunt.
The visit to Tokyo Disneyland is not complete without going to its companion park Tokyo DisneySea. Opened on September 4, 2001, the 176-acre attraction allures almost the same number of visitors from near and far, making it the fifth most-visited theme park in the world. Second to open in the property of Disneyland Resort, it reached a milestone of 10 million guests only 308 days after its grand opening. As the name suggests, Tokyo DisneySea has a nautical feel attached to it, but the intention to erect a separate theme park was to create a place that is more adult-like which equates to faster and ‘’scarier’’ rides and concepts that cater to mature audiences.
Tokyo DisneySea’s most prominent landmark is the giant volcano of the Mysterious Island where the Mount Prometheus Ride, the thrill ride of ‘’Journey to the Center of the Earth’’ and the dark ride of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” are found. The Mermaid Lagoon, inspired by The Little Mermaid, is designed to expose the awesome sights and sounds of the underwater world, while the Arabian Coast, modeled after Aladdin, enchants visitors of the colorful Arabian nights. Completing the attraction of Tokyo DisneySea are the Meditterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, Port Discovery and Lost River Delta. Since Tokyo DisneySea is a concept that is exclusive to Japan, all the attractions, rides and entertainment within its grounds are only seen and experienced only in this country.