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Monday, September 5, 2011

Japan: Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland is a theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. Its main gate is directly adjacent to both Maihama Station and Tokyo Disneyland Station.

It was the first Disney Park to be built outside of the United States and opened on April 15, 1983. Walt Disney Imagineering constructed the park 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 Disney Sea, are the only Disney parks not owned by The Walt Disney Company.
There are seven themed areas in the park: the World Bazaar; the four classic Disneylands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland; and two mini-lands: Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown. The park is noted for its extensive open spaces, to accommodate the large crowds that visit the park.

World Bazaar

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 (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.

Adventureland consists of two distinct yet complimentary areas: A New Orleans-themed area, and a "jungle"-themed area. It is roughly a combination of the New Orleans Square and Adventureland areas found in Disneyland Park in the United States. Major attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, and The Enchanted Tiki Room.

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
Critter Country is a small area of the park with two main attractions, Splash Mountain and Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes.

The icon of Tokyo Disneyland, Cinderella Castle is nearly identical to its counterpart at Walt Disney World 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, near to Dumbo, yet its exterior is the same Hudson River Gothic design as Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square.

Identical to "Mickey's Toontown" in the Disneyland Resort, this area of the park gives the feeling of being in the Disney Character's neighborhood.

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 in every way except the lack of the PeopleMover track, before its remodeling in the early nineties. The area around Space Mountain more resembles Disneyland's Tomorrowland.

Watch this Tokyo Disneyland Parade

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