Tokyo Disneyland 東京ディズニーランド
The castle at Tokyo Disneyland
Credit: Guy Jasper Gonzaga
A map of Tokyo Disneyland
Splash Mountain, Tokyo Disneyland
If you're in Tokyo and the idea of spending a day at an amusement park appeals, there are several options available to you. Among them are Tokyo Dome City, located in the heart of the city, or Fuji-Q Highland and its spectacular attractions. But of course, when talking about amusement parks, Disneyland remains a clear favorite!
Once upon a time...
Tokyo Disneyland is located in Urayusu (浦安) in Chiba Prefecture, on an artificial embankment in the bay of Tokyo. Opened on April 15, 1983, it was the first Disney park created outside the United States, after the one in California in 1955 and that of Florida in 1971.
The next Disneyland to open was in Paris, opened on April 12, 1992.
Similar but different
Did you know that Tokyo Disneyland was built in the style of the first Disney park in California? Unlike Disneyworld in Florida, it's Cinderella's Castle that can be found proudly standing in the center of the park. Visitors to other parks (California, Paris and Hong Kong) will instead be able to admire the castle of Sleeping Beauty.
Anyone who has ever visited a Disney Park knows that they are made up of different worlds, ranging from the western world to the tropical jungle, and based on the Disney world of fairy tales.
In Tokyo, the traditional Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland (Tomorrowland) are no different. However, given the ability of the Japanese to differentiate themselves from the rest of the world, it's not surprising to see some variations. Also, Main Street (the main road connecting the park entrance to the castle) is called the 'World Bazaar' in Japan. Frontierland (the world of cowboys), was renamed Westernland. Two new areas also emerged: Critter Country (with the main attraction Splash Mountain) and Toontown (mainly the world of Roger Rabbit).
Tokyo Disneyland isn't the only Disney amusement park in Japan, Tokyo Disney Sea was established in 2001, also in Tokyo, near the historic park.
Visitors and the economy
Tokyo Disneyland is managed by The Oriental Land Company. It's the only Disneyland not managed either wholly or partially by The Walt Disney Company.
Tokyo Disneyland is the most profitable since the opening of Disney parks.
In 2013, with 17.2 million visitors, it became the second most visited amusement park after Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Another record for Tokyo Disney Sea: it reached a never-seen-before 10 million visitors in 307 days!
Related: Fuji-Q Highland