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Thursday, May 31, 2012 | This article is listed in the sections Magazine and Amusement parks.

Tokyo Disneyland


One year after the big earthquake in Touhoku, Parkscout took a trip to Tokyo Disney Resort with its theme parks Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySEA, the shopping and entertainment area Ikspiari and some themed hotels.

Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983 and is operated by the Japanese Oriental Land Company, licensed by the Walt Disney Company. Although the park was modelled on both American Disney destinations, in some ways there are many differences. Guests staying for only one or two days don't have the option to buy a "Park Hopper Ticket" - they have to purchase tickets for each park. The mandatory main street at Disneyland's front area is called "World Bazar" and was covered with a big roof because of the rainy weather conditions in Japan. Shops and boutiques are much more crowded than in the U.S. due to the old Omiyage tradition: Japanese making holidays generally buy small souvenirs for family members and friends staying home. At the Emporium shop you find a large room filled with long queues and checkout counters.

Disneyland Tokyo
Snow White in Japan
Behind the World Bazar there is a huge plaza and the Cinderella castle, a nearly perfect copy of the original castle in Florida. The whole park was built with such large plazas and wide streets contrary to the narrow crowded streets with big skyscrapers in Tokyo. Going to the left you find Adventureland, the most vegetated area of the park. The "Tiki Room", a Hawaiian-style Disney classic attraction, was taken over by Stitch some time ago. Many songs from the movie and the television show are presented now, and the small furry alien appears in form of a life-sized animatronic. In addition, Adventureland is the home of the famous darkride "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the "Jungle Cruise".

Highlight of Westernland is, of course, the mine train rollercoaster "Big Thunder Mountain". The log flume "Splash Mountain" was slightly changed compared to the ride in Florida, so guests are not getting soaked. The electronic show "Country Bear Jamboree" and the Tom Sawyer Island steamboat cruise can also be found at Westernland. The "Haunted Mansion", a great ghost train, unusually was placed at Fantasyland, along with the well-known rides about Snow White, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Small World, Dumbo or Alice in Wonderland. Although the rides are nearly perfect copies of their American pendants, the facades of the buildings are rather disappointing with their 1980's look. New additions to Fantasyaland are the 3D show "Mickey's Philharmagic" with its nice theming and a Cinderella castle tour in which guests can visit the Royal chambers and the impressive throne room.

Disneyland Tokyo
The Cinderella Castle
Fantasyland's most popular attraction is without any doubt the "Winnie the Pooh!" darkride starring the cuddly bear from the 100 Acre Wood. After entering the book by A.A. Milne, guests take place in an empty honey jar and start their exciting voyage to search for sweet honey. The cute theming of the ride matches its counterparts in the United States or in Hong Kong, but the ride technology is different: The honey jars move without any track, using magnetic induction loops located under the ground.

The final themed area of the park is Tomorrowland. The simulator "Star Tours" is closed in summer 2012 for a 3D update. Hopefully "Space Mountain" will also get a technical update because the indoor rollercoaster is still the only one of its kind world-wide without an onboard sound system – the 3D cinema with Captain EO alias Michael Jackson is more thrilling. A must-see is the character show "One Man's Dream II", a sequel of an older Tokyo Disneyland show, starring Mickey, Minnie an the whole gang going on a musical journey through many Disney and Disney PIXAR movies.

Because of the popularity of the show and the overall large attendance of the park, you need special seat reservation tickets. Those tickets can only be won in a lottery at the showbase ticket center. Here your park ticket will be scanned, you choose the show time you prefer, and start the lottery. Only seconds later you will get one of the hot tickets or not – however you only have one try per day. If you don't have any luck, you might enjoy one of the two interactive darkrides in Tomorrowland: "Buzz Lightyear's Laser Blast" or the new "Monsters Inc.: Ride & Go Seek!" in which guests visit Monstropolis at night using flashlamps to look for all kind of monsters.

After dawn the "Electrical Parade Dream Lights" starts, a gorgious high tech parade with millions of colorful twinkling lamps, followed by a rather short fireworks which can be watched from both parks of Tokyo Disney Resort.

Tokyo Disneyland

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