Tokyo Disneyland is the 1st of 2 major theme parks located on the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Japan. Located near Tokyo, this theme park is a 115-acre theme park was the first Disney Theme Park to be built outside of the United States. The park officially opened in 1983, and was designed in the same style as the Florida based Disney World and California based Disneyland. The park is one of only two Disney parks not wholly owned by the Walt Disney Company, but is leased out to the Oriental Land Company. Tokyo DisneySea, a companion park to Tokyo Disneyland, is the other park not owned by the Walt Disney Company.
Tokyo Disneyland has many of the same themes, features, and attractions that are found at the other Disneyland locations. In Tokyo, the Disney Theme park has 7 major themed areas, including Critter Country, Toontown, and the World Bazaar, in addition to Disney classics: Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, and Westernland. Much of the parks features and attractions are base around the fables and stories created by the Walt Disney Corporation and its many feature films. Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Snow White’s Scary Adventures and Peter Pan’s Flight are just a few of the key attractions that are based on the classic characters and Disney films.
The park has been built to accommodate large crowds that come to visit the park, with numerous large open spaces. The park consistently ranks in the top 3 most visited theme parks around the world, hosting more than 13 million visitors every year. Tokyo Disneyland only trails its Disneyland sister parks in the US for most visitors to its park.
Critter Country – This is a small area of the park, housing one of the parks major attractions, Splash Mountain. Most of the shops restaurants, themes and even the landscapes have been designed around the key attraction.
Toontown – Toontown is based primarily on the Who Framed Roger Rabbit movie. The areas key attraction is the Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.
World Bazaar – This section serves as the primary shopping area for the park and its main entry corridor. The general theme of this theme park is based on the early 20th-century America themes found in the Main Street, U.S.A. areas found in other Disney operated parks.
Fantasyland – The Cinderella Castle is the central attraction in Fantasyland. The castle is an exact replica of the one in Florida’s Magic Kingdom.
Tomorrowland – This section of the park is designed around a future world. It contains a more urban look and feel and features a couple thrilling rides: Space Tours: the Adventures Continue and popular Space Mountain.
Adventureland – Adventureland is made up of two distinctly unique sections: a jungle based themed area and a New Orleans themed area.
Westernland – this themed section is based around the concepts of Frontierland, which can be found in other Disney parks. Westernland is themed around ideas and themes of the “old west.”