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Tokyo Disneyland - The Japanese House of Mouse

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A July 2003 trip to Tokyo by AgedToPerfection

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Quote: Tokyo Disney Sea's older brother is almost a carbon copy of the American parks. If you're short on time, here's the whirlwind tour.

Tokyo Disneyland - The Japanese House of Mouse

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Overview

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When Walt Disney Imagineering (“WDI”) built Tokyo Disneyland, the Oriental Land Company (“OLC”), who owns the Tokyo Disney Resort, said that they wanted the same park as the Magic Kingdom. OLC wanted WDI to replicate as much as possible so that the experience at Tokyo Disneyland could stand up to any scrutiny of authenticity. When we entered Tokyo Disneyland, we marveled at how much it really did look like Florida’s Magic Kingdom. Even Tokyo Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain has the same jog in the tracks that Disneyland’s attraction has. When WDI built Disneyland’s Big Thunder, they had to force fit the tracks because they did not fit entirely correctly. OLC wanted the same jog in the track a...Read More

Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall

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Restaurant

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Sadly, I cannot rave about the restaurant quality at the Tokyo Disney Resort like I can about the entertainment and the attractions. When hunger struck us, we had very few choices to appease our appetites. Walt Disney Imagineering had just opened the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall, the newest dining establishment at Tokyo Disneyland.In true Imagineering fashion, the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall featured all of the necessary Disney ingredients to make an interesting and amusing restaurant. From the moment we entered the restaurant, we stepped into a wonderland of characters and bright facades. Two statues of the Queen of Hearts’ cards guarded the entrance to the restaurant, on which we quickly cl...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 19, 2007

Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall
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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Disneyland

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Attraction | "Mickey Mouse Revue - Tokyo Disneyland"

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For Disney history buffs, like myself, the Mickey Mouse Revue thoroughly entertained me, if not purely for the nostalgia. Children will appreciate this cute show. However, thrill-seeking teenagers will not react well to the 9.5 minute show which does not feature any special effects, dips, drops or high speed chases. Nonetheless, we made an effort to see this show more than once because of its uniqueness. Today, in the 21st century, this attraction only exists in Tokyo Disneyland. Back in the 1970s, one could find this adorable show in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Sadly, the powers that be closed the attraction in 1980. However, in true Disney recycling fashion, the show reappeared in 198...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2006

Tokyo Disneyland
1-1 Maihama
Tokyo, Japan 279-8511
+81 (45) 683 3777

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Attraction | "Pooh's Hunny Hunt - Fantasyland"

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They say you get what you pay for. And Tokyo Disneyland got a whopper of an attraction when they contracted Walt Disney Imagineering to produce Pooh’s Hunny Hunt for them. A state-of-the-art technological marvel in the world of ride systems engineering, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt utilizes embedded sensors in the attraction’s floor to guide free moving vehicles, without a track.From the beginning of the ride to the end, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt immerses the guest in details, lush colors and elaborate props. The queue starts as a giant book where guests walk through its pages. Recalling the 1970s Winnie-The-Pooh animated shorts, which aired on The Wonderful World of Disney, the pages feature the same animated i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 3, 2006

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Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan 279-8511
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Attraction | "Tanabata Matsuri at Tokyo Disneyland"

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During the first week of July, the Japanese celebrate Tanabata Matsuri, or Star Festival. From what my friends tell me, Star Festival most closely resembles Valentine’s Day. We had the good fortune of spending Star Festival at the Tokyo Disney Resort. The festival gets its mythology from two star-crossed lovers, Altair and Vega. Other descriptions reveal that Tanabata Matsuri is based on a Chinese story where two stars, which lie on opposite ends of our galaxy, meet only once a year. But my favorite festival story features a girl named Orihime, who did nothing but weave cloth for the gods. Her father, worried that she had no other interests, introduced her to Kengyu, a cowherder who lived on t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2006

Tokyo Disneyland
1-1 Maihama
Tokyo, Japan 279-8511
+81 (45) 683 3777

Tokyo Disneyland

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Attraction | "Western River Railroad - Tokyo Disneyland"

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Tokyo Disneyland differs from the other Disney Magic Kingdom-style theme parks in one major way. It does not operate a railroad that encircles the park. Unlike Disneyland or Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland restricts its railroad to traverse most of Westernland, the Japanese version of Frontierland, segments of Adventureland and Critter Country.Apparently, any railroad in Japan which sports more than one station must adhere to code requirements. As a solution, the Western River Railroad stops only once, to load and unload guests. For guests expecting a respite from walking while riding to their next destination, the Western River Railroad will not provide transportation to o...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 3, 2006

Tokyo Disneyland
1-1 Maihama
Tokyo, Japan 279-8511
+81 (45) 683 3777

Tokyo Disneyland

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Attraction | "Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour"

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No contest, the Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour ranked number one as my favorite attraction at Tokyo Disneyland. While normally, scary demons and skeletons do not fit my description of a fun time, this attraction does.Admit it, exploring a Disney castle sounds. This 16-minute walking tour takes approximately 25 guests through the hallways, stairs, chambers and dungeons of the imposing castle.We entered a hall of portraits where a Japanese-speaking guide showed us paintings of popular Disney heroes and heroines. Suddenly, the Magic Mirror grew agitated and the paintings changed to reveal the portraits of villains. When a secret door opened, we walked down a dark, winding stairway...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 3, 2007

Tokyo Disneyland
1-1 Maihama
Tokyo, Japan 279-8511
+81 (45) 683 3777

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Attraction | "Dreams On Parade"

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If the entertainment quality at Tokyo Disney Sea gave us any indication of what to expect at Tokyo Disneyland, we knew we could not miss the afternoon parade, which should prove to amuse us thoroughly. Again, the Entertainment Division at the Tokyo Disney Resort could afford to teach the Disneyland and the Walt Disney World resorts a thing or two.We stumbled upon a terrific viewing area by the central hub in front of Cinderella Castle one cloudy afternoon to catch the Dreams on Parade cavalcade. The crowds struck us immediately, as we realized that we had arrived late and could not get a spot to sit. No matter, the Japanese guests watched the parade in front of us in an orderly fashion, allowi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 10, 2007

Tokyo Disneyland
1-1 Maihama
Tokyo, Japan 279-8511
+81 (45) 683 3777