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  • Tokyo Disneyland History

    Not being too familiar with the history of Tokyo Disneyland...How old is it now-a-days? When did it open? Was it opened as a full park like Disneyland Paris or was it a small one like Hong Kong? What were surroundings of the park like as far as hotels and recreation? Feel free to unload on Tokyo's history- I'd like to get aquainted with it.

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    Don't have too much time to answer so much at this moment but in short... TDL opened on April 15th, 1983. Was pretty much a full day park at opening with over 25 attractions if I am not mistaken... opened with POTC, JC, SM, IASW...and many other popular Disney C-tickets and some unique shows of it's own... (Eternal Seas, Meet the World, both of which are now retired.)
    The park was built on land reclamined from Tokyo Bay. There were no hotels and no train service to it when it opened.. just warehouses around that area since it was where a lot of shipping and fishing companies operated out of..as far as I know. Urayasu was becoming the next hot area to live and concequently boomed after TDL's arrival into what it is today.. That is a much as I know.... but you could probably find more info online..

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      Re: Tokyo Disneyland History

      Tokyo Disneyland Resort's second gate, DisneySeaz, opened on September 4th, 2001 as a full park in terms of rides, shows, dining, etc. Among my favorite opening day rides are Journey To the Center of the Earth, the Sinbad dark ride, Storm Rider, Indiana Jones, Electric Railway and Aquatopia. DS recently opened a killer new coaster and plans are in the making for an elaborate Tower of Terror.
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      • #4
        Re: Tokyo Disneyland History

        www.jtcent.com
        They just had an update on this subject.

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        • #5
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          I know they used to have the sky way, but did they use tickets?
          Go Bengals.


          WDW>DL

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Hidden Goofy
            I know they used to have the sky way, but did they use tickets?
            You mean...the ABCDE ticket system? Yes, they did, but they discontinued it about 6 yrs ago in favor of the multiday passport deals.

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            • #7
              Re: Tokyo Disneyland History

              Lets see.
              Tokyo Disneyland's Adventureland opened without the Treehouse, and with the old Tiki Room show.
              Westernland opened with no BTM.
              Critter Country was added in 91 (ish) with Splash Mountain, it also took over the canoes, renaming them Beaver Brothers Canoes.
              Fantasyland opened without Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour. IASW used to have a restaurant, and there used to be a themed chalet restaurant. There used to be the skyway, its space is now where Pooh is.
              In Tomorrowland, only Space Mountain, the Grand Circut Raceway and Rocket Jets are original.
              Star Tours was added in the end of the 80s, and there used to be a Circle Vision theater before Buzz, Meet the World and Eternal Sea were opening day attractions.
              Anything you want me to expand upon?

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              • #8
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                One major difference is that The Haunted Mansion is located in Fantasyland and it has the same facade as WDW. Toontown is identical to the one in California. Their Splash Mountain is the biggest and most beautiful Splash Mountains than in any Disney Park. The Tiki Room was rethemed in the 90's to a las vegas theme. The Mickey Mouse Revue that used to be in WDW has resided in their Fantasyland since opening day. Alice's Tea Party, Star Tours, Captain EO, Magic Journeys, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour, Big Thunder Mountain, Swiss Family Treehouse, MicroAdventure!, The Disney Gallery, and Toontown were all later attractions. Past attractions are Main Street Cinema, Fire Engine, Horseless Carriage, Meet the World, Penny Arcade, Skyway to Fantasyland/ Tomorrowand, Captain EO, Magic Journeys, The Eternal Sea, Circle Vision Films: Magic Carpet 'Round the World, American Journeys, and Visionarium. Buzz Lightyear replaced Visionarium. MicroAdventure is their name for HISTA. They recieved much of the makeovers Disneland and Disneyworld have gotten such as Haunted Mansion Holiday, Country Bear Vacation Hoedown, Country Bear Christmas Special, and Small World Holiday. Their train doesnt go around the park, only around Westernland (Frontierland) and has Primeval World from Disneyland Cali. Attractions obsolete to TDL are Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour, Meet the World, Pooh's Hunny Hunt and Etrnal Sea. Their Rocket Jets are the only ones to sill not be themed futuristically like the others. Their Star Tours facade is different just like all of the others. That's just about all the history their is.
                "Walt Disney World may have more than Disneyland, but Disneyland has quality, and quality triumphs over quantity" -DL_CRAZE
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                  Re: Tokyo Disneyland History

                  Originally posted by DL_CRAZE
                  The Tiki Room was rethemed in the 90's to a las vegas theme.
                  What the... How did they pull this off? I have visions of the Glee Club sing Elvis hits while Jose talks about the benefits of signing up for the casino's frequent player club.

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                  • #10
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                    It has a "Latin" flavor...from what I've heard it's like the birds are all dressed gaudy (like "pimps") and they do "latin" songs. So yeah, a Vegas review...no bare chests.

                    That reminds me! Based on what DL_CRAZE said, Alice's Tea Party was built around 1998 as theier new ride by the new restaurant Queen of Heart's Banquet Hall. It had formerly been down by the skyway station between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland but it was moved to make more room for Pooh in 2000 and to open up the entrance area to Toontown.

                    Now if you get into shops and restaurants, TDL has pretty much every single one ever made for either Disneyland or Magic Kingdom (only a slight exageration).

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                    • #11
                      Re: Tokyo Disneyland History

                      Wow. Thanks for all the information...it's always interesting to hear.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by tloolgb
                        IASW used to have a restaurant,

                        Anything you want me to expand upon?

                        Yes please

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                        • #13
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                          Lol of all the ones.

                          For that one let me study some more (I wish I had all my old maps with me)...I was always under the impression it was near the skyway station (and the skyway restaurant near IASW) but recently I might have discovered they were swtiched. I'll get back to that one.

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                          • #14
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                            Ha ha! Didn't have my maps but I had a sheet with the info. Lucky notebooks.

                            The Small World Restaurant was off to the Skyway side of IASW, and it was a buffeteria styled (supposedly the largest in the park) restaurant that served international cuisine, mostly Chinese and American.
                            It was closed to open up the area in that corner of the park int he mid 90s in prepping for Pooh.

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                              Re: Tokyo Disneyland History

                              A map of Tokyo Disneyland Park in 1991:

                              http://www.rcttown.com/Park%20Maps/p...dTokyo1991.htm
                              "Walt Disney World may have more than Disneyland, but Disneyland has quality, and quality triumphs over quantity" -DL_CRAZE
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