Happy 30th Birthday, Tokyo Disneyland!
Written by Robert Niles
Tokyo Disneyland opened 30 years ago today -- April 15, 1983. Disney Parks chairman Tom Staggs joined Oriental Land Company Chairman Toshio Kagami for a celebration in front of the park's castle to commemorate the park's anniversary.
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Earlier, Oriental Land, which owns and operates the Tokyo Disney Resort under a license with the Walt Disney Company, announced that it is investing US$1.5 billion in improving and expanding its parks between 2011 and 2020. That figure includes the recent opening of Toy Story Mania at Tokyo DisneySea, as well as other, as-yet-unannounced improvements.
The 'Elias Hotel' facade in Tokyo Disneyland's Westernland pays tribute to Walt Disney's middle name, as well as to the park's opening year -- exactly 100 years after 1883.
We visited the Tokyo Disney Resort in late 2011, as the parks rebounded from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan earlier that year, closing the parks for a month. Theme Park Insider readers voted Tokyo DisneySea the world's best theme park last year, and I'm in complete agreement. The Tokyo Disney Resort sets the standard for Disney theme parks worldwide.
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