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Tokyo Disneyland

Robert Niles

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Published: January 3, 2012

Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney theme park built outside the United States, opening in 1983. But the park closed for a month in 2011 after the devastating earthquake and tsunami crippled power supplies and transit routes in much of Japan. Today, there's no obvious sign of damage or disruption at Tokyo Disneyland, which remains one of the world's top theme park destinations.

And for good reason. Visiting Tokyo Disneyland is like visiting the best of Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom - at the same time. There's Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean, and Disney World's Haunted Mansion. There's the immense Cinderella's Castle, just like at Disney World, but there's an attraction inside it, too, just like at Disneyland.

But Tokyo Disneyland takes it U.S. counterparts one better, preserving elements long gone from the American Magic Kingdoms. Want to see the Country Bear Christmas show? Or visit Fort Sam Clemens on Tom Sawyer Island? Better catch a flight to Tokyo, because this is the only place where those attractions still exist. At 115 acres, Tokyo Disneyland is larger than the Magic Kingdom (107 acres) and Disneyland (85 acres), too.

In December 2011, Theme Park Insider editor Robert Niles visited Tokyo Disneyland and filed this land-by-land look at the park, with photos, video and observations:

Pirates of the Caribbean9
Jungle Cruise8
Western River Railroad8
The Enchanted Tiki Room7
Swiss Family Treehouse6
Critter Country
Splash Mountain940
Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes7
Pooh's Hunny Hunt9
Haunted Mansion9
Mickey's PhilharMagic9
Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall8
Peter Pan's Flight8
Castle Carrousel7
It's a Small World7
Snow White's Adventure7
Alice's Tea Party6
Pinocchio's Daring Journey6
Dumbo the Flying Elephant5
Star Tours840
Space Mountain840
Monsters Inc. Ride and Go Seek8
Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters8
Grand Circuit Raceway5
Captain EO5
Stitch Encounter
Roger Rabbit's Car-Toon Spin7
Mickey's House and Meet Mickey6
Gadget's Go Coaster635
Minnie's House5
Goofy's Bounce House5
Donald's Boat4
Chip 'n Dale Treehouse3
Tom Sawyer Island9
Big Thunder Mountain840
Country Bear Theater8
Mark Twain Riverboat7

[Add a missing attraction]

Cafe Orleans10
Boiler Room Bites10
China Voyager10
The Gazebo9
Polynesian Terrace Restaurant9
Blue Bayou Restaurant9
Crystal Palace Restaurant8
Critter Country
Grandma Sara's Kitchen5
Captain Hook's Galley10
Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall9
Space Place FoodPort10
Pan Galactic Pizza Port9
Plaza Restaurant6
Tomorrowland Terrace5
Huey, Dewey and Louie's Good Time Cafe6
Diamond Horseshoe10
Pecos Bill Cafe10
Hungry Bear Restaurant9
Lucky Nugget Cafe9
Plaza Pavilion Restaurant9
World Bazaar
Eastside Cafe10
Restaurant Hokusai9
Sweetheart Cafe9
Great American Waffle Co8
Refreshment Corner8
Center Street Coffeehouse8

[Add a missing restaurant]

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