Disneyland is called as one of the most magical places on earth. A place where you come to see your favorite childhood characters come to life. Even the Japanese have come to know and grow with these characters. Rumor even has it that the huge, bulbous eyes of anime characters were inspired by Mickey Mouse.
Welcome to Tokyo Disney Resort! It has two theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, plus eight hotels (Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo Disneysea Hotel Miracosta, Sunroute Plaza Tokyo, Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel, Hilton Tokyo Bay, Hotel Okura Tokyo Bay, Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel, Tokyo Bay Hotel Tokyu). A ninth one, the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is opening this July 2008. Or, you can opt to stay at other Tokyo hotels nearby the area.
Tokyo Disneyland is styled after Disneyâ€™s classic Disneyland in California and first opened in 1983 making Tokyo Disneyland the first Disney park opened outside of the United States of America. Tokyo DisneySea is a nautical themed park that was opened in 2001. The Disney resort complex is conveniently circled by a monorail that connects the parks and hotels to the JR Maihama Station which is only 15 kilometers from the core of Tokyo.
There are seven themed areas in DisneyLand, complementing each other while retaining their uniqueness from one another. The seven areas are made up of the World Bazaar, the four classic Disney lands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, and two mini lands: Critter Country and Toontown. The park is noted for its huge open spaces to accommodate the massive crowds the park receives on even moderate attendance days. Tokyo Disneyland will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its grand opening this 2008.
World Bazaar recreates the atmosphere of an authentic 1900s small American town and creates a popular hub for the numerous visitors that pass through World Bazaar each and every week. Tommorowland, on the other hand, takes visitors into the future with some of the most exciting Disney rides on hand such as Space Mountain. Critter Country was built specifically to house its Splash Mountain ride. If you love scenic boat rides teeming with gentle furry animals, then this is the place for you. Toontown is a world that’s straight out of a cartoon. Being there is like being placed directly in a Disney cartoon. Meet the great cartoon stars in Toontown and even visit them in their own homes. Adventureland is a world of excitement featuring some of the classic Disneyland favorites which the parks have been famous for. With many coming straight from the story books which have entertained the previous and the next generations for decades past and for decades to come. Westernland gives a real taste of the wild western days of early America. This land has some great shows, scrumptious food and another of Disneyland’s popular ride, the Big Thunder Mountain. Fantasyland comes a land straight out of the fairy tales and into the park. With castles, fairies and flying elephants abound, it’s no wonder that Disneyland is the most magical place on Earth.
Tokyo DisneySea is the other theme park in the Tokyo Disney Resort. Opened in 2001, Tokyo DisneySea has become one of the world’s most-visited theme parks and one of the most popular Disney Parks in the world. One of the park’s symbols is the DisneySea AquaSphere, a water fountain with a large model of the earth, which is located at the entrance plaza and the gigantic volcano, Mount Prometheus, located in the center of the park. The volcano and Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland, the other park in the resort, are exactly the same height as the two in Tokyo DisneySea.
Like Tokyo Disneyland, there are also seven areas In Tokyo DisneySea. The entrance to the park is called the Mediterranean Harbor, which opens up to the six other nautically themed areas, these are American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, and Mysterious Island.