My knowledge of Tokyo Disneyland is limited to this pre-opening booklet given to me as a Disneyland Cast Member in 1983. April 15 marks twenty-five years. In celebration, I will post the whole book for fans of the Japanese park. Here is the cover and the first couple pages.
According to its website, Tokyo Disneyland seems to have the right idea:
Walt Disney, the founder of Disneyland and Walt Disney Company, had a unique sense of creativity and imagination, one that went beyond traditional ideas about genres and mediums.
But from comics and cartoons to movies and theme parks, there are some fundamental elements that can be found consistently throughout all his many projects; namely, his desire to foster a love of learning in young people and give them the ability to boldly and openly engage the exotic and unknown.
Today, Tokyo Disney Resort tries to base all our endeavors on those same principles, and we hope that by doing so,
we will be able to create a warm, imaginative and truly magical place for all our Guests.
I didn’t see much evidence of “learning” on the website, unless learning to operate an astro-blaster counts. The “exotic and unknown,” though, seemed well represented by George Lucas’s characters and Cirque du Soleil. Tokyo Disneyland indeed seems to be carrying on the updated Disney traditions. I wonder if there are any former TDL CM bloggers who were there in 1983 and recall the happiest place in Japan as it once was. I would love to compare our experiences watching the Parks change.
I remember many of the guests from Japan I met while working in Anaheim. They were invariably happy, charming, and polite. Many were carrying around big stuffed Mickeys, and they seemed to look upon even something as simple as buying a .75 Disney frozen juice bar as an experience to treasure. I wish them all the best, and Tokyo Disneyland a happy twenty-fifth anniversary.