Tokyo Disneyland celebrated on Monday 30 years since its opening day, with thousands of fans packing at the resort in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture. Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella, Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters paraded through the 51-hectare (126-acre) park, cheered on by 15,000 people who came to see them.
A performance featuring Disney’s signature characters including Mickey Mouse took place in front of the Cinderella Castle before a speech by Toshio Kagami, chairman of Oriental Land Co., the operator of the theme park which opened to the public on April 15, 1983, according to Kyodo.
The resort comprises the Disneyland and DisneySea theme parks as well as three hotels, shopping malls and a monorail line that connects the facilities, according to the international press.
Compared to the Disneylands in Hong Kong and France, which sometimes made efforts to attract visitors, Tokyo Disney Resort is one of Japan’s main tourist destinations, as it is visited by more with more than 25 million people every year.
Since the resort started the business, about 570 million people have visited it. The total number is around four times Japan’s population, with tourists coming from all over Asia to see the popular Disney characters.
“Since its opening day in 1983, Tokyo Disney Resort has inspired the imagination of hundreds of millions of guests, becoming the most followed resort destination in Japan,” said Thomas Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, at a ceremony.