Friday, April 15, 2011

Tokyo Disneyland Re-opens ! Video Reports

After being closed for one month Tokyo Disneyland re-opens today at the joy of hundred of TDL fans. Disney fans lined up as early as 6:30 a.m., an hour and a half before Friday's reopening, hoping to be the first into the park.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and a host of other Disney characters surprised visitors as the gates opened at 8 a.m. A sort of Disney hysteria swept over the crowd as Mickey danced in front of visitors minutes before the official opening of the park.

"We were so excited, we were almost crying," Tokyo Disneyland visitor Mika Hasegawa said.

Many TV channels were they were to film TDL re-opening and you'll find below four reports filmed on different angles.

Hiroshi Suzuki, public relations manager for Oriental Land Co. -- the company that owns Tokyo Disneyland -- agreed. He said visitors were so elated when they saw Mickey and the other characters, he wished he could bring that kind of happiness to all people in Japan.

Other visitors to the park said they thought it was important to start getting out and spending money to get the economy running again. Erika Kanehira said she planned on visiting Tokyo Disneyland as often as she could and would also purchase merchandise to help the disaster area recover.

For every guest admitted to the park through May 14, Tokyo Disneyland will donate 300 yen (about $4) to the Japanese Red Cross. The park will also be operating under shortened business hours in order to save power.

Suzuki says the company hopes to get the park up and running on usual business hours as soon as possible. But most visitors are happy to have the park back at all.

Tomomi Takehashi said Disneyland was a place where people can come to laugh and smile -- and that may be exactly what the Japanese public needs right now.

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However as you will see on this last video one TDL major attraction remains closed today, and it's Big Thunder Mountain which apparently needs to be more checked.

Anyway, just like all of you and for all TDL fans, i'm so happy that the park is open again!

Picture: copyright CNN


Anonymous said...

Hi. My comment is not all about Tokyo Disneyland, it's good to see it's opened again. But I was wondering if you had some news about DLP's Fantasmic which should open in 2012 near the Castle. Thank you for your understanding and have a nice day.

A Snow White Sanctum said...

Thanks for the report. Getting life back to "feeling" normal is just what the doctor ordered.

Alain Littaye said...

No, unfortunately i don't have any news about a Fantasmic show near DLP castle in 2012. The only thing i know is that they're planning a show with never-seen-before visual effects, which is indeed good news if it is well done.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your answer.

Marco Antonio Garcia said...

That's great news!

Anonymous said...

hehehe... remember when Oriental Land Co. was saying TDL was fine and ready and just rearin' to open? Anybody with any experience with the Japanese knows what's going on -- they're just not willing to admit there's a problem. BTMRR isn't open because Oriental Land Co. isn't ready to just gloss over what happened there yet.