I went to ‘Tokyo Disneyland’ during my first trip to Japan. I went to Japan twice, the first trip was of two and half months and three years later I went there again for three months. These visits to Japan were in connection with my Company–Praga Tools Limited’s technical collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-Japan, for the manufacture of five different models of ‘Mitsubishi designed - CNC Horizontal Machining Centers’ in India. These long visits gave me an opportunity to visit Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Osaka, Fujiyoshida and neighboring places a number of times on official works combined with sightseeing and shopping.
Tokyo Disneyland is truly called as the Kingdom of Dreams and Magic. It takes less than 20 minutes by train from Tokyo station to reach Disneyland. We have to get down at Maihama station which is adjacent to Disneyland. Tokyo Disneyland was started as a replica of the Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland in California. It is a wonderful place to enjoy and see the American and Japanese culture mingle. It is very clean and run with excellent Japanese courtesy and efficiency. Some say that it supersedes the American amusement parks.
I was there for one full day, starting from the first hour till late in the evening. I visited as many places as possible. It is not possible to see everything because of long queues at some places, time constraints or fear of some amusements like the roller coaster. I am told that the layout of this park is just as its counterpart in America. It has seven themed areas named as World Bazaar, Adventureland, Westernland, Critter country, Fantasyland, Toontown and Tomorrowland. The entertainment was plenty and one day was too short for all this. I felt bad as my family was not with me on such a beautiful day at this wonderful place.
At the entrance of Disneyland is the World Bazaar, with shops, restaurants and shows. The shops sell a variety of items and many Disneyland mementos. Adventureland is home to several classic Disney attractions like the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Tiki Room. Westernland is the ‘American Old West’ with a frontier town, steam boats, shooting gallery, an American fort, wooden walkway along the river and cowboys. Critter country - as you paddle around the rivers of America here, you get to see beautiful views of Tom Sawyer Island, Critter country and the Splash Mountain. Fantasyland is the most attractive area for children with several true Disney related characters like the Peter Pan’s flight, Snow White’s adventures, Pinocchio’s daring journey, Dumbo the flying elephant, Castle Carrousel, Haunted mansion, It’s a small world, Alice’s tea party and Pooh’s Hunny hunt. Toontown attractions are, Minnie’s house, Mickey’s house, Roger rabbit’s Car toon spin, Chip ‘n Dale’s treehouse, Gadget’s Go coaster, Donald’s boat, Goofy’s bounce house and Toon Park. And the Tomorrowland’s attractions are, Star tours, Space Mountain, Micro adventure, Star jets, Grand circuit raceway, Astro blasters, Ride & Go seek and the Magic Live on Show.
The above pictures are of me, at some of these theme parks.