Tokyo Disney parks attract 700 million visitors

Jiji Press

The 700 millionth visitor Sae Tanaka, center right, with family members, is celebrated at a ceremony in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday.

Jiji PressURAYASU, Chiba (Jiji Press) — The total number of visitors to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea topped 700 million on Monday, Oriental Land Co., the operator of the theme parks, said the same day.

The milestone was achieved some 34 years after the opening of Tokyo Disneyland in April 1983. Tokyo DisneySea opened in September 2001.

According to Oriental Land, the two adjacent parks, located in the Chiba Prefecture city of Urayasu, near Tokyo, had attracted over 30 million visitors each year since 2013 and hit the 600-million mark in April 2014.

Another 100 million was added to the cumulative visitor figure in three years and 111 days, the shortest period ever, the company said. Sae Tanaka, 36, who came from Shiga Prefecture, with three other family members, became the 700 millionth visitor. At a ceremony, she was celebrated by Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters and received such commemorative gifts as a special ticket valid for four years.

“This should be the most memorable moment in my life,” said Tanaka.

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