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September 4, 2001 – The Tokyo DisneySea Theme Park Opens

“Welcome one and all to a world where Imagination and Adventure set sail. Tokyo DisneySea is dedicated to the spirit of exploration that lives in each of us.”- Michael Eisner

On September 4, 2001, the Tokyo DisneySea theme park opened at the Tokyo Disney Resort, located just outside of Tokyo in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan. Similar to Tokyo Disney, the resort is not operated by the Walt Disney Company; the theme is licensed from Disney and operated by the Oriental Land Company. Guests can enter seven themed areas, also known as “ports of call”: Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon, and Mysterious Island. The resort has become very popular, becoming the fourth most visited theme park in the world, with more than 11 million annual visitors.

The resort has had many special events, including a live performance by popular boyband Arashi, which performed a medley of Christmas songs and their own songs, becoming the first musical group to perform their own songs in the park. Popular artist Misia was also asked to compose and perform an anniversary song for the park’s fifth anniversary; the song was titled “Sea of Dreams: Tokyo DisneySea 5th Anniversary Theme Song.” Many attractions and nighttime shows from the other parks have also been brought to Tokyo DisneySea, including Fantasmic! and Turtle Talk with Crush.


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