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September 4

September 4, 2001 – The Restaurant Yucatan Base Camp Grill Opens in Tokyo DisneySea


On September 4, 2001, the counter-service restaurant Yucatan Base Camp Grill opened in Tokyo DisneySea’s Lost River Delta area. The restaurant features oven roasted chicken, oven roasted spicy salmon, and vegetable and bacon cream soup. The restaurant also features seasonal offerings for specific holidays and events.


December 31

December 31, 1899 – Harrison Hightower III Mysteriously Disappears


According to legend: on December 31, 1899, antiques collector and builder of the Hotel Hightower, Harrison Hightower III, disappeared mysteriously after his acquisition of the Shiriki Utundu idol. Of course, this is part of the story of the Tower of Terror attraction in Tokyo DisneySea, and the character of Hightower was made to resemble Imagineer Joe Rohde. The story of the attraction is that after Hightower’s disappearance, the New York City Preservation Society took over the restoration of the hotel, and now offered tours to the public, with terrifying results.

August 20

August 20, 2018 – The Quick Service Restaurant Dockside Diner Opens in Tokyo DisneySea


On August 20, 2018, the quick service restaurant Dockside Diner opened in Tokyo DisneySea. Located in the American Waterfront area of the park, the restaurant features a variety of dishes ranging from roast beef sandwiches, to fried chicken and waffles.

April 28

April 28, 2008 – Abu’s Bazaar Opens in Tokyo DisneySea


On April 28, 2008, the specialty shop Abu’s Bazaar opened in Tokyo DisneySea’s Arabian Coast area. The shop, much like the area around it, is based on elements from the hit animated feature film Aladdin. The store has several arcade games set up, where guests can win Abu’s treasure, such as plush figures.

April 24

April 24, 2015 – The Musical Show King Triton’s Concert Opens in Tokyo DisneySea


On April 24, 2015, the new musical show King Triton’s Concert opened in Tokyo DisneySea’s revamped Mermaid Lagoon Theater. Based on the hit animated feature The Little Mermaid, the musical show features an actress playing Ariel suspended on wires and “swimming” above the audience while singing with friends Sebastian and Flounder. The show is about 14 minutes long, and features a variety of special effects and puppetry.

February 4

February 4, 2005 – Tokyo Disneyland Announces New Hotel


On February 4, 2005, the Oriental Land Company, Ltd. announced that an agreement had been signed with the Walt Disney Company to build a third hotel for the Tokyo Disneyland theme park. This was deemed necessary due to the growth of visitors to the resort, along with the other two hotels – Disney Ambassador Hotel and Tokyo DisneySea MiraCosta – reaching 90% capacity annually. The hotel was announced to be a nine-story, 700 room resort that would cost about 44 billion yen (about $391,000,000). It was also announced to have a Victorian theme to reflect the surrounding World Bazaar theme area nearby.

September 4

September 4, 1913 – Chairman of the Oriental Land Company and Disney Legend Masatomo Takahashi is Born

Masatomo Takahashi

“Thanks to Masatomo, for years to come, families around the Asia-Pacific region will experience the delights of Disney and its magical theme parks.” – Roy E. Disney

On September 4, 1913, Masatomo Takahashi was born in Fukushima, Japan. He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University in 1939, and began working at the Riken Heavy Industries Company until Japan’s entry into World War II; he then served as an Army interpreter, serving in areas such as Shanghai and New Guinea. Once the war ended, he began working at Kenzai Company, Ltd., working up the management ranks from executive managing director to eventually becoming its president. In 1961, Takahashi left Kenzai to join the Oriental Land Company (OLC) as its senior executive managing director, mainly working in the area of land reclamation with fisherman. Takahashi had always had a dream of bringing Disneyland to the children of Japan and, after becoming the president and representative director of OLC in 1978, he approached the Walt Disney Company with his idea: building a Disney theme park in Japan’s capital city of Tokyo. After the creation and success of Walt Disney World, the idea was given the greenlight, and contracts were signed in 1979. Takahashi was steadfast on the idea that this wasn’t to be an Asian version of the popular Disney park, but a park similar to those in the United States. In 1983, his vision was fulfilled when Tokyo Disneyland opened to great success. For his unwavering vision, Takahashi was honored as a Disney Legend in 1998. After becoming the chairman of OLC, Takahashi continued to develop and expand his idea, creating the idea that would soon become Tokyo DisneySea, located in Tokyo Bay. Takahashi passed away on January 31, 2000, with Tokyo DisneySea opening on September 4, 2001.

July 14

July 14, 2006 – The Legend of Mythica Show Begins in Tokyo DisneySea

Legend of Mythica

“Sea of dreams, sea of wonder, sea of dreams 夢は素直に笑う時に分かるもの.”

On July 14, 2006, in conjunction with the 5th anniversary of the park, the harbor show The Legend of Mythica began its run in Tokyo DisneySea. The show, replacing the Porto Paradiso Water Carnival, featured an original mythology-inspired story, with Disney characters acting as spirit companions to mythological creatures. The show also featured a score by Alan Silvestri, and an original song for the anniversary celebrations entitled “Sea of Dreams” by Japanese recording artist Misia. The show ended its run on September 7, 2014.

July 21

July 21, 2005 – The Roller Coaster Raging Spirits Opens in Tokyo DisneySea

Raging Spirits


On July 21, the TokyoDisney Sea roller coaster attraction Raging Spirits opened in the Lost River Delta area. Set in the exhumed ruins of a ceremonial site, guests are taken through thrills such as spurts of fire and streams of water, culminating in a 360-degree loop before a plunge into a sinkhole. From the top of the attraction, guests have stunning aerial view of the Tokyo DisneySea park.

September 4

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.