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March 15

March 15, 1927 – Former President of Disneyland and Disney Legend Jack Lindquist is Born

“Jack is Jack, no matter where he is or what he is doing. He respects people. He goes out of his way not to be set up on a pedestal.” – Former Executive Vice President of Disneyland Ron Dominquez

On March 15, 1927, Jack Lindquist was born in Chicago, Illinois; he and his family moved to Los Angeles, California when he was four, where he went on to be a child actor. After graduating from the Hollywood High School, he served two years with the United States Air Force before attending the University of Southern California. Lindquist began his career in marketing and advertising, and in 1955, while working as a consultant for a corporate sponsor of what would become Disneyland, he became enamored with the place, and found himself working for Disney a month later. In 1965, Lindquist rose up the corporate ladder after being named the director of marketing, and continued his climb after his work marketing Walt Disney World. In 1972, he was named the Vice President of Marketing for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but his climb didn’t slow from there: in 1976 he was named Vice President of Marketing for Walt Disney Attractions, followed by another promotion in 1982 to Executive Vice President of Marketing and Entertainment for Disney’s Outdoor Recreation Activities. After setting up the marketing division for Tokyo Disneyland, Lindquist continued to develop promotional ideas for all Disney parks, and in 1990, he was named the President of Disneyland. His legacy during his tenure continues to be felt in several Disneyland areas, including Disney’s California Adventure, as he lobbied for the development of the second park. On November 18, 1993, Lindquist retired after nearly 40 years with the company. He was honored with a window on Main Street a month later, naming him the “Honorary Mayor of Disneyland.” He was honored as a Disney Legend in 1994. Lindquist passed away at the age of 88 on February 28, 2016.

February 4

February 4, 2005 – Tokyo Disneyland Announces New Hotel

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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.

December 13

December 13, 1996 – The Merchandise Store Planet M Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

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“Welcome to Planet M”

On December 13, 1996, the general merchandise and toy store Planet M opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. The store’s back story includes Mickey Mouse discovering Planet M, which was full of the raw materials toys are made from, and Mickey then started overseeing production of toys via the new shop. The shop sells a variety of things, ranging from toys to rain gear.

November 13

November 13, 1998 – The Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

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“Let the banquet begin!”

On November 13, 1998, the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Fantasyland. Themed after the animated feature Alice in Wonderland, the restaurant features Western cuisine, featuring flank steak with a Japanese-style sauce, swordfish steak with a tomato caper sauce, and heart-shaped strawberry mousse. The restaurant is set up buffet-style, making it easy for guests to select their dish for a quick dining service.

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 11

July 11, 1986 – The Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour Attraction Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

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あなたはディズニーの悪役たちに勝てるかな?”

On July 11, 1986, the walkthrough attraction Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour opened in Tokyo Disneyland. The walkthrough featured several classic villains, ranging from Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Stromboli from Pinocchio, and, unusually, The Horned King from The Black Cauldron; the latter has not been used in any other attraction. The attraction was closed on April 5, 2006.

July 12

July 12, 1989 – The Star Tours Attraction Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

DROID DUO -- "Star Wars" droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are two of the famous characters guests encounter in Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, a new 3-D attraction at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. The attraction also is thrilling guests at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

おなじみの人気キャラクターと一緒に、これまで以上の迫力と臨場感で予測不能な宇宙旅行を楽しもう!”

On July 12, 1989, the attraction Star Tours opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. The attraction was based on the Disneyland attraction of the same name that opened on January 9, 1987. Created in cooperation with George Lucas, the attraction is based on the hit Star Wars film trilogy. The film in the attraction was dubbed for Japanese audiences, featuring Nozawa Nachi as the voice of C-3P0. On April 2, 2012, the attraction was closed as part of a major overhaul that began with the Disneyland version in 2010. The remodeled version opened on May 7, 2013, under the new name Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.