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Tokyo Disneyland reopens to visitors

04-15-2011 16:48 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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Thousands of visitors have flocked to Tokyo's Disneyland for its reopening following last month's earthquake and tsunami. The park had been closed due to damage at the site, including cracked walls and flooded parking lots.

Mickey Mouse and his friends finally returned to Tokyo's famous theme park, after it was shut down for a month following the March 11th twin disasters.

Early Friday morning, more than 10-thousand visitors queued up anxiously for the park's reopening.

Visitor, Tokyo's Disneyland, said, "I'm overjoyed. Now, we can have fun again."

Visitor, Tokyo's Disneyland, said, "I was so eager to return to Disneyland."

Thousands of visitors have flocked to Tokyo's Disneyland for its reopening
following last month's earthquake and tsunami.

Disneyland is one of the biggest tourist attractions near Tokyo. Many visitors were visibly relieved to revel in Disney's fantasy world, amid the grim realities of the country's nuclear crisis and scores of recent quake aftershocks.

Workers made all out efforts to repair damage at the theme park to ensure it could reopen in time to celebrate its 28th anniversary.

Kyoichiro Uenishi, Chief Operating Officer, Tokyo's Disneyland, said, "There was some damage to the parking lot area where we found some soil erosion after the earthquake. But we've been able to clear that and reopen that park to our visitors in time to offer them a rare moment of joy."

Thousands of visitors have flocked to Tokyo's Disneyland for its reopening
following last month's earthquake and tsunami.

To celebrate the reopening, the park put on a colorful musical parade featuring Disney characters.

Visitors enjoyed the festivities, which helped restore a sense of normality to the country still coping with tragedy.

Mariko Miyamoto, Visitor, said, "I had been concerned because everyone has been talking about self-restraint since the earthquake and Disneyland had been closed because of that."

Yoshiki Odaka,Visitor, said, "There are still concerns over radiation levels, but we need to enjoy ourselves and think positively because otherwise it will only be more depressing."

The adjacent Tokyo Disneysea park remains closed for the time being, but the operator says it hopes to reopen it soon.

Thousands of visitors have flocked to Tokyo's Disneyland for its reopening
following last month's earthquake and tsunami.

 

Thousands of visitors have flocked to Tokyo's Disneyland for its reopening
following last month's earthquake and tsunami.

 

 

 


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