Mickey is 80

21 Nov

It’s probably safe to say that nearly everyone knows who Mickey Mouse® is.
The world-famous American cartoon character was created by Walt Disney and made his movie debut in the cartoon titled “Steamboat Willie” on November 18, 1928. Eighty years ago last Tuesday.

Have you ever been to any of the Disneyland® amusement parks?

I believe there are Disney parks in five cities.
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California USA.
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida USA.
Tokyo Disney Resort (includes Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea) in Maihama, Chiba Japan (near Tokyo).
Disneyland Resort Paris in Paris, France.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort in Hong Kong, China.

I have been to Disney World® in Orlando, Florida and, of course, 東京ディズニーランド (Tokyo Disneyland) and 東京ディズニーシー (Tokyo DisneySea)® in Japan…but none of the others.

My kids love ディズニーランド (Disneyland)…so we’ve been to 東京ディズニーランド (Tokyo Disneyland) a number of times.


Speaking of 東京ディズニーランド (Tokyo Disneyland), not only is this year Mickey Mouse’s 80th birthday…but it’s also the 25th anniversary of 東京ディズニーランド (Tokyo Disneyland). The park opened in 1983.
(東京ディズニーシー (Tokyo DisneySea) opened in 2001).
When I came to Japan, 東京ディズニーランド (Tokyo Disneyland) was only seven years old…now 東京ディズニーシー (Tokyo DisneySea) is that old!

10 Responses to “Mickey is 80”

  1. tokyo5 November 23, 2008 at 11:37 pm #

    Yeah, everytime we’ve been to Tokyo Disneyland, there was a set number of Fastpass tickets per ride for every time frame (the passes are valid between certain hours).

    When we used them, the Fastpass lines were much faster.

    BTW, I tried to leave a comment on your blog a couple times recently and it’s not showing. Is my comment in your “Spam” folder?


  2. Sir Pent November 23, 2008 at 11:18 pm #

    As I understand it, the idea is that the park will only sell a certain number of the fastpass…but maybe they’re constantly selling out the max number?
    Plus, since I haven’t witnessed it personally I don’t know if the whole story is BS or not. (But that is what a few people that have gone recently have told me.)


  3. tokyo5 November 23, 2008 at 9:29 pm #

    >so many people buy the Fastpass that there are now equally long lines to get in faster!!

    Really? Kinda defeats the purpose!


  4. Sir Pent November 23, 2008 at 8:38 am #

    The Disney in Orlando has 4 or 5 different “parks” now. (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, waterparks) If you spend 2 days at Magic and one at the others…you have pretty much spent a week.

    I haven’t been in several years, but when there last they did have the Fastpass. From what I hear from others that have gone…so many people buy the Fastpass that there are now equally long lines to get in faster!!


  5. tokyo5 November 23, 2008 at 12:07 am #

    A week?? Wow!

    I’ve never spent more than a day at a time there. But I know many people (especially people who come from out of town) buy multi-day passes.

    Tokyo Disneyland has Fastpass so you don’t have to wait in the incredibly long lines…do the US parks have that?


  6. Sir Pent November 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm #

    Yeah. We want to do the full week there so that he can really take it all in and we can be leisurely about it.


  7. tokyo5 November 21, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    Sir Pent…

    I agree that’s best. We didn’t take our kids to Disneyland until they were old enough to remember it.


  8. Sir Pent November 21, 2008 at 11:04 am #

    Not yet. We’re waiting until he is a little older. He’s only 4.


  9. tokyo5 November 21, 2008 at 8:44 am #

    Sir Pent…

    Before I came to Japan, the only Disney park I had been to was Disney World in Florida, too. And I’ve been to that one only because I grew up in Florida not too far from Orlando.
    (And now I live not too far from Tokyo Disneyland 😉 ).

    Have you taken your son to Disney World?


  10. Sir Pent November 21, 2008 at 7:42 am #

    I’ve been to Orlando 3 or 4 times in my life. A few when I was young enough to either not or barely remember. The other times have been when I’ve been older.
    That is all.


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