Tokyo Disney Resort, which is located in the city of Urayasu in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, is home to a handful of hotels, shopping, and dining experiences, and two incredible amusement parks. The first of these parks to open, Tokyo Disneyland, welcomed visitors to explore all the magic in 1983. Being that 36 years have gone by since its start, the theme park has seen its fair share of changes.
Today, we're looking at a few of the rides, walk-through attractions, stage shows, and short films to have formerly found their home in Tokyo Disneyland. For simplicity's sake, we won't be focusing on any parades or nighttime spectaculars. Everything else is fair game.
With that said, it's time to blast back to the earlier days of this Japanese Disney destination. Here are 10 Tokyo Disneyland attractions that no longer exist.
10 Mickey Mouse Revue
This animatronic-filled stage show had Mickey Mouse conducting an orchestra of Disney characters. Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, Scrooge McDuck, and more characters played an instrument in songs like “I’m Wishing” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” from Cinderella, and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” from Song of the South.
This was an opening day attraction at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, having been cloned from the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. Though the show was full of cheery Disney fun, it closed in 2009 to make way for the Mickey’s PhilharMagic 4D film.
9 Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour
This walk-through located inside the Cinderella Castle park icon was perhaps the scariest attraction Disney had ever created. Opening in 1986, guests entered the tour with a guide who educated them on Disney’s greatest heroes. However, the Magic Mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs soon appeared and morphed paintings of the good guys into images of the villains.
Guests were then whisked into a creepy journey in the tunnels under the castle where they would eventually encounter an animatronic of The Horned King from The Black Cauldron, who would threaten to kill the guests. However, visitors would make it out alive as good always triumphs evil.
Today, the attraction has been replaced by a much more upbeat one known as Cinderella’s Fairytale Hall.
8 Meet The Word
This 19-minute show dove head-first into Japanese culture and how it had affected the rest of the world. The story was led by a young girl and boy from Yokohama as well as an animated crane.
Meet the World was located inside of a rotating theater like that used for the Carousel of Progress, and the narrative was brought to life with help from animatronics and the movie screens that backdropped them.
Though Meet the World debuted alongside the park, it met closure in 2002. Today, Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek remains in its place.
7 Star Jets
Still operating in both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, this rocket-spinner attraction known in the U.S. as Astro Orbiter takes guests on a cruise through the sky.
Tokyo Disneyland’s version of this fast-circling ride opened when the park did in 1983. It copied the Magic Kingdom’s design and was even elevated despite not having a PeopleMover ride to float by.
While Star Jets had a long life, it was closed in 2017 and is set to be replaced by The Happy Ride with Baymax, a whip ride based on Big Hero 6.
6 The Eternal Sea
This opening-day short film explored humans' relationship and connection to the ocean over the course of history. Alongside Meet the World, it was one of the few attraction to highlight the country of Japan.
The film was shown in a 200-degree theater like the one Impressions de France is played at in Epcot.
The Eternal Sea didn’t, however, last very long and was closed down a year after its opening in 1994. It was replaced by Magic Journeys.
5 Magic Journeys
This short-lived 3D film first opened at Epcot in Disney World in 1982. It made its way to other Disney Parks, including Tokyo Disneyland just a few years later in 1985.
The 16-minute movie explored the wonders of children’s imaginations, as viewers were shown the world through kids' eyes. It also featured two songs from the Sherman Brothers, who are famous for writing tunes like “It’s A Small World” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”
Though the film was cute, it didn’t fare well and closed down in 1987 to make way for Captain EO.
4 Grand Circuit Raceway
This race car attraction, known as the Tomorrowland Speedway at the Magic Kingdom and Autopia at Disneyland, had guests boarding their own personal cars and putting their foot on the gas as they steered to a finish.
The attraction opened at Tokyo Disneyland when the park did in 1983 and featured a loosely figure-eight shaped track. It didn’t see many changes during its operation and was ultimately closed down in 2017 to make room for a yet-to-open Beauty and the Beast area.
This gondola lift attraction was featured at the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland in addition to Tokyo Disneyland, however, all of these have been closed.
The Skyway transferred guests between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland at Tokyo Disneyland, giving them a birds-eye view of the park in the process.
The ride was ultimately shut down in 1998 to make room for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt at the Fantasyland station. The Tomorrowland station was later replaced by a sweets shop.
2 Super Duper Jumpin’ Time
This stage show was performed in Westernland from 2005 to 2018. It had a host and two monkeys from The Jungle Book welcoming the attendees before inviting Mickey and his friends on stage to dance and perform a puppet show.
The performances varied throughout the years, with the characters at first performing a story about friendship. In 2009, the show's plot began revolving around the bad weather, and during holidays like Halloween and Christmas, the story also got switched up.
Super Duper Jumpin’ Time ultimately saw its end in 2018.
1 Disney Drawing Class
We’re ending our lineup of extinct Tokyo Disneyland attractions by looking at one that taught guests how to draw their favorite Disney characters.
If this sounds familiar, you might have heard of (or even tried) the now closed Animation Academy attraction at other Disney parks across the world. Disney Drawing Class was the nearly identical Japanese version.
This class was run continuously through most of the day and was led by a real Disney animator. It was located in The Disney Gallery in World Bazaar, though it shut its doors in 2016 to make room for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.