【tdr0014】Disneyland may have been built at the foot Mt. Fuji?


Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983.

Negotiations with the Walt Disney Company before the opening were very tough, getting even on the verge of collapse. However, thanks to the contribution of the late Mr. Masatomo Takahashi of the Oriental Land, who was responsible for the negotiations back then, Disneyland was successfully introduced to Urayasu City.

By the way, when the Oriental Land was engaged in negotiations, there was another company trying to invite Disneyland to Japan.

The candidate area where that company wanted to build Disneyland was at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The idea is understandable, given that Mt. Fuji is recognized all over the world as a symbol of Japan.

If you can view Mt. Fuji on the background while enjoying attractions in Disneyland, you would get the feeling of being in the ‘Japanese’ Disneyland. But imagine it carefully… don’t you wonder that Mt. Fuji and Disneyland do not fit well with each other?

Disneyland is supposed to be a “dreamland”.

Therefore, it does not need to give a feel of ‘Japanese’ Disneyland or to have a background of Mt. Fuji. If the guests are reminded of the real world at the sight of Mt. Fuji, Disneyland cannot be called a “dreamland” anymore. Above all, the mountain does not fit the world of Disney.

If Disneyland was built at the foot of Mt. Fuji… it may not have become as successful as it is now.

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