Disney parks reach visitor milestone

400 millionth visitor given a three-year passport to the two parks

TOKYO — Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea got their 400 millionth visitor on Wednesday, operator Oriental Land announced, some 23 years and 200 days after Tokyo Disneyland opened on April 15, 1983.

The lucky visitor, Aiko Hironaka, 57, from Tokyo, received a musical welcome from the DisneySea Maritime Band and a walk down the DisneySea blue carpet to the park stage, where Mickey Mouse and other Disney cast members greeted her. She was given a three-year passport to the two parks plus a bouquet and other souvenirs.

The parks attracted 12,044,000 visitors in the first half of fiscal 2006, which ended Sept. 30, for a 3.3% gain over the same period the previous year.

Tokyo Disneyland notched 100 million visitors in 1991 and, after DisneySea opened in September 2001, the two parks combined reached the 300 million visitor milestone in November 2002.

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