Disney Legend Masatomo Takahashi!



September 4th is a great day in Japan. It is the birthdate of Disney Legend Masatomo Takahashi, September 4, 1913, who brought the vision and desire of Disney Parks to Japan.

His dream, however, was not to bring the children of Japan to Disneyland, but to bring Disneyland to the children of Japan. This vision was the beginning of Tokyo Disneyland.

Disney Legend Masatomo graduated with a degree in law from Tokyo Imperial University in 1939. Upon graduation, he joined Riken Heavy Industries Company until World War II, when he served in Shanghai and New Guinea as an Army interpreter.

After the war, he joined Kenzai Co., Ltd. as its executive managing director and, later, its president. In 1961, Masatomo joined the real estate development firm OLC as its senior executive managing director. In that position, he was responsible for negotiating land reclamation with local fishermen.

Over the years, he steadily rose through the corporate ranks, becoming its president and representative director in August 1978. It was during this time that he first approached Walt Disney Productions with the concept of building a Disneyland theme park in Tokyo.

In addition, September 4th, 2001, was the Grand Opening of Tokyo’s DisneySea at Tokyo’s Disney Resort.

“In 1983, Tokyo Disneyland became our first Disney theme park outside the United States. It went on to become our most successful of all. Of course, it was very closely modelled after our first park, Disneyland. Today we return to Tokyo to dedicate a very different park, a completely new and completely different one but it shares with all our parks that it takes us to worlds of imagination that might otherwise only be encountered in dreams. This ability to make dreams real is the legacy of our founders, my uncle Walt and father Roy Disney, so I am very excited to see this legacy live on at Tokyo DisneySea.” -Roy Disney

CaribbeanDays guests! We can book you to see Cinderalla’s Castle, Disneyland Tokyo, Japan as well as any and all of Disney’s castles!

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