D23 EXPO Japan 2015 Dazzles Fans

Following an outstanding first day of presentations, D23 EXPO Japan 2015 continued to surprise and delight fans at the Tokyo Disney Resort throughout the weekend. Saturday was full of excitement, as Tokyo Disney Resort’s presentation packed the Maihama Amphitheatre—not once, but twice. Kyoichiro Uenishi, representative director, president and COO of Oriental Land Company, opened the …

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Plaque for Matsuo Yokoyama

Matsuo Yokoyama

Matsuo retired in September 1994 after dedicating 33 years to the development of Disney’s presence in Japan. In that time he grew its royalty income from an estimated six million yen in 1961 to twelve billion yen in 1991.

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IllumiNations Debuts at EPCOT

At the time of its premiere, IllumiNations was the most dazzling, high-tech nighttime spectacle ever produced by Disney. Taking place around World Showcase at EPCOT, IllumiNations included lighting effects, lasers, fountains, fireworks, and projected images all set to a lush orchestral score. Don Dorsey and Adam Bezark were the creative and show directors for this …

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Japan is Released

The 17 People and Places film travelogues, released from 1953 to 1960, primarily focused on little-known places or out-of-the-ordinary people, and on this day in 1960, turned to Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, for its subject. Focusing on farming, schooling, and even an actual traditional Shinto wedding, the footage was the result of …

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