The total number of visitors to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea amusement parks reached 700 million Monday, operator Oriental Land Co. said.
Sae Tanaka, a 36-year-old nurse from the western Japan city of Otsu, was the lucky 700 millionth visitor. Together with her husband and two children, she shook hands with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and received a bunch of flowers and a free passport valid for both parks until the end of 2020 as commemorative gifts
"It's a lifetime memory," Tanaka said. "We'd like to look around Cinderella Castle, which my daughter likes, and other places."
Tokyo Disneyland, located in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, opened in April 1983, and the number of visitors hit 100 million in May 1991.
Tokyo DisneySea opened next to Tokyo Disneyland in September 2001, and the combined number of visitors to both parks reached 500 million in August 2010 and 600 million in April 2014.
Tokyo Disneyland started large-scale renovation work in April, aiming to open attractions based on "Beauty and the Beast" and "Big Hero 6" movies in 2020. The investment in the project is estimated at 75 billion yen ($680 million).