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Tuesday, 4 September, 2001, 09:08 GMT 10:08 UK
Disney-fever hits Japan
In Japan, thousands of people have braved rainy weather to become the first visitors to the country's newest Walt Disney theme park.

When DisneySea in Tokyo opened to the public on Tuesday there were already 15,000 people waiting to get in - the company was expecting about 50,000 to have passed through its gates by the end of the day.

Welcoming them to the park, the Walt Disney chairman and chief executive, Michael Eisner, hailed the opening as an historic day in the company's history.

The park, which features white knuckle rides and a spouting volcano, cost nearly $3bn.

The complex took 13 years to build on the reclaimed shoreline east of Tokyo.

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