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Tuesday, 4 September, 2001, 17:10 GMT 18:10 UK
In pictures: Japan's Disney frenzy
An estimated 50,000 visitors have entered the Magic Kingdom on the opening day of DisneySea in Japan.

Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner hailed the opening of the $3bn theme park on the edge of Tokyo as a milestone in the company's history. It stands on reclaimed land next to the existing Tokyo Disneyland.

Oriental Land President Toshio Kagami, Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner, Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse
Mr Eisner (centre) celebrates "an historic day" with Oriental Land President Toshio Kagami (left) and Roy Disney (right)

people running
About 15,000 visitors were waiting to get in when the gates opened

Mickey and Minnie. Volcano
DisneySea took 13 years to build on reclaimed shoreline just east of Tokyo

visitors on a boat
Satisfied customers: Visitors travel along a canal in gondolas

volcano
An erupting volcano is a major attraction

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