Visitors wait 11 hours for Mickey Mouse attraction
NHK -- Nov 19
Visitors to Tokyo Disneyland had to wait for up to 11 hours for one of the attractions on the 90th birthday of Mickey Mouse.

Sunday marks 90 years since the popular character made his debut in a short film on November 18th, 1928.

The attraction, "Mickey's House and Meet Mickey," gives visitors the chance to step inside his house, take photos and shake hands with him.

Tokyo Disneyland's operator, Oriental Land, said no special event was held on the day, but fans must have planned to mark the anniversary by visiting the house.

The operator added that it has no official records of waiting times at the amusement park, but an 11-hour wait is unprecedented.

Oriental Land said it distributed number tickets and allowed one person from a group to wait in line for the others.

東京ディズニーランドの人気アトラクションで、待ち時間が最大11時間となる一幕がありました。 東京ディズニーランドを運営しているオリエンタルランドによりますと、18日午前9時から午前10時の間に人気アトラクション「ミッキーの家とミート・ミッキー」が最大で11時間待ちになりました。
News source: NHK
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