Nara Dreamland Theme Park: The Lost Video Footage

Several months back, I wrote a #TBT post about our visit to Nara Dreamland, which was a theme park in Nara, Japan that opened in the 1960s. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Disneyland should have been very flattered, because Nara Dreamland was an obvious knockoff of (or shall we say “was very much inspired by”) the famous park in Anaheim, CA. Thanks to the building and growth of Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Sea and Universal Studios Japan, the years hadn’t been kind to Nara Dreamland and by the time we got there in April 2005, it was obviously on its last legs. The park closed in August of 2006 and after sitting abandoned for more than a decade, demolition of the property began in October, 2016.

I had mentioned in my #TBT report that Joe was positive we had video footage of our visit. Well, guess what? We found it!

CLICK HERE to see our original story (Go down about halfway through the post to get to the Nara Dreamland stuff. There are a bunch of cool pictures and stories about our adventures in the park).

And below are the 13 glorious minutes of not-seen-in-a-decade footage of Nara Dreamland, just 16 months before the theme park was closed, abandoned and eventually demolished.

Sayonara, Nara Dreamland!

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