This year, Tokyo Disneyland retired two of its opening-day attractions, StarJets and Grand Circuit Raceway. Since 1983, both of these rides have formed an integral part of the backdrop for Tomorrowland, but now, they have closed in order to make way for the expansion of Fantasyland and redevelopment of Toontown—an ongoing project that is scheduled to be completed in 2020, just in time for the Tokyo Olympics.
Grand Circuit Raceway closed back in January. There is now a long construction wall stretching past where it and the front gate of Toontown used to be. Alas, no cartoon jack-o-lanterns to welcome costumed guests at the gate this Halloween.
It was just yesterday, however, that StarJets closed. You can read The Gaijin Ghost’s tribute to the ride over on TDRExplorer. That post features photos by Chris Nilghe, the site’s chief content editor. Meanwhile, this post exists as a space for the tribute’s author, Joshua Meyer (yours truly, reluctantly unmasking as this blog’s sole contributor), to share 30 pictures of his own.
It is always a bittersweet occasion for Disney fans when a piece of park history is lost. Out of respect for the fallen (R.I.P., rides), we now embark on a silent photo tour of StarJets and Grand Circuit Raceway, two newly extinct attractions at Tokyo Disneyland, in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan.