The total number of visitors to Disney’s two theme parks on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, hit 500 million in August.

Megumi Soma, a 38-year-old housewife who went through the entrance gate of Tokyo Disneyland on Friday, August 27, was the lucky 500 millionth visitor.

She was showered with several commemorative gifts, including a five-year passport valid for Disneyland and the neighbouring Tokyo DisneySea, along with a hotel voucher for five nights at the Disney Ambassador Hotel.

Tokyo Disneyland opened in April 1983 as the first Disney theme park outside the US. The number of visitors reached 100 million in 1991 and 200 million in 1997.

The nautical-themed Tokyo DisneySea opened next to the original resort in September 2001, and the combined number of visitors to both parks reached 300 million in 2002 and 400 million in 2006.

Oriental Land Company operates the resorts under a licence contract with The Walt Disney Company.