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Oriental Land Co., operator of Tokyo Disney Resort, said Thursday it posted record first-half sales and profit for the second consecutive year, powered by special events celebrating the 20th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland.

The Chiba-based company said its net profit in the April-September period rose 9.1 percent to 10 billion yen, while revenue rose 1.3 percent to 163.33 billion yen.

Company officials said a string of anniversary events at Tokyo Disneyland, which turned 20 in April, helped boost the number of visitors during the half-year period.

Visitors to Disneyland and the adjacent Tokyo DisneySea totaled 12.3 million, up 2.9 percent from a year earlier. The company does not break down figures for each park.

The firm added that the launch of all-year passports and evening-only discount tickets to DisneySea helped boost the number of visitors.

The officials said sales of anniversary commemorative goods were brisk.

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