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Tokyo Disney operator now expected to book 7% profit gain

House of Mouse drew visitors with themed events, other attractions

Tokyo Disneyland's new pirate-themed attraction helped drive profits higher.

TOKYO -- Tokyo Disney Resort operator Oriental Land is set to report an increase in group operating profit for the first half ended in September, instead of the decline forecast earlier, due to rising visitor traffic.

Profit apparently rose 7% year on year to roughly 57 billion yen ($501 million). The company previously projected a 9% drop to 48.2 billion yen.

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