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Tokyo Disney Resort Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Begins ‘Happiness Year’

posted on April 15th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.
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In a spectacular ceremony at Tokyo Disneyland Park, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shared the stage with Toshio Kagami, Chairman and CEO of Oriental Land Company, Kyoichiro Uenishi, President and COO of Oriental Land Company, as well as Master of Ceremonies Ayaka Nagai, the 2013 Tokyo Disney Resort Ambassador to celebrate the major milestone. Afterward, Mickey and Minnie, along with 300 characters and cast, took the stage officially launching the anniversary celebration.

“Since opening day, the Tokyo Disney Resort has inspired the imaginations of hundreds of millions of guests, becoming the most beloved leisure destination in Japan,” said Tom. “The special relationship and collaboration we have with our partner, Oriental Land Company, has continued to grow and flourish over the last three decades, and this can directly be seen in the many incredible attractions, entertainment and experiences we’ve added to the Resort throughout the years.”
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The anniversary event also featured a one-of-a-kind fireworks show called “Happiness on High” that was accompanied by the Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary Theme Song.

A new daytime parade called “Happiness is Here” also began during the celebration. The parade features 13 floats and includes Disney characters from throughout the years, including Goofy, Aladdin and Winnie the Pooh, along with characters from “Toy Story” and “Alice in Wonderland.” It’ll continue to run daily during “Happiness Year” at Tokyo Disneyland Park.

Also, throughout the year, guests will be able to see themed decorations around the parks, including Happiness Balloons that’ll adorn Cinderella Castle. There will be special menus at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, “Happiness Sharing Spots” located at Tokyo Disneyland Park and other surprises.
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Tokyo Disney Resort opened on April 15, 1983 with Tokyo Disneyland Park, which was followed by the openings of Tokyo DisneySea Park and three Disney Hotels. And to celebrate 30 years, the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library & Walt Disney Imagineering Slide Library are sharing a special gallery of rare images featuring the resort through the years.

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Can You Solve a Tokyo Disneyland Mystery?

posted on April 15th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


When we were sorting through images to use in today’s coverage of the 30th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland, one image in particular caught my eye – it’s a shot of a huge group of Disney characters assembled for the opening ceremony.
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One character in this group caught my attention: It’s the pink character on the very far right, wearing a blue hat. I didn’t recognize him, and neither did a few of my coworkers. Pretty soon, a whole cluster of Disney friends were surrounding my computer tossing out guesses.

After a call to the Disney Archives, we finally found the answer. Can you identify him? Leave your guess in the “Comments” section below. I’ll update the post later with the answer – it may surprise you!

Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog later today for a look at the 30th anniversary festivities.

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Take 5: Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on April 13th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Take A Sneak Peek at the Costumes Disney Characters Will be Wearing for Tokyo Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration

It’s finally here! Tokyo Disney Resort will mark its 30th anniversary this Monday, April 15. The Disney Parks Blog has been giving sneak peeks into how the resort will celebrate this milestone, including pictures of costumes Disney characters will be wearing and a preview of the special “The Happiness Year” celebrations. Read the blog posts below to learn more about Tokyo Disney Resort and the merriment surrounding this milestone year.

Take 5: Tokyo Disney Resort

  1. Take a Sneak Peek at Tokyo Disney Resort’s 30th Anniversary Fun – Tokyo Disney Resort shares a photo of the costumes Disney characters will be wearing for Tokyo Disneyland’s 30th anniversary celebration.
  2. Tokyo Disney Resort to Mark 30 Years with ‘The Happiness Year’ Celebration – In honor of the 30th anniversary milestone, Tokyo Disney Resort will hold a special celebration called “The Happiness Year” from April 15, 2013, through March 20, 2014.
  3. Tokyo Disney Resort Announces 30th Anniversary Plans for 2013 – Tokyo Disney Resort unveils plans on how it will celebrate its 30th anniversary, including a new parade, a renewed attraction, special seasonal events and more.
  4. Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage To Debut at Tokyo DisneySea in 2013 – “Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage” will help spread the celebration of Tokyo Disney Resort’s 30th anniversary throughout Tokyo DisneySea.
  5. Snow Transforms Tokyo Disney Resort Into a Winter Wonderland – Take a look at photos of Tokyo Disney Resort blanketed in snow.
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Take a Sneak Peek at Tokyo Disney Resort’s 30th Anniversary Fun

posted on January 29th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


If traveling to Tokyo Disney Resort is on your bucket-list (it sure is on mine!), then you’re sure to enjoy this update.

Our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort just shared a first-look photo of the costumes Disney characters will be wearing for Tokyo Disneyland’s 30th anniversary celebration, which begins April 15.
Take A Sneak Peek at the Costumes Disney Characters Will be Wearing for Tokyo Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration

In honor of the milestone, the resort will throw “The Happiness Year” celebration, which will include a new “Happiness Is Here” parade and the unveiling of the new Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction, as well as special 30th anniversary merchandise, food, and decor.

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Snow Transforms Tokyo Disney Resort Into a Winter Wonderland

posted on January 17th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Is it me, or has your jaw already dropped? It’s not everyday you see photos of a Disney Park blanketed in snow.
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These amazing photos were taken at Tokyo Disney Resort earlier this week, when the city of Tokyo experienced a major snowfall. Compared to the winter weather we’re used to in parts of the United States, snowfall in Tokyo is rare, with snow falling only a few days each winter. When these images were shot, a total of four inches had blanketed the city, which is an amount of snow that Tokyo hasn’t experienced in more than a decade.

Would you love to explore a Disney winter wonderland like this? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.


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Take 5: A Look Ahead to 2013 at Disney Parks

posted on January 5th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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Happy New Year! Now that 2012 is behind us and 2013 is upon us, the Disney Parks Blog is looking ahead at what’s to come. We have a lot to look forward to around the world in the new year, including the upcoming 30th anniversary of Tokyo Disney Resort, the “Believe in Magic” merchandise collection, special “Limited Time Magic” offerings, and more. Read the posts below so that you don’t miss a beat at Disney Parks in 2013.

Take 5: A Look Ahead to 2013 at Disney Parks

  1. Events to Kick Off the New Year at Disney Parks – Kick off the new year with January events at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.
  2. New Stories Coming to Disney Junior – Live on Stage! in 2013 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure Park – New hits “Doc McStuffins” and “Sofia the First” will soon join “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” in Disney Junior – Live on Stage! at Disney Parks.
  3. Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage To Debut at Tokyo DisneySea in 2013 – “Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage” will help spread the celebration of the upcoming 30th anniversary of Tokyo Disney Resort throughout Tokyo DisneySea.
  4. Believe in Magic with the 2013 Disney Parks Merchandise Collection – See what “Believe in Magic” artwork is coming to merchandise at Disney Parks in 2013
  5. 13 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2013 – Here are 13 new reasons to visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2013. Which event or new offering are you looking forward to most? Tell us by commenting below.
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Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage To Debut at Tokyo DisneySea in 2013

posted on December 14th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


We have a lot of things to look forward to in 2013 at Disney Parks, including the upcoming 30th anniversary of Tokyo Disney Resort. Earlier this week, the resort unveiled plans for a new show, “Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage,” that will help spread the celebration throughout Tokyo DisneySea.

Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage at Tokyo DisneySea Will Debut in 2013

Presented from March 18-June 30, the show will tell the story of Duffy the Disney Bear traveling with Mickey Mouse to enjoy springtime at Tokyo DisneySea. They embark on their cruise from Cape Cod and visit the ports of Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, and Arabian Coast. Together with other Disney characters dressed in new spring costumes, they take part in “mini shows” at each stop for a unique springtime celebration.

Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage at Tokyo DisneySea Will Debut in 2013

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Haunted Mansions at Disney Parks Around the World

posted on October 31st, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Happy Halloween, everyone!

The Haunted Mansion has always been my absolute favorite attraction in all of Walt Disney World Resort, and what day better to celebrate it than today? In honor of this Halloween holiday, let’s take a look at all the Disney Parks Haunted Mansions around the globe.
The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

The first Haunted Mansion was, of course, the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland park, which opened its doors in New Orleans Square in 1969. Here, theme park guests were first introduced to “Ghost Host” Paul Frees, and boarded Doombuggies in the hopes of sighting some of the mansion’s 999 happy haunts.
The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park

When Magic Kingdom Park opened at the Walt Disney World Resort on October 1, 1971, The Haunted Mansion was one of the park’s opening-day attractions. Located in the Liberty Square area of the park, this mansion offered a totally unique exterior reminiscent of an 18th-century manor.
The Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare at Tokyo Disneyland Park

The first Haunted Mansion attraction to open in Asia did so at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. This attraction, which now features a Holiday Nightmare (“The Nightmare Before Christmas”-style) overlay at this time of the year, is located in the Fantasyland area of the park.
Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris

The newest Haunted Mansion attraction, named Phantom Manor, opened at Disneyland Paris April 12, 1992, in the Frontierland area of the park. This attraction features a slightly different backstory that focuses on the Ravenswoods – a family of Western settlers who struck it rich during the gold rush and were later affected by a series of mysterious demises.

Which Haunted Mansion attraction is your favorite to explore?


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Disney Parks Blog Features Halloween Images from Across the Globe

posted on October 29th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


You’ve probably seen our Haunted Mansion Disney Parks Blog logo, but have you noticed what’s behind the moon and clouds at the top of the page? We’ve kicked off Halloween week with a fresh batch of exclusive header images from the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Collection and Slide Library.
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Here are three of them. The top and bottom images are from Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris, and the middle one is from the inside of Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea. Of course, there’s more to see from those parks as well as the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort – just refresh any page for a new image. And let us know if you have a favorite.

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Tokyo Disney Resort Chooses 2013 Ambassador

posted on October 8th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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We just received some news from our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort: Cast member Ayaka Nagai has been selected to serve as the 2013 Tokyo Disney Resort Ambassador.

Last week, we shared details on how the park will mark its 30th anniversary in 2013 and celebrate the milestone with “Tokyo Disney Resort 30th – The Happiness Year,” beginning April 15. As the resort’s ambassador during this special milestone, Ayaka will lead the happiness celebration in her local community on behalf of Tokyo Disney Resort.

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