Grab your baskets and comfy shoes: Mickey Mouse will host a “secret Easter garden” race at Tokyo Disneyland during “Disney’s Easter.” Springtime fun begins March 25 and runs through June 15.
The “Hippity-Hoppity Springtime” parade debuts new music with Mickey, Minnie and their pals dressed in new threads and bunny ears. It includes three stops along the parade route for an egg race hosted by Mickey.
The “Egg Hunt in Tokyo Disneyland” sends guests on an egg hunt around the park. You’ll have three courses to choose from, of different levels of difficulty, in this separate ticketed event.
Which character would you want to help you with your egg hunt?
It’s been another unforgettable year at Disney Parks, and our Creative Entertainment team has had a blast producing amazing new entertainment experiences for you to enjoy. In fact, the team has been so busy, this year’s Top 5 had to be expanded to a Top 10!
- Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original Disneyland park was far and away the biggest event of the year, bringing with it the debut of three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “World of Color – Celebrate!” and the award-winning “Paint the Night” parade.
- “Tangled: The Musical” – This terrific stage adaptation of the tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, a Disney Cruise Line exclusive complete with three new songs from Composer Alan Menken, premiered on the Disney Magic in November.
- “Inside Out” – Riley’s Emotions from the Disney•Pixar hit “Inside Out” made their Disney Parks debut last summer at Disney California Adventure park, arriving on a pre-parade float designed to look like Headquarters from the film. Later in the year, Joy and Sadness made their way to Hong Kong Disneyland, where they appeared in a limited-time character greeting experience.
- More “Frozen” Fun – Anna, Elsa and Olaf were as popular as ever in 2015, traveling the world to bring a bit of Arendelle to Disney’s kingdoms on three continents. Unique “Frozen” entertainment experiences included sing-along celebrations, playgrounds with real snow, processionals through the parks and deck parties on Disney Cruise Line.
- Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade “Dreamlights” – This popular nighttime parade at Tokyo Disney Resort received an upgrade last summer, with an all-new “Tangled” float and seven other floats that were enhanced with dazzling new technological features.
- King Triton’s Concert – In the spring, Mermaid Lagoon Theater at Tokyo DisneySea saw the debut of this award-winning musical show that combines dynamic performances with puppetry, projections, Audio-Animatronics and special effects.
- Halloween – The Halloween season was bigger than ever at Disney Parks in 2015, with new shows opening around the world. The headliner was “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” at Magic Kingdom Park, starring the inimitable Sanderson Sisters. Other shows included “It’s Good to be Bad” with the Disney Villains at Disneyland Paris, “The Villains’ World” on Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea and several “Lost in Ghost Town” experiences as part of Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland.
- Hong Kong Disneyland 10th Anniversary – Hong Kong Disneyland also marked their 10th anniversary this year, kicking off a year-long “Happily Ever After” celebration with the newly enhanced “Disney in the Stars” fireworks spectacular and the delightful new stage show, “Mickey and the Wondrous Book.”
- Sunset Showcase – An all-new entertainment venue opened this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, designed to host a variety of different experiences over time. The premier engagement at Sunset Showcase is Club Disney, a super fun hangout filled with music, dancing, Disney characters and more. A special evening event, Club Villain, comes to the Sunset Showcase starting January 16, and more plans are in the works for the future.
- “Star Wars” – The Force has awakened at Disney Parks with the openings of Star Wars Launch Bay and “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are now also thrilling to nightly performances of “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular,” an epic fireworks show featuring some of the most iconic music and audio clips from the entire “Star Wars” saga.
There’s been quite a lot happening in the world of Creative Entertainment this year, and 2016 promises to be greater still with additions like “Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an incredible new stage production of “Frozen” at Disney California Adventure park, the opening of Shanghai Disneyland and so much more.
Keep reading Disney Parks Blog all year long, and we’ll keep you up to speed on all the excitement to come. Happy new year!
Now through Christmas Day, Tokyo Disney Resort guests will enjoy new holiday-themed shows to celebrate the season, On land and water, stories featuring Disney characters will come to life at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
During the “Christmas Fantasy” special event at Tokyo Disneyland, “Christmas Storybooks” is the theme. From a new parade, “Disney Christmas Stories,” to giant pop-up storybooks and decorations, guests will see their favorite Disney characters having fun for the holidays.
At Tokyo DisneySea, “Christmas Wishes” will come true, as Mediterranean Harbor will shine from the new entertainment program, “A Perfect Christmas” featuring Disney characters sharing what brings them joy at Christmas. Guests can make a holiday wish with Mickey Mouse and friends to illuminate the Christmas tree in the center of the harbor during “Colors of Christmas”, a nighttime entertainment fantasy.
For the first time, a tree decorated by Duffy, ShellieMay and Gelatoni can be seen in American Waterfront’s Cape Cod area.
Special fireworks shows, attractions and merchandise are also available during Tokyo Disney Resort’s celebration of the holiday. You can find more detail about Tokyo Disneyland Christmas Fantasy here and Tokyo DisneySea Christmas Wishes here.
The Year of the Monkey will be the celebratory theme for guests visiting Tokyo Disney Resort to ring in Oshogatsu (the new year). From January 1 to 5, the entrances to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will feature kadomatsu (traditional Japanese decorations), and King Louie and Monkeys in Tokyo Disneyland, and Abu at Tokyo DisneySea.
The New Year’s Greeting at Tokyo Disneyland is a twice daily parade, including Mickey and Minnie in kimono aboard the LiMOUSEine II. At Tokyo DisneySea, Mickey, Minnie and their Disney friends including Abu, will ride aboard a barge to share their New Year’s Greeting three times-a-day.
Souvenir keepsakes like a Japanese tea cup filled with a sesame mousse decorated with sweet black beans and chestnut cream will be decorated with designs of Mickey and Minnie in kimono, King Louie and Abu.
At what Disney Park will you celebrate akemashite omedeto gozaimasu (happy new year)?
Winter offerings at Tokyo Disney Resort may entice you to extend your stay overseas if you’re visiting over the holidays.
The “Frozen” sisters are also popular in Japan, where “Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy” returns to Tokyo Disneyland on January 12 through March 18, and includes “Frozen Fantasy Parade” which includes Kristoff, Hans and the Trolls, and new floats. The castle show “Anna and Elsa’s Winter Greeting” invites younger guests to sing and dance along. The fun continues into the evening with “Once Upon a Time: Special Winter Edition” which includes scenes of the movie in Japanese. Also in Japanese, girls ages 11 and under will find out what it’s like to be a royalty with “Disney Princess: Welcome Little Princesses.”
Over at Tokyo DisneySea, Duffy is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his debut with a look back at his time with guests over the years in “Journeys with Duffy.” Duffy and ShellieMae host “Sweet Duffy,” featuring cute confections. A new show, “Come Join Your Friends” welcomes Duffy’s new friend, Gelatoni, to the Mediterranean Harbor.
For a different kind of thrill, Tower of Terror: Level 13 “Shadow of Shiriki”, a scarier version of the attraction adds an extra terrifying touch for guests.
So which experience are you most looking forward to – “Frozen,” Duffy or terror?
Earlier this week, plans were announced for a new hotel – Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel – which is set to open at Tokyo Disney Resort in 2016.
The hotel will be based on a new concept that is different from the resort’s existing hotels and will celebrate the magic and imagination of Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea Park in the guest rooms, the lobby and the courtyards. Guests staying in the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel will be surrounded by the ambiance of their favorite Disney Park memories, and will inspire them to relive moments from their time spent in the theme parks and anticipate the fun awaiting them on the next day.
Planning a trip abroad this holiday season? This year, Tokyo Disney Resort will host a variety of must-see holiday offerings from November 9-December 25, at Tokyo Disneyland Park, Tokyo DisneySea Park, and the three Disney hotels.
At Tokyo Disneyland, families will be able to enjoy a “Christmas Fantasy” celebration that this year is themed to “Christmas Storybooks.” Guests will come upon Christmas scenes starring their favorite Disney characters as if they’ve jumped right out of a storybook. The new daytime parade, “Disney Christmas Stories,” will also bring to life pages from Disney Christmas storybooks. There will also be big pop-up storybooks and other decorations around the park that depict Disney characters celebrating the holidays.
Tokyo DisneySea will celebrate “Christmas Wishes” with a new entertainment offering called “A Perfect Christmas,” which will feature the Disney characters sharing their dreams of Christmas. The nighttime “Colors of Christmas” will also return this year with its fantastically shining Christmas trees floating on the harbor waters. A signature Christmas tree decorated with snow crystals will appear in front of the luxury ocean liner, S.S. Columbia, and the Cape Cod area will feature a tree decorated by Duffy, ShellieMay and Gelatoni.
After dark, the park will also come alive with “Snow Crystal Illumination” in Waterfront Park at American Waterfront and “Fiesta de la Luz,” (“festival of lights”) at the Lost River Delta.
I’m excited to announce that the popular Disney Parks Attraction poster deluxe calendar is returning to select merchandise locations.
The oversized calendar for 2016 will include posters from Disney Theme Parks around the world including Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland.
Each poster is suitable for display in a standard 12-inch by 18-inch frame, with perforations above and below each poster for easy removal after its calendar month. The posters were printed on acid-free and lignin-free paper.
You may recall we first introduced attraction poster calendars at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in fall 2013. That calendar was inspired by the highly recommended “Poster Art of Disney Parks” by Walt Disney Imagineers Vanessa Hunt and Danny Handke as seen in this article. It also paved the way for several apparel items and home goods released in 2014. I’m beyond thrilled to see a new version complete with some of my favorite attractions including the WEDWay PeopleMover, Mickey Mouse Musical Revue and the festive Jingle Cruise in Adventureland.
This calendar (item number is 400009684599) will be found in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks, and will have a retail of $21.95. The calendar may be offered on our Disney Parks online store at a future date.
Which Disney Parks attraction poster is your favorite? Please share in the comments below.
Earlier this month, plans were unveiled for “Disney’s Halloween,” a seasonal celebration that will take place at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea from September 8 – November 1.
During this time, families will be able to enjoy halloween fun at the theme parks and resort hotels. At Tokyo Disneyland, the theme of the event will be “Halloween Fair,” and will feature Disney characters in Halloween costumes, a “Happy Halloween Harvest” parade that features floats decorated with seasonal treats, and more.
The celebration will continue over at Tokyo DisneySea, where the focus will be on the Disney villains. The park will be transformed with an eerie atmosphere and a new villains show on Mediterranean Harbor. Other offerings will include “Villains Halloween Party” on the American Waterfront and “Casbah Magical Treat” at the Arabian Coast section of the park.
For a look at how the park celebrated fall festivities last year, check out this previous post and photo gallery.
Looks like the perfect night for a voyage on the Jungle Cruise: Wildlife Expeditions at Tokyo Disneyland.
At this attraction, Jungle Cruise Skippers tour guests through the natural habitats of elephants, crocodiles, lions, and other wildlife. The attraction also offers even more thrilling nighttime voyages.