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Disney Parks After Dark: Mermaid Lagoon Lights Up the Night at Tokyo DisneySea

posted on August 8th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” photo comes all the way from Tokyo DisneySea. This colorful shot offers a look into Mermaid Lagoon, one of the seven lands at the park.

The look of this “under the sea” land was inspired by Triton’s kingdom in the film “The Little Mermaid.” Attractions that appear in this area include Ariel’s Playground, Blowfish Balloon Race, Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster, Jumpin’ Jellyfish and Scuttle’s Scooters. The Mermaid Lagoon Theater also features the show “Under the Sea.”
Mermaid Lagoon Lights Up The Night at Tokyo DisneySea

As we shared earlier this year, this area of the park will unveil a new show, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” at the Mermaid Lagoon Theater in spring 2015. In it, King Triton will host a musical concert starring Ariel and friends. The theater will also be enhanced with an upgraded stage, new lighting and display screens.

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A New Version of Jungle Cruise to Debut at Tokyo Disneyland in 2014

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


Tokyo Disneyland just announced that a new version Jungle Cruise will debut at the park in fall 2014.

New Version of Jungle Cruise To Debut At Tokyo Disneyland in 2014

The current version of the attraction, which has been popular with fans since the park opened in 1983, is very similar to the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland park attractions, as it takes guests on an adventurous cruise through the jungle led by a comical skipper. In the next version, the Jungle Cruise skipper will have a startling encounter with an animal spirit guardian in the ruins of a lost jungle temple. It will also feature a new soundtrack and special effects – and for the first time at any Jungle Cruise attraction – a permanent after-dark “night-cruise” version that will offer guests a unique take on the jungle adventure.

What do you think? Would you love to see this for yourself? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Sneak Peek: New Entertainment Planned for Tokyo Disney Resort in 2014 & 2015

posted on June 24th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Let’s kick off the week by dreaming of a Tokyo Disney Resort trip, shall we? If there weren’t already enough reasons to hop a plane and head overseas for a visit to this lovely park, details on new entertainment for both Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea Park have just been announced.
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Beginning in 2014, Tokyo Disneyland Park will host a new nighttime show called “Once Upon A Time.” This 15-minute castle projection show will feature scenes from the films “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella,” and “Alice in Wonderland” (see above image from Disneyland Park in Paris).

Then in spring 2015, Tokyo DisneySea Park will unveil “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” a new musical production inspired by the film. In it, King Triton will act as the host of a musical concert that stars Ariel and all of her friends from “under the sea.” The musical will take place at the Mermaid Lagoon Theater, which will be renovated with an upgraded stage, new lighting and display screens.


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Disney Parks After Dark: Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea

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


Tonight, we continue our weekly “Disney Parks After Dark” series with a beautiful view of Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea. When the sun sets, you can’t miss the vibrant colors – they cover the island and volcano.

Disney Parks After Dark: Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea

There are two attractions to experience at Mysterious Island. In Journey to the Center of the Earth, you board vehicles designed by Captain Nemo himself and take a journey below ground. The second attraction is 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea where you can join Captain Nemo’s crew to search for the lost continent of Atlantis.

Let us know if you’ve seen the colors of Mysterious Island in the comments below.

 
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Star Tours: The Adventures Continue Opens at Tokyo Disneyland

posted on May 8th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This week, The Force is indeed strong at Tokyo Disneyland with the opening of the updated Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. The attraction had been closed for more than a year while Imagineers were busy adding new stories and adventures. Like the attractions at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests now have the opportunity to experience more than 50 different story combinations and experience these adventures in dazzling 3D.
The Droid Room of the Updated Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Tokyo Disneyland

The biggest changes between the U.S. and Tokyo attractions are in the queue areas themselves. In the Droid Room of the Tokyo Disneyland attraction, if you look carefully, you may discover a reference to a classic Disney Parks attraction. Any guesses as to what this attraction pays homage to?

I’d also like to share a video from our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, who updated the Tokyo Disneyland Star Tours attraction, so you can see what other changes they made to the Arrival Hall – a room we don’t have in either Anaheim or Orlando.

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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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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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