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Disney Parks Attractions Around the World: Haunted Mansion

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

Haunted Mansion is a favorite attraction for many Disney Parks guests. Here at Disneyland park, the 999 happy haunts have been frightening guests since 1969 in New Orleans Square. But did you know the Haunted Mansion is the only Disney Parks attraction to be located within different lands at other Disney Parks around the world? At Walt Disney World Resort, you can find the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square; look for the grim, grinning ghosts in Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland. At Disneyland Paris, the Haunted Mansion is known as Phantom Manor, and it is located in Frontierland.

The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Park

Not only are these manors and mansions located in different lands, but each has a different theme and design. At Disneyland park, many people believe that the Haunted Mansion bears a striking resemblance to a Baltimore mansion. However, the truth is that a variety of designers and architects worked on its design, resulting in a mansion that embodies an architectural style and interior that was popular in the South in the mid-1850s.

The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park The Haunted Mansion at Tokyo Disneyland

Over at Walt Disney World Resort, the design required a little something different since the Haunted Mansion would be located in Liberty Square rather than New Orleans Square. Therefore, instead of looking like a Southern estate, the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park was designed to look like a gothic manor from the Eastern seaboard. At Tokyo Disneyland, a similar gothic style – with dark bricks, stone finishes and ominous turrets – creates the same ominous effect, even though it is located in Fantasyland.


The most recent version of this beloved attraction opened in 1992 in Frontierland at Disneyland Paris. Set in an aged, rundown wooden home from the Old West, this attraction took on a new name: Phantom Manor. Phantom Manor features some of the classic Haunted Mansion scenes with an Old West twist.

Yesterday on the Disney Parks Blog Facebook page, we asked which all of the different versions of this classic Disney Parks attraction is the spookiest. Fans voted Magic Kingdom number 1 with Disneyland park second. Which is your favorite?

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Disney Parks After Dark: The Spookiest Attractions at Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on October 3rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photos were snapped of two of the eeriest attractions at Tokyo Disney ResortHaunted Mansion at Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea.

Haunted Mansion at Tokyo Disneyland Park

This great shot by photographer Tom Bricker shows the mansion after all the guests have gone home. Notice the two statues that welcome guests to the mansion’s queue? Love that detail!

Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea

And check out Tower of Terror over at Tokyo DisneySea. The Tokyo version has a slightly different storyline than the attraction here at the Walt Disney World Resort. According to the attraction’s background, it’s New York in the year of 1912, and the hotel has earned the nickname “Tower of Terror” after the mysterious disappearance of the hotel’s owner years earlier. The New York City Preservation Society has stepped in to restore the place and is now giving tours. From the look of the photo above, would you dare step inside? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘Dreamlights’ Light Up The Night At Tokyo Disneyland

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

Anyone up for a parade tonight? Then check out this view of Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade ‘Dreamlights’, the nighttime parade at Tokyo Disneyland.

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade ‘Dreamlights’

This shot shows Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and the Three Little Pigs atop an illuminated steamboat. Other characters who appear in ‘Dreamlights’ include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Genie from “Aladdin” and many more.

Have you ever seen this after-dark spectacular? If so, tell us what you loved about it in the “Comments” section below.

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Tokyo Disney Resort Plans Santa’s Village, Special Parades & More for the Holidays

posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort just unveiled their holiday plans this week, with special fireworks, entertainment, holiday trees and parades on the way.

This year, Tokyo Disneyland will hold a Christmas Fantasy celebration, which includes a Santa’s Village complete with a toy factory shop, and a special Disney’s Santa Village Parade that magically brings the village to life.

Tokyo DisneySea will host a Christmas Wishes celebration, which will feature Colors of Christmas, a light display that includes a 49-foot-tall Christmas tree as a centerpiece, and “Holiday Greeting From Seven Ports” entertainment program.

Have you spent the holidays at one of our international theme parks? Let us know in the “Comments” section – and be sure to check out the gallery above for photos of previous Christmas seasons at Tokyo Disney Resort.

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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.

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.

For more Tokyo Disney Resort news, read the posts below:

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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.

See the posts below for more from the “Disney Parks After Dark” series:

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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.

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.”

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.

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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