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Disney Parks Entertainment Honored with Industry Awards

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

I’m proud to report that two recent projects produced by our Creative Entertainment team have been honored with industry awards from a pair of prestigious organizations.


On Tuesday, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced their annual Thea Award winners. TEA has honored the “Paint the Night” Parade, featured at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland park in California, with the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement – Parade Spectacular. “Paint the Night” brings Disney’s electrical parade legacy into the 21st century with innovative floats, vibrant costumes, dazzling special effects, unforgettable music and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights. The parade made its debut last fall at Hong Kong Disneyland and arrived at Disneyland Resort this past summer as part of the Diamond Celebration.

As part of their announcement, TEA said, “The new Disney ‘Paint the Night’ is a marvel of lighting technology, creative artistry, storytelling, showmanship, live performance and interactivity, centered around beloved Disney characters, both recent and classic.”

TEA is an international non-profit association, representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences. Thea Awards will be given out at an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, on April 2, 2016.


Last night at their annual gathering in Orlando, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) awarded their 2015 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment Excellence, extending additional honors to the “Paint the Night” Parade with an award in the category of Best Multimedia Spectacular.

IAAPA also presented a Brass Ring Award to “King Triton’s Concert” at Tokyo DisneySea Park in Japan, in the category of “Best Overall Production: $1 Million or more.” “King Triton’s Concert” brings to life the under the sea world of “The Little Mermaid” with music, songs, dynamic performances and sensational special effects. The show opened in April 2015 and is presented several times daily at the park’s Mermaid Lagoon Theater.


IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards mark achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to bring these wonderful projects to life at Disney Parks!

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New Year’s Celebrations at Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on October 29th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

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)?

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‘Frozen’ and Duffy Welcome Winter to Tokyo Disney Resort in 2016

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations

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?

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Happy Birthday to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

posted on September 5th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

On this day in Disney history, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit made his on-screen debut in the 1927 short “Trolley Troubles.”

Created by Walt Disney and (now Disney Legend) Ub Iwerks, Oswald was Walt’s first hit animated character, who appeared in 26 shorts and was so popular that Oswald became the first Disney character to inspire a merchandise line. Unfortunately, Oswald was lost to another company in a business deal in 1928. But the loss of Oswald went on to be a blessing in disguise, however, as losing his most successful character yet motivated Walt Disney to create Mickey Mouse, who debuted on screen in late 1928.


The Walt Disney Company regained the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in 2006, and in the years since, he’s begun greeting guests at Tokyo DisneySea and Disney California Adventure park. He can also be found on merchandise at Disney Parks around the globe.


In addition to his theme park success, Oswald continues to be a fan favorite, especially for those who love Disney history. In 2013, Disney Parks Blog readers voted Oswald as the #1 character they wanted our fellow author and artist, Will Gay, to feature as the subject of his latest downloadable wallpaper. (To get the wallpaper, click on the image above – be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it).

And in honor of Oswald’s birthday, we’d like to share with you our popular “Learn to Draw” tutorial so you can learn how you can bring this historic character to life yourself! Check it out below.

Want to learn to draw other Disney characters? Check out our full list of tutorials below.

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Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel To Open in 2016

posted on September 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

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.

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Christmas Offerings Announced for Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on August 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

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.


Christmas Offerings Announced for Tokyo Disney Resort 'Colors of Christmas' Returning to Tokyo DisneySea This Holiday Season

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.

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Tokyo DisneySea Announces 15th Anniversary Plans

posted on June 17th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort just announced plans for Tokyo DisneySea’s 15th anniversary. The “Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes” celebration will kick off April 15, 2016, and run through March 17, 2017.


The celebration will focus on wishes and dreams, symbolized in the form of crystals which will decorate the park. As a part of the celebration, guests will be able to enjoy the new show “Crystal Wishes Journey,” at Mediterranean Harbor, in which Disney characters will share their own wishes in the show.

Also on the first day of the event, a new version of “Big Band Beat,” the popular show presented at the Broadway Music Theatre, will debut with new music, costumes and scenes. This will be the first time that the show has been changed since it opened in July 2006.

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Tokyo Disneyland Unveils Plans for ‘Disney’s Halloween’ Celebration

posted on June 15th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

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.

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New Attraction Coming to Tokyo DisneySea in 2017

posted on May 28th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Our partners at Oriental Land Company shared last week that a new attraction themed to the world of the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo” and its upcoming sequel “Finding Dory” (to be released in 2016) will open in Port Discovery at Tokyo DisneySea Park in spring 2017.


Guests will board a submarine that “shrinks” to the size of a fish and uses a ride system that seamlessly blends visuals from the films with a motion system. In this immersive underwater experience, guests will be able to explore the vast ocean from the same point of view as Nemo and Dory and meet different characters and make new discoveries each time they ride.


The development of this attraction is only possible because of the collaboration between Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Oriental Land Company. The teams have worked together to create new, popular attractions and entertainment at Tokyo Disney Resort and make the resort one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations. We are also pleased that the teams will continue this collaboration as they work with the production staff of “Finding Dory” who will help create the visual images for this attraction.

We look forward to immersing our guests at Tokyo DisneySea in an underwater adventure in the big blue world!

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See the Sun Rise on the Arabian Coast at Tokyo DisneySea

posted on May 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Happy Monday!

In this image, snapped by photographer Tom Bricker, the sun is rising on another day of adventure in the Arabian Coast area of Tokyo DisneySea. This part of the park is home to Jasmine’s Flying Carpets, Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage, The Magic Lamp Theater and Caravan Carousel.


Check out the area at night in our previous “Disney Parks After Dark” image of the same area here.

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