As you may have just heard on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, you’re invited to join a first-of-its-kind, online global sing-along at SmallWorld50.com to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” – the classic Disney Parks attraction that opened as a tribute to UNICEF’s work for children around the world at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
We’ll be celebrating the anniversary on April 10 but we’ve already kicked off the worldwide celebration. People from more than 25 countries, including bagpipers in Scotland, Bollywood movie actors in India, a firefighter in New York City, and members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, came together to create a first worldwide “it’s a small world” video.
You can participate in this historic celebration by recording and sharing an online video of yourself singing “it’s a small world” on our new global online hub SmallWorld50.com. At the site, you can also create virtual “it’s a small world” dolls to share with your friends. The Walt Disney Company will donate $150,000 to benefit UNICEF in honor of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world,” plus $1 for every sing-along video recorded on SmallWorld50.com and another $1 for every virtual doll created on the website, up to $100,000.
On April 10, hundreds of voices from Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will come together to sing the unforgettable theme song of the “happiest cruise that ever sailed the seven seas.”
Go share your online video at SmallWorld50.com and keep checking the Disney Parks Blog as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world.”
Our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort just announced plans for this year’s springtime celebration, which will run at both Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea Park from April 2-June 23, 2014.
At Tokyo Disneyland, guests will be able to enjoy “Disney’s Easter” celebration, which will include visits to a secret Easter garden, a new “Hippity-Hoppity Springtime” parade that features Disney characters and Easter bunnies. Guests can also participate in an egg hunt, in which they use a map to track down Easter eggs hidden all around the park.
Over at Tokyo DisneySea, guests can enjoy “Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage.” In this celebration, Mickey, Duffy, Minnie Mouse and ShellieMay embark on a cruise from Cape Cod to see how spring is celebrated around Tokyo DisneySea. Dressed in seasonal costumes, they visit Mediterranean Harbor, travel to American Waterfront for a lively Easter party, and then arrive at the Arabian Coast for a magical celebration of the season. At each of port, guests can enjoy the springtime festivities with the characters.
Today in our weekly photo recap, we’re taking a look at how guests celebrated the season at Disney Parks around the world and even at sea aboard Disney Cruise Line.
Check out the gallery below for some amazing images of our parks.
Are you spending the holiday week at a Disney park or resort? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image comes to us from Tokyo Disneyland. This serene shot, taken by Photographer Tom Bricker, shows a peaceful Cinderella Castle after all the holiday guests have gone home for the night.
Which international attraction would you like to see featured here? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
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There’s nothing our Creative Entertainment team enjoys more than producing amazing live entertainment for our guests. Here are just a few of the new experiences that debuted in Disney Parks around the world in 2013:
- “Limited Time Magic“ – It was a year full of surprises, as each week brought something new to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. From celebratory pre-parades and visits with Long-Lost Friends to a Monstrous Summer All-Nighter and “Original Boy Band” the Dapper Dans, there were new experiences popping up everywhere. Among the highlights: “A Salute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue” at Disneyland park, “Mickey’s America Streetbeat” at Epcot, True Love Week, Pirates Week, and of course … May the 4th (be with you) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
- Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary – In April, 300 characters and cast helped launch the “Happiness Year” at Tokyo Disneyland, celebrating that resort’s 30th anniversary with live entertainment events and the premiere of a stunning new daytime parade, “Happiness Is Here.”
- Mickey and the Magical Map – This dazzling musical extravaganza opened in May at Disneyland park, in the newly-refurbished Fantasyland Theatre. It took nearly two years to bring Mickey Mouse’s “Journey to Imagination” to the stage, and the show just keeps getting better! Mickey is sporting a new costume design in the show’s finale, and that lovable rascal Stitch was recently added to the cast.
- New Homes for Disney Royalty – Springtime brought the opening of Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park, where you can meet favorite Disney Princesses in the Royal Hall and enjoy delightful storytelling shows, such as the Brass Ring Award-winning “Tangled” at the Royal Theatre. In the fall, New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park unveiled Princess Fairytale Hall, a gorgeous new home for Cinderella to welcome her guests and visiting Disney Royalty from around the world.
- Holiday Spectaculars – The year was wrapped up with a beautiful bow in the form of a pair of fun and festive holiday nighttime spectaculars, “World of Color – Winter Dreams” at Disney California Adventure park and “Disney Dreams! of Christmas” at Disneyland Paris, each featuring characters and music from Disney’s new instant classic, “Frozen.”
All this, plus the arrivals of Thor and Captain America, Avengers Academy on the Disney Magic, new atmosphere and Halloween entertainment at Hong Kong Disneyland, the new tricks Magician Mickey has up his sleeve at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure park, and more!
Once again this year, I’ve had a hard time keeping my list to just five. What can I say? There’s so much happening in the world of Creative Entertainment, with even more to come in 2014, so keep checking the Disney Parks Blog. We’ll have the scoop for you, all year long.
Chances are you haven’t seen a majority of our beautiful Christmas trees at Disney Parks – they’re in every park this time of year. So, as we begin the weekend and head into Christmas week, we’re sharing some favorites.
At Hong Kong Disneyland, Main Street, U.S.A., is Christmas Town this time of the year and the celebration includes a wonderfully decorated tree in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
At Tokyo DisneySea, tree lights shimmer off the water and sparkle this time of year.
And at our other parks, Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney Resort, there are hundreds of thousands of ribbons and bows draped over Christmas trees. Take a look at our newest slideshow and see how many trees you recognize.
This week on the Disney Parks Blog we shared a lot of updates that were sure to please Disney Princess fans.
First up, Steven Miller announced that Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts are now offering makeovers inspired by Disney’s “Frozen.” Young guests can enjoy Anna- and Elsa-inspired styles now through January 3, 2014 (or while supplies last).
Speaking of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Steven also shared that a Cinderella-inspired Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will open its doors at Harrod’s (Knightsbridge, London), on November 25. This will be the first Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location to open its doors in the United Kingdom.
And in other Princess news, Tokyo Disney Resort just added a new Disney Princess offering to their 30th anniversary celebration. The “Disney Princess: Welcome, Little Princess” experience allows girls ages 11 and younger to meet Disney Princesses, hear princess stories from the “Princess Lesson Book,” and participate in a daily Little Princess Procession.
Is visiting with a Disney Princess a must-do for you when visiting one of our parks? If so, check out this new offering that guests are now flocking to at Tokyo Disney Resort.
Tokyo Disney Resort just launched a new offering that will highlight the finale of the “Tokyo Disney Resort 30th: The Happiness Year” celebration. The “Disney Princess: Welcome, Little Princess offering allows girls age 11 and younger to meet Disney Princesses, learn princess stories and skills from the “Princess Lesson Book,” and take part in a Little Princess Procession that allows them to learn and then perform their princess skills in front of guests.
Also as a part of this “princess” celebration, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel will offer “Tangled”-themed guest rooms.
This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photos were snapped of two of the eeriest attractions at Tokyo Disney Resort – Haunted Mansion at Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea.
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!
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.
Anyone up for a parade tonight? Then check out this view of Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade ‘Dreamlights’, the nighttime parade at Tokyo Disneyland.
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.