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‘Poster Art of the Disney Parks’ Arriving Soon at Disney Parks

posted on May 18th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager

Cover of 'Poster Art of the Disney Parks'

I recently visited California, where I had one of the most amazing experiences of my Disney career. Imagineer Vanessa Hunt gave me a tour of the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library vault in Glendale. This place houses the original art of the most iconic images from Disney Parks’ history. Incredible! Vanessa shared that fellow Imagineer Danny Handke and she have written a book for Disney Editions called “Poster Art of the Disney Parks.” This hardcover book, with cover designed by Imagineer Glendon Lee, is coming to Disney Parks at the end of May. I asked Danny about the role that attraction posters have played.

Vanessa Hunt and Danny Handke, Authors of 'Poster Art of the Disney Parks'

“Attraction posters entice, excite and educate guests with a preview of the adventures and experiences inside the Disney Parks,” explained Danny.

“When Disneyland park opened in 1955, it was difficult for guests to understand what a ‘theme park’ was. The Disney Imagineers needed a solution to portray their attractions to a diverse audience. The idea to use posters at Disneyland’s Main Entrance was the perfect solution.”

The book was in development for four years! They conducted extensive research by interviewing close to 20 people, including current and former artists. Vanessa said that they put extra effort into making a beautiful book that all Disney fans could enjoy.

Poster Art in 'Poster Art of the Disney Parks'

“We made an extra effort to ensure the posters in the book were printed as color accurate as possible,” continued Vanessa. “We even found a box containing several poster concepts that had never been published until now. The most challenge part was identifying artists. While many unidentified posters artists were later identified during our interviews, there are some that remain credited to ‘Unknown Artist.’”

I asked Danny about his favorite poster.

“I love the Tokyo DisneySea posters,” said Danny. “They are interesting because they reflect an overall cohesive design, but are stylistically individual to each land. Not many fans are familiar with the Tokyo DisneySea posters, so we hope everyone will appreciate this unique chapter in the book.”

Vanessa said her favorite poster comes from the Disneyland Resort.

“I love all of them, but the one that catches my eye every time I open the drawer is the Grand Canyon Diorama poster from Disneyland,” explained Vanessa. “The colors are absolutely beautiful and the train design is fantastic!”

Which is your favorite attraction poster? I vote Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room!

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Tokyo Disney Resort Announces 30th Anniversary Plans for 2013

posted on May 1st, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

You all know I love talking about our international theme parks and today, I have an exciting update on Tokyo Disney Resort.

Beginning April 15, Tokyo Disney Resort Will Kick Off The Happiness Year Celebration to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary

The resort just announced plans on how it will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2013. Beginning April 15, the resort will kick off The Happiness Year celebration, which will include a new parade, a renewed attraction, special seasonal events and more.

The “Happiness is Here” parade will feature Disney characters, cheerful music, and themed parade floats (still in development).

The Star Tours attraction at Tokyo Disneyland is currently undergoing a transformation into Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and will reopen in Spring 2013.

Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for more on this park milestone!

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Summer Fun Planned For Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on April 24th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Have you ever been to Tokyo Disney Resort?

If not, this summer may be the perfect time to visit, as plenty of special activities are planned for both parks.


Beginning July 1, the Tanabata Star Festival Program will return to the resort. This traditional festival involves Disney characters traveling down the parade route in rickshaws to offer a Tanabata greeting to park guests. World Bazaar will also be decorated with Mickey Mouse streamers and an area where guests can hang their wish cards.


Beginning July 9, Tokyo Disneyland will celebrate Disney’s Natsu Matsuri, a Japanese summer festival. During this time, the park will hold daily Soryo Kobu dance competitions, in which Disney characters lead eight different dance teams in showing off their moves to different styles of music. Each night, four winning teams will compete in the finals, in a competition event that features more music, spraying water and blazes of fire!

Also on July 9, Tokyo DisneySea will celebrate the grand opening of Toy Story Mania! in the American Waterfront section of the park. The Summer Oasis Splash water program also begins that day, with Genie magically transforming Mediterranean Harbor into an oasis of fun so Aladdin can enjoy a tropic vacation. Disney characters will join in on the fun when they appear on special water-spraying barges.

For more Tokyo Disney Resort updates, see the posts below:

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Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House Announced for Tokyo Disneyland

posted on March 14th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

I always get excited at the possibility of exploring our international Disney Parks – and soon, there will be yet another reason to pay a visit to Tokyo Disney Resort, with the debut of the new Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House attraction at Tokyo Disneyland.


Set to open Aug. 24, this Toontown attraction will allow guests to help Goofy redecorate his room in a unique and colorful fashion. Groups of guests will work together to “paint” the room using special paint applicators called Toontone Splat Masters. Guests simply aim at the wall (or furniture) they want to color and activate the applicators.

The attraction will feature beach, jungle and other themes, as well as different Toontone Splat Masters, so guests can vary their choices.

Looks like fun!

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Toy Story Mania! Will Open at Tokyo DisneySea July 9

posted on December 20th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Tokyo Disney Resort recently announced that a new attraction – Toy Story Mania! – will debut at Tokyo DisneySea on July 9, 2012.

Toy Story Mania! to Open at Tokyo Disney Resort on July 9, 2012

The attraction will be located in Toyville Trolley Park, a new area themed after an old-fashioned amusement park. Toy Story Mania! will have a few differences from the attraction here at Walt Disney World Resort, including the fact that guests will initially enter through Woody’s mouth. From here, guests will find themselves in Andy’s room, which is strewn with larger-than-life board games, puzzles and other toys.

Guests later board a tram, put on 3-D glasses and roll under Andy’s bed where the toys have set up a carnival play set. Joining in the fun, guests play the carnival games with all their “Toy Story” friends.

The attraction also will be accompanied with Slinky Dog’s Gift Trolley merchandise shop.

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This Week in Disney History: Tokyo DisneySea Launches

posted on September 5th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Tokyo DisneySea, the second theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort, opened its doors Sept. 4, 2001. The park, “where adventure and imagination set sail,” is themed around the exciting adventures one can have when they explore the world by sea.

Tokyo DisneySea

The park currently includes seven lands: Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta and Port Discovery. The park contains many attractions that domestic Disney fans would recognize, including 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Tower of Terror, as well as attractions that are unique to this park, such as StormRider, Raging Spirits and Aquatopia.

Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea has been celebrating this week’s 10th anniversary in a 20-month “Be Magical!” celebration that features special entertainment, themed décor, colorful character costumes, and more.

Tokyo DisneySea

As a part of the celebration, the park has been decorated with colorful magic hats that belong to different Disney characters. For example, Minnie’s hat, which is pink and features large bows and heart-shaped ornaments, decorates the American Waterfront area of the park, while Ariel’s hat, which was created in the style of King Triton’s Castle, tops off Mermaid Lagoon. At each magic hat, guests can step into the role of sorcerer by placing their hands the hat, causing it to emit lights and sound. They can also purchase special magic wands that, when waved at the hat monuments, cause even more magic to come to life.

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Caption This: A Snowfall at Tokyo Disneyland

posted on August 31st, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

This week’s “Caption This!” photo is one of the most unique shots I’ve ever seen. It was taken in the 1980s at Tokyo Disneyland after a snowfall. Looks like the Disney characters are having tons of fun. (I wonder who would win in a snowball fight?).

Now, go ahead and “Caption This!”

Caption This: A Disney Snowfall

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First Look: Jasmine’s Flying Carpets Makes Royal Debut at Tokyo DisneySea

posted on July 19th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

Jasmine's Flying Carpets Attraction at Tokyo DisneySea

We’re thrilled to report that our newest attraction at Tokyo DisneySea, Jasmine’s Flying Carpets, has made its official debut and today we’re sharing a first look with Disney Parks Blog readers.

Themed to the Disney film “Aladdin,” Jasmine’s Flying Carpets is a ride attraction where guests soar over Jasmine’s garden on a flying carpet. You can maneuver your vehicle up and down and tilt the vehicle forward and backward, as if flying your own magical carpet.

Jasmine's Flying Carpets Attraction at Tokyo DisneySea Jasmine's Flying Carpets Attraction at Tokyo DisneySea Jasmine's Flying Carpets Attraction at Tokyo DisneySea Jasmine's Flying Carpets Attraction at Tokyo DisneySea

Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Director Chuck Ballew says you’ll want to look for what he calls “the most beautiful part of the attraction” – a peacock fan effect on the top of the fountain. The attraction also looks amazing at night, where it comes to life with 15 different color sequences that animate as the carpets travel around the fountain.

Check the blog in upcoming months for more images from our friends in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris.

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Take 5: Disney Parks and Resorts Abroad

posted on June 11th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle)

Ever wonder what goes on at the Disney Parks and Resorts around the world? With properties in Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, there are plenty of fun facts and milestones to share from our international counterparts. Thinking of taking a trip to one of these locations? Stop by and see us!

Take 5: Disney Parks and Resorts Abroad

  1. Hong Kong Disneyland 5th Year Anniversary – Last September Hong Kong Disneyland celebrated its 5th year Anniversary. More than 2,000 families from the Hong Kong community joined over 2,000 cast members to celebrate the milestone.

  2. Take a Tilt-Shift Trip to Disneyland Paris – Check out this tilt-shift video, “A Magical Day at Disneyland Paris,” and see just about everything Walt Disney Studios Park and Disneyland Park has to offer.

  3. A View From…Tokyo Disneyland – Love Christmas time at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts? Check out some cool photos from Tokyo Disneyland’s holiday celebrations.

  4. This Day In Disney History: Disneyland Paris Debuts – On April 12, we shared with readers that on that day in Disney history in 1992, Disneyland Paris opened to feature 29 attractions in a layout much like Disneyland park in California.

  5. Disney Vacation Club opens Doors with Presence in Tokyo Disneyland – We updated readers about Tokyo Disneyland’s grand opening of its first Disney Vacation Club Model Showroom at the Ikspiari shopping and dining complex.
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Update: Tokyo Disneyland to Reopen on April 15

posted on April 13th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

We have some news to share from Tokyo Disneyland following last month’s earthquake. The Tokyo Disneyland theme park, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Ambassador Hotel are all scheduled to reopen to guests this Friday, April 15. A portion of every ticket sold through May 14 will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross and the park will operate during daylight hours only in an effort to conserve power.

Tokyo DisneySea and Hotel MiraCosta will remain closed but officials with The Oriental Land Company (owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort) are working to reopen both as soon as possible.

Please check back here on the Disney Parks Blog for future updates from Tokyo Disney Resort.

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