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Top Five Entertainment at Disney Parks in 2013

posted on December 26th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

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' 'Monsters U' Homecoming

  1. 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 Disneyland 30th Anniversary Parade

  1. 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 at Disneyland Park

  1. 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.

Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park

  1. 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.

'World of Color' - Winter Dreams at Disney California Adventure Park

  1. 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.

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Christmas Trees at Disney Parks

posted on December 20th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

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.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Sneak Peeks at New Princess Offerings

posted on November 16th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

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.


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Tokyo Disney Resort Launches ‘Disney Princess: Welcome, Little Princess’

posted on November 12th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

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.

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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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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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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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