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Tokyo Disney Resort Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Begins ‘Happiness Year’

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

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.


  • Bucket List!! One day!!!

  • I wish I could share with you a photo I took at Christmas time in 1992 looking down their Mainstreet or World Bazaar at the Cinderella Castle at Sunset all in black and white, through the colonnade of arches. There was still much to do to get the park ready for opening, and we were all hopeful as we had done a few times before. And here we are 30 years later looking down much the same shot all in colors, the castle illuminated and celebration in play. Congratulations Tokyo Disney Resort,WED Graduates and Veterans, WDI, and OLC.

  • Congratulations on 30 years of happiness!

  • I would reslly love to go to Tokyo Disneyland, especially since its the 30th anniversary! Unfortunatly the flights are too expensive! But that wont stop me- one day!

  • Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo Disney Sea are a unique Disney Theme Park Experience. I had the great opportunity to visit them twice (once during the 25th anniversary ) and there are no words to explain all the great details all is done, since the parks, parades, merchandise, show, the music (so many shows and music from other DIsney Parks are originally from Tokyo Disneyland! … there is no other Disney destination that could express the Tokyo Disneyland Experience! ºoº

    If you haven´t visited yet Tokyo Disney Resort, trust me…. you will have one of your best Disney experiences EVER! and during a celebration like this one…. WOOW YOU CAN MISS IT!

    Congratulations TOKYO DISNEYLAND and thanks for creating 30 years of MAGIC!

  • The Tokyo parks are beautiful, especially Tokyo Disney Sea which is amazing and unique. I can’t wait to see the special decorations and events when I return to Tokyo for work this June and spend a few days at the end of the trip at Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea.

  • Those photos are amazing. It’s absolutely mind-boggling to see snow on Cinderella’s Castle. I guess I’m just used to seeing the castle that sits in the warm Florida weather. Whether it’s covered in sunshine or snow, however, it’s still breathtakingly lovely. Congratulations Tokyo Disney for three full decades of business- here’s hoping you have several more decades at the very least!

  • Tokyo Disneyland is still by far the most impressive of all the Disney Resorts. Especially the amazing Tokyo DisneySea.
    …and they did it all without blue aliens.

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