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Disney Parks After Dark: The Partners Statue at Tokyo Disneyland

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Earlier this week, Disney Parks Blog author Tom Smith shared the exciting news that Tokyo Disney Resort just broke ground on new development projects, including attractions inspired by “Beauty & The Beast” and “Big Hero 6,” plus a new Minnie’s Design Studio in Toontown and more. (Read his full story here).

So in tonight’s “After Dark” series, we’re taking a look at this lovely Disney theme park as it exists today – at sunset. Here you can see the Partners Statue and the park’s Cinderella Castle with an amazing sunset in the background.

The Partners Statue, which can be found in a few Disney theme parks, was originally sculpted by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson. A former Disney animator and Imagineer, Blaine took a full year to create the sculpture and based his depiction of Walt on a bust he originally designed in the 1960s. When deciding on an expression for Walt’s face, Blaine wanted Walt to look as if he was watching happy guests enjoy his park. And when he decided to have Mickey Mouse hold Walt’s hand, Blaine reviewed a scene from “Fantasia,” in which Mickey shakes the hand of orchestra conductor Leopold Stokowski.