Tokyo Disney Resort Announces Full Details for 35th “Happiest Celebration” Beginning in April

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To mark the 35th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort will host a special anniversary event from April 15, 2018 through March 25, 2019. The event includes a new daytime parade, a new nighttime spectacular, other new shows, decorations throughout the park, the reopening of it’s a small world, and more. The Grand Finale of the event, from January 11 to March 25, 2019, will also feature unique decorations and merchandise at both parks.

At Tokyo Disneyland

New Daytime Parade: “Dreaming Up!” – The new 45-minute parade features 13 floats and about 140 performers. Mickey and Pluto lead the parade on a float pulled by winged horses to take guests to a world of fantasy and imagination. The five units of the parade feature the many wonders of the Disney dream, including “Playful Dreams” featuring Goofy and characters from Alice in Wonderland and Pinocchio; “Dreams from the Heart” with Minnie Mouse and characters from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Rapunzel; “Dreams of Enchantment” with Chip and Dale along with characters from Beauty and the Beast and Winnie the Pooh; and “Dreams Take Flight” with Donald and Daisy, Baymax and Hiro, Mary Poppins, and Peter Pan and Wendy. “Dreaming Up!” will begin on April 15, 2018; the current daytime parade, “Happiness is Here,” will end on April 9.

New Nighttime Spectacular: “Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland” – In Tokyo’s new nightime show, Mickey will take guests on a magical, musical journey around the park, featuring state-of-the-art projections, lasers, water cannons and more. The 15-minute show in front of Cinderella Castle is set to be a performance on a grander scale than ever before experienced at the Park. It begins July 10, 2018.

New Show at Theater Orleans: “Let’s Party Gras!” – Mickey, Minnie, and other Disney friends will star in a new show debuting on July 10, 2018, at Theater Orleans in Adventureland. In the story, Donald Duck and Jose Carioca have arrived in New Orleans after traveling the world to hold a “Party Gras” with Mickey and friends. The show will feature fun music, beautiful costumes and lively dancing. Guests will be invited to join in during the finale, which will also feature the new 35th anniversary song and a confetti blast. The 25-minute show will take place 4-5 times daily. The current show at Theater Orleans, “Minnie Oh! Minnie,” will end on March 19.

Small World Reopening – On April 15, a new, enhanced it’s a small world attraction will reopen. Nearly 40 new figures have been added, including Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Frozen; Ariel from the Little Mermaid; as well as characters from Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Brave, Cinderella, The Aristocats, Tangled, Pinocchio, Hercules, Mulan, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, The Lion King, The Three Musketeers, Lilo and Stitch, Moana and Finding Nemo. The attraction’s soundtrack has also been remixed to include music that evokes memorable scenes from Disney films.

Guests will also find a new mural featuring Mickey and Minnie in the ride’s boarding area. In addition, new merchandise and food items themed to the enhanced attraction will be available throughout the park.

Celebration Street – Through the entire anniversary celebration, World Bazaar’s Main Street will transform into Celebration Street. In the center will stand Celebration Tower, a 10-meter-tall monument featuring nine statutes of Mickey Mouse dressed in different costumes from Tokyo Disneyland anniversaries and the Tokyo DisneySea Grand Opening. During the day, the new 35th anniversary song will play, and at night, the ceiling will be illuminated with multicolored lights and projected images.

Other Decorations – A new photo location inside the entrance to Tokyo Disneyland will feature the Disney Friends rolling out a red carpet to greet guests. The Plaza in front of the castle will feature a large decoration of the 35th anniversary logo.

Limited-Time Shops – Throughout the anniversary event, Pastry Palace and Ice Cream Cones will be transformed into shops specializing in the popular chocolate crunch confectionery.

Both locations will feature decorations, merchandise and menus themed to the concept of the Duck Family Chocolate Competition. Pastry Palace will feature a new chocolate crunch experience where you can choose a tin and fill it with different flavors of chocolate crunch. Ice Cream Cones will feature ice cream with chocolate crunch and a souvenir spoon with a chocolate crunch motif.

At Tokyo DisneySea

New Show on Mediterranean Harbor: “Happiest Celebration on the Sea” – Mickey, Minnie, Duffy, ShellieMay and other characters will greet guests from on board a special boat on the waters of Mediterranean Harbor with the anniversary song playing. The 12-minute show will take place from 1-3 times daily.

New Show at Dockside Stage: “Hello, New York!” – This new 25-minute show will take place 4-5 times daily at the Dockside Stage in the New York area of American Waterfront. Mickey and friends are introduced to what the Big Apple has to offer, including street performances, Central Park, and Broadway shows. The current show at the Dockside Stage, “Steps to Shine,” will end on March 19.

Other Features – The main entrance for DisneySea as well as the entrance to Passaggio MiraCosta, will feature decorations celebrating the 35th anniversary. Beginning April 15, 2018, guests can meet Duffy at Village Greeting Place and ShellieMay at Waterfront Park, each wearing special 35th anniversary costumes.

At Both Parks

Fireworks: “Brand New Dream” – A fireworks spectacular set to the 35th anniversary theme song will take place at Tokyo Disney Resort each night. Note that the fireworks will not be presented from July 9 through September 26, 2018.

Happiest Mickey Spots – A total of 35 statues of Mickey in special costumes will be in each themed land at Disneyland and DisneySea.

Happiest Surprise – Throughout the anniversary celebration, cast members will give out 350,000 “happy surprises” to guests in the parks.

Special Merchandise – About 250 merchandise items will be available, including many showing Mickey and other Disney characters “jumping for joy” and motifs of ribbons and confetti to celebrate the 35th anniversary. Items will include plush badges, bow ties, hats, t-shirts, items designed like a scrapbook, original items that give shape to memories of the Parks over the years, exclusive limited-edition merchandise, and more.

The Happiest Memory Maker is a wearable, interactive device that will activate at various locations in the parks, including at Happiest Mickey Spots, triggering the voice of Mickey and other Disney friends.

At DisneySea, guests will find 35th anniversary merchandise depicting Duffy and Friends marching with musical instruments.

Special merchandise is available beginning April 10; Duffy-related merchandise will go on sale on April 6.

Special Menus – Restaurants in Disneyland will serve special anniversary versions of popular items like hot dogs and churros, as well as desserts that come with a souvenir item. At DisneySea, guests can enjoy a pasta set, special cocktails and more. Special menus are available beginning April 10; Duffy-related menu items will go on sale on April 6.

At Tokyo Disney Resort Hotels

The Disney hotel entrances will be decorated for the anniversary celebration and guest rooms will feature amenities in exclusive 35th anniversary designs that are unique to each hotel. Each hotel will also offer special programs and exclusive items to give guests special memories of the accommodations, restaurants, banquet rooms and wedding celebrations.

The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel will issue unique room keys with 35th anniversary elements in two designs depending on the time period.

For a limited time, guest rooms at the Disneyland Hotel will feature bed throws, television stands and lamp shades with designs of Mickey and Minnie in special costumes.

Throughout the Resort

Disney Resort Line – During the anniversary event, Disney Resort Line monorail trains and the four monorail stations will be decorated to commemorate the anniversary. Day pass tickets for the monorail will be available in limited-period designs.

Vacation Packages – The Tokyo Disney Resort Online Reservation & Tickets website (https://reserve.tokyodisneyresort.jp/) is offering two- and three-day plans (in Japanese only) for guests visiting during the anniversary celebration. The plans include accommodations at a Disney or other hotel, Disney Fastpass tickets that do not have specified times, tickets to view the new “Dreaming Up!” daytime parade at Disneyland, as well as other perks.  Guests checking in for package plans between April 15, 2018 and March 25, 2019 will receive a limited-period popcorn bucket (one per guest room). Other exclusive items in special anniversary designs will also be offered only to guests booking vacation packages.

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Jill Diffendal

Jill has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was two years old. She credits her ongoing Disney love to her family, especially her grandmother, brother, and nieces. You can reach her at jill@wdwnt.com.

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