VIDEO: Celebrate Tanabata with Mickey & Minnie Mouse at Tokyo Disneyland
Today, July 7th, is Tanabata, also known as the star festival. This holiday, commonly celebrated among East Asian cultures, commemorates the story of the lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi, represented by the stars of Vega and Altair respectively, who have been separated by the Milky Way and are allowed to meet once per year on the seventh day of the seventh month. During non-COVID-19 times, Tokyo Disney Resort traditionally celebrates with the short Tanabata Days event, and now you can watch the most recent iteration, from 2019, here on YouTube!
The short greeting parade is scored to the traditional Japanese folk song “Tanabata-sama” as well as “When You Wish Upon a Star” and features Mickey and Minnie being pulled in rickshaws while dressed as Hikoboshi and Orihime respectively, followed by the Tokyo Disneyland Band playing along to the music, and finally Pluto, Donald, Daisy, Chip, Dale, and Goofy in and around the greeting float.
The event also features a place for Guests to write their wishes on special cards and hang them at the center of World Bazaar, as well as small food and merchandise lines.
Although we can’t celebrate Tanabata at Tokyo Disneyland this year, we hope to return to the beloved Star Festival in the years to come! Did you ever visit Tokyo Disney Resort during Tanabata? Let us know in the comments below!
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