‘Mickey & Friends’ Castle Greeting’ at Tokyo Disneyland Suspending Performances from November 8 Until Further Notice

The saga of entertainment at Tokyo Disney Resort has been quite tumultuous since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, with nearly all regular entertainment still suspended until further notice. The Dreaming Up! daytime parade at Tokyo Disneyland did return in April, along with an adjusted version of Big Band Beat and the start of the new Mickey’s Magical Music World stage show. But as the entertainment department giveth, it also taketh away, as two scheduled greetings at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will be suspended from November 8 until further notice.

From November 8, performances of the Mickey & Friends’ Castle Greeting at Tokyo Disneyland, as well as the Toy Story-centric Transit Steamer Greeting at Tokyo DisneySea, will be suspended until further notice. The former takes place once a day (down from four times last year) at Cinderella Castle and features the Disney Friends on the walkway of Cinderella Castle greeting Guests. It’s a short show, only three or four minutes long, and was intended as a stopgap until entertainment could be restored elsewhere, such as to seasonal events. As entertainment has returned to Tokyo Disneyland, daily performances have slowly been dialed back. You can watch our video of the greeting from August 2020 below.

The Transit Steamer Greeting at Tokyo DisneySea will also be suspended starting November 8. This non-stop greeting sails around Tokyo DisneySea twice daily and features the Toy Story pals waving to Guests from a retrofitted DisneySea Transit Steamer, essentially a shortened version of the Pixar Pals Steamer from the Pixar Playtime event.

Tokyo Disney Resort has not made any further announcements about the highly-anticipated return of seasonal events or other entertainment such as Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights or Song of Mirage. The new nighttime spectacular at Tokyo DisneySea, Believe! Sea of Dreams has been delayed until 2022 due to ongoing issues with the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.

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