PHOTOS: Disney Pal-Palooza Begins with Minnie’s Funderland, Giant Pink “Carpet” Covers Tokyo Disneyland

Brit Tuttle

Minnie's Funderland parade

PHOTOS: Disney Pal-Palooza Begins with Minnie’s Funderland, Giant Pink “Carpet” Covers Tokyo Disneyland

Disney Pal-Palooza began on January 10 at Tokyo Disneyland with Minnie’s Funderland. For this event, Minnie Mouse has transformed Tokyo Disneyland into her “Funderland,” full of her all of her favorite things. Minnie’s Funderland will last through March 19. In the spring, a different character will take over the park for a second Disney Pal-Palooza, but the exact details have not been announced yet.

Minnie’s Funderland Parade & Character Outfits

Minnie's Funderland parade

Minnie’s hosting her own Funderland parade with a show stop in front of Cinderella Castle. The parade begins in Fantasyland, next to the Haunted Mansion. It heads to the castle forecourt for a performance and then passes into Toontown. It’s about 35 minutes long.

X users shared videos and photos of the parade, which features Minnie on a float with a giant pink and white polka-dot bow set against a rainbow. Dancers in pink and white polka-dot outfits perform a song about Minnie. She’s also joined by some of her friends.

Mickey, Pluto, Chip, Dale, Clarice, Goofy, Daisy, and Donald all appear alongside Minnie. The whole gang has special outfits to match Minnie and her decorations. They’re mainly pink with white polka-dots, as well as some other colorful accents.

New props in Minnie’s Style Studio reference Minnie’s Funderland. Her concept drawings of her friends’ outfits are pinned to this corkboard along with two polka-dot fabric samples. The backstory insinuated here is that Minnie created the costumes for all of her pals.

Minnie’s Funderland Park Decor

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The Minnie’s Funderland decorations begin right at the front of the park. The entrance flower bed now features Minnie’s face made of purple and white flowers. She wears a blue flower bow and pink flowers surround her.

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The balconies at the entrance of World Bazaar are covered in pink banners. Mickey and Minnie banners are framing the entrance and pink orb lights by the sign.

These decorations are Minnie’s Funderland-themed but also match the 40th anniversary Dream-Go-Round decorations that remain up. The anniversary celebration will come to an end on March 31.

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The character banners, which continue inside the park, are mainly pink with blue ruffled edges. The Minnie’s Funderland logo with pink bubble letters and a polka-dot bow is at the top. A blue polka-dot heart with the number 40 in the center is at the bottom. The background features artwork of the Minnie’s Funderland celebration between dotted sections.

Some of the banners also have 3-D polka-dot dows on top. Mickey is pictured in a pink suit with white dots on the jacket, a blue polka-dot waistcoat and matching tie, a blue hat with pink ribbon, and white shoes.

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Minnie is pictured in her special pink polka-dot dress, with two layers of skirts, blue ruffles, and a blue chest panel. She wears a blue polka-dot bow topped with two pink hearts. Her shoes are pink with blue heart charms and she has blue beaded bracelets on her right wrist.

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There are banners featuring more characters on lampposts throughout the hub of the park in front of Cinderella Castle. Here is Fifi, Minnie’s pet dog, who first appeared in the Mickey Mouse short “Puppy Love.” She’s depicted with two pink polka-dot bows on top of each of her fluffy pigtail-like ears. She wears a blue collar with a tag shaped like two hearts.

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Minnie’s other pet, Figaro, is pictured here with a big pink bow around his neck. Figaro first appeared in “Pinocchio” as Geppetto’s pet cat. His first appearance as Minnie’s pet was in the 1999 “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” film.

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Mickey’s own loyal dog isn’t left out of the celebration. Pluto is pictured here with a pink polka-dot collar and bow-shaped tag, as well as a headband with two pink hearts sticking out of it. Pluto debuted in the 1930 short film “The Chain Gang” as an unnamed dog.

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Minnie’s best friend, Daisy Duck, is in a stylish pink polka-dot dress with purple ruffles and a purple bow on the back above her tail. She accessorizes with pink and purple beaded bracelets and a purple bow with two pink hearts. Her shoes are pink with purple heart charms.

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Donald matches Daisy with the same pink and purple color scheme. His pink jacket has some white polka-dots and he wears a solid purple shirt underneath. His purple tie is dotted, as is the ribbon on his purple hat.

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Clarice is a chipmunk and love interest to Chip ‘n’ Dale. She first appeared in “Two Chips and a Miss.” She wears a long slim-fitting pink polka-dot dress with a yellow panel on the chest. She has a matching yellow bow on her head topped with two pink hearts.

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Leading through the hub is a giant red carpet-like decal on the brick ground. But it’s not red — it’s pink, of course, with large polka dots. Minnie’s pink bow is at the front end of it along with “Minnie’s Funderland.”

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There are some darker pink hearts scattered across the “carpet,” too. The fences around the walkway are covered in pink Minnie’s Funderland bunting.

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In a planter by the castle is a Minnie’s Funderland display featuring life-size figures of Minnie, Fifi, and Figaro. They are decorating with pink, blue, and purple ribbons. Around them are some decorative boxes. In the center is a heart-shaped Minnie’s Funderland design.

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There are some heart-shaped lights on pink pillars decorated with pink bows. Two of them have Minnie’s Funderland banners. The fence around the planter has pink bunting with golden hearts between each piece.

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Special Minnie’s Funderland menu items debuted at Plaza Pavilion Restaurant in late December. The restaurant entrance is now decorated for the celebration. Pink bunting and a polka-dot bow are below the Plaza Pavilion sign. Umbrellas over the queue are pink with alternating solid and polka-dot panels.

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Two heart-shaped pictures of Minnie Mouse are on either side of the entrance archway. In both, she’s wearing her Funderland outfit and is set against a pink background. There are two more polka-dot bows beneath Minnie’s pictures.

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A box planter nearby is wrapped in a pink polka-dot decal. The topiary in the planter is shaped like Minnie Mouse’s head. Between the ears is a pink and white polka-dot bow.

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There are also themed trash and recycling cans. They’re pink with lighter pink polka-dots and occasionally hearts. The dark outline of Minnie’s pink bow is on the trash can lid. The cans are lined in light blue.

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Minnie Mouse-shaped handsoap has also returned to Tokyo Disneyland. This soap debuted in 2020 for the “Very Very Minnie!” celebration. It’s available at select soap dispensers with a pink Minnie Mouse button. When you press the button with your other hand beneath the dispenser, the soap will come out shaped like Minnie’s head with a bow.

Will you be celebrating Minnie’s Funderland during Disney Pal-Palooza this winter? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Brit Tuttle

    Brit didn't grow up going to the Disney Parks, but had basically the next best thing: the Phantom Manor ride operations simulator flash game and the Disney Sing-Along Songs Beach Party at Walt Disney World VHS. You can email them at brittani@wdwnt.com.

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