The Happiest Place on Earth Just Got A Lot Happier

5 Dizzying Highlights You Have To See For Yourself At Tokyo Disney Resort’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

The happiest place on earth beckons with a brand new daytime parade that truly is quite spectacular


Has it really been three and a half decades since the first Disneyland in Asia, Disneyland Tokyo opened?

The year was 1983, almost 30 years after the original “Happiest Place on Earth” opened in Anaheim, California in 1955. Not only was it then the only Disneyland in Asia, Disneyland Tokyo was the first park to be built outside the United States.

From April 2018 all the way to March 2019, Tokyo Disney Resort will celebrate its birthday with a special anniversary event “Tokyo Disney Resort 35th ‘Happiest Celebration” held at both Disneyland and DisneySea Park. Guests are in for an incomparable experience of magical fun with a slew of new attractions, activities, and programmes for the whole family!

Here are some of the exciting highlights you just can’t miss:

1. Catch the brand new parade “Dreaming Up!”

Kicking off the festivity is the premiere of the grand daytime parade, where Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends take guests on an adventure filled with fantasy and imagination!

The 45-minute parade consists of 13 floats and five units, including one that carries all the gorgeous Disney princes such as Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, and Rapunzel.

From animated film Big Hero 6, Baymax also makes his first appearance at the Park, flying high with human partner Hiro on his back.

The parade comes to a fitting conclusion with a graceful Mary Poppins seemingly levitating in midair, while Peter Pan and Wendy fulfill their flying fantasies with the help of a little pixie dust from Tinkerbell!

Venue: Parade Route, Tokyo Disneyland
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes


2. Hop on board the “happiest cruise that ever sailed”

After a year-long renovation, “It’s a Small World” will reopen in a new enhanced version as part of the Park’s 35th-anniversary celebration. Almost 40 new figures are added based on characters from your favourite Disney movies, while the attraction’s namesake soundtrack is remixed with selected theme songs from a myriad of Disney films.

The voyage begins in Europe, where you can join Princess Merida on her archery adventures in Scotland, before travelling on to Asia, Africa, Central America, and the islands of the South Pacific.

The little ones would be delighted at the colourful spectacle and intricate sets and props, while the young-at-heart can have fun pointing out familiar places and characters like the Taj Mahal in India and characters from Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Pinocchio, Mulan, The Jungle Book, and many more!

For the picture-perfect Instagram moment, guests will also find a new mural with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at the boarding area of the ride.

Venue: Fantasyland, Tokyo Disneyland


3. Celebrate on sea!

Over at Tokyo DisneySea Park, a brand new show awaits. The “Happiest Celebration on the Sea” will see Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends, including Donald Duck and Goofy, sending their blessings on board a special boat that sails through the waters of the Mediterranean Harbour.

Look how adorable Duffy, his girlfriend StellaLou, and the rest of their squad are as they sing and dance around the harbour! The 12-minute show will take place up to three times daily to tunes of the 35th-anniversary theme song. Trust us when we say that the catchy song will be stuck in your head for days after you leave the Park!

Venue: Mediterranean Harbour, Tokyo DisneySea
Duration: Approximately 12 minutes


4. Track down the Happiest Mickey Spots

What’s a birthday party without a little treasure hunt of sorts? There will be 35 Mickey Mouse spread over Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, each donned in a special costume offering plenty of photo opportunities for visitors.

For 2300 yen, guests can purchase a Happiest Memory Maker that immerses them in the festivities via an interactive way. Leave the device on, and whenever you’re near any Happiest Mickey Spots,  the device will light up, and a voice clip of Mickey Mouse or his Disney friends will be played! It’s almost like Pokemon Go!

Venue: Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea


5. Marvel at a brand new nighttime spectacular

Making its debut in July this year, the new night show will feature state-of-the-art projection technology, lasers, and even water cannons, wowing visitors with a performance grander than any other you’ve experienced before at the Park. Join Mickey Mouse on a magical musical journey as Cinderella Castle comes alive for a good 15 minutes every night, sometimes even twice a night!

Date: Starting 10 July 2018
Venue: Cinderella Castle, Tokyo Disneyland
Duration: Approximately 15 minutes



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Eric Lim

Eric Lim is a certified Aussie & Switzerland Specialist. He will be happy to offer advise and to plan your holidays to Australia and Europe.

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