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Disneyland Tokyo - Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage
The 30th anniversary ofTokyo Disney Resort is fast approaching, and Disney have lots of exciting things planned for the event. Last week, the resort unveiled plans for a new show, “Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage,” that will help spread the celebration throughout Tokyo DisneySea.
Presented from March 18-June 30, the show will tell the story of Duffy the Disney Bear traveling with Mickey Mouse to enjoy springtime at Tokyo DisneySea. They embark on their cruise from Cape Cod and visit the ports ofMediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, and Arabian Coast. Together with other Disney characters dressed in new spring costumes, they take part in “mini shows” at each stop for a unique springtime celebration.
Disneyland Tokyo Resort - 30th Anniversary Details
Tokyo Disneyland has announced the program for the Tokyo Disneyland 30th Anniversary celebrations which will start on April 15, 2013. It will be called “The Happiness Year”. There are lots of new and exciting things coming to both parks including a new parade called “The Happiness is Here”, Star Tours : the Adventures Continue, and much more as you will read on the press release below.
March 18 - June 30, 2013
Special Event “Mickey and Duffy’s Spring Voyage” (Tokyo DisneySea)
Mickey and Duffy will begin celebrating the anniversary year a little early with this heartwarming spring event. They will travel around Tokyo DisneySea to discover the happiness that abounds throughout the Park.
Starting April 15, 2013
New Daytime Parade “Happiness Is Here” (Tokyo Disneyland)
A new daytime parade will start at Tokyo Disneyland during this anniversary year. Themed to “happiness,” the parade will feature Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends riding on colorful floats designed in the image of the Disney characters. The parade, spanning a length of 500 meters, will go around the parade route to lively tunes. The parade will be filled with surprises and excitement, putting a smile on Guests’ faces and spreading the happiness all around. (“Happiness Is Here” is sponsored by NTT DOCOMO, Inc. The current daytime parade “Jubilation!” will end on April 5, 2013.)
New Opening of the Attraction “Star Tours: The Adventures Continue”(Tokyo Disneyland)
The attraction Star Tours will be completely renewed and re-open in spring 2013 as a new attraction titled Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. The attraction will be based on the world of the Star Wars film series, and will feature 3-D visuals for the first time. With more than 50 different story combinations, Guests will encounter new experiences and unexpected thrills every time they ride.
June 24 - July 7, 2013
Tanabata Program (Tokyo Disneyland)
The annual Tanabata (Star Festival) program at Tokyo Disneyland will start on June 24, a little earlier than previous years. During this period, Guests will be greeted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed as the star-crossed lovers Hikoboshi and Orihime (representing the stars Altair and Vega) in a Disney-style celebration of this traditional festival. There will also be a large monument in World Bazaar where Guests can hang cards with their wishes written on them.
July 8 - September 2, 2013
Special Event “Disney’s Natsu Matsuri” (Tokyo Disneyland)
Tokyo Disneyland will heat up the summer again in 2013 with a Japanese-style festival packed with lots of Disney fun. Guests will enjoy an entertainment program featuring tons of spraying water at the festival location in front of Cinderella Castle, and the Park will be decked out with Japanese-style festival decorations. This will be a hot summer event filled with the happiness of a truly lively and exciting festival.
July 8 - September 2, 2013
New Special Event (title to be determined) (Tokyo DisneySea)
Tokyo DisneySea will host a new special event held mainly in Mediterranean Harbor.. There will be new entertainment featuring tons of splashing water, and other elements to bring even more happiness this summer to Tokyo DisneySea.
September 9 - October 31, 2013
Special Event “Disney’s Halloween” (Tokyo Disneyland / Tokyo DisneySea)
During the 30th anniversary year, Guests will find the happiness of enjoying all the fun of each Park’s style of Halloween. The event at Tokyo Disneyland will feature a new theme for a spirited and mischievous Halloween with the Disney characters and ghosts. Lots of pumpkin decorations will further enhance the Halloween atmosphere. And at Tokyo DisneySea, Guests will enjoy a distinctly gorgeous Halloween masquerade. In the show presented at Mediterranean Harbor, the Disney characters and skeletons come together for a happy carnival. Guests will also enjoy a variety of Halloween fun at American Waterfront, Lost River Delta and other areas in the Park.
November 7 - December 25, 2013
Special Event “Christmas Fantasy” (Tokyo Disneyland)
Tokyo Disneyland will host the event “Christmas Fantasy” themed to Disney Santa Village, a Disney-style village where Santa Claus lives. There will be a parade with the Disney characters and elves, as well as colorful Christmas decorations throughout the Park, for Guests to enjoy a holiday season filled with fantasy and happiness.
November 7 - December 25, 2013
Special Event “Christmas Wishes” (Tokyo DisneySea)
Tokyo DisneySea will host a heartwarming Christmas event themed to the happiness of making Christmas wishes come true. In the nighttime entertainment, a gigantic Christmas tree will rise from the waters of Mediterranean Harbor, filling the area with romance. In addition, each themed port will be decorated with Christmas trees and other monuments that manifest the Christmas wishes of Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends. Guests will be able to enjoy a fantastic and romantic atmosphere at Tokyo DisneySea during this special holiday period.
January 1 - 5, 2014
New Year’s Program (Tokyo Disneyland / Tokyo DisneySea)
The Park entrances will be decorated with Japanese-style New Year’s decorations, and the Disney characters will appear in special costumes to welcome the New Year. Guests visiting the Parks can start their new year in an atmosphere full of hope and happiness.
During this anniversary period, Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo Disneyland® Hotel and Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta will work their Disney magic to host programs filled with happiness. In particular, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel will offer room amenities and room keys designed especially for the 30th anniversary and the restaurants at all three hotels will also offer special menus to celebrate the 30th anniversary. Furthermore, special banquet and wedding programs, as well as exclusive, limited items, will be offered for this period only.
Universal Studios Japan - Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios Japan has announced that horror mazes based on the popular BioHazard video game franchise will feature at its Halloween Horror Nights 2012 events.
The park has teamed up with CAPCOM, the creator of BioHazard (which is known as Resident Evil in Western countries), to create the mazes. As in the video games, hordes of undead zombies will terrorize guests, with the mazes set to occupy the Gramercy Park area and the Terminator 2: 3-D building.
Gramercy Park, located in the New York area of Universal Studios Japan, will be transformed into a recreation of Racoon City, the fictional setting for the Resident Evil games. In addition to the zombies, popular human characters including Jill Valentine and Clare Redfield will make appearances in the maze.
The Terminator 2: 3-D building will become Umbrella Corporation: T-Virus Escape, a more intense, indoor experience that will feature the intimidating Tyrant.
To further exploit the tie-up with CAPCOM, Universal Studios Japan will also offer a range of special dining options during the Halloween Horror Nights events. This will include a “T-Virus Brains” pasta, and a mixed herb drink (a reference to the herbs that are used to restore life in the games).
Universal Studios Japan’s Halloween Horror Nights will kick off on September 14, and will run on Fridays through Mondays until October 31.
Disneyland Tokyo - Toy Story MANIA!!
Four hundred minutes was the recent queue time for the newly opened Toy Story Mania at Tokyo Disney Sea! I literally cannot believe my eyes, that is truly shocking and I believe it beats the opening day wait time for Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure.
I honestly hope that these queues are not present on my visit in December otherwise I will only get to do like 2 rides…
Disney’s Tokyo Resort - Raging Spirits Accident [UPDATE]
The Tokyo Disney Resort has blamed a ride operator for an accident on the Raging Spirits roller coaster at Tokyo DisneySea that saw a man sustain a leg injury.
Reports claim that the man attempted to climb out of one of the coaster’s trains after it began to leave the station on May 28, 2012. The man’s shoulder harness was reportedly not locked, leading him to fear that he could fall out of the ride during its circuit. He hurt his leg after it was dragged along the station surface, although his injuries are not thought to be serious.
The Oriental Land Company, which operates the Tokyo Disney Resort, claims that one of the ride operators on Raging Spirits failed to follow its standard safety procedures in the build-up to the incident. Initial reports suggest that the operator had temporarily unlocked the safety harnesses in order to try and secure a harness on an empty seat, resulting in the man’s harness being released. The company has reportedly admitted that it failed to train the Cast Member adequately on the safety harness mechanisms.