7 things you’ll love about Tokyo Disneyland’s 35th anniversary celebration
IT’S OFFICIAL. Tokyo Disneyland has kicked off its 35th anniversary celebration.
On Sunday, the park marked its 35th year with the reopening of a renovated popular attraction, “It’s a Small World”. Tokyo Disneyland’s operator Oriental Land Co. (OLC) held a ceremony in commemoration of the reopening with Mickey Mouse and his friends at the park.
Tokyo Disneyland, a 115-acre theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, first opened its doors to the public on April 15, 1983.
It’s the first Disney theme park to open outside of the US.
Modeled after California’s Disneyland and Florida’s The Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands.
As of the end of March, a total of 720 million fans have visited Tokyo Disneyland and the nearby Tokyo DisneySea (the only DisneySea in the world).
News emerged earlier this year that there are plans to expand the park.
OLC chairman Toshio Kagami confirmed expansion plans are underway. “We would like to create the next Disneyland with everyone for a new dream,” he said.
Although the scale and timeline of the expansion haven’t been set, the operator does have plans to open a new Beauty and the Beast-inspired area by 2020.
Also, according to earlier rumors, the expansion will include an outer space themed park called DisneySky, inspired by futuristic travel and aerodynamic flight.
Meanwhile, Tokyo Disneyland’s anniversary extravaganza, “Tokyo Disney Resort 35th ‘Happiest Celebration!” will run through March 25, 2019.
The year-long celebration features a handful of special events. Here are seven things that you’ll love about Tokyo Disneyland’s 35th anniversary:
What’s a visit to Disneyland without watching a Disney parade? Kicking off the “Tokyo Disney Resort 35th ‘Happiest Celebration!” is the premiere of a grand daytime parade where Mickey Mouse and his friends take guests to a world of fantasy and imagination.
Remember to gather around on the parade route to catch it.
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Premiering later in the summer (July), the new nighttime spectacular features state-of-the-art projection technology, lasers, water cannons and a performance on a grander scale than ever before experienced at the park.
With Cinderella’s Castle as the stage, Mickey Mouse takes guests on a magical, musical journey around Tokyo Disneyland.
Pastry Palace and Ice Cream Cones
Chocolate Crunch has continued to be a popular souvenir at Tokyo Disney Resort since it was first launched in 1986. For the anniversary period, Pastry Palace and Ice Cream Cones will be transformed into shops specializing in this confectionery. Both locations will feature decorations, merchandise and menus themed to the concept of the Duck Family Chocolate Competition.
Happiest Celebration on the Sea
At Mediterranean Harbor is a brand new show, “Happiest Celebration on the Sea”.
Dressed in their special costumes for the 35th anniversary, Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters, including Duffy and friends, will greet guests from on board a special boat on the waters of Mediterranean Harbor. The greeting will take place to the music of the 35th-anniversary theme song.
During the anniversary year, World Bazaar’s Main Street at Tokyo Disneyland will be transformed into Celebration Street, where each and every guest who enters the park can begin to get into the celebratory mood. Inside the entrance to Tokyo Disneyland will be a photo location featuring the Disney friends rolling out a red carpet to greet guests.
At Tokyo DisneySea, guests will find decorations celebrating the 35th anniversary at the park’s main entrance as well as at the entrance to Passaggio MiraCosta.
The restaurants at Tokyo Disneyland will serve popular items, including hot dogs and churros, in special anniversary versions. Guests will also find desserts which come with a souvenir item. At Tokyo DisneySea, guests can feel the festive atmosphere as they enjoy a pasta set, special cocktails, and more.
Don’t leave without taking a part of Tokyo Disney Resort home with you.
During the event period, there will be about 250 types of items including those with designs depicting Mickey Mouse and the Disney characters jumping for joy to celebrate the 35th anniversary. At Tokyo DisneySea, Guests will find items for the 35th anniversary that depict Duffy and friends having fun marching with musical instruments.