‘Toy Story Mania!’ to Open at Tokyo Disneyland Resort on July 9, 2012

Oriental Land Company, Ltd., owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, has announced that on July 9, 2012, it will welcome the 3D attraction ‘Toy Story Mania!’ based on the popular Toy Story franchise from Disney/Pixar to the Tokyo DisneySea theme park.

The 3D attraction, a first for the resort, will be located in a new area of the park, Toyville Trolley Park, themed to an old-fashioned amusement park. Guests will enter the attraction through the ‘wide open mouth’ of Woody whose face will measure more than 26 feet in height. Once inside the attraction, the queue will appear full of ‘oversized’ toys and board games, similar to that of the queue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At this time there is no mention of the troubled Mr. Potato Head interactive audio  animatronic found at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort (Disney California Adventure) locations.

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‘Star Tours 2.0′ to Launch at Tokyo Disneyland in 2013

Oriental Land Company, owner and operator of Tokyo Disneyland, has announced that it will be following in the footsteps of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts and will be updating its ‘Star Tours’ attraction in Tomorrowland. With an estimated cost of 7 billion yen (approximately $91 million US), ‘Star Tours: The Adventure Continues’ is expected to open in spring 2013.

From the initial announcement, it does not appear that the attraction will differ from that of the recent makeover at the Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Just yesterday, the attraction redo was recognized by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and will receive a Thea Award for its refresh.

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Tokyo Disneyland: Heck No, EO Won’t Go!

Captain EO LogoDespite original intentions to return ‘Captain EO’ back to the vault on June 30, 2011, the Tokyo Disneyland Resort today announced that the attraction will instead remain at the park indefinitely, forcing the permanent closure of the attraction it displaced, ‘MicroAdventure!’

Tokyo Disneyland, which is owned and operated by the Oriental Land Company under license of The Walt Disney Company, has been the only Disney Resort to acknowledge an end date for the attraction which has returned to Disneyland, Walt Disney World’s Epcot and Disneyland Paris.

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The Walt Disney Company, Disney Parks Issue 2010 Corporate Citizenship Reports

The Walt Disney Company today released its second Corporate Citizenship report detailing Disney’s progress on environmental and social impacts. The report also includes the Company’s first set of comprehensive citizenship commitments and goals, aligned around three core principles:

  • Act and create in an ethical manner and consider the consequences of our decisions
  • Champion the happiness and well-being of kids, parents and families in our endeavors
  • Inspire kids, parents, employees, and communities to make a lasting, positive change in the world

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‘Jasmine’s Flying Carpets’ to Open at DisneySea on July 18, 2011

Concept art of Jasmine's Flying Carpets. © DisneyThe Tokyo Disneyland Resort has announced that Jasmine’s Flying Carpets will officially open at Tokyo DisneySea on July 18, 2011. The attraction is fashioned a la Dumbo and has sixteen vehicles in the form of a magic carpet, each capable of holding four guests. Guests are able to control the height and tilt of their carpets. For friends and family not riding the carpet, an elevated viewing platform will be offered.

The attraction is sponsored by NTT Communications Corporation and will be located in the Arabian Coast area of the Tokyo DisneySea park.

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Tokyo Disneyland to Open ‘Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall’ in April 2011; Encourages Use of Flash Photography

Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall Concept Photo © DisneyTokyo Disneyland® Park announced its new attraction titled Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall is scheduled to open on April 15, 2011. This will be a walkthrough-type attraction located inside Cinderella Castle in which guests can wander through gorgeous rooms that bring the world of Disney’s classic animated film Cinderella to life and view paintings, diorama, and other artworks that follow the story of the beloved princess. Cinderella, wanting to share her magical princess story, decided to open up the castle even during her absence and exhibit various artworks that show scenes from her story.

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Tokyo Disney Resort Names 2011 Ambassador

2011 Tokyo Disneyland Resort Ambassador Tomoko BabaTokyo Disney Resort announced today that Tomoko Baba has been selected as the 2011 Tokyo Disney Resort Ambassador. Ms. Baba will serve as the goodwill ambassador for Tokyo Disney Resort.

As a representative of all of the Cast Members of Tokyo Disney Resort, the Tokyo Disney Resort Ambassador will be involved in various publicity activities for the Resort, including appearances in TV and radio shows. She will also visit welfare facilities, hospitals, and municipal offices, and participate in various community service activities in different areas.

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New Character Meet & Greet Experience to be Unearthed at Tokyo Disneyland Resort in 2011

'Mickey & Friends' Greeting Trail' at Tokyo DisneySea concept photo OLC, the parent company of the Tokyo Disneyland Resort, has announced that a new meet and greet experience will be coming to Tokyo DisneySea as part of its ‘Be Magical!’ 10th anniversary. Located next to the Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull in the Lost River Delta, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy will be greeting guests and taking commemorative photos.

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Tokyo Disneyland Announces Opening Date for ‘Mickey’s PhilharMagic’

Mickey's PhilharMagic at Tokyo Disneyland © DisneyThe Tokyo Disneyland Resort has announced that Mickey’s PhilHarmagic, its 43rd attraction, will open to the public on January 24, 2011.

At a cost of about $65 million US, the 4D attraction’s theatre will seat up to 454 guests per show as they thrill to the exciting adventures of Donald Duck as he finds himself face to face with many of the characters from Walt Disney’s animated classics.

The attraction, which will be located in Fantasyland, is connected to its corresponding gift shop, Harmony Faire.

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Video: Disney Characters Perform Diski Dance in Honor of the 2010 World Cup

In honor of the 2010 World Cup coming up in just a couple of days, our beloved Disney friends (mostly at the lead of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command) boogie down to the diski dance, the South African tradition that gets the world moving. Composed of moves with names that include the juggle, header, the bridge and table mountain, diski (which is slang for soccer) is based loosely on the moves young South Africans perform when practising the sport.

Video comes courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Netherlands

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