Tokyo Disneyland to Open ‘Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall’ in April 2011; Encourages Use of Flash Photography
Tokyo 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.
In the lobby and corridor, guests will find eight murals showing how Cinderella changed from beloved daughter, to servant girl and then to Princess. They will also find a diorama of Cinderella being magically transformed into wearing a beautiful ball gown and other works of art made from various materials such as paper, wood and glass. In the Grand Hall, guests will also find a magnificent chandelier, the renowned glass slipper, a throne and special paintings that reveal a magical message when photographed using a flash.
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.
Tomoko Baba was chosen from over 120 applicants and underwent four screening processes. As the 2011 Tokyo Disney Resort Ambassador-elect, she will receive training for three months and serve as goodwill ambassador for one year starting January 1, 2011 and continuing through December 31.
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.
The Disney characters, who are researching and studying the ruins of an ancient civilization as well as the jungle plants and insects, will each be waiting in one of three differently themed structures to greet the guests. At the entrance, guests choose which Disney character they want to meet and follow the trail that leads to the character. Along the way, they can rotate the sections of stone column to jumble or match the character’s head, body and feet. Or they can look at insect specimens through a magnifying glass. These and other activities will be available to help make guests feel like explorers themselves.
The new ‘Mickey & Friends’ Greet Trails’ experience is expected to open on April 23, 2011.
Earlier this year, the Tokyo DisneySea introduced its second character meet and greet experience, the ¡Saludos Amigos! Greeting Dock. OLC has said that once the new trails in the Lost River Delta have opened, Mickey Mouse will be replaced by Donald Duck at the ¡Saludos Amigos! Greeting Dock.
The Tokyo Disneyland Resort also recently reported its second highest attendance level ever in the first-half of the fiscal year. Between April 1 and September 30, 2010, the resort received 12,954,000 guests, a 5.3% increase over last first-half 2009.
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.
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
Although there were perpetual rumors stemming from hope when the Disneyland Resort first announced the return of Captain EO for a limited time engagement, Disney Parks and Resorts successfully blindsided everyone this morning when they announced that it would not only return to Epcot this summer but would also return to Disneyland Paris, completing the circle of life.
The attraction will first re-open at Disneyland Paris on June 12, followed by Tokyo Disneyland on June 30 and finally at Walt Disney World’s Epcot on July 2.
It is official: he is back to change the World — for a limited time.
Despite a weakened economy and virtually all other parks in North America seeing a decline in attendance in 2009, most of Disney’s 11 theme parks worldwide saw improvement in performance according to the 2009 annual TEA/AECOM theme park attendance report issued today. All totaled, approximately 119.1 million guests visited Disney Parks worldwide last year.
Ranking the top 25 parks worldwide, the top 8 spots went to Disney Parks, with number one being — with no surprise — the Magic Kingdom with an annual attendance of about 17.2 million, a relatively minor increase over 2008. Ten of Disney’s theme parks ranked in the top 25, the only absentee being the Walt Disney Studios at the Disneyland Paris Resort.
The Disneyland Resort saw the largest percentage in attendance increase with Disneyland gaining 8% to 15.9 million guests and Disney California Adventure with a whopping 9.5% increase to slightly over 6 million.
Conversely, the Tokyo Disney Resort saw a slight decrease in attendance over 2008 but as we pointed out earlier, 2008′s increase was due primarily to the Resort’s 25th anniversary and, in fact, 2009 was Tokyo Disneyland’s second best year ever in attendance.
Arguably the best news, however, comes from Hong Kong Disneyland, which — despite highly publicized troubles — is closing the gap on perennial rival Ocean Park. With only 200K visitors separating the two in 2009, Ocean Park’s attendance dipped by 4.6% while Hong Kong Disneyland’s actually grew 2%.
When further broken down into geographic regions, all six North American Disney Parks take the top spots while Disneyland Paris takes the #1 spot in Europe and Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea take the top two spots for Asia.
The report also covers water parks around the globe in which Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, both located at the Walt Disney World Resort, commanded the top two spots with virtually zero change in attendance over last year. In North America, Sea World’s Aquatica and Universal’s Wet’n'wild took the following two spots.
For more information, you can access the report directly here. Note that attendance figures are not reported directly by the theme parks and are estimated based on several factors and formulas.
Following the recent move by the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Captain EO will soon return to the Tokyo Disneyland Resort, presented by JCB. The attraction, which returns on July 1, originally ran at the resort from March 20, 1987 until September 1, 1996.
Captain EO will be available at Tokyo Disneyland through June 30, 2011 and will replace MicroAdventure! which will close on May 10, 2010 for the switch. FASTPASS will be available.
This summer, Disney Vacation Club is scheduled to open the doors of its first ever international sales preview center at Tokyo Disney Resort. The 15,000-square-foot interactive center will give guests a peek at Disney Vacation Club resort hotels as well as other vacation offerings Disney offers. Guests can see for themselves a two-bedroom model of the vacation home accommodations that DVC members and families can expect to find on the island of O’ahu at Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai’i. And kids won’t be bored because Disney designed a supervised play area and interactive family discovery zone within the space. Check out this first artist rendering.