This Monday, April 15, the Tokyo Disney Resort will officially kick off its year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary. One of the exciting new elements joining the line-up is a brand new parade titled ‘Happiness is Here,’ with massive and dynamic floats designed by Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily. Although the parade doesn’t officially start until Monday, Tokyo Disneyland has been offering a soft opening to guests, inviting them to preview things to come.
There have already been some videos out there since the parade began, so I opted to take photos of the parade when I had my chance to see it yesterday morning. Below are some of the images from ‘Happiness Is Here.’ Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version of the image.
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‘May the 7th be with you,’ is probably something you won’t be hearing a lot of next year, but just a few days after The Walt Disney Company announced its intentions to acquire Lucasfilm to produce new Star Wars films, the Tokyo Disney Resort has announced it will hold its grand opening for ‘Star Tours: The Adventures Continue’ on May 7, 2013 — just a few days after ‘Star Wars Day’ on May the 4th.
At a price tag just north of US $87 million, the updated attraction brings the same 3D randomized experience to Tokyo Disneyland as it has already done for both Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
‘Star Tours: The Adventures Continue’ is just one more reason the Tokyo Disney Resort will just get happier as it begins celebrating ‘The Happiness Year’ in April 2013, commemorating its 30th anniversary. The attraction will offer FASTPASS and will have a height restriction of 41″ (105 cm) and an age minimum of 3.
On April 15, 2013, the Tokyo Disney Resort, owned and operated by the Oriental Land Company (OLC), will celebrate its 30th anniversary. To help commemorate creating a generation of memories in Japan, the Resort has produced a television ad in the anime style. The ad follows the life of a woman as she visits Tokyo Disneyland for the first time as a child, falls in love at the park as a young adult, gets married in the park, brings her child to the park for the first time and is eventually seen as (presumably) a grandmother.
Although Cinderella is featured in the ad as a character being met by the very young protagonist, no Disney characters’ faces are represented in the style throughout the ad.
UPDATE: According to Anime News Network, the woman featured throughout the ad is called Yumeno Maihama, taking her name in part from Maihama, where Tokyo Disney Resort is located. A Google search yielded only one other match for the name and it’s not likely to be of Disney origin. The character is introduced on the Tokyo Disney page here.
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Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House will allow up to eight guests to redecorate Goofy’s room in a unique and toony fashion with what seems like real paint.
Groups of guests work together to colorfully paint a room in Goofy’s house using special paint applicators, called Toontone Splat Masters. To paint areas of the room, guests aim the Splat Master at the wall or furniture they wish to color and simply activate the applicators.
The attraction features beach, jungle and other remodeling themes, as well as various types of Toontone Splat Masters, so guests can enjoy a different experience each time they visit.
Toontown is sponsored by Kodansha Ltd.