Our year-end tradition (my idea) continues this year, and I take a look back at everything that happened in 2016 — check out last year’s post too — at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea, from the biggest news items to the bizarre.
Let’s take a look back at 2016!
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This year we reached over 1 million people. What an incredible achievement! And we couldn’t have done it without your continued support. We love helping you plan your trip to Tokyo Disney Resort, and are happy to have included Hong Kong and Shanghai Disneyland.
While we continue to focus on Tokyo Disney Resort, we have expanded our planning guides and news to Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disney Resort. Since you’re coming all this way, making a side-trip to Hong Kong or Shanghai is certainly not out of the question!
One of the biggest accomplishments this year is the release of our Wait Time App for iOS. Check the wait times — in English — right on your device with our FREE app. Don’t worry, we are planning to release an Android version in 2017.
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As in most years, there’s a large amount of news throughout the year. I went through the years biggest stories and now present them to you in a convenient bullet point list (in no particular order):
- Annual Report for Tokyo Disney Resort Released
- Tokyo DisneySea celebrates its 15th Anniversary with “The Year of Wishes”
- Ticket prices increased April 1, 2016, to ¥7400 for a one-day ticket
- StormRider closed May 16, 2016
- Galleria at Tokyo Disneyland Closed
- New version of Big Band Beat debuts with the start of the 15th Anniversary
- Final year for Minnie’s Tropical Splash at Tokyo DisneySea. Replaced with a Pirates of the Caribbean event for Summer 2017.
- New Atmosphere Shows begin at Tokyo Disneyland in every land
- Japanese Minnie Mouse Voice Actress Yuuko Mizutani passes away from Breast Cancer
- Hudson’s Harvest (Snack Stand) opens in the American Waterfront at Tokyo DisneySea
- Out of Shadowland debuts at Tokyo DisneySea (replacement for Mystic Rhythms)
- Camp Woodchuck area opens at Tokyo Disneyland with a new restaurant and Meet and Greet
- Tokyo Disney Resort’s fourth hotel, Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel Wish & Discover opens
- Power outage at Tokyo Disney Resort
- Ikspiari opens new restaurants such as Pie Face, Max Brenner, and Guzman Y Gomez
- Tokyo Disney Resort Online Reservations stops accepting foreign-issued credit cards (except MasterCard) temporarily
- Various announcements for the future of the parks
Funny, Bizarre, & Interesting
Aside from the long list of news, a lot of interesting events happened in and around the parks.
The one that got the most traction was a fake video circulating that showed Princess Aurora’s dress changing colour in the Happiness is Here Parade at Tokyo Disneyland. The video surfaced on Facebook and got over 3 million views. We were quick to debunk this. As much as I wish it was true, it isn’t.
— 大松絵美 (@oomatsuemi) September 9, 2016
This next one made its rounds on Twitter in the Japanese Disney Community. It’s a video of a comedian showing the exaggerated difference between new Cast Members and Veterans at Tokyo Disney Resort.
While it’s only in Japanese, you can hear the point she is trying to make. She goes through three different situations. The second one, you probably have heard. The first part (新人) is the “new” Cast Member and the second (ベテラン) is the “veteran”.
- General information given to Guests
- Speaking to Non-Japanese Guests
- Explaining ride troubles
With over 100k Retweets on Twitter, it made the impact online and is quite hilarious.
The parks here are known for their ever-changing merchandise. From the merchandise released for every event and new releases, there were tons to spend your money on this past year. Check out our full listing all our translated merchandise posts.
Here’s a list of the top read merchandise posts of 2016:
- Peter Pan Merchandise (that body pillow is strange yet intriguing)
- Camp Woodchuck Merchandise
- Christmas 2016 Merchandise at Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, & Duffy the Disney Bear
- Halloween 2016 Merchandise at Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, & Duffy the Disney Bear
- Summer 2016 Merchandise at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea
- Spring 2016 Merchandise at Tokyo Disneyland, & Tokyo DisneySea, & Duffy the Disney Bear
Overall, 2016 was a mixed year with new offerings and closures. Was there anything in 2016 that stood out (or that we missed)? Can’t wait to see what 2017 bring!
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