“Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland” is the new nighttime spectacular at Tokyo Disneyland and officially debuts on July 10, 2018, as part of the Tokyo Disney Resort 35th Anniversary. As the name indicates, it’s a show dedicated to celebrating the Park. With the use of water fountains, pyrotechnics, lasers, lighting, fireworks, and projection mapping, you’re transported around the “Kingdom of Dreams and Magic.”
Mickey Mouse starts off the show on the balcony of Cinderella Castle and figures out when he waves his baton, the music is able to transport him and guests around Tokyo Disneyland. Each scene focuses on a different land within the Park.
If you haven’t watched the show yet, be aware that this review is full of spoilers. We were able to watch the full show during a preview on July 9, 2018. Also, don’t forget to check out the new merchandise to celebrate the brand new show!
Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland
The biggest strength of the show is that it’s not a simple clip show, which what the previous show Once Upon A Time was. Instead of clips from a variety of Disney films, you’re presented with original scenes that celebrate all the lands within Tokyo Disneyland.
From the Country Bears in Westernland to the Haunted Mansion in Fantasyland, you get to experience unexpected scenes that and are wonderfully done. The nostalgia factor hits hard — especially those who have visited the Park for years — and you can’t help but shed a tear or two. During the “Tomorrowland” scene you’ll see logos from attractions that are no more such as the Grand Circuit Raceway and StarJets.
My favourite scenes are the Country Bears, Haunted Mansion, and (oddly enough) the Star Tours part. Normally, Star Wars scenes feel forced, I’m looking at you Ignite the Dream at Shanghai Disneyland, but in this show, it felt natural since it’s tied to the Star Tours attraction. Another aspect I loved was the highlights of classic attractions such as the Mark Twain Riverboat, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain.
The musical score is grand and the moment I heard the words “Tokyo Disneyland”, I got chills. The water fountains and lightning in the trees surrounding the castle adds an extra layer of texture. You have pyrotechnics and fireworks shooting into the sky, water dancing in the air, trees flickering with colourful lights, lasers beaming above the audience, and Mickey Mouse waving his magical baton to change the canvas on Cinderella Castle.
All of these elements may sound overwhelming, but it all works together to create the nighttime spectacular that this Park has lacked. My only disappointment is the fireworks aren’t as grand as other nighttime shows at the other Disney Parks. That’s a small complaint compared to everything else this show does right.
“Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland” does exactly what the name says, celebrates what makes Tokyo Disneyland spectacular. If you’ve visited the Park for years, I guarantee it’ll bring a tear to your eye (even if you haven’t, you’ll see get a tear in your eye). You won’t want to miss this show and is the perfect way to end your day at Tokyo Disneyland.
“Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland” is on twice every evening. Check showtimes when you are in the Park or on the official website. The viewing area in front of Cinderella is by show lottery at Tomorrowland Hall. I recommend getting a spot in the hub area at least 60-minutes in advance. Otherwise getting a spot further back at the end of the World Bazaar is another excellent option (get there about 30-45 minutes before showtime).
More Things to Do in Tokyo
My recommendations for things to do in and around Tokyo! Plan a day at the Hello Kitty theme park, Sanrio Puroland, and an afternoon at the popular TeamLab Planets TOKYO. Take a tour around Tokyo with the convenient hop-on and-off bus. Spend a rainy afternoon inside Japan’s largest indoor theme park, Tokyo Joyoplis, near Tokyo Disney!
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