Tokyo Disney Resort has released details about their New Year’s Program for 2017. Which runs from January 1, 2017, until January 5, 2017. This coming year is “The Year of the Rooster” in the Chinese Zodiac. Which means Donald and Daisy are the ambassadors for this year’s celebration! They receive the special treatment with brand new traditional Japanese outfits during the New Year’s Greeting and new merchandise designs.
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All information and photos from the Tokyo Disney Resort Blog.
New Years in the Parks
For such a short event, there is a lot packed into this 5-day celebration. A New Year’s Greeting at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea — which is a character greeting parade/show while they wear their traditional Japanese garments. This is one of a handful of times during the year the Disney Friends wear Japanese clothing (the others being Summer and Tanabata Days). No event is complete without limited merchandise and food items at the parks and Disney Hotels.
During the first New Year’s Greeting, the 2017-2018 Ambassador for Tokyo Disney Resort makes an appearance during the parade at both parks.
Here’s a look at the New Year’s Celebration from this previous year.
Tokyo Disneyland New Year’s Greeting
- Location: Parade Route
- Performances: Twice Daily
- Duration: About 35 minutes
Tokyo DisneySea New Year’s Greeting
- Location: Mediterranean Harbor
- Performances: Twice Daily
- Duration: About 15 minutes
At the entrance to the World Bazaar in Tokyo Disneyland and the entrance to the MiraCosta Street are decorated with the motif of Donald and Daisy Duck.
Everyone’s favourite part of any event is the limited merchandise! Items go on sale November 18, 2016, at both parks. Donald and Daisy plush — along with other Disney friends — are available in their traditional Japanese New Year’s attire. Other items include Daruma, Greeting Cards, and sweets.
New Year’s Food Menu
The staple of every New Years is the beautiful souvenir cup that comes with a special dessert (750 yen). Last year it featured King Louie and Abu (Year of the Monkey). For 2017, Donald and Daisy are featured! In addition, a special wafer cake with sweet red beans is also available for 350 yen.
Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Disney Ambassador Hotel offer a special New Years menu.
All food items are on sale starting December 26, 2016
New Year’s Day Park Hours
The parks open at 09:00 on January 1, 2017. The New Year’s Eve event happens the night before starting at 20:00 on December 31st, 2016 and goes until 07:00 on January 1, 2017.
This is a special ticketed event which requires you to enter a special lottery to win the privilege to buy tickets. Which concluded in August 2016 and are no longer available. If you are a guest at the official Disney Hotels (Disneyland Hotel, Ambassador, or MiraCosta) on December 31st, 2016, you are eligible to buy tickets for the New Year’s Eve event.
New Years is a short but fun way to experience a glimpse of Japanese culture in a Disney setting. Stay tuned for more details on the New Years limited merchandise and food, once it becomes available.
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