Oriental Land Company has released full details for the next anniversary! Tokyo Disney Resort 35th “Happiest Celebration!” begins April 15, 2018, through March 25, 2019, at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
We’ll go over the main highlights of the anniversary and give a summary. For full details check out the press release from OLC.
Tokyo Disney Resort 35th “Happiest Celebration!”
This celebration marks 35 years since the grand opening of Tokyo Disneyland Park in 1983. Tokyo Disney Resort is celebrating year-round with a number of brand new offerings for everyone! To kick off the celebration on April 15, 2018, we’ll see the premiere of the new daytime parade “Dreaming Up!” and the re-opening of “it’s a small world” at Tokyo Disneyland.
In the summer, a brand new nighttime spectacular debuts at Cinderella Castle that’ll feature new effects and on a grander scale than we’ve seen before (including water canons). It’ll feature a special theme song for the anniversary.
Throughout the event, there are elements of the anniversary at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. As always, a number of limited time merchandise and special menu items are available.
Merchandise and food go on sale starting April 10, 2018, while Duffy-themed goods go on sale starting April 6, 2018.
There’s a lot to cover. Here’s a summary of what’s happening for the 35th Anniversary at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea:
- New entertainment at both Parks (see section below)
- World Bazaar at Tokyo Disneyland transformed into “Celebration Street” with decorations, projects, and 10-meter tall monument with different Mickey Mouse statues throughout the years
- Mickey statues called “Happiest Mickey Spots” in each themed land and ports at both Parks
- Special interactive stations around both Parks using a new item called the Happiest Memory Maker
- A special limited time shop at Tokyo Disneyland featuring the popular “Chocolate Crunch” candy
- Over 200 new merchandise items (on sale starting April 10, 2018)
- New Duffy merchandise (on sale starting April 6, 2018)
- Special room keys, amenities, and room decorations, at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
- Each of the Disney Hotels will have 35th Anniversary decorations in the lobby
- Tokyo Disney Monorail trains and stations are also decorated for the anniversary
- Guests who book the Vacation Package receive a limited edition Popcorn bucket (Residents of Japan Only) **
Both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea have brand new entertainment debuting during the anniversary.
- April 15, 2018: Daytime Parade “Dreaming Up!” at Tokyo Disneyland
- Features characters and images from Fantasia, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Big Hero Six, and more.
- April 15, 2018: Re-opening of “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland
- Features around 40 new characters from various Disney films (Frozen, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Tangled, Mulan, Aladdin, and The Lion King)
- This attraction will offer the Disney FastPass
- April 15, 2018, to March 25, 2019: “Happiest Celebration on the Sea” at Tokyo DisneySea
- April 15, 2018, to March 25, 2019: “Brand New Dream” fireworks show above both Parks
- July 10, 2018: New nighttime projection show “Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland” debuts at Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland
- July 10, 2018: “Let’s Party Gras!” debuts at Theater Orleans at Tokyo Disneyland.
- Replacement for “Minnie Oh! Minnie” that ends March 19, 2018
- July 10, 2018: “Hello, New York!” debuts at Dockside Stage at Tokyo DisneySea
- Replaces the current show “Steps to Shine” which ends March 19, 2018
- January 11, 2019, to March 25, 2019: Tokyo Disney Resort 35th “Happiest Celebration!” Grand Finale
The current daytime parade “Happiness is Here” (which made its debut for the 30th Anniversary) ends on April 9, 2018.
Seasonal Events for Fiscal 2018
In addition the 35th Anniversary, we now know the dates for all the events in fiscal 2018. I’ll update our guide to when to visit Tokyo Disney Resort in the near future.
- Disney’s Easter: March 27 to June 6, 2018
- Tokyo DisneySea Only (there’s no Easter event at Tokyo Disneyland)
- Disney Tanabata Days: June 7 to July 7, 2018, at both parks
- Disney Natsu Matsuri: July 10 to September 2, 2018, at Tokyo Disneyland
- Disney Pirates Summer: July 10 to September 2, 2018, at Tokyo DisneySea
- Disney’s Halloween: September 11 to October 31, 2018, at both parks
- Tokyo Disneyland gets a brand new theme
- Tokyo DisneySea once again offers the Villains theme
- Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea gets a special version (no word if this is Level 13 or not)
- Disney Christmas: November 8 to December 25, 2018, at both parks
- A new theme for Christmas at Tokyo DisneySea
- Storybook theme at Tokyo Disneyland (same as Christmas 2017)
- New Year’s Program: January 1 to 6, 2019, at both parks
- Disney Pixar Event: January 11 to March 25, 2019, at Tokyo DisneySea
- Duffy-related program at Tokyo DisneySea (no dates of name given)
A number of the events are running longer than they have in the past. Disney’s Easter usually starts in April but this upcoming year it’ll begin at the end of March. Tanabata Days is now a full month at both parks (it was 3 weeks in 2017).
During Halloween, a special version of Tower of Terror is happening. I am not sure if it’s just the special Level 13 version that usually happens in the winter. Then in 2019, we’ll see the Pixar Event at Tokyo DisneySea.
The one thing I am sad about is the ending of “Happiness is Here”. We knew that was coming, but now that we know an ending date, it makes it real. This parade made its debut for the 30th Anniversary, which was the year I made the move to Japan and the beginning of TDR Explorer. There’s a lot of history with this parade for myself. You bet I’ll be there to see the last performance on April 9, 2018. I have faith that the new parade will be just as good.
We don’t have any information on the merchandise or food just yet. Once we do know, you bet we’ll have full coverage of it! Expect a lot of information to debut during D23 Expo Japan 2018.
What do you think of these major announcements for the next year at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea? Do you have plans to visit?
All images and information from the official press release.
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** To book this special vacation package you must be a resident in Japan as it requires a Japanese address and the packages are only offered in Japanese.