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    "The Happiness Bear"

    HERE's a pretty decent translation (though still rough) of the latest press release regarding the 30th Anniversary. Some of it pertains to Duffy, only the release date is not translated well. I'm guessing we'll see Duffy in a golden tux and Shellie in a golden dress, but it's just guessing. I hope if it's a tux, the bow-tie is removable and he gets a top hat, too!

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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    I can't wait to see what things they bring out for this. ^^

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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    I so wish we could go to TDL & TDS for this!
    Luv Duffy & Shellie May


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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    I do too Naelyan. Though...if I go I might never leave. Haha. :P

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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    I am not fond of the golden costumes this year, but I will probably still buy them LOL.


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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    Me, too, Travis. I'm hoping they have some "Duffy flavor," that makes me love them more. But, yeah, I'll probably buy them. They'll be cool just because Duffy and Shellie have never had this kind of elegant, glitzy clothing.^^

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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    These costumes scream ~Liberace~ to me!


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    We were sent over there with the message that only we would defend Disney quality.. We learnt quickly that the Japanese culture speaks to a level of quality that is hard to comprehend. They were all unbelievably skilled and willing to do the right thing.
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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    I am very curious to see what the outfits will look like. As long as Shellie May gets an outfit that isn't pink I'll be happy. Hate seeing her in pink. >.<

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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    btw this costume is almost 15th Anniversary Viva Magic!


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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    It will be nice to get something formal and glitzy for a change. I hope your right, Duffy Daisuki, and we get the gold tux and dress!
    Luv Duffy & Shellie May


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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    Quote Originally Posted by TravisMT81 View Post
    These costumes scream ~Liberace~ to me!
    "I wish my brother George was here."

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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    I bet we'll get necklace charms again, like the 25th anniversary keys, and TDS's 10th anniversary wands. Especially because there is going to be a Happiness Pendant that interacts with "hot spots" around the parks.

    I wouldn't mind some formal wear for Duffy and ShellieMay, but I hope it's not super tacky looking.

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    Tokyo Information Net has finally updated with the official English version of the press release for "Happiness Year!"



    Tokyo Disney Resort 30th: The Happiness Year Anniversary Celebration Starts on April 15!


    URAYASU, CHIBA-"Tokyo Disney Resort? 30th: The Happiness Year" begins on April 15, 2013 and continues through March 20, 2014 to mark this milestone anniversary for the Resort. During the 340 days of celebration, the Disney characters, the Cast Members and all Guests visiting the Resort will be able to share a whole new level of happiness. Guests will find new entertainment, a new Tokyo Disneyland(R) attraction, commemorative merchandise, special menus, delightful decorations and more.

    The history of Tokyo Disney Resort began on April 15, 1983 with the opening of Tokyo Disneyland Park, followed by the openings of Tokyo DisneySea Park and three Disney Hotels. From the beginning, Tokyo Disney Resort has been a place where "dreams come true," creating memories filled with happiness for all the Guests. And so, the theme for this major milestone year is "happiness." During this yearlong celebration, Guests will be able to share new discoveries, wonder and excitement with their family and friends, as well as with the Disney characters and the Cast Members.

    Kicking off "The Happiness Year" on April 15 will be the new Tokyo Disneyland daytime parade, "Happiness Is Here." The Disney characters show various types of happiness in this colorful, exhilarating parade that is 500 meters long. All the Guests are sure to have smiles on their faces as they watch the spectacular new parade.

    And then on May 7 at Tokyo Disneyland, the new attraction Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will debut. With 3D visuals and more than 50 different story combinations, the attraction will offer Guests new experiences and unexpected thrills each time they ride.

    Decorations at the two Parks and other locations around the Resort will feature the motif of colorful Happiness Balloons. Guests will find special merchandise with balloon motifs and special menus with tasty dishes that will delight the eye. The three Disney Hotels will serve a variety of lavish menus, while Tokyo Disneyland Hotel will offer room amenities designed just for the anniversary. And Happiness Balloons will decorate one of the monorail trains of the Disney Resort Line as well. Guests will be able to enjoy the happiness of this milestone year wherever they go in the Resort.

    For inquiries from the general public, please give the following contact number:
    Tokyo Disney Resort Information Center 0570-00-8632 (9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
    Note: For some mobile phones or IP phones 045-330-5211.


    At Tokyo Disneyland




    Entertainment
    New Daytime Parade "Happiness Is Here"
    Location: Parade Route
    Duration: about 45 minutes (once daily)
    Number of Performers: 52
    Number of Floats: 13

    "Happiness Is Here" is themed to various kinds of "happiness" as expressed by the Disney characters. Spanning a length of 500 meters and composed of 13 floats in seven themed units, this spectacular parade overflows with vibrant color, fun and exhilaration.

    The opening unit of the parade expresses the happiness created by joyful music. Guests first see Goofy on a float designed like a Mickey Mouse toy, followed by a steam locomotive-like float. The next unit has floats with characters from Lilo and Stitch and the Toy Story film series expressing various kinds of friendship. Coming up next is the unit recreating the sumptuous and regal procession conjured up through Aladdin's wish. "Beauty" is the theme of the next unit expressed through the world of the Disney princesses and fairies. The whimsical "wonder" of Alice's world and the honey-drenched world of Winnie the Pooh's "dream" are expressed in the units that follow. The final unit brings the "dreams come true through the Disney Friends" to all the Guests with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals riding on a 12-meter-high float shaped like a hot-air balloon filled with "happiness balloons."
    "Happiness Is Here" is sponsored by NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
    The current daytime parade "Jubilation!" will end on April 5, 2013.

    Decorations
    The Main Entrance of the Park, World Bazaar and the central Plaza will be enlivened with decorations designed as colorful Happiness Balloons. The 30th Anniversary logo and colorful Happiness Balloons will also adorn Cinderella Castle. The Mickey Mouse flower bed inside the Main Entrance will be completely changed to a photo location with figures of the Disney characters dressed in their 30th Anniversary costumes.
    At the Plaza Terrace, Guests will find Happiness Sharing Spots. These unique monuments allow Guests to feel a happiness born of surprise. When they touch these monuments, lights and sound express the moment that happiness is created. Guests can also use a Happiness Sharing Pendant (2,500 yen) at the Happiness Sharing Spots for further enjoyment. (See "Special Merchandise" below for more details.)

    Guided Tour
    For the 30th Anniversary, a special guided tour of the "happiness"-filled Park will be available for a limited period only. "Through Disney Dreams and Magic: The Happiness Year Special Version" will offer access to an exclusive viewing area for the new daytime parade, "Happiness Is Here," as well as allow tour participants to fully enjoy the charm of the Park's anniversary.
    Period: April 15, 2013 through March 20, 2014
    Tour Type: Group tour (maximum 12 persons)
    Length of Tour: 2.5 hours
    Fee: Adults: 3,500 yen Children: 2,000 yen
    Attractions: Big Thunder Mountain, It's A Small World, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (through May 6, the tour will use Buzz Lightyear's AstroBlasters instead)
    Tour Privilege: Watching the "Happiness Is Here" parade from the exclusive Guided Tours Viewing Area

    Disney Drawing Class
    The Disney Drawing Class will offer special 30th Anniversary-themed lessons such as drawing the Disney characters holding Happiness Balloons. (Lessons are conducted in Japanese only.)
    Period Course Character Fee
    Apr. 15, 2013 - Mar. 20, 2014 Standard Donald Duck 500 yen
    Apr. 15, 2013 - Mar. 20, 2014 Advanced Mickey Mouse
    Minnie Mouse
    1,000 yen
    Early May 2013 - Mar. 20, 2014 Standard Goofy 500 yen
    Early July 2013 - Mar. 20, 2014 Advanced Chip 'n Dale 1,000 yen



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    Happiness Greeting on the Sea
    Location: Mediterranean Harbor
    Duration: About 8 minutes (once daily)
    Number of Performers: 7

    From a barge decorated with the 30th Anniversary logo, Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends deliver their "Happiness Greeting on the Sea" to all the Guests. Dressed in their 30th Anniversary costumes, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Duffy and ShellieMay appear on the barge and, to the music of the Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary theme song, greet Guests with the lyrics (in Japanese) "Let's share with our dear friends and family all of the "happiness" experiences." Guests are invited to join in a simple hand gesture dance and the Disney characters see the Guests off on their journey to experience new kinds of happiness in the Park.

    Decorations
    Tokyo DisneySea will also be decorated with colorful Happiness Balloons to vividly and richly celebrate the 30th Anniversary.
    Around the DisneySea AquaSphere will be photo spots with the Disney characters and balloons, while gorgeous decorations add color to the Passaggio MiraCosta corridor leading to Mediterranean Harbor. Also, at the five themed ports of Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast and Mysterious Island, Guests will find Happiness Sharing Spots that express through lights and sound, the moment that happiness is created. Guests can also use a Happiness Sharing Pendant (2,500 yen) for further enjoyment at those spots. (See "Special Merchandise" below for more details.)



    At Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea Parks

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    Happiness on High
    This fireworks spectacular is a special version just for the 30th Anniversary celebration (not presented during certain periods). The nighttime sky above the Parks will come alive with colorful fireworks accompanied by the Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary theme song.

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    A total of about 600 different types of special merchandise will be available at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, starting from April 11. The merchandise will feature designs of the Disney characters and "happiness balloons," as well as designs of Mickey Mouse wearing costumes from the past 30 years.

    One of the special items is the interactive Happiness Sharing Pendant *1 (2,500 yen) that can be used to experience the "happiness" at the five Happiness Sharing Spots *2 in each of the two Parks. By using the Happiness Sharing Pendant to collect three or more "happiness" lights, Guests will be presented with an original pendant accessory.

    Tokyo Disneyland will offer limited edition *3 special merchandise, including a display set of figures from the "Happiness Is Here" parade and diamond necklaces. At Tokyo DisneySea, special merchandise featuring Duffy and ShellieMay *4 will be sold.

    Special Merchandise will be available from April 11.

    *1 Sales of Happiness Sharing Pendants will start on April 15.
    *2 The Happiness Sharing Spots at Tokyo Disneyland are located at:
    ・Plaza Terrace (2 locations)
    ・One window each at Toy Station, ImageWorks and Gag Factory/Toontown Five & Dime
    By setting the Happiness Sharing Pendant in the designated spot, Guests can experience a special "happiness."
    *3 The limited-edition merchandise will be available by lottery. Details will be announced through the Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website (Japanese language only) at the end of February.
    *4 Sales of special merchandise related to Duffy and ShellieMay will start on April 12.

    Special Menus
    Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea both will offer a variety of menus that let Guests feel the happiness through dining. The special menus will be available starting from April 11.

    Gaily decked out for the 30th Anniversary, the Crystal Palace Restaurant in Tokyo Disneyland will offer a splendid buffet *1 of popular dishes from the past as well as favorites from both Parks, like heart-shaped meat patties, smoked turkey and miso-clam chowder. Eastside Cafe and Blue Bayou Restaurant at Tokyo Disneyland and Magellan's at Tokyo DisneySea will serve special full-course *2 meals featuring colorful "happiness balloon" motifs.

    Families and friends will enjoy sharing the 30th Anniversary cakes that will be offered at Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall and Center Street Coffeehouse at Tokyo Disneyland and Horizon Bay Restaurant at Tokyo DisneySea.
    In addition, Guests can take home memories of their dining experience through the wide variety of menu items that come with souvenirs. They'll find popcorn buckets designed like Happiness Balloons and, for the first time, gummi candies that come in a balloon-shaped souvenir case convenient for snacking on the go. Also available will be original drinks with a collectible glass featuring the logos of both the restaurant and 30th Anniversary.
    Special Menus will be available from April 11

    *1 By ordering the special course meals or the special buffet, Guests will be able to purchase the 30th Anniversary Collectible Spoons (four types, 1,000 yen each). In addition, a different collectible spoon (one type, 1,100 yen) and a special case (3,500 yen) to hold the collectible spoons will be sold at shops in the Parks. The collection will make a treasured memento of the 30th Anniversary.



    At the Disney Hotels


    The three Disney Hotels will be offering a variety of programs to share happiness with the Guests in Disney style.
    During this period, the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel will have room keys, amenities and other guest room items that feature a special design of the Disney characters wearing their 30th Anniversary costumes. All three Disney Hotels-Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta? and Tokyo Disneyland Hotel-will offer exclusive merchandise just for Guests staying at the hotels. The hotel restaurants and banquets will have special dining programs and the wedding programs will offer exclusive items to commemorate the 30th Anniversary. Through all of these offerings, Guests will be able to feel the "happiness."



    At the Disney Resort Line


    From April 15, one of the Disney Resort Line monorail trains will be decorated with Happiness Balloons and the Disney characters in their 30th Anniversary costumes. Also, at the Resort Gateway Station, Guests will find a photo location designed with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.



    Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary Official Camera App

    To mark the 30th Anniversary of the Resort, the first official camera app for smartphones will be released on March 15. Called the Happiness Cam, this app uses AR technology to allow Guests to take an exclusive photo by selecting a fun effect related to Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea when they take a picture with their smartphone. In addition, from April 15, an effect that is only for pictures taken in the Parks will become available. (Details will be available on the Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website from March 15.)



    Tokyo Disney Resort Vacation Packages


    Enjoy all the charms of the "Tokyo Disney Resort 30th: The Happiness Year" celebration with a Tokyo Disney Resort Vacation Package* that combines a stay at a Disney Hotel or a Tokyo Disney Resort Official Hotel and privileges like Disney FASTPASS? tickets with no time restrictions.
    "Enjoy the 30th Anniversary Happiness Completely" 2-Day Package
    Period: April 15 - June 30, 2013
    Sales Period: January 29 to June 20, 2013
    Please purchase 10 days in advance.
    Price: 46,600 yen to 74,900 yen (for one adult)
    Above prices are for accommodations at a Disney Hotel.
    Price will vary depending on the number of nights, the number of Guests and the type of room.
    Booking: Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website:
    www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/online/(in Japanese only)
    ※Details available from January 22
    Hotels: Disney Ambassador Hotel
    Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
    Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta
    Tokyo Disney Resort Official Hotels
    Package Content: - 2-Day Passport Special
    - Show viewing ticket for "Happiness Is Here" at Tokyo Disneyland
    - Two FASTPASS tickets (no time restriction) per personOne ticket can be used for either Toy Story Mania! or from May 7 for Star Tours: the Adventures Continue.
    - Show viewing ticket for "A Table is Waiting" at Tokyo DisneySea
    - Lunch or dinner at Eastside Cafe in Tokyo Disneyland (first day)
    Lunch at Sailing Day Buffet at Tokyo DisneySea (second day)
    - Popcorn bucket voucher and popcorn refill voucher
    - Vacation Package original merchandise and more
    * The above content is for packages through June 30. The "Enjoy the 30th Anniversary Happiness Completely" 2-Day Package will continue to be available throughout the period of the 30th Anniversary celebration.

    *Tokyo Disney Resort Vacation Packages
    This online service offers a variety of travel packages that combine hotel accommodations and Park tickets with benefits such as Disney's FASTPASS tickets, show viewing tickets, and more. (The Vacation Packages online reservation site is in Japanese language only.)
    ※This release, originally made public on January 21, 2013, has been amended in part as of February 1.

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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    Quote Originally Posted by TravisMT81 View Post
    btw this costume is almost 15th Anniversary Viva Magic!
    I thought that, too!^^ I like that about it. TDLFAN always talked up that particular Anniversary, and that's a hard fan to impress!

    I hope the "Happiness Sharing Pendant" is something comfortable to have around (even if not worn) even away from the Park. It sounds like a similar concept to the "Be Magical!" wand, though, so I'm imagining big chunky plastic, which should be fun for kids. I had fun pointing the "Be Magical!" wand at random things all day and shouting, "Be Magical!" It made my friends smile, so it was worth it. But I never used it after that day. It really turned out to be a kids' thing...or a costume thing. I didn't realize there's a lag in their release date, though. That may mean I have to shop on 4/17, too!

    If the design is good, I would for us all to have these at the same time, though, and to experience the Happiness Year together. Although...if everyone wants to "complete" their pendant, that's gonna be a real challenge...

    "One of the special items is the interactive Happiness Sharing Pendant (2,500 yen) that can be used to experience the "happiness" at the five Happiness Sharing Spots in each of the two Parks. By using the Happiness Sharing Pendant to collect three or more "happiness" lights, Guests will be presented with an original pendant accessory."

    I'll go ahead and say that as long as five WishListers want this item, I'll make the trip on 4/17 to do it, and go through the motions of completing it with the mysterious "accessory." There's no way I could do all that walking around and collecting lights with however many different pendants on a Shopping Day...

    Oh my gosh! I just read that a little differently. At first, I was thinking it's an "accessory" like an add-on to your original "Happiness Sharing Pendant," which it may be, and which may be very fun and cool.

    BUT...Re-reading it, I got the impression that maybe the "Happiness Sharing Pendant" is gonna be some fun Sailor Moon-looking toy thing, but that when you complete the light collecting you get a more subtle, wearable metal pendant as a prize. Hm... That would be kinda awesome! I may be totally wishful thinking this, though!

    The Happiness Cam also sounds VERY cool! It says "smartphone," not iPhone, so it should be available across platforms. And it sounds like it takes enhanced photos outside of the Parks, too, so I'm hoping that it's available worldwide and we can all enjoy it! That thought really does make me happy.

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    Re: "The Happiness Bear"

    All of these things sound very awesome! I can't wait to see all the things they bring out for this anniversary. :]

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