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    Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/2014

    URAYASU, CHIBA--Tokyo Disney Resort® will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the "Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year'" to be held from April 15, 2013 through March 20, 2014 for a period of 340 days. During this special year, the Disney characters and the Cast Members will share a whole new level of happiness with the Guests.
    The history of Tokyo Disney Resort began on April 15, 1983 with the opening of Tokyo Disneyland® Park, followed by Tokyo DisneySea® Park and the 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 will be "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. This anniversary year will be filled the greatest happiness ever for all at Tokyo Disney Resort.




    The new Tokyo Disneyland Daytime Parade
    "Happiness Is Here"Concept image only.
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    Highlights of "The Happiness Year" will be the new Tokyo Disneyland daytime parade "Happiness Is Here," as well as the new attraction Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (opening spring 2013). The two Parks will also be decorated with colorful balloons floating with everyone's happiness. Seasonal events such as for Halloween and Christmas will also be offered, in addition to special merchandise and menus. With the anniversary celebrations going on at the two Parks as well as the Disney Hotels, Guests will be able to enjoy the happiness of this milestone year wherever they go in the Resort.
    Also during this 30th anniversary year, the Disney characters will take the "Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Tour'" to 30 cities around Japan. Traveling beyond Tokyo Disney Resort, they will share lots of happiness with as many people as possible. (The cities and dates of the tour are yet to be determined and the number of cities to be visited may change. Further information will be released when determined.)

    Tokyo Disneyland Resort 30th Anniversary "The Happiness Year"
    Year-Long Celebration Schedule


    March 18 - June 30, 2013
    Special Event "Mickey and Duffy's Spring Voyage" (Tokyo DisneySea)
    Mickey and Duffy will begin celebrating the anniversary year a little early with this heartwarming spring event. They will travel around Tokyo DisneySea to discover the happiness that abounds throughout the Park.
    Starting April 15, 2013
    New Daytime Parade "Happiness Is Here" (Tokyo Disneyland)
    A new daytime parade will start at Tokyo Disneyland during this anniversary year. Themed to "happiness," the parade will feature Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends riding on colorful floats designed in the image of the Disney characters. The parade, spanning a length of 500 meters, will go around the parade route to lively tunes. The parade will be filled with surprises and excitement, putting a smile on Guests' faces and spreading the happiness all around. ("Happiness Is Here" is sponsored by NTT DOCOMO, Inc. The current daytime parade "Jubilation!" will end on April 5, 2013.)
    Spring 2013
    New Opening of the Attraction "Star Tours: The Adventures Continue"(Tokyo Disneyland)
    The attraction Star Tours will be completely renewed and re-open in spring 2013 as a new attraction titled Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. The attraction will be based on the world of the Star Wars film series, and will feature 3-D visuals for the first time. With more than 50 different story combinations, Guests will encounter new experiences and unexpected thrills every time they ride.
    June 24 - July 7, 2013
    Tanabata Program (Tokyo Disneyland)
    The annual Tanabata (Star Festival) program at Tokyo Disneyland will start on June 24, a little earlier than previous years. During this period, Guests will be greeted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed as the star-crossed lovers Hikoboshi and Orihime (representing the stars Altair and Vega) in a Disney-style celebration of this traditional festival. There will also be a large monument in World Bazaar where Guests can hang cards with their wishes written on them.
    July 8 - September 2, 2013
    Special Event "Disney's Natsu Matsuri" (Tokyo Disneyland)
    Tokyo Disneyland will heat up the summer again in 2013 with a Japanese-style festival packed with lots of Disney fun. Guests will enjoy an entertainment program featuring tons of spraying water at the festival location in front of Cinderella Castle, and the Park will be decked out with Japanese-style festival decorations. This will be a hot summer event filled with the happiness of a truly lively and exciting festival.
    July 8 - September 2, 2013
    New Special Event (title to be determined) (Tokyo DisneySea)
    Tokyo DisneySea will host a new special event held mainly in Mediterranean Harbor.. There will be new entertainment featuring tons of splashing water, and other elements to bring even more happiness this summer to Tokyo DisneySea.
    September 9 - October 31, 2013
    Special Event "Disney's Halloween" (Tokyo Disneyland / Tokyo DisneySea)
    During the 30th anniversary year, Guests will find the happiness of enjoying all the fun of each Park's style of Halloween. The event at Tokyo Disneyland will feature a new theme for a spirited and mischievous Halloween with the Disney characters and ghosts. Lots of pumpkin decorations will further enhance the Halloween atmosphere. And at Tokyo DisneySea, Guests will enjoy a distinctly gorgeous Halloween masquerade. In the show presented at Mediterranean Harbor, the Disney characters and skeletons come together for a happy carnival. Guests will also enjoy a variety of Halloween fun at American Waterfront, Lost River Delta and other areas in the Park.
    November 7 - December 25, 2013
    Special Event "Christmas Fantasy" (Tokyo Disneyland)
    Tokyo Disneyland will host the event "Christmas Fantasy" themed to Disney Santa Village, a Disney-style village where Santa Claus lives. There will be a parade with the Disney characters and elves, as well as colorful Christmas decorations throughout the Park, for Guests to enjoy a holiday season filled with fantasy and happiness.
    November 7 - December 25, 2013
    Special Event "Christmas Wishes" (Tokyo DisneySea)
    Tokyo DisneySea will host a heartwarming Christmas event themed to the happiness of making Christmas wishes come true. In the nighttime entertainment, a gigantic Christmas tree will rise from the waters of Mediterranean Harbor, filling the area with romance. In addition, each themed port will be decorated with Christmas trees and other monuments that manifest the Christmas wishes of Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends. Guests will be able to enjoy a fantastic and romantic atmosphere at Tokyo DisneySea during this special holiday period.
    January 1 - 5, 2014
    New Year's Program (Tokyo Disneyland / Tokyo DisneySea)
    The Park entrances will be decorated with Japanese-style New Year's decorations, and the Disney characters will appear in special costumes to welcome the New Year. Guests visiting the Parks can start their new year in an atmosphere full of hope and happiness.
    Disney Hotels

    During this anniversary period, Disney Ambassador® Hotel, Tokyo Disneyland® Hotel and Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta® will work their Disney magic to host programs filled with happiness. In particular, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel will offer room amenities and room keys designed especially for the 30th anniversary and the restaurants at all three hotels will also offer special menus to celebrate the 30th anniversary. Furthermore, special banquet and wedding programs, as well as exclusive, limited items, will be offered for this period only.


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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    Thanks for posting.

    No real surprises... too bad there won't be a new Easter promotion. Maybe one will return after the 30th celebration.

    As expected, Spring Voyage and Natsu Matsuri will return. Seems like OLC has fallen into a 3 year cycle for their seasonal events. But since this is OLC, I'm pretty sure each event will be re-freshed even if just a little to make it a different experience.

    Looks like Welcome to Spookyville will be replaced at TDL for Halloween, but this years TDS Halloween will return. I hope that the harbor show is plussed up a bit. Most everyone I talk to is a bit disappointed with this years TDS Halloween offerings.

    2013 will probably be the last year of Santa's Village at TDL. And it looks like this year's new TDS harbor show will run again in 2014.

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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    It's still early so let's wait and see how it goes. If there is no castle show for the anniversary like the finale part of the 25th at least it's disappointing. It would also be nice if they brought back the countdown parties for the anniversary but maybe they are gone for good. At least Natsu Matsuri will be back which is great news! Looking forward to the new Halloween event at TDL too!
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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    I was also really hoping for a stage show, it has been so long.


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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    Glad to be going to Tokyo in just a few weeks for this year's Halloween festivities at the Tokyo Disney Resort, and even more pleased to hear that there will be (as I surmised) a new theme and parade for next Halloween.

    I suppose the obvious question is: what's the next attraction opening at Tokyo Disneyland after the 30th celebration ends? Star Tours 2 is great, and will revitalize one of the few attractions that never had a wait ... but what's next? Plenty of rumors about DisneySEA, but bupkis about Disneyland!
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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    It's look very interesting for this event, i plan to visite TDR between this celebrate 2 time. 1st in summer event, and another may be after new year that not yet annouce what the celebration be (I hope there are finale stage after new year *_*).
    by the way, i think event of chirstmas in TDL, Santa village next year look very boring. They should change to new christmas theme and new christmas parade better.
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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    Steve said on his fanpage that the new daytime parade Happiness is that the finale float will be amazingly Tall!

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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    No Easter Wonderland. I am crushed.

    The new little image sure is cute and "cartoony"!

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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    Quote Originally Posted by Danimated View Post
    No Easter Wonderland. I am crushed.

    The new little image sure is cute and "cartoony"!
    Sorry, but I think that was a given. I am surprised that Duffy's Spring Voyage is stating earlier and is longer next year. I'm really surprised about Tanabata. They never start that early, could TDL be expanding it? PLEASE TDL use the same greeting or at least the same soundtrack. Best soundtrack I've herd since Star Festival 2004!

    I'm kind of shocked there is no Castle Show or a Nighttime Spectacular this time around. Disney's Natsu Matsuri does count as a Castle Show but I didn't realize it went over so big this year that it was coming back for the big 30th. Guess I'll have to watch it more on YouTube.

    What I'm totally shocked about is Santa Village 2013. I figured TDL always reboots their Halloween and Christmas events in an anniversary year. Unless, doing Santa Village is the easiest way to keep Happiness Is Here running all year with no referb, which TDL does every anniversary year.

    Speaking of Happiness Is Here, this look huge! Anyone how many Performers will be in there? Will there be a Show Stop? How long is 500 meters? As long as Fanti, TDL's Fantasy On Parade or 100 Years Of Magic?
    I will admit that the concept art is a little hard to see. Is there way someone could in large the picture with better quality? Should we be looking for it from April 6th?

    Anyone want to guess when the 30th song will be leaked? Will it be used at TDS like Dreams Go On?

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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    Perhaps because they're giving Halloween a complete redo after three years, they'll get to a Christmas redo in Tokyo Disneyland in 2014. That would make more sense than redoing both events in the same year.
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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    Jubilation is currently 450 meters if that gives you an idea.


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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    Quote Originally Posted by TravisMT81 View Post
    Jubilation is currently 450 meters if that gives you an idea.
    Thanks, I guess it won't be that much longer.

    For some reason, I thought 500 meters was a big deal. How long is the parade route?

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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    50 meters is 164 feet, it should be at the least another parade float which would be great! Really looking forward to this parade!
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    Re: Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary 'The Happiness Year' 4/15/2013 through 3/20/

    I wonder if the design by Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily will be the one actually used for the parade.
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    The scale really does look exciting. I'm naturally happy to see Spring Voyage coming back, and Santa Village. It's my favorite Christmas atmosphere yet. I love the skeleton characters from Halloween Daydream; they're super cute and fun. While watching the show, I really do drift into seeing it as a classic Disney short in my head.

    The part when they all sing their gratitude and happiness gets me every time, except that i always regret that the townspeople don't display such a dramatic epiphany of understanding. It's a little bit like "Thank you for forgiving our strangeness and accepting us, even though we were actually more afraid of you, especially since your immediate response based solely on our outward appearance was rejection bordering on violence." The tone and message feel very different to me than with the ghosts of Mysterious Masquerade; I mean, those ghosts were truly dangerous — in effect, they killed all of the Disney friends, turning them into ghosts…just for a night.

    Halloween Daydream is still charming, but I'd really like to see the skeletons shine more as characters. Right now they feel a little gimmicky to me, in a way the ghosts never did. Maybe they could invite the townspeople (including us) to their world? If the scale isn't ramped up by an order of magnitude and the skeletons aren't the focus of the merchandise next year, I will be sorely disappointed.

    Now to end more directly on topic, so far the 30th looks like an "energetic" celebration to me, rather than the "dramatic" atmosphere of the 25th or DisneySEA's 5th. I wonder, then, if it will be less narrative-driven and more about grand performances purely for the sake of spectacle and entertainment? I loved the stories of the 25th, and the iconic Dream Keys.

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