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Summer is Here at Disney Parks

Summer is Here at Disney Parks

Summer has finally arrived! Whether you want to unleash your inner Super Hero, explore new worlds or enjoy spectacular entertainment, we have something for everyone at all of our Disney parks. Here’s a look at what we’ve got in store for a truly blockbuster summer.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is now open at Disney California Adventure park, kicking off our Summer of Heroes with daring missions, heroic encounters, and even a dance-off to Star-Lord’s old-school rock ‘n’ roll mixtape. Starting June 14, you can also suit up for Super Hero Summer at Hong Kong Disneyland park and step into a new walk-through Avengers Agent mission set in Hong Kong.

Pandora – The World of Avatar is now open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where you can journey 4.4 light years away from Earth for the chance to take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Valley of Mo’ara. Learn key phrases in the Na’vi language, ride on the back of a banshee and bask in the beautiful bioluminescent glow of the land after sundown.

Summer is Here at Disney Parks

You can also treat yourself to dazzling nighttime entertainment at all of our Disney parks this summer. Enjoy live orchestra performances of “The Music of Pixar Live!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and take in the new “Happily Ever After” nighttime fireworks spectacular at Magic Kingdom with stunning projections capturing the heart, humor and heroism of many favorite Disney animated films. At Disneyland park, “Fantasmic!”, the Rivers of America attractions and the Disneyland Railroad will return this summer, and don’t forget the Main Street Electrical Parade has been extended through August 20 – so catch it before it glows away!

If you love nighttime parades, you might remember that Tokyo Disneyland’s Electrical Parade Dreamlights is making a sparkling return, now featuring Anna and Elsa from “Frozen.” Tokyo Disney Resort has plenty to offer this summer, including the daytime “Disney Natsu Matsuri” – a colorful Japanese summer festival sprinkled with Disney magic – and “Disney Pirates Summer” for all you scallywags and buccaneers at Tokyo DisneySea.

Summer is Here at Disney Parks

Disneyland Paris continues to sparkle and shine with its 25th anniversary celebration. The festivities include two new daytime shows, a dazzling new parade and a stunning new nighttime finale. Plus, you won’t want to miss traveling at light speed on Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.

And in just a few weeks, Shanghai Disney Resort – which recently welcomed its 10 millionth guest – will be celebrating its first anniversary with a month of festivities and a magical moment at Enchanted Storybook Castle on June 16. Adventure is out there, and it all begins with you this summer. Let us know what you’re looking forward to most in the comments below!

Disney Parks Honored With Awards

We all love Disney Parks, but this week two prestigious organizations honored Disney Parks projects with multiple industry awards.

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The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced their annual Thea Award winners. Among the honorees, TEA announced that “it’s a small world” at Disneyland park, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the recipient of the Thea Classic award, honoring attractions that have withstood the test of time and have endured for 20 or more years. TEA said in their announcement that the attraction “continues to captivate audiences around the world with pure charm, melded with a profound message deceptively hiding in a simple and astonishingly catchy song … This timeless classic continues to engage generation after generation. Surely “it’s a small world” is the very definition of a Classic.”

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Also, Bistrot Chez Remy, the new French restaurant at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris that is inspired by the Disney∙Pixar film “Ratatouille,” is the winner of the Award for Outstanding Achievement – Themed Restaurant. “It is a truly charming and thematically thorough dining experience, where oversized objects are reused in every possible way to create tables, chairs, architectural elements, and props … [E]verything is very well-conceived and delivered to create an illusion that is both convincing and coyly self-aware. The exterior of the attraction looks like a typical Parisian café, but on closer inspection, one realizes that this is the world of Paris from the film, where there are no straight lines – a perfect blend of fiction and reality. This venue exhibits thoroughness, conceptual clarity, dedication to narrative detail, and exceptional finish.”

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Finally, Wilderness Explorers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an interactive experience that combines badge collecting, guest interaction and learning about the natural world, is the winner of the Award for Outstanding Achievement – Interactive Park Attraction on a Limited Budget.

“Disney has incorporated storytelling and gaming to create an experience that is intimate and personal in its connection to the guests, yet wisely recognizes that technology would be a distraction and remove guests from nature. Guests are given a role in the story – becoming a Wilderness Explorer – that was a poignant, aspirational story of a core identifiable character from the Pixar film. This intersection point between film story world, live animals and the beautiful habitats within Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a huge part of why this attraction is effective … This unique attraction is worthy of honors as much for its craft as for the authenticity and cleverness of implementation within a unique park environment.”

TEA is an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences. Thea Awards will be given out at an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel on March 21, 2015.

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Finally, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) awarded their Brass Rings Awards for Live Entertainment Excellence and “Once Upon a Time” at Tokyo Disney Resort won for Best Multimedia Spectacular.

IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards mark achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry.

Congratulations to all who worked to create and bring these wonderful projects to life!

What award would you give your favorite Disney Park or Attraction?

Tokyo Disney Resort Sets Plans For Spring

Our friends at Tokyo Disney Resort just announced plans for this year’s springtime celebration, which will run at both Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea Park from April 2-June 23, 2014.

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At Tokyo Disneyland, guests will be able to enjoy “Disney’s Easter” celebration, which will include visits to a secret Easter garden, a new “Hippity-Hoppity Springtime” parade that features Disney characters and Easter bunnies. Guests can also participate in an egg hunt, in which they use a map to track down Easter eggs hidden all around the park.

Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage

Over at Tokyo DisneySea, guests can enjoy “Mickey & Duffy’s Spring Voyage.” In this celebration, Mickey, Duffy, Minnie Mouse and Shellie May embark on a cruise from Cape Cod to see how spring is celebrated around Tokyo DisneySea. Dressed in seasonal costumes, they visit Mediterranean Harbor, travel to American Waterfront for a lively Easter party, and then arrive at the Arabian Coast for a magical celebration of the season. At each of port, guests can enjoy the springtime festivities with the characters.

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“Happiness Year” Begins as Tokyo Disneyland Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

 

In a spectacular ceremony at Tokyo Disneyland Park, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shared the stage with Toshio Kagami, Chairman and CEO of Oriental Land Company, Kyoichiro Uenishi, President and COO of Oriental Land Company, as well as Master of Ceremonies Ayaka Nagai, the 2013 Tokyo Disney Resort Ambassador to celebrate the major milestone. Afterward, Mickey and Minnie, along with 300 characters and cast, took the stage officially launching the anniversary celebration.

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

“Since opening day, the Tokyo Disney Resort has inspired the imaginations of hundreds of millions of guests, becoming the most beloved leisure destination in Japan,” said Tom. “The special relationship and collaboration we have with our partner, Oriental Land Company, has continued to grow and flourish over the last three decades, and this can directly be seen in the many incredible attractions, entertainment and experiences we’ve added to the Resort throughout the years.”

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

The anniversary event also featured a one-of-a-kind fireworks show called “Happiness on High” that was accompanied by the Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary Theme Song.

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

A new daytime parade called “Happiness is Here” also began during the celebration. The parade features 13 floats and includes Disney characters from throughout the years, including Goofy, Aladdin and Winnie the Pooh, along with characters from “Toy Story” and “Alice in Wonderland.” It’ll continue to run daily during “Happiness Year” at Tokyo Disneyland Park.

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

Also, throughout the year, guests will be able to see themed decorations around the parks, including Happiness Balloons that’ll adorn Cinderella Castle. There will be special menus at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, “Happiness Sharing Spots” located at Tokyo Disneyland Park and other surprises.

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