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January 17

January 17, 2005 – The Nighttime Event Cinderellabration: Lights of Romance Begins in Tokyo Disneyland

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昔々あるところに、シンデレラという心優しい女の子がいました。”

On January 17, 2005, the nighttime event Cinderellabration: Lights of Romance began its run at Tokyo Disneyland. The event tells the story of the coronation of Cinderella and the ensuing celebration. The area in front of Cinderella’s Castle was transformed into a special garden with a central fountain decorated with crystal sculptures of scenes from the animated film. The entertainment provided for guests included a fortune teller, a shoe merchant selling glass slippers, and various street performers. The Royal Coronation event had Mickey and Minnie Mouse, with other characters, appearing to wish happiness to Cinderella and her prince. After the ceremony, Cinderella tours the garden in her royal coach to greet their guests. The event ended March 18, 2005.

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November 24

November 24, 2010 – Japan’s Version of the Beauty and the Beast Musical Celebrates Fifteen Years

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やさしさが ひらいてく   愛のとびら

On November 24, 2010, the cast of the Japanese version of the hit musical Beauty and the Beast celebrated 15 years at the Shiki Natsu Theater in Tokyo. The Japanese version opened in 1995, becoming the fifth version of the hit show. At the time in 2010, the show had done over 3,800 performances, with over 3.7 million guests and grossing more than $239 million, making it one of the longest running and most profitable musicals in Japan. The show toured around the country, ranging from performances in Osaka, to Sendai. The show continues to run in Japan, with performances beginning at the Shin Nagoya Musical Theater in Nagoya.

September 15

September 15, 2004 – Tokyo Disneyland’s Disney’s Halloween Event Begins

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“This is Halloween, this is Halloween!”

On September 15, 2004, Tokyo Disneyland’s two-month Halloween event Disney’s Halloween began. The festivities helped to give the American holiday more popularity in Japan; celebrations of Halloween in Tokyo Disneyland actually began six years prior. Disney’s Halloween incorporated the Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare that was popular in the Disneyland resort, and added a special Halloween parade, decorations, and special merchandise to make the event more palatable to the Japanese. Thanks to an addition of trick-or-treating, guests were able to come in various elaborate costumes of their favorite Disney character, although guests had to wear a sticker that identified them as a guest. The event was a huge success, and has led the way to more elaborate events in Tokyo Disneyland.

January 25

January 25, 2003 – Tokyo Disneyland’s Disney’s Dreams on Parade Begins

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“Dream on, dream of the magic right here where the magic’s made…”

On January 25, 2003, Disney’s Dreams on Parade began in Tokyo Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom. The parade was created specifically for the 20th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland, and each character in the parade represents a different dream. Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather begin on a float of Cinderella’s castle, welcoming guests. The first section is the “Dreams of the Good Old Days,” featuring Daisy Duck, the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, and Mary Poppins and Bert. Dreams of the Frontier Spirit follows this, with Chip ’n’ Dale, Clara Cluck, Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow, Woody, and Jessie. Pluto, Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear and Brer Fox follow this with the Dreams of Friendship, continued with Dumbo, Pinocchio, Geppetto, Mickey Mouse, Alice, Mad Hatter, Peter Pan, and Wendy with the Dreams of Imagination. Goofy brings the Dreams of Laughter with Sulley and Mike from Monsters, Inc.; Buzz Lightyear comes next with the Dreams of Infinity. Dreams of Paradise continues the parade with Donald Duck, King Louie, and Baloo. The parade ends with the Dreams of Happily Ever After, with Snow White and her Prince, Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip, Belle and the Beast, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and Mickey Mouse. The parade finished its run on March 30, 2006; a CD and Blu-Ray of the parade were released for purchase.