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January 17

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



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.


September 15

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


“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.

July 4

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July 4, 1987 – The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Attraction Opens in Tokyo Disneyland


“Are you brave enough to give it a try?”

On July 4, 1987, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Westernland. Based on the original 1979 attraction, and taking its cues from the Walt Disney World version, the Tokyo Disneyland version has become one of the most popular attractions in the resort, evidenced by the current use of a Fastpass. The end of the attraction is different from both American park versions, as the track makes a u-turn before heading back in front of the station to the boarding area.

September 4

September 4, 2001 – The Tokyo DisneySea Theme Park Opens

“Welcome one and all to a world where Imagination and Adventure set sail. Tokyo DisneySea is dedicated to the spirit of exploration that lives in each of us.”- Michael Eisner

On September 4, 2001, the Tokyo DisneySea theme park opened at the Tokyo Disney Resort, located just outside of Tokyo in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan. Similar to Tokyo Disney, the resort is not operated by the Walt Disney Company; the theme is licensed from Disney and operated by the Oriental Land Company. Guests can enter seven themed areas, also known as “ports of call”: Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon, and Mysterious Island. The resort has become very popular, becoming the fourth most visited theme park in the world, with more than 11 million annual visitors.

The resort has had many special events, including a live performance by popular boyband Arashi, which performed a medley of Christmas songs and their own songs, becoming the first musical group to perform their own songs in the park. Popular artist Misia was also asked to compose and perform an anniversary song for the park’s fifth anniversary; the song was titled “Sea of Dreams: Tokyo DisneySea 5th Anniversary Theme Song.” Many attractions and nighttime shows from the other parks have also been brought to Tokyo DisneySea, including Fantasmic! and Turtle Talk with Crush.