On April 15, 2018, Tokyo’s Disneyland’s year-long 35th-anniversary celebration kicked off and “Dreaming Up!,” a new daytime parade, made its official debut at the park. This parade replaced the long-running “Happiness Is Here,” which started out as the park’s 30th-anniversary parade. Big-time, U.S.-based Disney blogs like WDW News Today and Disney Tourist Blog were on the frontlines for the earliest run-throughs of the parade, having descended on Tokyo in the days leading up to April 15.
Incidentally, that day was a rainy Sunday—not the best parade weather. Since we didn’t want to contend with the crowds of opening week, my significant other and I opted to wait until ten days later before we ventured into the park.
The weather on April 24 wasn’t much better (they didn’t coin that phrase “April showers” for nothing), but we happened to get lucky and win the lottery for the parade viewing area. This enabled us to get front-row seats for “Dreaming Up!” without having to stake out a spot on the ground hours beforehand. We were close enough to see that a couple of the female characters in the parade might have actually been … men in makeup and wigs? Apparently, the Kabuki tradition is alive and well at Tokyo Disneyland.Read More