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.
Photos of Dreaming Up!
I’ll have more pictures to share in future photo galleries and blog posts, but since “Dreaming Up!” is still pretty fresh and there probably aren’t many front-row pics floating around out there on English-language sites yet, I wanted to get these posted ASAP. We also had a front-row seat on the boat in the new version of “It’s a Small World." The re-opening of that ride is the other main event for the anniversary celebration. But winning the parade lottery and being able to get up close (whereas other blogs could only shoot from a distance) was the real highlight of the day.
Yesterday was my first time photographing Tokyo Disneyland with an iPhone X, so I took literally hundreds of pictures. If you’re a fan of Disney parks, enjoy these 30 snapshots of “Dreaming Up!,” and follow me on Twitter, where I’ll post occasional updates related to Tokyo Disney Resort and travel in Japan.
Below, you’ll also see some information I’ve included about the different floats and sections of the parade. This information comes from the Disney Wiki.
Dreams can take us anywhere (Mickey and Pluto)
Opening: Leading the “Dreaming Up!” parade is Mickey Mouse and Pluto on a float pulled by winged horses. As the host of the parade, Mickey Mouse guides guests into the world of dreams.
Dreams that make us smile (Goofy)
Goofy's Magical Broom: Goofy rides a small magical broom adorned with ribbons. The magic happens to be of a teapot.
Alice in Wonderland
Alice, the Mad Hatter and March Hare appear on a float depicting a tea party, featuring teacups and pots, walls made out of cards and flowers adorning the green grass.
Pinocchio and Friends adorn this 2-in-1 float. The first part has Pinocchio himself at the front of a giant windmill, and the second has Geppetto riding a giant elephant.
Dreams from the Heart
Romantic Dreams (Minnie)
Minnie's Magical Broom: Minnie Mouse, like Goofy, rides a small broom float adorned with ribbons. This time a crown appears on the top.
This 2-in-1 float has the Fairy Godmother on the smaller half, and Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, and Rapunzel on the larger half, which is adorned with a fancy roof and is covered in romantic flowers and decorations.
Dreams of Enchantment (Chip and Dale)
Chip and Dale's Magical Broom: Chip and Dale ride another small broom float adorned with ribbons. The top features a cupcake.
Belle's Enchanted Banquet
Two giant cakes make up this banquet, which Lumiere and Cogsworth host for Belle.
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh and Piglet ride a giant mouse containing a huge jar of honey, as a queen bee looks ahead of them. Tigger and two performers ride small springy mice floats behind them.
Dreams Take Flight (Donald and Daisy)
Donald and Daisy's Magical Broom: Donald Duck and Daisy Duck ride the last broom float, which has a cap on top.
Big Hero 6
Baymax makes his first appearance at the Park, flying high with Hiro Hamada on his back over a large bridge.
Mary Poppins/Peter Pan
The final float is another 2-in-1 float. Mary Poppins gracefully floats high over houses near Big Ben, and Peter Pan and Wendy Darling fly high over the moon with the help of pixie dust and happy thoughts.