Dress Up For Disney Christmas at Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea With These Official Items
05.November.2019 | FASHION
This year heralds another heart-warming Christmas celebration at Tokyo Disney Resort®. Disney Christmas kicks off at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea on November 8 where it will run up to Christmas Day.
If you’ll be at either of the parks for the event, and have been wondering what to wear for the celebrations this holiday season, then don’t worry: Tokyo Disney Resort® has you covered in that department.
Sweaters – ¥5,900 Each / Left: Reindeer Eat Hat – ¥2,100 / Right: Headband – ¥1,800
The parks’ first ever Christmas sweaters will be available to buy this year, decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths, and other holiday season motifs. There are two designs: one with Mickey Mouse and the other with Pluto, so you can dress up in different ones together with family and friends. They are perfect for Christmas parties and Disney get-togethers too.
Fun Cap – ¥3,000
Fun Cap – ¥2,500 / Scarf – ¥2,900
Keep your head and ears warm with the adorable Pluto fun cap which has his cute floppy ears.
Illumination Lights – ¥1,900
Other items include a candy cane scarf, a headband made to look like Christmas wrapping paper, illuminating lights to wear around your neck, and more. There’s plenty to pick from to put you in that Christmas spirit.
Plush Toy Wristbands – ¥1,700 Each (Tokyo Disneyland only)
Plush Toys – ¥2,200 (Tokyo DisneySea only)
We recommend waving the plush toys and wristbands during one of the shows at the parks, or to just carry around with you and be merry!
If you’re stuck on what to wear this Christmas, and love Disney, then be sure to take a look at what Tokyo Disney Resort has in stock.
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only
Disney Christmas 2019
Running: November 8, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Merchandise: Pre-sales available via the Tokyo Disney Resort app from November 1, 2019. Available at Grand Emporium in Tokyo Disneyland & Emporio in Tokyo DisneySea from November 7, 2019.
Tokyo Disneyland: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tdl/event/detail/tdl_christmas2019/
Tokyo Disneyland’s Very Very Minnie! Event is a Must-Experience For Minnie Mouse Fans
Fans of Minnie Mouse won’t want to miss her special “Very Very Minnie!” event that she is hosting at Tokyo Disneyland right now until March 19. Expect to see plenty of cute decorations, experience eating cute food, and getting your hands on some cute merchandise♡
Hand washing area
You’re sure to have never experienced hand washing like this before. Keep your hands clean at the park with this special soap which when dispensed is shaped like Minnie Mouse wearing her iconic ribbon. This is available for the duration of the event only, so head to Tomorrowland or Critter Country to try it out.
Exclusive Minnie merchandise
Around 80 pieces of limited edition Very Very Minnie! merchandise are being sold for the event.
Parkers – Medium ¥4,900, Large ¥5,200 / Cap – ¥3,000 / Scarf Towel – ¥1,500
Dress up like Minnie Mouse with one of the two parkers, one featuring white and black polka dots of different sizes, and the other with red and white ones. There’s also a cute cap, and scarf towel, so you can enjoy the event even more.
Cushion – ¥2,300
Hand Cream Set – ¥1,600
Wall Pocket – ¥2,900 (*Items in pockets sold separately)
There’s also a cushion which you can put your hands in to keep warm this winter, a set of hand creams, a useful wall pocket which you can store various items inーand many more items, up to 80 of them!
When looking for something to eat, make sure you try out one of the many Minnie-themed food and drink items.
Cranberry Vanilla Mouse Cake with Souvenir Plate – ¥800 / Yoghurt & Raspberry Mouse with Souvenir Cup – ¥800 / Served at: Sweetheart Cafe
At the Sweetheart Cafe, you can get your hands on one of two of these desserts which come with their own free souvenirs which you can take to use at home. You won’t be able to resist the addictive sweet and sour flavour of the berries.
Special Set – ¥1,980 / Served at: The Plaza Inn
The Plaza Inn has a very special set prepared: a hearty meal featuring two hamburgers, ice cream for dessert with a white chocolate mousse adorned with Minnie’s ribbon, and more.
Popcorn with Buckets – ¥2,300
You’ll find this bucket sold at the popcorn wagon next to The Gazebo. It features a design of Minnie looking good in various outfits. If you’re wanting popcorn at Very Very Minnie! then look no further.
Minnie Mouse’s influence can be felt all over Tokyo Disneyland right now, so make sure you see everything when visiting for Very Very Minnie!
Very Very Minnie!
Running: January 10, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Check Out Tokyo Disneyland’s Adorable ‘It’s Very Minnie!’ Show
Tokyo Disneyland has launched its Minnie-tastic programme Very Very Minnie on January 10 and it will run until March 19, 2020. The programme is packed with exciting limited period events including themed decorations, merchandise and special foods and drinks. Today we’ll be focussing on the It’s Very Minnie! show.
Presented at Showbase, It’s Very Minnie! is a musical revue show featuring Minnie Mouse and her Disney friends. The show is a mixture of Latin music, romance and even club scenes. As Minnie and friends dance rhythmically to the music, their colourful costumes colour the stage in a variety of styles. Each show lasts approximately 25 minutes.
Minnie dances in a classic red and white polka dot outfit. Her performance to Minnie Oh Minnie will have you singing along in no time.
As the lively music kicked in, Donald, Chip and Dale took to the stage in their Latin costumes.
As the music was constantly switching, the characters and dancers changed costumes at lightning speed.
Finally, Mickey and Minnie danced together. Just watching the couple dance will warm your heart.
Seeing Minnie in a beautiful pink dress, the crowd couldn’t help but scream “so cute!”
The show was a mix of the park’s many nostalgic tunes and Minnie in her many adorable outfits. From the very moment the intro played and Minnie’s figure appeared, fans instantly went wild. Watching fans chant their love for Minnie was very touching to see.
The timing of the dancers and characters was perfect. They even got down from the stage to interact with the audience, who were singing and clapping along to the music with excitement.
Some songs and costumes in the show were even having their debut. The stage was buzzing with so much excitement that it was impossible to look away.
Just watching Minnie’s variety of expressions will make you fall in love with her even more. You will want to go see her again and again. This is one of the best shows in history that Disneyland has ever put on.
Whether you’re a Minnie fan or not, anybody is bound to enjoy this fun-filled show.
Very Very Minnie!
Running: January 10 – March 19, 2020
Special Edition Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/fantasy/veryveryminnie/index.html
It’s Very Minnie! Special Edition Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/fantasy/veryveryminnie/show.html
Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event Now in Full Swing and Loved by Pixar Movie Fans
You say there’s a snake in your boot? That’s because Tokyo DisneySea’s long-awaited Pixar Playtime is finally here, partner! Running from January 10 to March 19, this special event is a celebrating of all-things Pixar, with appearances from fans’ favourite films from Toy Story to Finding Nemo and beyond.
Today, we’re taking a small peek into what Pixar fanatics can look forward to. From shows to food and merchandise, this is an event you won’t want to miss!
Pixar Playtime is an annual event that plunges guests into the wonderful worlds of Pixar’s filmography, giving them a chance to meet and celebrate with some of the most iconic characters in animation history. For Pixar Playtime 2020, Tokyo DisneySea has been decorated like a colourful board game with squares which guests can move along and challenge themselves to the many different objectives written on them. There are many programmes prepared for this year, including the one below.
The “Pixar Playtime Pals” Show
Taking place at Piazza Topolino in Mediterranean Harbor, the Pixar Playtime Pals show invites guests into playing various fun games inspired by the Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo films.
As the games progress, more and more characters begin to appear to raise levels of excitement including those from Ratatouille, Up, Brave, and Inside Out.
It’s an exciting time for Pixar fans to interact with lots of their favourite characters.
Tokyo DisneySea is littered with decorations referencing Pixar’s films for the event including the iconic Pixar Ball.
Other things guests will spot is the colourful roulette featuring numerous characters, a game booth based on the Toy Story film series, a plethora of photo spots including the one above of Jack-Jack from The Incrediblesーthe list goes on. There’s plenty to be enjoyed at every turn, so be sure to take it all in.
Special Set – ¥1,980 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant
This special set is inspired by Finding Nemo. The pink mashed potato spread on the hamburger is made to look like coral.
There are also other little motifs, like this fish-shaped carrot which is orange like the titular clownfish himself.
The captivating colours of the lemon roll cake bring to mind Dory swimming through the ocean, while the accompanying pumpkin cream soup is sure to warm you up.
Sparkling Drink (Orange & Strawberry) – ¥450 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant
This orange and strawberry flavoured sparkling drink is inspired by Hank the octopus. It’s topped with strawberry flavoured pearls which look like octopus suckers and add a delicious chewy texture to your sipping experience.
Orange & White Chocolate Mousse w/ Souvenir Mug – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
This two-layered cup dessert is made from orange and white chocolate mousse. You’re sure you recall the famous claw scene from Toy Story as your fork descends onto the custard-flavoured Little Green Man. The dessert comes with a free Toy Story and star design mug.
Blueberry Cheesecake w/ Souvenir Plate – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery
The fresh smell of blueberry will hit your nose as you munch into this moist cheesecake, topped with strawberry chocolate-coated wheat bran. It also comes with a plate featuring the Pixar Playtime board game design.
Mug – ¥’2,300
It wouldn’t be a Pixar event without some love for Luxo Jr., the famous lamp that is a symbol of Pixar. The “Playtime” text written on the mug depicts various movies from the animation studio.
Pouch Set – ¥2,100
You’re sure to be spoiled for choice when picking which of these pouches to use, but luckily they come as a set, so you get all three. They feature cute designs of the Pixar character cast.
Osenbei – ¥1,100
This set of osenbei rice crackers make for a perfect souvenir. There are five flavours in the set including persimmon seed, sweet & salty, curry, salted, and cheese.
Jump into the wonderful world of Pixar at Tokyo DisneySea’s Pixar Playtime Event.
Pixar Playtime 2020
Running: January 10, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Tokyo DisneySea To Hatch ‘Disney Easter’ Foods, Events and More This Spring
DisneySea will hold its 78-day fun-filled Disney Easter event from March 27, to June 12, 2020.
Make sure to visit the Mediterranean Harbor for the Tip Top Easter performance where Mickey Mouse and friends will put on an exciting show to celebrate the coming of spring. Look out for the usapiyo – the half bunny half chicks that are born from Easter eggs.
From March 27 to May 31, 2020, there will be a special programme called CookieAnn’s Greeting Drive where Duffy’s friend CookieAnn and Mickey Mouse will be seen driving around American Waterfront on the Big City Vehicle.
There will be lots of photo spots with interactive features around Mediterranean Harbor and American Waterfront where you can interact with the adorable uchipiyo – your Easter is bound to be filled with magic.
There will be 80 new merchandise items featuring Disney friends and usapiyo designs.
Hand Puppet: ¥2,800
Toy Badge: ¥1,900 Each
Cream Sandwich Cake: ¥1,500/ Chocolate Crunch ¥1,700
From usapiyo puppets that cry like a real usapiyo and soft toy badges of hatched usapiyo chicks to a cream sandwich cake decorated with the face of an usapiyo, there are plenty of spring souvenirs that you won’t be able to resist.
Tokyo DisneySea will also be celebrating the Easter tradition of Easter egg hunting with the Egg Hunt Tasting menu which includes 15 varieties of Easter-themed foods and drinks.
Horizon Bay Restaurant Special Set: ¥1,980
Horizon Bay Restaurant will be serving up a special hamburger decorated with an usapiyo-themed cheese slice for mains. The set will include an usapiyo dessert made from colourful marshmallows and raspberry cream that is arranged to look like a bird’s nest.
Horizon Bay Restaurant Special Drink (Orange and Cream): ¥450
Enjoy the gradation of colours in this refreshing orange soft drink. It is topped with chocolate usapiyo ears to add that special spring feeling.
New York Deli Special Set: ¥1,260
At New York Deli, enjoy a fried chicken sandwich drizzled with teriyaki sauce and topped with egg salad. The fried chicken is hugged between two pink buns to represent spring. This special set will provide you with enough energy to carry on your DisneySea adventure.
Enjoy the vibrant spring scene at Tokyo DisneySea this year.
*All images are representations
Running: March 27 – June 12, 2020
Tokyo DinseySea Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo DisneySea Holds Duffy and Friends Heartwarming Days Programme
As Japan braces itself for the cold winter, Tokyo DisneySea launched its heart-warming programme Duffy and Friends Heartwarming Days to run from January 10 to March 19, 2020. The event includes photo spots, cute food, merchandise and a new appearance from Duffy’s friend CookieAnn. We headed over to check out the programme and here’s our list of recommendations on what to look out for:
Duffy and Friends Heartwarming Days
CookieAnn loves to cook. Duffy and Friends have gathered at Cape Cod to make a fresh batch of waffles filled with love, especially for all the visitors. This is the perfect spot to take a photo with your friends.
Cape Cod is dressed in beautiful Duffy and Friends decorations that are sure to put a smile on your face. You just can’t miss this adorable photo spot where Duffy and Friends are making a tower of waffles together.
There are other photo spots where Duffy and Friends are seen getting ready to hand out waffles to everyone. At Cape Cod Cook-Off, some decorations illustrate the bench full of ingredients.
From the doors to the greenery surrounding the buildings, Duffy and Friends can be seen frolicking together all over Cape Cod. If you have a spare moment in your busy schedule, make sure to check it out.
Don’t forget to take a picture of Duffy and Friends sat on the bench!
Cape Cod Cook-Off First Prize Set (Comes with souvenir lunch bag): ¥2,280
+Souvenir Tumbler Soft Drink Set: + ¥1,600
There is also a Duffy and Friends Heartwarming Days-limited food menu. The special set includes a hamburger, chips a drink and includes a souvenir lunch bag. Just carrying the adorable pink lunch bag around with you will make you happy.
Vanilla and Peach Mousse with Souvenir Cup: ¥900
There are two new desserts on the menu. This three-layer dessert consists of vanilla and peach mousse with a final chocolate topping to finish. This refreshing dessert is moderately sweet and will fill you with happiness after the first bite.
Waffle with Souvenir Plate: ¥900
The waffle is topped with a cloud of whipped cream and garnished with raspberry-flavoured chocolate and a tangy sauce. The sweet sauce and soft waffle is a perfect match.
Waffle Maker: ¥4,200
Waking up every morning to the smell of a fresh Duffy pancake might be just what you need to get out of bed every day.
Stuffed Toy: ¥2,100 (Each)
The special merchandise includes Duffy and Friends in special themed costumes, themed souvenir snacks and much more.
Plain Waffle: ¥2,000
There are so many edible souvenirs. As expected, you can take home a Duffy waffle for your friends back home. The heart shape is just irresistible.
Strawberry Fromage Latte: ¥1,900
The latte is also very cute. After you finish drinking it, you can use it to store small items too.
Even the Disney Resort Line has transformed into a Duffy and Friends-themed monorail. Each carriage enjoys unique decorations so if you are a fan of Duffy and Friends, you just can’t miss having a ride in one. We rode the second carriage which was ShellieMay-themed. From the grab handles to the seats, everything was pink, fluffy and adorable.
Duffy and Friends will keep you warm this winter with their heartwarming merchandise, foods and drinks. Tokyo DisneySea should definitely be on your bucket list if you haven’t been already.
Duffy and Friends Heartwarming Days
Running: January 10 – March 19, 2020
Tokyo DisneySea Announces ‘Pixar Playtime’ Event For 2020
22.December.2019 | SPOT
Tokyo DisneySea has revealed details for its upcoming special event “Pixar Playtime” which is set to plunge guests into the wonderful worlds of Disney/Pixar films from January 10, 2020. Meet your favourite characters at one of the many programs or greeting events set to take place at one of the park’s first big events of the New Year.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself at Pixar Playtime, from snapping photos of the colourful Pixar decorations to wearing Pixar character merchandise, tucking into food and drink inspired by the characters of Pixar, and more. Let’s take a look.
For Pixar Playtime 2020, Tokyo DisneySea will be decorated like a colourful board game, making for plenty of great photo opportunities with friends and family. The floor will be lined with squares like moves on a board game, so why not challenge yourself to the various objectives written on them and try and reach the goal at Water Front Park? There’s also a photo service where guests can have photos taken of them from high up as pictured above so it looks like they are pieces in the game.
The park will of course also be littered with decorations referencing Pixar’s film catalogue, from Toy Story 4‘s Forky to the iconic Pixar Ball. Some returning features from last year’s event will also make an appearance including interactive photo spots, game booths, and lots more. There’s countless ways to enjoy yourself at Pixar Playtime.
Feel even more part of the festive fun by picking up some official colourful Pixar Playtime merch.
Available at Emporio: Unisex Jumper – M Size ¥3,900, L Size ¥4,200 / Cap ¥2,900 / Headband ¥1,700 / Smartphone Case ¥2,100 / Lighting Pendant ¥1,900 / Cushion ¥1,900
Red, yellow and blue define the Pixar Playtime goods line-up just like the Pixar Ball. We recommend picking up any of these items like the jumper, headband or smartphone case and snapping some photos in front of one of the many Pixar Balls scattered around the park, or while on the board game squares. Buying your own Pixar Ball cushion is sure to make for a great photos too. Dress up with friends and family and become part of the fun!
Available at Emporio: Sun Visor ¥2,900 / Earmuffs ¥2,400 / Flag ¥600 / Plush Toy ¥2,700 / Jacket ¥5,900 / Shoulder Bag ¥2,500
There’s also a new collection of Cars merchandise like a jacket and earmuffs, as well as a sun visor that has Lightning McQueen’s eyes on its front. We recommend taking these items to the “Lightning McQueen Victory Lap” entertainment program at American Waterfront and taking some photos while cheering on McQueen!
Special Menu Line-ups
Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear’s Cookie Sandwich w/ Souvenir Pouch – ¥1,300 @ Gondolier Snacks
Restaurants around the park will be serving food, drinks and desserts inspired by the Pixar cast, like this cookie sandwich centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from Toy Story 3. The pink cookies are filled with chewy marshmallows and sweet-smelling strawberry flavoured cream. It even comes with a pouch that looks like the cookie treat itself, so much so you might find yourself wanting to bite into it after trying the real thing.
Sparkling Drink (Mango & Orange) – ¥450 @ Cafe Portofino
Sparkling Drink (Orange & Strawberry) – ¥450 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant
These drinks are also Pixar-inspired. The mango and orange version is based on the colours of Ducky and Bunny from Toy Story 4, while the orange and strawberry beverage is made in the image of the octopus from Finding Nemo.
Pixar Playtime officially begins on January 10, 2020, so make sure you get the chance to visit Tokyo DisneySea next year.
*The special merchandise and menu line-ups will go on sale early from January 9, 2020, one day before the event begins. The products and food are subject to change without notice. Please note that items are subject to selling out.
Pixar Playtime 2020
Running: January 10, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo: Kyoto’s Dessert House Releases Matcha Tiramisu and New Cheese Products
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened in Kiyomizu Gojozaka, Kyoto in July this year as the first place in Kyoto to specialise in “bottled cheesecakes.” This month, they are releasing four new products to continue the cheese craze right to the end of 2019.
The first is a revamp of their number one most popular soft serve cheese ice cream: the “Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft.” The soft serve ice cream is a mix of refreshingly sweet milk and rich cheese topped with a full-bodied mont blanc-style chocolate—a welcome addition during the winter months when you want to stay in and indulge in some chocolate. The ice cream is finished with crushed chocolate pieces and a crowning raspberry to create a chocolate cake in a cone. You’re sure to become a frequent customer after a bite of this.
And for the Christmas season only, between December 18th-25th the shop is also selling another special soft serve that’s made to look like a Christmas tree. The cheese soft serve is covered with a sprinkling of Uji matcha powder and adorned with chocolate pearls and stars.
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo is also releasing hot versions of its “Kiyomizu Cheese Drink” and “Matcha Cheese Tea,” the iced versions of which were greatly enjoyed in summer. The Matcha Cheese Tea can also now be ordered with tapioca topping, creating a delicious combination between the expertly crafted rich matcha cheese tea and the chewy and sugary tapioca pearls.
Also released this month is the “Homemade Matcha Tiramisu” when is served in a traditional masu box and served only on the second floor eat-in section. This irresistible delight is made with flavourful mascarpone cheese and bitter Uji matcha from Kyoto to create a dessert that’s perfect during a trip or day out in Kyoto. Because of the hard labour that goes into creating this dessert, only 5-10 are served per day, so be sure to arrive early to not miss the opportunity.
Chocolate Mont Blanc Cheese Soft – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Christmas Cheese Soft – ¥400 (Before Tax) *Available December 18-25, 2019 only
Matcha Tapioca Cheese Tea – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Homemade Matcha Tiramisu – ¥540 (Before Tax)
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo
Address: 569-10 Shiraitochō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Official Website: http://kiyomizu-cheese.com/
Starbucks Japan Reveals New Matcha White Chocolate Hot and Iced Drinks For Christmas
17.December.2019 | FOOD
Starbucks Coffee Japan is celebrating Christmas 2019 with two new delicious beverages: the Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino🄬 and Hot Matcha White Chocolate, both of which will be available to order between December 19 and 25 for this year only.
Both versions of this delightful holiday season drink are the perfect accompaniment to the winter days, combining richly fragrant matcha with smooth white chocolate. The Frappuccino🄬 enjoys the addition of maple syrup for a distinct sweetness which mixes gorgeously with the matcha and milkiness of the white chocolate.
The hot version is made with foamed milk which too is soaked in the full-bodied kick of the matcha. The fluffy texture of the foamed milk together with the sweet taste and velvety white chocolate is a combination sure to get you addicted.
If you’re in Japan for Christmas this year, be sure to stop by Starbucks for a cup of Matcha White Chocolate.
Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino🄬
Tall: ¥570 (Tall size only)
Hot Matcha White Chocolate
Short: ¥430 / Tall: ¥470 / Grande: ¥510 / Venti®: ¥550
Running: December 19, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Available: At most Starbucks branches in Japan
Notes: Listed prices do not include tax. Both drinks contain less than 0.5% cocoa.
Starbucks Coffee Japan Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Handmade Christmas Chocolate Santa and Snowman Released at ATELIER de GODIVA in Kyoto
13.December.2019 | FOOD
GODIVA Japan released two new chocolate products at the Daimaru Kyoto branch of ATELIER de GODIVA, a chocolate shop which combines GODIVA’s skilful craftsmanship with chocolate artistry. Named “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Santa Claus” and “ATELIER Christmas Showpiece Snowman,” the two chocolate artworks were released on Wednesday and are available until December 25.
Each and every one of these chocolate sculptures are handmade in-store by the shop’s chefs. They are exclusive to ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto and the perfect Christmas treat to adorn any Christmas party this holiday season.
These cute Christmas-exclusives not only taste delicious, but are fun to look at. Santa is sat in a chimney ready to deliver the presents while the snowman is sat next to a Christmas tree looking warm with its scarf.
Both of these are limited in stock and won’t be available ever again after they sell out, so don’t miss out.
ATELIER Christmas Showpieces
Running: December 11, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Price: ¥1,500 Each (Before Tax) *Takeout only
Available: ATELIER de GODIVA Daimaru Kyoto (Daimaru Kyoto B1F, 79 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
GODIVA Japan Official Website: https://www.godiva.co.jp
Tokyo Disneyland Construction to Finish in 2020 With Huge Overhauls to Themed Areas
It has been announced that the ongoing construction work at Tokyo Disneyland is set to complete next year, with the fully overhauled areas and facilities reopening on April 15, 2020. The park has revealed details on the works as well as provided news and information on the new shows, merchandise and food menus.
Beauty and the Beast Area
The highly-anticipated Beauty and the Beast area is finally set to open. The site recreates various memorable locations from the Disney film, including the town where Belle lives to the forest where Beast’s castle lies.
As guests pass through the village and into the forest they will arrive at the grand castle, inside which they can experience the new attraction “Beauty and the Beast: A Tale of Magic.”
Upper Left: Glass Set ¥2,600 / Upper Centre: Mug ¥1,500 / Lower Middle: Plate Set – ¥2,900 / Right: Pouch ¥3,000
Upper Left: Stainless Mug ¥2,600 / Lower Left: Toothbrush Set ¥1,700 / Right: Cushion ¥2,300
In the village shops, guests will find themselves spoiled for choice with around 100 pieces of exclusive merchandise to get their hands on. This includes a mug and plate set featuring a romantic scene of Belle and Beast dancing with the castle in the background, a glasses stand inspired by the handsome Gaston, and more.
Roll up to La Taverne de Gaston, a restaurant with counter service that’s based on Gaston’s bar and seats around 200.
Big Bite Croissant Set – ¥1,140 (¥750 on its own)
French Toast Sandwich Set – ¥1,140 (¥750 on its own)
Berry Cheers – ¥450
The restaurant boasts a lavish and sophisticated line-up that meets Gaston’s standards, including a croissant stuffed with a sausage on the bone, sweet and salty cheese French toast, a soft drink inspired by beer―Gaston’s favourite―and more.
Fantasyland Forest Theatre
At the heart of Fantasyland, hidden away in the middle of a fairy tale-like forest, is Tokyo Disneyland’s first proper indoor theatre.
The outside of theatre features a warm and welcoming appearance, and the inside features forest-like design with pillars that look like they are made of trees and a chandelier lit by candlelight. The theatre is also decorated with beautiful tapestries and wall art of the many forest animals that appear throughout Disney’s filmography.
It will also see the showing of the all-new show “Mickey’s Magical Music World.” Disney fans can pick up plush toys, pin badges and more featuring designs taken from the show.
Baymax’s Happy Ride
Tomorrowland will see the opening of the world’s first Big Hero 6 themed ride.
Just next to Baymax’s Happy Ride will be Tokyo Disneyland’s first-ever popcorn shop, Big Pop, which has a space-themed design fitting for Tomorrowland. Gaze up at the ceiling and see a starry night sky, as well as a chandelier that looks like giant popcorn and is based on the Big Bang.
Enjoy three flavours of popcorn or a mix of flavours. Pick up a popcorn basket and serve yourself. Flavours include Cookie Cream (the first time the park has sold this flavour), Caramel & Cheese, and Strawberry Milk. All of them are deliciously rich in flavour and smell, and they’re all mushroom-shaped.
Minnie’s Style Studio
Minnie’s Style Studio will be Tokyo Disneyland’s first facility built specifically for meeting Minnie Mouse. Minnie, who is a fashion designer working internationally, will greet guests wearing different outfits coordinated to the current season. As the name suggests, it’s a studio, and will be decked out with costume designs and more. You’ll know it when you see the ribbon decorated with giant polka dots.
Special merchandise will also be sold based on the four costumes for each of the four seasons. In spring, there’ll also be headbands, badges, and more.
Around 130 pieces of new merchandise with two different designs will be sold, most of which are centred around the four new facilities opening.
Greeting Card ¥1,000 / Pocket Tissues ¥2,200 / Key Chains ¥1300 Each
The first design, making up around 90 of the items, feature a jolly Mickey Mouse excited about the four new places.
The other design, making up the remaining 40 or so pieces of merchandise, features logos of each facility and includes items such as t-shirts, caps, and other wearable goods.
The Disney Hotel and Disney Resort Line also have some special things planned too. Check out the official website for more details.
*Images are for illustrative purposes only ©Disney
Tokyo Disney Resort
2020 Overhauls (Japanese): https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/tdrblog/detail/pr191205/
Official Website (English): https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Rilakkuma Santa Cookies
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make Santa Rilakkuma cookies
1: Ingredients: (For 10 Rilakkumas)
Unsalted butter: 55g
Icing sugar: 25g
White sesame seeds: 30g
Weak flour: 75g
2: Leave the unsalted butter out for a while until it reaches room temperature and then mix until smooth. Next, mix in the sugar, sesame seeds and then flour in that order.
3: Next, split the dough into portions. To make one cookie, you need 15g for the face and 1g of dough for each ear. Arrange your face and both ears as shown in the photo below.
Top tip: Rilakkuma’s face is oval-shaped so don’t make it circular.
4: After you’ve formed all your Rilakkumas, bake them at 180℃ for 15 minutes.
5: Please refer to the video below to decorate Rilakkuma’s face:
Before the cookies get cold, coat them in icing sugar, using a small brush to dust off the excess. Then, wait for the cookies to cool completely before decorating the face. Place a Meiji Apollo Strawberry Chocolate on Rilakkuma’s head for the Santa hat and you’re done.
This is the perfect way to contribute to your next Christmas potluck and it is a flawless plan to impress all your friends.
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Starbucks Unleashes Festive Spirit with Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®
Now it’s December, we can unleash our festive spirits without anyone telling us “it’s too early”. The streets are glistening with Christmas decor and Christmas dinners, drinks and desserts are around every corner. Every year, Starbucks never fails to hype us up with their Christmas drinks and so without a moment to waste, I headed over to check them out.
For many, the excitement of Christmas starts to unfold at one moment: opening the stocking. Starbucks has hit home once again with the Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®, which not only takes on the appearance of a stocking stuffed with treats, but tastes as jolly as one too. The Frappuccino® was released on December 4, 2019 and is enough to leave you with a very merry belly.
Once you place your order, you will be handed a sealed straw transformed with Christmas magic to become an edible cookie straw. This drink is the first of its kind for Starbucks and is on a whole new level of excitement. Just holding the straw in your hand waiting for your drink will have your heart racing in anticipation.
Here it is:
The small, bright red baubles of chocolate will immediately catch your attention. The Christmassy cup is literally a stocking packed with a range of delicious flavours and textures.
Now it’s time to insert the straw. You will be surprised at just how strong and sturdy it is. Alternating between a few refreshing gulps and an odd chomp on the crispy straw creates a new kind of flavour experience. Rest assured that you are also provided with a regular straw so no need to worry about devouring the straw before finishing the drink.
The frappuccino® base contains a rich chocolate sauce and is sprinkled with crispy potato chips. There are also some potato chips on top of the drink to moderate sweetness and add texture.
Not only will this fill your stomach, but just seeing the jolly drink will leave you fully topped up with the festive spirit. Sales will end once stock is depleted so make sure to try it asap if you are interested.
Have a jolly Christmas filled with excitement and love.
Santa Boots Chocolate Frappuccino®
Only Available in Tall: ¥690 (Before Tax)
Selling: December 4 – 25, 2019
Available at most Starbucks Coffee shops across Japan
* Sales will end once stock is depleted.
Starbucks Coffee Japan: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/