Tokyo Disneyland’s Very Very Minnie! 2020 Event: Merchandise & Food Releasing Early

25.November.2019 | FASHION / FOOD / SPOT

The all-new Minnie’s Style Studio is set to open in Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 2020 as a character greeting location where you can meet the Disney cast. In the run up to its opening, Minnie Mouse is hosting a 70-day kawaii-packed event entitled “Very Very Minnie!” which will run at the park from January 10 to March 19 next year.

A special selection of merchandise and food themed on Minnie Mouse, from her polka dots to her ribbon, will be made available from January 9ーthe day before the event starts. Let’s take a look at what we can expect for the opening of the New Year!

 

Special Merchandise (Available: From January 9, 2020)

 

Parkers – Medium ¥4,900, Large ¥5,200 / Cap – ¥3,000 / Scarf Towel – ¥1,500

Wide Bath Towel – ¥3,400

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, a scarf towel, and more.

Cushion – ¥2,300

Hand Cream Set – ¥1,600

Wall Pocket – ¥2,900 (*Items in pockets sold separately)

There’s also the wide bath towel featuring the Disney characters dressed in their new costumes which you’ll see them wearing for the Very Very Minnie! entertainment shows, a cushion which you can put your hands in to keep warm this winter, a useful wall pocket which you can store various items inーand many more items, up to 70 of them!

 

Special Merchandise Split Across 3 Months

Get one of 8 possible costumes for your Minnie Mouse posy plushy, as well as three different postcard sets. All of these items will roll out across a three month period: on January 9, February 3, and March 2 respectively.

Posy Plushie Costumes – ¥2,200 Each / Postcard Set – ¥1,300 (*Posy Plushies sold separately)

For the first month, January 9 will bring three costumes, including Minnie’s new Very Very Minnie! outfit, as well as one called “Super Dancing Mania” and another called “Resident of Mishika.” The first postcard set will also come with 7 designs all themed around Minnie.

And on March 2, 2020, which is known as “Minnie’s Day” at Tokyo Disney Resort®, guests can get their hands on a plush toy wearing Minnie’s “Hippity Hoppity Springtime” outfit at Grand Emporium which was voted as her No. 1 outfit based on a user poll held on the Tokyo Disney Resort® website.

 

 

Special Menu Items (Available: From January 9, 2020)

Of course, there’ll be plenty of delicious treats to munch on too, all so cute they seem a waste to eat.

Special Dessert Plate (Waffle & Doughnuts) – ¥1,500 / Served at: Center Street Coffeehouse

At Center Street Coffeehouse, this special dessert plate will be served from 1pm-6pm, which will include a set of cream-filled doughnuts and waffles drizzled in a sweet and sour strawberry sauce.

Strawberry Cheese Brownie Crepe – ¥700 / Sold at: Cafe Orleans

Cafe Orleans will serve a crepe topped with a strawberry cheese brownie and drizzled in raspberry sauce and a strawberry compote.

Cranberry Vanilla Mouse Cake with Souvenir Plate – ¥800 / Yoghurt & Raspberry Mouse with Souvenir Cup – ¥800 / Served at: Sweetheart Cafe

Also at the Sweetheart Cafe, you can get your hands on one of two of these desserts which come with souvenir merchandise you can take home with you. Both items feature Minnie in her cute new outfit.

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.

 

Don’t miss this Minnie-exclusive event when it begins in the New Year!

 

*All photos are for illustrative purposes only

©Disney

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    21.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Disney magic flows through the veins of Disney Resort throughout the year. However, when the clock strikes Christmas time, the entire resort transforms for Disney Christmas: the annual event where the streets sparkle the most compared to any other yearly event.

     

    With Christmas just over the horizon, the Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand over all areas of the park ー including the hotels. This year, a whole load of delicious Christmassy afternoon tea dishes have poofed onto the menu at Disney Ambassador Hotel’s Hyperion Lounge. Today, we’ll be looking at a few.

    Disney Christmas Cake Set: ¥1,800

    The Hyperion Lounge’s Disney Christmas Cake Set is shaped like a wreath and is garnished with your favourite Disney characters. 

    The wreath, which is sat on a bed of chocolate mousse, is woven from pistachio dough that is full of flavour and soft mousse. The sweet tanginess of the raspberry and cherries mixes with the sweet chocolate for a refreshing flavour that will fill your mouth. It is just too cute to eat. 

    Disney Christmas Special Drink: ¥1,300 *with Drink Coaster

    The Christmas Special Drink is an iced tea coloured with a raspberry and strawberry syrup. Above the syrup is a mixture of milk tea and peach juice which will send a fruity scent floating to your nose. Mix the syrup with the milk tea thoroughly for a magical flavour adventure. Mixing the drink will turn it a cute light pink colour, too.

    Two yellow chocolate stars shine in the middle of the drink. Can you spot them?

     

    This drink was created to look just like Santa Claus and the two stars represent the buttons on his clothes.

    This drink comes with a free original coaster, however, the coasters are in limited supply. Many restaurants around the resort are serving up special drinks which come with a free Disney Christmas coaster. The design available at Hyperion Lounge is Mini Mouse. Try collecting them for an extra special Disney Christmas. 

    Collect all the drink coasters and put them together for a Disney Christmas masterpiece!

     

    Whether inside the park or not, Tokyo Disney Resort never fails to make our hearts race with excitement. If you’re staying at the resort, don’t miss out on the restaurant’s irresistible Christmas drinks and desserts.

     

    Original Text Author: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

  • Tokyo DisneySea’s Christmas Food & Drink Feast Will Put You in the Christmas Spirit

    16.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Tokyo Disney Resort’s most sparkly event of the year, Disney Christmas, is currently taking place at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea until December 25.

    Today, I’ll be showcasing the must-buy Christmas food at drink at Tokyo DisneySea this Disney Christmas.

     

    Desserts with souvenirs make the perfect take-home gift

    Chocolate & Milk Mousse w/ Souvenir Mug – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    This cute chocolate and milk mousse is sure to soothe you, topped with star-shaped chocolate, crunchy nuts, and moist mousse. This sweet treat comes with a mug inspired by the calm night of Christmas which you can take home with you.

    Coffee Cream Tart w/ Souvenir Plate – ¥800 @ Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery

    This one’s for the adults: a coffee cream tart with a delightfully subtle bitterness to it. It’s not overly sweet, and so can be lapped up without leaving you with that sickly aftertaste. It also comes with a souvenir plate which has the same design as the mug.

     

    Christmas feasts to get you in the holiday season mood

    “Select Five” Set – ¥2,080 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    With this set, you get to pick five items: two from soups, salads and desserts, one entree, rice or bread, and a soft drink. The hamburger is super juicy and delicious with the tomato BBQ sauce!

    Enjoy a soy flavoured potato salad, cute Mickey onion soup, reindeer dessert, and more♡

    Christmas Cake – ¥1,480 @ Horizon Bay Restaurant

    And if we’re talking Christmas, we can’t forget about the cake! This cake is topped with a Mickey and Minnie cookie, holly shaped chocolate, candy cane-coloured biscuit, and other little Christmas vibe goodies. Perfect for sharing with multiple people.

     

    “Taste of Christmas” Food Programme: Pair drinks with food

    In the New York area of American Waterfront they’re holding a food programme called “Taste of Christmas” where they pair food with alcoholic and hot alcoholic drinks.

    Okonomiyaki Roll – ¥500 / Kirin Beer – ¥620 @ Restaurant Sakura

    This rolled okonomiyaki goes amazingly with beer. Its thin chewy wrap is filled with yakisoba noodles and ebi shrimp.

    It’s finished with a sprinkling of sesame seeds for added accent. A great option if you need something light to eat.

     

    Drinks and snacks to enjoy while waiting in line for attractions

    Popcorn w/ Basket – ¥2,400 @ The Gazebo (Popcorn Wagon)

    k up some popcorn served in a Christmas present basket decorated with cute illustrations of Mickey and company celebrating Christmas. This is also available at Tokyo Disneyland!

    Hot Matcha Milk (Tapioca & Strawberry) – ¥450 @ Hudson River Harvest

    Roll up to Hudson River Harvest in Tokyo DisneySea for a cup of this Hot Matcha Milk which has been filled with chewy matcha flavoured tapioca pearls, a texture that’s deliciously enjoyable when fused with the faint fragrance of the strawberry. A hot drink is the perfect thing to pass the time waiting in line.

     

    There’s lots of other limited-time food and drink to be enjoyed at Tokyo Disney Resort this Christmas besides our picks too. Treat your taste buds to some Disney delights this Christmas season.

     

    Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    ©️Disney

  • Tokyo DisneySea Celebrates Christmas With Spectacular Show & Evening Illuminations

    15.November.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    This year heralds another heart-warming Christmas celebration at Tokyo Disney Resort® with the official Disney Christmas event, which kicked off at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea on November 8 and will run up to Christmas Day.

     

    Today, we’re reporting on Tokyo DisneySea’s entertainment programme “It’s Christmas Time!” as well as the park’s photo spots which can be enjoyed in the evenings.

     

    It’s Christmas Time!

    Returning again to Mediterranean Harbor this year is It’s Christmas Time!, a show which brings together the Disney character cast for a performance of Christmas song and dance.

    The show begins with the performers stepping out in their bright-red Christmas outfits and singing with beautiful voices.

    Lots of Disney friends were gathered together, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, and Chip & Dale.

    “Let’s have all have a wonderful Christmas together,” announced Mickey, who danced the waltz with everyone.

    That’s when the snow began to fall, and the colourfully-clad performers began the real dance show, consisting of tap dancing, line dancing, and more. They played lots of classic Christmas songs, and we found ourselves naturally singing along too.

    Duffy the Disney Bear, ShellieMay, Santa Claus and many more made an appearance too to join in the festivities.

    Speaking of which, Pluto was there too, but he seemed kind of lonely… I wonder what happened?

    When visiting Tokyo DisneySea this year, be sure to go all-out when celebrating with the Disney characters and performers too!

     

    Romantic Photo Spots

    If you head down to American Waterfront, you’ll see a 15 meter high Christmas tree in front of the S.S. Columbia. And if you continue from there towards Cape Cod Cook-Off, you can get a really beautiful photo from the bridge.

    Reds, yellows, greens and other colours decorate the surrounding area of Cape Cod Cook-Off, where Duffy & Friends are celebrating their Christmas.

    There’s also photo spots where you can take some cute photos in front of the Christmas tree.

    Be sure to find the characters dressed in their winter clothes riding a sled too, you can snap a picture with them as well.

    At each themed port in the park they have spectacular illuminations at night too, which are sure to warm you with that Christmas spirit.

     

    Writer: Ellie(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

    ©️Disney

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    Sasashigure rice yields 40% less rice quantity in one-tenth hectare than regular rice, but it has a natural sweetness and elevate flavour, with each and every grain savoured in a mouthful.

     

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    *The pop-up shop will be open before Namco Ikebukuro fully opens

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    ©My Hero Academia Production Committee ©️2019 “My Hero Academia THE MOVIE” Production Committee ©️Kohei Horikoshi/Shueisha

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    Nijushisekki

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    Courses

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    *SABFA is a school managed by Shiseido for training professional hair and makeup artists

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  • Souvenirs at Tokyo Station’s GRANSTA Shopping Complex Abundant For the New Year

    12.December.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo Station’s GRANSTA and GRANSTA Marunouchi shopping complexes are holding a New Year’s from December 26, 2019 to January 5, 2019 where sweets and souvenirs will be sold to beckon the new year. The items are based on the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac for 2020.

     

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    High Grade Fresh Japanese Confection Assortment (Contains 6) – ¥1,848 @ Ginza Kanra (Available Mid-December to Mid-January)

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    Ginza Kikunoya Fukiyose Kaiune Shikan (200g) – ¥1,998 @ Jimbocho Ichi no Ichi (Now on sale until all sell out)

    This tin of assorted small sweets includes around 30 types of baked wheat bran treats and more. There’s plenty to keep you going through the New Year celebrations.

    Left: Eto Kokeshi Rat – ¥2,090 / Right: Mame Kokeshi Rat – ¥880 @ SHARED TOKYO (Now on sale)

    Available in limited quantities only, these cute rat kokeshi dolls would look good even as decorations in small spaces. Their red and white colours add to the festive vibe as these are celebratory colours in Japan.

    New Year’s Card Shrimp Senbei Rice Crackers (Contains 11) – ¥1,080 @ Keishindo (Now on sale until all sell out)

    Forget regular Christmas cards, hand someone one of these rice crackers instead which feature messages like “Here’s to another great year” in Japanese as well as other New Year motifs.

     

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    Houjou – ¥8,000 @ Asakusa Imahan (Available January 1 only)

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    Osechi Shoufuku Suzen – ¥1,800 @Sasahachi (Available January 1-3)

    Another delicious mix of osechi like fish wrapped in kombu seaweed, hand-rolled sushi, and more—all of which goes down best with a cup of sake. Limited to 20 servings per day.

     

    This is just a peek into what’s available this New Year at Tokyo Station, so if you’re using the station this year, be sure to stop by.

     

    *All listed prices include tax

  • Seven Days War Anime Film Release Promoted With Themed Cafe in Shinjuku

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  • Tokyo Disneyland Construction to Finish in 2020 With Huge Overhauls to Themed Areas

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    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.

     

    Fantasyland

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

     

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    Tomorrowland

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    Big Pop

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    Toontown

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    Special Merchandise

    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

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    08.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / SPOT

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    ©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only

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    05.December.2019 | FASHION

    Starbucks Reserve® Roastery Tokyo released six new products on December 5 in collaboration with Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo, a long-standing traditional maker of Japanese gosho-ningyo dolls.

    Golden Cup, Shimada Koen Ningyo Kobo – ¥50,000 (Before Tax)

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    05.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    The KIRBY CAFÉ is set to open on the 4th floor of Toyko Solamachiーthe shopping, dining and entertainment complex under Tokyo Skytreeーon December 12, 2019 as the world’s first permanent Kirby-themed café.

     

    Though we still have a week to wait until Kirby inhales us whole into his café, the official website is already live, showcasing a new line-up of food and merchandise different from that held at the pop-up Kirby cafés (which we have covered extensively in Fukuoka and even Tokyo Solamachi, the latter of which has seen the most pop-ups).

     

    Some of the menu items are served in a Kirby lunch box, on a Kirby plate, and more. Let’s take a look. Menu items below are translated from Japanese.

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    Served on an original plate, the half ‘n’ half comes served with two pizza flavours of your choice. Perfect for those times when you can’t decide because all the options are too good!

    Kirby’s Munching Loco Moco Bowl – ¥1,980 (Before Tax)

    Munch and chew on this tasty serving of loco moco just like Kirby is adorably doing on the lunch box it comes in.

    Whole Egg Plant & Meat Pasta: Say Your Wish to the Galaxy – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)

    Meta Knight’s Precious Matcha Mousse – ¥780 (Before Tax)

    Doctor Kirby’s Secret Lab Soda – ¥1,280 (Before Tax)

    As well as these incredible-looking dishes, there’s lots of other cute ones you can order for takeout too.

     

    If you visit the KIRBY CAFÉ, you’ll have to pay a visit to KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE as well which is located on the 2nd floor of Solamachi. There’s around 200 pieces of Kirby merchandise including exclusives as well as KIRBY CAFÉ-themed items.

    The KIRBY CAFÉ has its own soundtrack which you can actually buy at the store too. It will be released on December 12. We did an article about it here.

    Customers can received a specially-made sticker with the CD design when they buy something at the café or store.

    The KIRBY CAFÉ gives priority to reservations, so if you’re hoping to get sucked into the world of Kirby, be sure to book in advance.

  • Ginza Sony Park’s Milan Design Week 2019 Exhibition to be Shown in Tokyo

    03.December.2019 | SPOT

    Ginza Sony Park is set to display their #012 Affinity in Autonomy exhibition at the Ginza Sony Park buildingーwhich is a project for the renovation of the Sony Buildingーfrom December 14, 2019.

    Affinity in Autonomy was first shown by Sony at Milan Design Week 2019 which was held back in April. It received huge praise from attendees, and so Ginza Sony Park are bringing it back home to showcase at the building, which has enjoyed over 5 million visitors since it opened, for more people to experience it. The exhibit looks at elevating the affinity between humans and robots so that they may co-exist.

    Also as part of the exhibition, Sony will showcase five individual pieces entitled Awakening, Accordance, Autonomous, Affiliation, and Association, which make use of image sensors. As visitors experience each one in order, their affinity towards robots will grow. Sound and visuals will play in response to people’s movements.

    The exhibition combines sound, colour and interaction, offering new insight into robots. What’s more is that the robots recognise humans and response in real time, further enhancing the realism offered by the experience.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this holiday season, and are looking for the robots, then be sure to pay a visit to Ginza Sony Park.

  • My Hero Academia Event to Take Place at Tokyo Tower

    03.December.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / SPOT

    An event is set to take place at Tokyo Tower from December 7 in promotion of the upcoming anime film My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising, which is set to release on December 20.

    If you pick up a Tokyo Tower Main Deck ticket, which takes you up 150 meters in the tower, you’ll receive a ticket with a limited-edition design, a folder, and one of six possible stickers as pictured above.

    The Main Deck will be decorated with all things My Hero Academia, including original illustrations as well as key visuals for the upcoming movie. There will also be photo panels featuring classic lines said by characters where you can take photos.

    A stamp rally will also be held throughout the tower at the event Collect all six stamps and receive one of six possible desk mats.

     

    Stamp Rally

    Price: ¥600

    Running: Weekdays 10:00-18:00 (Reception Closes 17:30) / Weekends 10:00-20:00 (Reception Closes 19:30)

    Available: Stamp Rally counter on the first floor of Tokyo Tower

    *Please note that you will also have to pay the entrance fee to the Main Deck to participate

    Test your My Hero Academia knowledge with the official quiz taking place on weekends up the outer staircase. Those who take part will be able to take a photo together with Midoriya and Bakugo and will receive a certificate.

     

    Running: Weekends & Public Holidays 10:00-16:00 (Not running during rainy weather)

    *A Main Deck entry ticket is required to access the outer staircase. A ticket to the event is also required to receive the certificate

    Choose a beverage inspired by your favourite character. Every drink ordered comes with a My Hero Academia coaster.

     

    Location: Cafe La Tour, Main Deck Floor 1F

    Opening Hours: 9:30-22:45 (Last Orders 22:00)

    Price: ¥600 Each

    Don’t miss out on the chance to grab some Tokyo Tower-exclusive My Hero Academia merchandise either.

     

    Location: Merchandise Counter, Tokyo Tower Floor 1F

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Until 20:00 on weekends)

     

    ©2019 “My Hero Academia THE MOVIE” Production Committee ©Kohei Horikoshi / Shueisha

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