The Walt Disney Company announced this week that it will hold the D23 Expo Japan 2018 over three days from Feb. 10 – Feb. 12, 2018, at Tokyo Disney Resort in Maihama. This event was created for Disney fans in Japan, and by members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. [Read more…]
By Quinn Roseboom
On Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, Quinn heads to Ocean Park in Hong Kong then travels to Japan & checks into his Universal Studios Japan hotel. He also explores CityWalk & heads to the Pokémon Center! [Read more…]
Fans of classic video games will want to stock up on Power-Up Mushrooms and start saving for a flight to Osaka, because Universal Studios Japan has just released their first piece of Super Nintendo World concept art, giving us a glimpse of what the new Mario-centric land will look like when it debuts in 2020. [Read more…]
Several themes for the development of lands at Tokyo Disney Resort have been finalized. [Read more…]
By Nick Russo
This week on Photo Finds, we take a trip to some unique shopping locations around The World Showcase in Disney’s Epcot.
By Andy Guinigundo
Announcements were made this past week regarding a few Disney classic park attractions and their inception in some of the Asian parks. [Read more…]
The Katsura Grill opened this week at the Japan pavilion, after a refurbishment that began in August. This used to be called Yakitori House. [Read more…]
Earning distinction as two of the world’s best Jungle Cruise skippers, Walt Disney World cast members Beth Schafer and Alex Williams were recently chosen to represent the resort at Tokyo Disney Resort’s 25th Anniversary Celebration.
Emerging from their helm in the darkest wilds of the Magic Kingdom, Schafer and Williams earned their overseas excursion thanks to their knack for spinning humorous spiels and stories. They competed against 35 skippers to win their spots, auditioning in front of a panel of judges from Walt Disney World and Walt Disney Imagineering who scored them on performance and punch lines.
From Feb. 26 through March 6, a total of eight Jungle Cruise skippers from Disney Parks worldwide (Disneyland Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort) participated in a unique dream opportunity commemorating Tokyo Disney’s milestone anniversary. The Jungle Cruise skipper dream was one of 25 dreams fulfilled for cast members by the Oriental Land Company (the Japanese company that owns and operates the resort). The unique request came from Kenichi Ito, a Jungle Cruise supervisor, who dreamt of a worldwide gathering of Jungle Cruise skippers at Tokyo Disneyland as an occasion to share best practices and, of course, best jokes.
Schafer and Williams enjoyed meeting other skippers from around the world to share a common bond. “This was a once in a lifetime experience,” said Williams. “It was incredible to see all these different cultures and different people brought together by such a unique and amazing attraction like the Jungle Cruise.” The visit included a two-day tour of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, a meet-and-greet with Tokyo skippers, and a chance to reenact their own Jungle Cruise spiel.