Welcome back for your June 2018 update on what’s happening at the International Disney Parks! I know you’re normally expecting updates from Angela, but she’s actually out visiting these parks as I type. Everyone wish her an amazing trip in the comments! Now, let’s talk about what’s new in the international parks this month.
Shanghai Disneyland celebrated their second anniversary with a new seasonal festival this month. They will be offering guests to “Soak Up The Fun” with seasonal merchandise, menus, and shows. Also to be added are splash zones throughout the park to help guests cool off. Some of these include:
Summer Blast Castle Show
Duffy’s Splashing Pre-Parade
Farmer Al’s Splash Around in Toy Story Land
There’s even a Dragon Boat Celebration in Disneytown. Don’t forget, the Mandarin production of the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast premiered at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre in Disneytown on June 14. Sounds like it’s going to be an amazing summer for our friends visiting Shanghai!
Tokyo Disney Resort
While Tokyo Disney Resort is celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Disneyland Park and Tanabata Days, they still have one more thing up their sleeve. The nighttime spectacular “Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland” will debut in the park on July 10. The new show will replace Once Upon A Time which was discontinued in 2017.
The bigger news to come out of Tokyo Disney Resort this month is the announcement of a park expansion for Tokyo DisneySea. The new themed port is set to open some time in 2022 and will include three new areas themed to Frozen, Tangled, and Peter Pan. In addition, plans include a 475-room hotel inside the park. We can expect attractions, restaurants, and shops. I’m surprised and delighted to see Peter Pan get an entire section in Tokyo DisneySea, but it seems like that could mean the days are numbered for the attraction currently inside the Tokyo Disneyland Park.
The top news to come out of Disneyland Paris this month is a bit of a downer. Phantom Manor, which closed earlier this year for an extensive refurbishment, will not open in September as expected. This centerpiece attraction will not reopen until 2019. Let’s hope this extra-long makeover is worth the wait!
In better news, Disneyland Paris announced they’ll be celebrating the World’s Biggest Mouse Party later this year. On October 1, “Mickey and his PhilharMagique Orchestra” will open at the Discoveryland Theatre. For Halloween, Mickey will be appearing in the Halloween cavalcade from October 1 through November 4 and performing magic tricks near his house in Fantasyland. The Walt Disney Studios Park is getting in on the action for the holidays, November 10, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Mickey will play the drums in “Mickey’s Christmas Big Band”. While I’ve never visited for the show, it looks a lot like holiday versions that used to be offered at Tokyo DisneySea.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland has finally released some long-awaited details about the “Carnivale of Stars – Make a Splash” event that kicked off June 21. Just like Shanghai and Tokyo, they will be offering some creative ways to beat the heat. The first-ever “Pixar Water Play Street Party!” will be performed down Main Street U.S.A in the afternoons, showering guests in a cool mist of water. It sounds like they need it since video recently surfaced of Shellie May passing out during the parade!
Much like Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, The Incredibles will be taking over Tomorrowland. Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, and Frozone will all be appearing in the land. Starting in July, Edna Mode will even be available to greet park guests. Many other Pixar favorites will be meeting all over the park all summer long. July 3 marks maybe the most exciting news of all, a brand new friend of Duffy will be exclusively greeting at Hong Kong Disneyland. Rumors are that he will be a puppy that likes to bake, but it could be anything! What are you hoping for?
After dark, guests can enjoy the all new projection show “We Love Mickey!”. The show is based on the idea that Mickey’s friends are throwing him a surprise party and pays tribute to Mickey throughout the years. As always there will be seasonal merchandise, food, and activities at the three onsite resorts. This event goes on until September 2 and looks like tons of fun!
Are you planning on visiting any of the international parks? Have you been in the past? Please comment and share your thoughts and experiences on the Disney Parks throughout the world!