After nearly a year of waiting, you can finally purchase Ufufy friends at your local Disney Store! Just released in the U.S. on October 6, 2017, these plush friends join the ever-popular Tsum Tsums as the latest kawaii (cute) export from Japan!
The American Ufufy were released in three different sizes
the original ‘small’ size — about 4.5 inches tall (priced at $5.95)
the ‘mini’ size — about 2.5 inches tall (set of 2 priced at $9.95)
and the ‘medium’ size — about 12 inches tall — Pooh and Donald, priced at $16.95
How many of you love Pirates of the Caribbean? Was your first memory of Pirates from Disneyland? Or perhaps Disney World? For younger generations, their first Disney pirate may have been Captain Jack Sparrow from the blockbuster films. Well, if ye come seekin’ adventure, keep a weather eye open. There be pirates in these waters as we explore their history through Disney Archives.
This article was originally published on Laughingplace.com after D23 Expo.
A Tribute to Disney Pirates at D23 Expo
Pirates have been such an integral part of Disney history, even before the landmark attraction at Disneyland (now commemorating its 50th year). D23 Expo celebrated Disney pirates in a special exhibit, showcasing treasures from the Disney Archives. These are highlights from the D23 Expo and “A Pirates Life for Me: Disney’s Rascals, Scoundrels, and Really Bad Eggs.”
The queues snaked on and on for this exhibit. The mood was set with music of Disney’s pirates – from X Atencio’s classic ‘Yo Ho! Yo Ho!’ to the Hans Zimmer film soundtracks, to songs from Muppet Treasure Island and Hook’s solo “Revenge! Revenge!” from Once Upon a Time.
Not traditionally celebrated in Japan, Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort is a ghoulishly delightful experience for local (and visiting) Disney fans alike. Join us as we continue our Halloween experiences at Tokyo DisneySea in Part 2 of this article.
In Part 1, we shared the cheerful Halloween festivities at Tokyo Disneyland. Tokyo DisneySea harbored a darker (yet, not scary) Villain’s theme for the season.
Love Halloween? You’ll find many delightful Disney details, but also some fascinating differences at Tokyo DisneySea.
This article was originally published on LaughingPlace.com, from our experiences at Tokyo Disney Resort last Halloween season.
Halloween Decorations at Tokyo DisneySea
Monorails don’t escape the magic at Tokyo Disney resort. It was festively Halloween from the time you set foot on the resort line monorail. Each Mickey-shaped monorail hand-grip was charmed with a colorful witch’s hat.
Banners along top advertised ‘Disney’s Halloween 2016.’ Each banner showcased pictures of the iconic Disneyland castle, as well as Mount Prometheus, the symbol for Tokyo DisneySea.
Tokyo DisneySea’s entry arch was draped in festive orange, purple, and black banners for Halloween. Jewel-toned pumpkin lanterns completed the look.
These decorations continued throughout the Portofino-inspired buildings of ‘Mediterranean Harbor.’ Claude Frollo’s hat adorns this Halloween banner above the Il Postino Stationery store.
This year’s Halloween theme, “Welcome to the Villain’s World: Wishes and Desires,” complemented Tokyo DisneySea’s 15th Anniversary “Year of Wishes” celebrations.
There’s a chill in the air. The leaves are changing colors. Pumpkin spice is everywhere…. It’s Halloween time again. See how Tokyo Disney Resort celebrates Halloween from our visit to Tokyo Disneyland last season…
Americans have exported many things… and Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort is one of them.
Not traditionally celebrated in Japan, Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea is a unique experience for visitors and locals alike.
Join us as we share our Halloween experiences at Tokyo Disneyland from last season in a two-part series, originally published on LaughingPlace.com
We will highlight Tokyo Disneyland in Part 1 of this article , and Tokyo DisneySea in Part 2. There are many delightfully Disney similarities, but also some differences that may fascinate Disney fans.
This article was originally published on LaughingPlace.com
No extra tickets needed.
Unlike domestic Disney parks, there is no separately-ticketed event for Halloween celebrations. Everything is included in the day-ticket price. If you know the dates you want to visit Disneyland / DisneySea, it is advisable to purchase your tickets online ahead of time, as tickets are known to sell out for the parks. Even annual passholders are not guaranteed entry when parks have reached capacity.
Halloween Decorations Welcome Guests
A beautiful floral Mickey-shaped Jack-o-lantern greets guests at the main entry to Disneyland, just outside the Grand Bazaar. (The Grand Bazaar replaces Main Street USA, and is a covered shopping arcade).
Today, we celebrate the release of Once Upon a Time Season 6 on digital, DVD, and Blu-Ray by sharing our article teasing Season 7 coming this fall.
We were there for the UOAT panels at D23 and San Diego Comic-Con, and share them here in a two-part article. This article was originally featured on LaughingPlace.com on August 4, 2017.
Fans of Once Upon a Time streamed into the D23 Arena on July 15, 2017 to get the latest news on their favorite characters. Show creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz sat down with host Jeffrey Epstein for this much-anticipated panel.
Season 6 Finale Bombshell
The Season 6 finale shattered norms that we had come to know as canon for Once Upon a Time (OUAT).
When you think of Epcot, you may recall fragrant florals from the “Flower & Garden Festival.” Or, perhaps, delectable dishes from the “Food & Wine Festival.” (I, too, love to ‘eat my way around the world.’) Most of all, I enjoy Epcot as a gathering place to meet friendly cast members from various countries. My last visit to Epcot’s Italy Pavilion did not disappoint.
Venice, Italy vs. Italy at Epcot
Through the years, I have come to love the “real” Italy, especially Venice. Epcot’s Italy Pavilion transports me back to Venice every time. Strolling through, I see architectural reminders of Saint Mark’s Square: the delicately intricate façade of the Doge’s Palace, and the Campanile (bell tower).
The entrance is guarded by two columns, topped with Venezia’s patron saints: Saint Mark’s Lion and Saint Theodore standing above a crocodile. (Though Epcot’s version is actually reversed)
Italy Pavilion at Epcot
Saint Marks Square in Venezia
Admittedly, Disney puts a spin on their presentation of each country. (Germany’s Bavarian region is famous for their large, scrumptious pretzels. But they certainly are not Mickey-shaped, nor come with cheese dipping sauce.)
Good advice is worth its weight in gold, especially when you’re traveling. Getting first-hand advice can save you time, ensure you don’t miss an essential moment, and help you make good decisions on how to spend your hard-earned vacation dollars. This is especially true for specialty locations like Disneyland Paris.
Disneyland Paris is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2017 (the park opened as Euro Disney on April 12, 1992), making this the perfect year to enjoy the festivities. The anniversary theme – “It’s Time to Sparkle!” – introduces new spectaculars to make your visit even more memorable. You’ll want to be prepared, so you won’t miss a second of the magic.
Here are my top 9 things you definitely won’t want to miss – gained from experience as a DLP annual passholder. Some are unique and found only at Disneyland Paris Resort. Some are delightful variations of classic Disney attractions. All are outstanding.
There are two parks at the Disneyland Paris Resort: Disneyland Park, and the Walt Disney Studios (now celebrating its 10th Anniversary). I divided this List into “family-friendly” and “wild side” features, with notations in which park they’re located.
The holidays at Hogwarts were pure magic in the original novels by J.K. Rowling. The massive tree, the decorations in the Great Hall, the delectable treats, the Yule Ball. How I wished I could have stepped into that world.
If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Paris, and wished upon a star to walk through Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle), this is the year to do it. Disneyland Paris – the sparkling European jewel in the Disney crown – celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2017. And they have been diligently preparing for you to ‘Be Our Guest.’
Park improvements progressed throughout 2016 to prepare for “It’s Time to Sparkle” the Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary celebration starting March 26, 2017.
This article was first published on LaughingPlace.com on April 7, 2017.
The path wasn’t always sprinkled with pixie dust. “Euro Disney” – the fourth Disney castle Park – opened on April 12, 1992 to much controversy. There were protests against this invasion of American culture in France, including a one-day train strike that effectively cut off the Disney resort to anyone without a car.
Star Wars Celebration Europe (SWCE, July 14-17, 2016) ended with a much-anticipated panel featuring the upcoming Star Wars films, Star WarsEpisode VIII and Han Solo.
Pablo Hidalgo hosted a panel featuring Kathleen Kennedy (Lucasfilm President) and Kiri Hart (Head of Story, LFL). First up: writer-director Rian Johnson discussed the filming of Episode VIII (code named: Space Bear).
(This article was initially published on LaughingPlace.com after Star Wars Celebration Europe, on September 20, 2016).
A New Look from Lucasfilm: Star Wars Episode VIII delves deeper into character
Kathleen Kennedy is very happy with their choice of director. “Rian moves the camera as well as Steven Spielberg.” And she doesn’t say that lightly.
Rian Johnson’s goal was to “tell a story that feels alive right now.” Writing for Episode VIII corresponded with principle photography for Episode VII. Johnson spent six weeks working on Story at Lucasfilm, watching ‘dailies’ of Episode VII with Kennedy and Hart to ensure continuity of story details.
Pablo Hidalgo’s hint: to impress leaders at Lucasfilm, bring homemade ice cream (Rian Johnson did).
Johnson was influenced deeply by classic Hollywood films such as Bridge on the River Kwai,Twelve O’Clock High, Letter Never Sent, Three Outlaw Samurai, and Sahara (Humphrey Bogart version). He had the Episode VIII story team (Kathleen, Kiri, and Pablo) watch these films together ‘like a film camp’ for inspiration developing Story on VIII.