Video: “Once Upon a Time” Nighttime Spectacular at Tokyo Disneyland

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I was in Tokyo Disneyland last week as part of TouringPlans Everywhere and got a chance to see the new nighttime spectacular that premiered earlier this year. The show is called Once Upon a Time and uses the same projection technology seen in Celebrate the Magic at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and Disney Dreams in Disneyland Paris. Once Upon a Time is presented on to Cinderella Castle and features Mrs. Potts and Chip as they take the audience through various classic Disney animated films like Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, through newer films like Tangled and Frozen. Laser, fire and pyrotechnics also appear along with the projections on the castle. Personally I enjoyed the show quite a bit and thought each sequence was beautifully done. The show clocks in at almost 20 minutes long, so with Once Upon a Time, Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade AND fireworks the nighttime entertainment lineup at Tokyo Disneyland is sizable and impressive. But enough of what I think, take a look at our video of a full performance of the show:

Guy Selga Jr.

Hi, I'm Guy Selga. Researcher and blogger for TouringPlans.com. Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. I proudly represent TouringPlans on the west coast. Twitter: @guyselga

3 thoughts on “Video: “Once Upon a Time” Nighttime Spectacular at Tokyo Disneyland

  • October 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm
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    This may be an extremely ignorant question, but how does Disney/the non-American parks decide what language to present their shows? I’m hearing a mix of both English and Japanese!

    Thanks!

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    • October 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm
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      When I was there earlier this year, I noticed the parades/fireworks appeared to be in a mix of Japanese and English. The shows/rides i.e. Country Bear Jamboree and Haunted Mansion were mainly spoken in Japanese with some songs still in English.
      Hope that helps answer your question 🙂

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    • October 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm
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      I don’t think it’s an ignorant question at all, and to be honest I’m not sure about why they mix the two languages. I do know that most Japanese students take up to 6 years of English classes in high school. They’re not fluent but I experienced many local people that I could hold a conversation with. Also, 3.9% of Tokyo Disney Resort’s visitors are from overseas, that may seem like a small number but that is out of the 31 million guests they get a year. Maybe they figure that’s enough to make them want to include English.

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