International Parks Round-Up — What to Expect in Early 2018

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As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to look ahead at 2018 in the International Disney Parks. There’s a lot happening over the next few months, so let’s dig in to each park!

Season of the Force

Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration will be lighting up the Tower of Terror in Walt Disney Studios Park. (Photo Courtesy of Disney)

Disneyland Paris

The first part of the year at Disneyland Paris is dedicated to Star Wars. The Season of the Force is taking over both Disneyland Paris parks from January 13 – March 25. This event includes a wide range of entertainment and special offerings, including:

  • Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration. A new nighttime extravaganza that includes projections, special effects, live characters, and music. You can find this in Walt Disney Studios Park.
  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away. This stage show takes place in Walt Disney Studios Park and features breathtaking displays of the Force.
  • First Order March. Captain Phasma will be leading a battalion of stormtroopers throughout Walt Disney Studios Park at various times of day.
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is launching in Discoveryland at Disneyland Park.
  • Hyperspace Mountain is taking over Space Mountain, giving you the chance to enlist in the Rebel Alliance and battle the Imperial Forces on your flight in Disneyland Park.
  • Lastly, there is a mysterious component to the Season of the Force, but all that Disney is announcing is that a fleet of intergalactic surprises will be coming soon.

Hong Kong Disneyland

Year of the Dog
Who better to kick off the Year of the Dog at Hong Kong Disneyland than Goofy himself?! (Photo Courtesy of Disney)

The first few months of 2018 bring us the Chinese New Year event in Hong Kong Disneyland. Running from January through March, this event kicks off the Year of the Dog. The God of Good Fortune Goofy takes center stage (with Pluto close at hand) in the park’s Chinese New Year festivities. Furthermore, you’ll be able to meet characters dressed up in celebratory garb and enjoy the unique New Year offerings.

Shanghai Disneyland

Construction on Toy Story Land at Shanghai Disneyland is nearing the end. (Photo Courtesy of Disney)

News of Shanghai Disneyland’s first few months of 2018 is a little more elusive, but we have a thrilling announcement for April! On April 26, Shanghai Disneyland will open Toy Story Land, the seventh land at Shanghai. Between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, this new area will include:

  • Slinky Dog Spin (attraction)
  • Rex’s Racer (attraction)
  • Woody’s Round-Up (attraction)
  • Al’s Toy Barn (shop)
  • Toy Box Café (restaurant)
  • Meet and greet area

We’ll share more details of Toy Story Land in Shanghai as they become available.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Frozen Fantasy
Frozen Fantasy at Tokyo Disneyland kicks off in January. (Photo Courtesy of Disney)

2018 is going to be a banner year for Tokyo Disney Resort. The details of their winter celebrations and the news regarding their 35th Anniversary have been covered fairly comprehensively in the October International Parks Round-Up article. As a recap, here is what you can expect starting in January:

  • Duffy’s Heartwarming Days is taking place in the Cape Cod area of Tokyo DisneySea’s American Waterfront. This area will become the world of Duffy, ShellieMay, Gelatoni, and StellaLou. Duffy will do meet and greets at the Village Greeting Place while ShellieMay will do them near Cape Cod Cook-Off.
  • Pixar Playtime is also taking place at Tokyo DisneySea, and it will offer gaming booths themed to various Pixar films. Additionally, there will be a variety of meet and greets offered. Tokyo Disney Resort has thus far confirmed Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye, Mike Wazowski, Sulley, Remy, Carl, Russell, and Dug. There will also be a special Lightning McQueen greeting. Outside of Zambini Brothers’ Ristorante you’ll be able to find Remy hosting a culinary show, “Chef Remy & You.”
  • Tokyo Disneyland is getting in on the winter fun with a special event of their own – Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy! This event includes meet and greets with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf, as well as the special daytime “Frozen Fantasy Parade.” At night make sure you catch the nighttime spectacular “Frozen Forever,” which features movie scenes, songs, and a pyrotechnic finale.

What are you looking forward to the most in the international parks in early 2018? Got any plans to head to an international park soon? Let us know in the comments

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Angela Wilhelm

I am a confessed Disney World addict who will do anything I can to build up anticipation for upcoming trips and extend the magic after I return from my adventures in the World. This means I'm always crafting new accessories and outfits for my Disney Bounding, as well as editing photos (amateur Disney photographer) and creating photo books from previous trips. (It's not like there is anything else to do in Michigan!) My husband and I are subjects to three very demanding cats, who are benevolent enough to let us take several trips a year, as long as we pay them appropriate tribute. I work full-time as the Development Director for a local non-profit, which is something that absolutely I love. For random thoughts on Disney and geekery of all kinds, follow me on Twitter @Angela_Wilhelm!

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