Earlier this spring, Tokyo Disney Resort took its 40th Anniversary mini-parade to participate in two events in Wakayama City and Kobe City in Japan.
The first event was the “2023 Wakayama Music Grand March” held in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture, on May 5th.
Wakayama City is about 372 miles (600 km) away from Tokyo, and it was the first time in five years (since 2018) that the Disney Friends participated in this city’s “Children’s Day” festival.
Disney ambassadors joined Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy to spread pixie dust to the nearly 70,000 people who lined the city’s parade route.
The Disney-decorated parade busses have rooftop and tailend areas for the characters to wave to the public, not to mention the cutest Mickey ear taillights.
Next was the “Kobe Festival” held in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, on May 28th. Kobe is about 334 miles (537km) southwest of Tokyo Disney Resort.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Kobe Festival, which was held for the first time in about four years.
The resort’s parade busses were a highlight of the huge parade which lasted more than three hours and had 64 groups participating.
Tokyo Disney 40
Tokyo Disney Resort first opened its doors on April 15, 1983, and on April 15, 2023, it kicked off its 40th anniversary celebration, which will run through March 31, 2024.
The theme of the 40th anniversary event is “Dream-Go-Round,” where the colorful dreams of guests, cast members and Disney friends join together as one, making it a special year for everyone to celebrate together.
In keeping with that, Tokyo Disney Resort says it will visit more Japanese cities this year, to bring the celebration to everyone.