Tokyo Disney Resort has announced “Disney Pal-Palooza,” a series of new special events will take place at Tokyo Disneyland in 2024. This post shares dates and details about the first seasonal festivity, Minnie’s Funderland, its new parade, decorations, food, merchandise and more, along with our commentary about these offerings.
According to OLC, the Disney Pal-Palooza events are all about having a blast with your “pals” in the park in a party-like “palooza” environment. Hence the name. The first event in this series will be “Minnie’s Funderland,” taking place from January 10 through March 19, 2024 at Tokyo Disneyland. This is after the New Year’s special event, and when a winter offering used to occur–but hasn’t since early 2020.
Tokyo Disney Resort has also revealed that the second Disney Pal-Palooza will be held from April 9 through June 30, 2024. That’s more or less the approximate timing of the Easter program that used to run at both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. It’s unclear as to whether Easter will also return for the first time since 2019 and occur simultaneous to this. It’s possible that Easter will happen just at Tokyo DisneySea, and along a different timeline to wrap up before Fantasy Springs opens.
With “Minnie’s Funderland,” guests and their friends are invited to enjoy Minnie Mouse’s fantasy-filled dream world, brimming with her favorite things, where the Park is transformed into a land of cuteness and fun.
A new parade, “Minnie @Funderland,” themed to the colorful and slightly fantastical world that comes straight from Minnie Mouse’s imagination, will feature Minnie and her friends in adorable attire.
Additionally, the Mickey Flower Bed in front of the Main Entrance will be transformed into a Minnie version, and decorations inspired by Minnie will adorn the Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle as well as select shops.
Guests will also be able to delight in special merchandise and menus on offer. Minnie’s cute and colorful world can be enjoyed all over Tokyo Disney Resort, with the Disney hotels offering guest rooms themed to “Minnie’s Funderland,” along with special menus. Limited period day passes for the Disney Resort Line will also be available in special designs for the event.
Guests can look forward to each of the upcoming special events in the exciting “Disney PalPalooza,” where they can create unforgettable and fun memories with their friends and family. Here’s an overview of each element of Minnie’s Funderland per Tokyo Disney Resort’s press release…
Minnie @Funderland Parade
Venue: Parade Route and Castle Forecourt
Duration: About 35 minutes
Performances: 1 daily
Number of Floats: 6
Number of Performers: 60
Participating Disney Characters: Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto and more.
The new entertainment program “Minnie @Funderland” will be presented along the parade route and at the Castle Forecourt. In this parade, Minnie and her friends appear on a glittering float adorned with big bows, dressed in charming outfits featuring heart-shaped accessories and polka dots. Guests are invited to join the fun with Minnie and her pals by clapping and dancing along to the upbeat pop music.
The parade will start in Fantasyland and stop at the following three locations: (1) between Fantasyland and Westernland; (2) between the Plaza and Castle Forecourt; (3) between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. Guests will be able to enjoy different scenes based on where they view the parade.
DECORATIONS: Tokyo Disneyland will be filled with Minnie’s favorite things.
There will be a Minnie version of the flower bed at the entrance, a large bow monument at World Bazaar, and a polka-dot “carpet” on the ground of the Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle.
SPECIAL MERCHANDISE: Merchandise encapsulating Minnie’s many expressions will be offered starting January 9, 2024.
Adorable items with designs featuring Minnie’s dreamlike world will be available in shades of pink, along with headbands, shoulder bags, plush badges and other items that guests can enjoy in the Parks.
SPECIAL MENUS: Guests can enjoy the ambience of “Minnie’s Funderland” with an array of special menus, available from December 26. Plaza Pavilion Restaurant will offer a special dining experience for guests, with Minnie’s favorite bow and polka dot decorations inside and outside the restaurant.
The menu will include “Minnie’s Cute Classic Set,” a meal featuring a warm pastrami beef sandwich. Guests can also enjoy the “Sweets Set,” which includes a strawberry muffin with a Minnie-inspired bow, and a special cake celebrating the 40th anniversary of Tokyo Disney Resort.
Guests who purchase a special menu item at Plaza Pavilion Restaurant will also receive a luncheon mat with a limited-edition “Minnie’s Funderland” design. Furthermore, sparkling jelly drinks with souvenir coasters exclusive to Plaza Pavilion Restaurant will be available.
DISNEY HOTELS: From January 19 through April 7, 2024, Disney Ambassador Hotel will feature guest rooms and special menu items themed to “Minnie’s Funderland.”
Guest rooms will be decked out with beds and wall art featuring special designs, and guests will be able to take home exclusive items including a paper bag, guest room key, key booklet and postcard. Additionally, restaurants will offer colorful meals and desserts full of Minnie’s charm, along with a relaxing dining atmosphere.
DISNEY RESORT LINE MONORAIL: From January 9, 2024, day passes for the Disney Resort Line monorail trains will be available in designs themed to “Minnie’s Funderland.” Guests can also collect souvenir medallions that will be available in an exclusive design. – Day passes with designs themed to the special event will only be available while supplies last.
TOKYO DISNEY RESORT VACATION PACKAGES: During the “Minnie’s Funderland” special event, Tokyo Disney Resort Vacation Packages will offer guests the chance to see the “Minnie @Funderland” parade from the Vacation Package exclusive viewing seats. Guests will also be able to enjoy taking a photo with Minnie in her limited edition outfit from January to March 2024.
In terms of commentary, not a ton to add here. For the most part, we’d direct your attention to Tokyo Disney Resort Reports Record Profit & More Aggressive Investment Plans, which more or less predicted this. In fact, we looked at the period between the end of the 35th Anniversary and (intended) opening of the large-scale Beauty and the Beast expansion and how that could provide a preview, of sorts, for early 2024. Here’s what we wrote in that post:
Another possibility is that return of seasonal events in Winter and Spring 2024. This would kind of make sense regardless, as OLC wants to keep increasing capacity and they’re probably now able to staff more of these celebrations. It would also be savvy from the perspective of drawing locals to the parks at a time when there might otherwise be a pretty significant lull. Back in early 2020, that was more or less what happened, with the introduction of the ‘Very Very Minnie’ event. Bringing that back, or something else entirely, along with Easter would make a tremendous amount of sense.
Otherwise, OLC might be looking at more than a 5% drop from this January through May to January through May 2024. Against the backdrop of slowing pent-up demand more broadly across Japan, reduced consumer spending, locals postponing visits until Fantasy Springs opens in June 2024, and no Annual Passes, it sure seems like OLC will need to pull some “levers” to sustain this level of success in the near-term. In the medium and long-term, they should have no trouble continuing this record-setting run in the years to come. Turns out that investing in theme parks and not just treating them as cash cows to be milked is smart business. Who knew?!
To those points, it’s good but not surprising to see OLC actually add a winter seasonal event to the schedule. It’s nice that this actually has a parade, but I do wish there were a bit more. It’s worth noting that the flagship Tokyo Disneyland parades (Easter, Halloween, Christmas) typically had 90-120 performers pre-closure and were performed twice daily. This has 60 performers and is only performed once, which makes viewing it much more difficult. (In fairness, the Very Very Minnie parade had fewer performers–but it also had a stage show.)
Again, it’s great that Tokyo Disney Resort is restoring seasonal events, and they already include more with admission than Walt Disney World and Disneyland, but my sincere hope is that Disney Pal-Palooza doesn’t replace permanently Easter. That was such a special event at Tokyo Disney Resort, and I’m skeptical that an offering based on Pluto or Goofy or whoever can compare to it. Understandable if this is one out of necessity as a stopgap due to staffing shortages, but hopefully by 2025, a full-scale slate of normal seasonal events is back at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea!
What do you think of the Disney Pal-Palooza event series at Tokyo Disneyland? Looking forward to Minnie’s Funderland or whatever is being held after that? Did you ever experience the other winter events or Easter at Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea? Hoping those return, or looking forward to something fresh? Do you agree or disagree with our commentary? Any questions? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!