Lantern Festival to Feature Tokyo Disneyland Parade

For the first time ever, Tokyo Disneyland will be sending 100 performers to  the 2012 Lantern Festival in Changhua County, located in central Taiwan. The festival is quickly becoming a well-known event, and was designed to highlight global participation.

Says Wayne Liu, the Tourism Bureau’s deputy-director:

It’s unprecedented for Tokyo Disneyland, because until now it has only sent individual characters abroad for events like this.

Liu also said the parade will be a mix of American, Japanese and Taiwanese culture and feature Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This year’s theme is “Dreams and Magic,” and the Disney team plans to showcase a specially designed float centering around this theme. As 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, the Lantern Festival (now in its 23rd year) will also feature a dragon-motif lantern that weighs 40 tons and will be 20 meters tall.


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