One of the strangest stories I discovered, which may or may not be true, is that Japan didn’t know about the commercial version of Halloween until Disney introduced the concept to them via their theme park in Tokyo.
Apparently, history is repeating itself, as Disney is introducing an Easter event in their Tokyo property for the first time. Video below.
Now, normally, I wouldn’t really show these, because these kind of shows are designed to cater to the Japanese Disney fans in every way (especially in costuming alone). However, the sharp Disney fan would spy to notice that Oswald has his own float in this parade.
Oswald the Rabbit, for those of you that don’t know, was Walt Disney’s first successful animated character. He’s literally Mickey Mouse’s older brother. Walt lost the rights to Oswald back in the 1930’s to Universal Studios. The Disney Company gained the rights back in 2006 in an effort to preserve a milestone in their animation history.
Since that day, Disney nerds have been wondering if Walt’s Lucky Rabbit would ever have a theme park presence. Officially, the company said they are planning this very carefully so that his addition wouldn’t be done haphazardly.
To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time Oswald has appeared in any of the Disney theme parks. Kind of odd how his first appearance would be in Tokyo introducing the commercialized version of Easter to the Japanese culture.
Oswald is scheduled to make a larger appearance with a potential larger audience in the upcoming video game Epic Mickey.