Mickey Mouse Launches New Craze, Hundreds of Disney Adults Are Dancing Across Theme Parks

There’s a new dance craze at Disney Parks – and it all started with a Mickey Mouse.

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At the Tokyo Disney Resort, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks, hundreds of ‘Disney Adults’ were spotted dancing shamelessly to an addictive song and dance called ‘Jamboree Mickey’ – led by the mouse himself .

Jamboree Mickey Banner, Minnie Mouse (left) and Mickey Mouse (right)
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Now it seems like everyday, outside and around the Mickey Jamboree! Let’s Dance!’s Dockside Stage at Tokyo DisneySea’s American waterfront port of call, swarms of “Disney Adults” in the hundreds gather to dance in unison for 15 minutes straight, with two energetic members of the cast, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and friends.

Twitter user @vBZmqCzYqTu7JUM shares the following video:

(automatic translation) I’ve heard rumors, but this festival is irresistible 🤟✨
#TDR_now

This is actually a video of the infamous “Jamboree Mickey” phenomenon that happens almost daily at Tokyo Disney Resort now.

What is Jamboree Mickey and why do adults dance?

Jamboree Mickey actually arrived at Tokyo Disney Resort as a theme park children’s entertainment program in 2019. Currently, it is performed 3-5 times a day on live stages at Tokyo Disneyland (Orleans Theater) and at Tokyo DisneySea (Dockside Stage), after a hiatus due to COVID-19. The catchy tune features a remix of the iconic Mickey Mouse Club theme song and began on the parade route, a “street party” similar to those found in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

In its debut, the song and dance was even performed on Japanese national television, in collaboration with the popular Japanese pop girl group Nogizaka46, where they danced alongside small children, as well as Mickey and his friends from the Disney parks:

However, the infectious quality of the song and dance has, over time, sunk into the public consciousness, and many “Disney Adults” have begun showing up at Tokyo Disney Resort’s live shows – perhaps be for two main reasons:

The first reason could be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic which has triggered an increase in health-oriented activities in Japanese schools, especially in preschools and kindergartens. The Walt Disney Company had started sending “Jamboree Mickey!” video schools, encouraging children to learn dance. Over time, it seems that the repetitive song and dance has successfully spread to parents and older generations.

The second reason could have been that adorably excitable Pinocchio who went viral after being spotted at Tokyo Disneyland, dancing excitedly on Jamboree Mickey! around the park and comically engaging park visitors:

After the Mickey Jamboree! returned in April 2022 after a hiatus, again due to COVID-19, the show had begun to attract a steady number of dancing guests in the cordoned off areas beyond the seats provided, several dedicated souls – all of whom knew the choreography by heart:

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Today, the “Disney Adult” phenomenon of Tokyo Disney Resort’s daily show is known to locals as “Adult Jamboree Mickey” (the title of the following video), and regularly hosts overflowing crowds of people who all have learned and prepared for the dance ahead of their big day at the Disney Parks, even spreading behind the buildings in the alleys of the Land:

All in all, it really looks like the craze isn’t about to let up – instead, it’s getting bigger and more prolific by the day. The simple and catchy Mickey-themed song and dance dig into people’s brains, which transformed the Mickey Jamboree into watching! at Tokyo Disney Resort into a truly unique experience.

What do you think of this new craze for Mickey Mouse dancing? Would you dance this if you could? Share your opinion in the comments below!

Unlike other fully owned Walt Disney Company parks like Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan exists as the Walt Disney Company’s very first international Disney Park and is owned and operated by the Oriental Land Company. Located right next to JR Maihama Station, Tokyo Disney Resort includes two theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, connected by the Disney Resort Line monorail. The other two Disney parks in Asia are Hong Kong Disney Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort.

Tokyo Disneyland is a short distance from the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel, and features a castle similar to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, complete with its own Cinderella Castle. Tokyo Disneyland offers more than one unique attraction, including the Tokyo-exclusive Winnie the Pooh Trackless Ride, Pooh’s Honey Hunt, as well as Monsters, Inc.’s “Ride & Go Seek!”. Familiar favorites from other parks include Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, It’s a Small World, and Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster.

Tokyo DisneySea is a truly unique Disney Park themed by the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (SEA), it features seven themed lands, or “ports of call” – the Mediterranean Seaport, the American Seafront, the Delta of the lost river, the discovery of Port, the lagoon of the mermaid, Coast of Arabia and mysterious island. Equally unique are DisneySea’s unique and exclusive attractions – Soaring: Fantastic Flight, Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, the SEA storyline old New York-style hotel Tower of Terror: Hotel Hightower, Jules Verne -inspired by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the star attraction Journey to the Center of the Earth, located in the park’s looming icon – the giant volcano Mount Prometheus. Most unique of all is the official Disney hotel on the property (which basically redefines “on the property”) – the luxurious MiraCosta Hotel, built directly into the buildings of Tokyo DisneySea’s Mediterranean harbor itself.

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