Friends, the truthful answer to that is a little bit of yes in a roundabout way. Now The Black Cauldron was featured at Tokyo Disneyland, at least references to the animated 1985 film were included in the walk through tour known as the Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour. In addition to having characters from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and oddly enough…Pinocchio? Thanks to a recent YouTube video from Defunctland however we can get a really good look at how The Black Cauldron was featured at Tokyo Disneyland!
Way back on July 11, 1986 a new attraction was opened up in Cinderella’s castle at Disneyland in Tokyo. As the Defunctland points out in the video – where in the Magic Kingdom in Florida, guests are treated to Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant, at Disneyland Tokyo they were treated to something altogether different. The Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour touted a leisurely look of the castle’s dining room, ball room, gallery of paintings, guest room and the tower itself. However, thanks to the Evil Queen’s magic mirror getting offended by the praise heroes like Taran of The Black Cauldron and others are receiving…
… it uses it’s magical might to alter the plans of the guests as well as those portraits that proudly displayed until mere moments before, heroes of Disney animated features.
Furthermore the guests, being led by their confused and now slightly concerned tour guide must travel through the depths of the dungeons in an attempt to escape. Of course this means encountering minions and threats from the likes of such memorable Disney villains as the Evil Queen, Maleficent and her goons, and even witnessing an appearance by the mighty Chernabog summoning the spirits of the dead to his side at Bald Mountain.
Now, I said The Black Cauldron was featured at Tokyo Disneyland and I wasn’t pulling your leg. Not only did guests pass by a painting depicting the history of the cauldron itself but the tour guide explained what the images meant – thanks to the Disney wiki we have the translation:
“Once upon a time, the world was ruled by evil. The Horned King, the evil lord, used the black cauldron to manipulate and control the soldiers of death. Then the courageous and pure-minded hero, Taran, deprived the power of the great kiln using his sword of light. And peace was restored to the world.”
After this bit of history from the 1985 animated film, the guests would come face to face with the Horned King himself as well as the cauldron. The Black Cauldron was featured in Tokyo Disneyland – by way of the Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour from 1986 until 2005. Defunctland gives some reasons why the walk through was closed and reopened as something a little bit more kid friendly. This is the first time I have had the pleasure of watching a Defunctland video and honestly I greatly enjoyed it. I was especially impressed by how the narrator dived into the more stormy elements between Disney animators and Executives at the time of The Black Cauldron‘s creation.