No more souvenir balloons at Tokyo Disney
Published: November 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM
No more of these at Tokyo Disneyland, at least for a while
Why? A worldwide shortage of helium. The United States produces the majority of the world's helium, which is why balloons remain available at Disney's U.S. theme parks (though expensive - $15 at last check at Walt Disney World Resort). But in Japan, which imports almost all of its helium, supplies are running short. That's why Tokyo Disney's stopped sales.
Looking through my pictures from last December's trip to the Tokyo Disney Resort, I didn't see that many people with the character balloons. The cold weather might have had something to do with that, but balloons didn't seem to be nearly as popular with Disney's Japanese visitors as were souvenir character popcorn buckets or anything with Duffy - Japan's favorite Disney character. Cut off sales of those, and Tokyo Disney might have some problems on its hands.