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It’s official: this is the happiest place on earth, according to Instagram

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Time to book a last minute trip to beat the January blues?

We don’t know about you, but we’re about ready for a ray of sunshine to cut through the bleak Brexit cloud. And what could be more magical, more fizzingly ecstatic and full of joy than taking a trip to the official happiest place in the world? 

We’ll give you three guesses (not magic wishes, if you know what we mean) as to where it is. Go on, we’ll wait – and be sure to think specific. 

If you guessed somewhere in Sweden or Denmark, think again. While our Scandi sisters have long been praised for their open-minded attitude, succinct working hours and enviable hygge winter traditions, with various studies showing that this way of life makes the region’s inhabitants some of the happiest in the world, Instagram’s social media findings of 2018 suggests there’s an even more pleasant spot. 

Still nothing? Well, does the tagline “Happiest place on earth” ring any bells for you? 

Oh yes, Disney fans, you’ve guessed it. Looking at all of the locations that were geotagged on the social media platform over the last year, Instagram has found that Disneyland Tokyo was the place with the most smiley face emojis in the caption, dictating that this magical place is making people the happiest. 

A quick browse through the staggering 4,286,134 Instagram tags seems to back up this fact, with enough revelry to make us feel more than a teensy bit jealous sitting at our office desks.  

The theme park was actually the first Disneyland to built outside of America way back in 1983, over 10 years before its Parisian cousin. It’s also bind-boggling huge. The park itself is 115-acres and there are a whopping 26 Disney hotels available to stay at while visiting, with tons of must-visit attractions too.

There are a whopping 26 Disney hotels available to stay at while at the theme park, with tons of must-visit attractions too. The website sites the Pirates of the Caribbean boat as one of its most famous rides, Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters and of course, for maximum happiness, the happiest cruise that’s ever sailed “it’s a small world.”

We might just have to book ourselves a last minute break as the ultimate counteraction to January blues…

Images: Getty / Instagram 

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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