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Park News - (8/8/17) While we were just discussing how Legoland Japan was having some troubles getting guests in the gates and cutting hours, the latest report from BlooLoop mentions that the park is planning a huge 13 hectare expansion that would also bring a new resort hotel and aquarium attraction to the property, offering more reasons for guests to come visit.
(7/30/17) Are things not going so well for LEGOLAND Japan? According to an article posted here the park had to trim back their hours of operation and stay closed for two days out of the week until mid-July due to sagging attendance levels, but returned to a 7-day a week schedule once the local Summer school break started. When the new school year begins in September however, the park will go back to being closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for all of September according to the official calendar, return to 7-day operations in October, and then close again on all Tuesdays/Wednesdays in November and December, except for the last week of the year.
According to the article, ticket prices are said to be a huge concern for the local market, as the cost to enter LEGOLAND Japan is said to just be a hair below what it costs to enter the Tokyo Disney or Universal Studios parks where the guests would get more bang for their buck... or Yen in this case. Perhaps the park may want to consider a more competitive pricing strategy instead to drive up park attendance.
2018 - Legoland Hotel & SeaLife Aquarium - (4/1/17) Legoland Japan opened today and a few pictures have already trickled in from the park, posted to ThemeparX. It is interesting to note that they have put up banners in the park promoting an official Legoland Hotel as well as a SeaLife Aquarium attraction are both slated to open in 2018 next to the park.