at the Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo, Japan (Abbreviation: TDL)
Disney & Oriental Land Company (OLC)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
It’s A Small World - NOW CLOSED through Apr. 14, 2018
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey - NOW CLOSED through Dec. 13
Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters - Dec. 12 through Dec. 22
Country Bear Theater - Dec. 29 (one day)
Haunted Mansion - Jan. 4 through Apr. 3, 2018
Gadget’s Go Coaster - Jan. 9 through Feb 8
Peter’s Pan’s Flight - Jan. 29 through Feb. 9
Splash Mountain - Feb. 13 through Mar. 11
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin - Mar. 12 through Mar 22
Pooh’s Hunny Hunt - Apr. 2 through May 1
Pirates of the Caribbean - May 7 through May 26
General Resort News - (12/4/17) Remember all those news articles you may have seen late last week claiming Tokyo Disney was planning a 3rd theme park? Ummmm... apparently this is not the case. In what must be one of the worst cases of a message being poorly translated from Japanese into English, it seems OLC is not looking to build a third theme park at all, but was talking about how they were preparing the next big expansion plans for the two existing parks.
A more accurate English translation can be found here, confirming the $2.7 million (¥300 billion) expansion cost for the Tokyo Disney Resort that will include the expansion of the current theme park space by 30% when work begins in 2025. To help free up the needed land they will be converting one of their parking lots into a massive multi-level parking structure (much like what has been going on in California) in order to reclaim other parking lot land for future theme park expansion plans.
The article also claims that OLC is in negotiations with Disney to use other Disney owned IP in their parks for future projects, which I can only assume would mean they are interested in getting their own Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land, as well as access to Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe characters.
Though, as mentioned before, some of the new expansion projects may also carry a more traditional Japanese theme, as OLC continues their plans to attract more older Japanese visitors as well as appear to foreign tourist markets. The later is especially true, as they now face some competition from Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland, and are seeking to add their own unique attractions and lands to set their parks apart from the rest with unique offerings.
(12/1/17) According to a statement from the Oriental Land Company, they are working with Disney to design a THIRD Disney theme park for Japan, estimated to cost around $2.7 billion! According to the reports, the likely central theme for this park would be one themed around Japan itself... sort of a Japanese version of the Disney California Adventure theme park concept.
Ironically however, we're watching as the California themed park has slowly been in the process of being rethemed, with additions like Cars Land and IP overlays of Pixar taking over the Paradise Pier and Guardians of the Galaxy taking over the Tower of Terror and expected to expand into a full Marvel land over the next 5 years or so.
Anyway... back to Japan... where OLC says that a bigger more detailed announcement for their park plans will come in May 2018, and that we shouldn't expect construction to start until 2025, which means the new park wont open for almost a decade.... so you've got plenty of time to save up your spare change for a Japanese vacation.
One question I have however is this... where will it go? While I've never been to Tokyo Disney myself, I've always been under the impression that they are now fairly land locked between the parks and resorts they already have, unless they are planning to buy up nearby property or convert all their flat parking into multi-level parking structures. Or could the third park actually be built somewhere outside of the current Tokyo Disney Resort area? Just something to think about, as I believe Oriental Land Company has previously stated that they would like to expand the business into other regions if the right opportunities came up.
(10/20/17) Disney has announced that the new scenes being added to Star Tours featuring the planet Crait (from Episode 8) will launch at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions on Nov. 17th, on the Disneyland Paris version starting on Nov. 22nd and on the Tokyo version starting Dec. 15th.
(10/14/17) Starting January 11th at Tokyo Disneyland guests can visit Anna and Elsa's Frozen Fantasy to meet and greet the sisters and Olaf, see them in the Frozen Fantasy Parade and at night the skies will be filled with the Frozen Forever nighttime spectacular.
(10/11/17) Ready for a peek at the Halloween fun at Tokyo Disneyland? Yukendoit is back with a new video from Tokyo Disney to check out how that park celebrates my favorite time of year. Based on the huge crowds, it looks like the Disney crowds love Halloween too, though other than a few areas, the decor changes seem to be kept at a minimum. Plus you can take a look inside the Tokyo version of the Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare with the characters from Nightmare Before Christmas. Check it out below.
(6/10/17) For those who love 360º videos... a fun new video showing off the Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek dark ride at Tokyo Disneyland has been posted to YouTube.
(4/15/17) Consider me jealous again, because the latest video from Yukendoit takes us on a complete trip through Tokyo Disneyland as seen from a former WDW CM visiting the Tokyo park for the first time. He also put up a full video of the Monsters Inc: Hide & Go Seek attraction in a separate video. Check them out below.
(4/8/17) Tokyo Disneyland has broken ground on their new 75 billion Yen ($637 million US) expansion of Tokyo Disneyland. A few more details about the expansion are included in the latest write-up about it all posted by our friends at BlooLoop this week.
(1/12/17) The end of an era... Tokyo Disneyland has now closed down the park's Grand Circuit Raceway attraction for good. You can see a final video of it posted on Twitter. While this is officially the first such attraction confirmed as being closed for good at a Disney park, the similar attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland closed down silently in late 2016 and has yet to reopen, or to be confirmed as being closed for good.
(7/7/16) In an interview with the President of the Oriental Land Company, he reveals some timelines and important details regarding the future expansion of the Tokyo Disney theme parks. For starters, expansions are on the way because the goal of the company is to see attendance ride by 10% over the next ten years to hit 33 million guests.
Spring 2020 will see the new Beauty & The Beast land open at Tokyo Disneyland. Nothing more was said about the older Fantasyland plans that may be in limbo.
In 2021 or later he reconfirmed that Tokyo DisneySea will be opening a new themed land based on the smash hit film, Frozen. He also mentions that they are looking into expanding into what bits of surrounding land they have available to them to ensure they have enough room to fit in the new expansions, especially for the new Frozen land.
Also, due to the large crowds the park already sees and the future growth they want to achieve, existing park attractions that are not popular with the crowds may be closed in order to be repurposed or allow for the construction of newer popular attractions.
In other news Frozen Forever, a nighttime fireworks and projection show at Tokyo Disneyland will take place nightly from January 13 to March 17, 2017 as part of Anna and Elsa's Frozen Fantasy themed event at the park.
Summer 2017 - Tokyo Disney Electrical Parade Dream Lights - (8/17/16) According to a post on the Tokyo Disneyland Resort Blog they have confirmed that the "Tokyo Disney Electrical Parade Dream Lights" will be "renewed" and relaunched in July 2017, with the addition of five new floats. There will be a new Frozen themed float with Anna and Elsa, two new floats themed to Beauty and the Beast (Belle and Beast) and two themed to Cinderella (Cinderella and Prince Charming).
Spring 2020 - Beauty & The Beast in Fantasyland, Big Hero 6 in Tomorrowland and More -
(12/7/17) A reader who visited Tokyo Disneyland this week sent in a couple of pictures of the new construction taking place, showing off what we believe to be the new Beauty & The Beast attraction building going up.
(6/9/17) New pictures from the Fantasyland expansion project at Tokyo Disneyland can be found posted to ThemeparX this week.
(4/20/17) A small group of photos showing off the construction of the Beauty and the Beast area at Tokyo Disneyland were posted to Twitter this week.
(12/24/16) Screamscape has been informed that Disney Imagineering is working with Oceaneering to provide the trackless ride vehicles for the new Beauty and The Beast dark ride. Apparently they were also the ones who came in to help Imagineering make the new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction at California Adventure, and a renewed successful business relationship has been formed from that positive experience. On the surface at least this rumor also seems to pan out as the concept art for the new attraction's vehicles do make them look extremely similar to those used on SeaWorld Orlando's Antarctica attraction, which simply put, are the most exciting thing about that particular attraction, and should give Disney a rather impressive motion platform to use for the Beauty and the Beast attraction.
It is worth mentioning that this is not the same trackless ride system that Disney previously used in the Ratatouille dark ride at the Walt Disney Studios Paris, which is rumored to have been based on the EFT Multi-Mover system along with the system used on Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland.
(7/29/16) Disney and More has posted new pictures of models, aerial photos of Tokyo Disneyland and an assortment of concept artwork showing off everything that is planned to go down as the park's Fantasyland is expanded to take over some of Tomorrowland, adding all new attractions, restaurants and more.
(4/28/16) The Oriental Land Company made a huge announcement on Wednesday, detailing their new revised plans for the Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea theme parks from now through to 2020.
In Tokyo Disneyland they have confirmed that the Grand Circuit Raceway, StarJets and some dining and retail locations in Tomorrowland will close to make way for a new Fantasyland expansion. The Grand Circuit Raceway will close in January 2017 and the StarJets will close in either Fall or Winter 2017.
The new Fantasyland plans appear to have changed quite a bit however, as they will now include a new live performance theater, a new Beauty & The Beast themed area to be anchored by a Beauty & The Beast dark ride. Meanwhile a new smaller attraction and character meet & greet area will also be built in Tomorrowland and a new character meet & greet will open in Toontown.
The investment is expected to be 75 billion Yen for these projects, while other plans are still in development "for new versions of current attractions and entertainment programs". Since the previous version of the plans included building a new version of Its A Small World to allow for the old site to be redeveloped, that project may have just been pushed back.
The new Beauty & The Beast area will feature Beast's castle and Belle's village, with the new dark ride to be located inside of Beast's castle. Opening in Spring 2020, the dark ride is described as, "Guests board enchanted serving dishes that dance in rhythm to the film’s well-known music and follow Belle on a romantic musical adventure inside the enchanted Castle where she dances her way into the heart of the Beast, just in time to break the fateful spell. Guests will feel like they have entered right into the film."
Meanwhile a new flat ride themed to "Big Hero 6" will open in Tomorrowland. Based on the look of the attraction's concept art, this will be a Big Hero 6 themed version of the Mater's Junkyard Jamboree ride that first opened in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. This ride is also set to tentatively open in Spring 2020. For now I will also assume that the new Tomorrowland character Meet & Greet area may also be themed to Big Hero 6.
In Toontown the character Meet & Greet will have guests meet Minnie (dressed as a fashion designer) in her fashion studio.
While much of what was mentioned in the previous plans is no longer mentioned, the press release does mention that they are still working on new investment plans for 2021 and later at this time, so much of it may have simply been pushed back. It also mentions specifcially that new development plans for all seven of the park's lands are being worked on, which will be built out in stages over the years to come.
???? - Original New Fantasyland Plans - In Development - (4/28/16) Revised new plans for Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Toontown were released today. It is unknown if the old plans were canceled entirely, or aspects of it simply pushed back to a later date so I’m leaving the original announcement plans here for now.
The Oriental Land Company has released two new pieces of artwork for their Fantasyland redevelopment project, giving us a look at what appears to be the entrance to a Beauty & The Beast / Be Out Guest entrance area, as well as a new Alice in Wonderland themed area. The interesting thing is that they say that they will lock down the “themes and facilities” for the areas later in 2015, which means some items may still be in flux.
No solid opening date is listed, they only say that it will be after the start of fiscal 2017. Given the massive effort needed to rebuild an existing land like this, I wouldn’t be surprised if it opens in phases as they work to double the size of Fantasyland.
(10/30/14) The Oriental Land Company made a huge announcement regarding the future expansion of both the Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks a short time ago. This is apparently part of a planned 500 billion Yen investment into the resort over the next 10 years, which roughly converts to an amazing $4.59 billion US dollars.
Starting at Tokyo Disneyland, the plan here is to focus on a huge redevelopment of Fantasyland that will see the land nearly double in size by the time they are done by adding new attractions, shops and restaurants. The final plan is still being worked out it seems, but the overall plan will see the existing Fantasyland area renovated, the backstage area behind it improved, the “its A Small World” attraction moved and rebuilt in an entirely new location, and while nearby Toon Town will stay, a large section of Tomorrowland will be taken over and repurposed for the Fantasyland expansion that cause the removal of the park’s Star Jets and Grand Circuit Raceway attractions, as well as the removal of part of the structure that is home to the Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant.
According to the press release provided by OLC, the Fantasyland project will see “multiple major attractions” added, but I don’t think we’ll see any serious work begin here until Late 2016. They released a piece of concept art showing off the Fantasyland expansion which looks to have a collection of village buildings, a larger building where the Speedway used to be that will likely be the new Small World location, a possible Be Our Guest restaurant area like the one in Walt Disney World nearby, then a strange pink forest area on the left side and more. I’m not entirely sure what to make of it all yet, but it may be intentionally vague.
Also of major importance… not listed in the press release, but mentioned elsewhere… they do plan to include Arendelle, the world of Frozen into one of these expansions, complete with the castle. The logical place however would be over at Tokyo DisneySea! Click to read more!
(9/18/13) Disney & More reports that a proposal to brings Cars Land to Tokyo Disneyland has been turned down by the Oriental Land Company. Instead the next major project coming to the park is expected to be a large scale update of the park’s Fantasyland area, similar to what we’ve seen take place so far in Walt Disney World. While this will likely include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster, the Little Mermaid dark ride will likely be left out, as it would really need to go into Mermaid Lagoon over at Tokyo DisneySea instead. So far no timeline on this project either, as the park may have to remove or move a few attractions to make room as Fantasyland has virtually no available space to grow in Tokyo.