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.
Monsters Inc - NOW CLOSED through Apr. 11
Other Attractions Closed Due to COVID Restrictions Include:
Swiss Family Treehouse, Tom Sawyer’s Island Rafts
General Resort News - (10/23/20) I don’t know all the details, but I’m hearing early reports that the Tokyo Disney Resort may be making some kind of major changes to their Annual Pass program that can result in some passholders opting to take a refund of the time they have left. The details are a little confusing to an outside, as it involves the end of some kind of Passholder “Lottery” program as well. Anyone out there who can explain this a little more clearly?
The reasoning though is likely due to the fact that the Tokyo Resort has a large number of passholders, and as the parks move forward with attendance restrictions in place due to COVID-19, some changes are going to have to be made.
(7/17/20) With the plans announced to transform the Splash Mountain attractions in the United States into new “Princess and the Frog” themed rides, some readers have asked what will happen to Splash Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland. Would you believe… nothing at all? As the Tokyo Disney Resort is not owned or run by The Walt Disney Company, the Oriental Land Company who owns the Tokyo parks can make their own decisions on how to proceed.
And from what I’m told, in no uncertain terms, are they willing to touch or change their Splash Mountain in any way. The ride and characters are very popular with their guests, especially when compared to the Princess and The Frog. So with that in mind, for the time being at least, Splash Mountain and the Laughing Place will live on for the foreseeable future inside Tokyo Disneyland..
(7/12/20) According to various reports the Tokyo Disney Resort is said to have cancelled most of their various special themed events at the theme parks for the next 9 months. This includes special Halloween, Christmas, Easter holiday season events, as well as character inspired events themed around Duffy and friends. The earliest they may restart anything like this again would be around late Spring to Summer 2021, and only if conditions improve by then.
(6/23/20) According to the local news the Tokyo Disney Resort theme parks will reopen to guests on July 1, 2020 after sitting closed for four months. Tickets, good only for the day you purchase them, will begin to go on sale this Thursday from the park’s website. Tickets will also have to choose one of three different time slots for entry into the park as well in order to help space out the arrival of all guests. The later your entry time into the theme parks, the cheaper your ticket will be. The windows will allow entry anytime after 8am, 11am and 2pm, with parks only open from 8am to 8pm each day at first. All guests must undergo a temperature scan to gain entry and wear a face mask at all times.
(1/31/20) According to this report the Tokyo Disney theme parks will raise their prices on April 1st, 2020. This will be the first price increase for the parks since 2016, with the price of a one-day pass to the park to rise to ¥8,200 ($75), an increase of ¥700.
Spring 2020 - Beauty & The Beast in Fantasyland, Big Hero 6 in Tomorrowland and More - (9/22/20) The full attraction experience, from the moment the door opens through to a full POV of the ride itself, for the new ‘The Enchanted Tale of Beauty and The Beast” at Tokyo Disneyland has been posted to YouTube this week. While the camera swirls around a little too much for my liking, and I’m sure some better clips will be posted before too long, this does give you a perfect look at how this new style dark ride works. In short, rather than going a series of corridors, this attractions seeks to allow you to relive select major scenes from the film. It does a pretty good job of it too, making this ride almost feel more like you are riding through the middle of a show at times. Check out the video below.
You can also make your way over to ThemeparX who has posted an impressive collection of photos shot around the newly opened sections of Fantasyland (and shot within the ride) that soft opened this week as well as the new Baymax ride in Tomorrowland.
(2/24/20) A fun collection of photos showing off the outside of the new Beauty and the Beast dark ride coming to Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland can be found at Disney & More this week. It is a beautiful building, with a rooftop adorned with several gargoyle figures.
(1/14/20) Yukendoit has posted a new video revealing two valuable secrets to visiting Tokyo Disneyland… two attractions that have “secret” and unpublished single riders lines that you have to ask for to get into them. You’ll find these on Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. You also get a view of the construction on the new Fantasyland and Tomorrowland projects as well, so give it a look below.
Below that is a second video dedicated to looking over the Beauty and the Beast dark ride construction site.
(12/12/19) A great article that has collected the new concept art for Tokyo Disneyland’s new Fantasyland and Tomorrowland projects opening in 2020 can be found at Disney & More this week. This includes a ton of artwork revealing scenes from the new Beauty & The Beast dark ride.
(12/9/19) I missed this myself, but according to Theme Park Insider a new show will open at Tokyo DisneySea as part of the park’s Fantasyland expansion in 2020. The new show will be called Mickey’s Magical Music World and it will take place in the Fantasyland Forest Theater, a new 1,500 seat venue. Look for it to open with the rest of New Fantasyland on April 15th.
(9/22/19) In this latest video from Tokyo Disneyland, it looks like the park has opened a pathway through the construction site passing by the Beauty and the Beast dark ride site, allowing a very rare look into the land. Access like this is pretty rare for a Disney park to do, as they generally consider it ‘bad show’, but perhaps it was needed to improve traffic flow through this area of the park.
(9/20/19) Tokyo Disneyland has announced that their New Fantasyland area with the Fantasyland Forest Theater and new Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast dark ride will open to the public on April 15, 2020. The message also mentions the new ‘The Happy Ride with Baymax” in Tomorrowland, so I assume that will be open as well, along with The Big Pop (a new outer space themed popcorn shop) and Minnie’ Style Studio in Toontown.
(12/7/18) The Disney Parks Blog has posted a preview new artwork on their site and a preview video giving us our first look at the new Beauty & The Beast dark ride attraction to be built at Tokyo Disneyland and open in Spring 2020, including a look at some brand new animatronic figures! Based on the concept art and preview footage of the ride vehicles, they look like Tea Cup themed versions of the trackless ride vehicles from Oceaneering that will appear to freely roam around the attraction and even dance with each other at times to the music. Very impressive stuff, check it out below!
(6/22/18) Disney & More takes a look at the construction progress taking place at Tokyo Disneyland this week, as well as looking a bit more into what is planned for the future expansion of Tokyo DisneySea.
(4/3/18) Some great pictures of the construction taking place in Tokyo Disneyland for the new Beauty and the Beast attraction and more have been posted to OrlParkPass this week.
(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.
2021 - Toy Story Hotel - (11/30/18) Oriental Land Company has announced plans to build a new Toy Story themed hotel at the Tokyo Disney Resort. The new hotel will feature approximately 600 rooms and is expected to open in 2021.