On Oct. 30, Oriental Land Co., Ltd. owner of Tokyo Disney Resort, announced plans to develop its two theme parks. The plans call for significant expansions for both its theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea, and the addition of a “Frozen” attraction.
The Oriental Land Co., Ltd (OLD) will invest 500 billion yen over ten years, or approximately $4.5 billion USD from fiscal year 2014 through 2023. These plans for Tokyo Disney Resort focus on the redevelopment and expansion of Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland Park and a new port for Tokyo DisneySea. About 80 percent of the funds will go directly to theme-park additions and onstage developments, with the rest earmarked for backstage functions.
Under the current plans, Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland will expand to nearly double in size in addition to plans to renovate the exiting land. Plans under consideration include new attractions, restaurants and shopping as well as the development of special events and entertainment programs. The investment for Fantasyland is expected to the largest ever for the Tokyo Disney Resort’s theme parks. Parts of Tomorrowland will be developed as part of these plans, and a new restaurant that offers views of the park’s parade route is also under consideration
Tokyo DisneySea will receive an eighth themed land, called a port in that park, to be located south of the Lost River Delta area. The port will feature attractions, restaurants and shops as well as other elements. Once completed, this new land will be comparable in scale to the park’s Arabian Coast.
Tokyo DisneySea will also receive a moveable stage installed at Mediterranean Harbor. It will offer increased viewing areas for shows and will open March 1, 2105.
The OLC has not revealed details about Tokyo Disney Resort’s “Frozen”-inspired attraction, noting these developments are still in the planning stage and subject to change. Nikkei Asian Review reports the attraction will feature a reproduction of the castle from Disney’s animated hit. It also claims that one leading proposal puts the attraction in Fantasyland, located in the spot currently used by the Disney boat ride, “it’s a small world.” That classic attraction would be relocated, according to Nikkei.
A conflicting report, coming from unofficial Disney news site WDW News Today, says that “Frozen” is destined for Tokyo DisneySea. WDW News Today also reports that “it’s a small world” will remain in Tokyo Disneyland, but will be relocated to the space currently occupied by Tomorrowland’s Grand Circuit Raceway.
In addition to renovation and expansion, OLC announced Tokyo Disney Resort will invest in continued improvements to infrastructure and entertainment programs. Other plans for a portion of the 500 billion yen include measures to offer guests a “more comfortable environment” with regards to weather; strengthening backstage functions and operations, and a continued focus on improving the level of guest service and Cast Member satisfaction.
Tokyo Disney Resort will start these expansions in March 2015. According to The Walt Disney Company, with whom Oriental Land Company has a licensing agreement for the Tokyo Disney Resort, the expansion and development plans will increase the resort’s capacity and help sustain the parks’ long-term growth.