Oriental Land Company has announced a colossal new multi-billion-dollar expansion to Tokyo Disneysea in Japan. The development will see the construction of three new zones featuring Disney’s hit films, Tangled, Frozen and Peter Pan, in addition to a new fantasy-themed hotel. The development is hoped to further solidify Tokyo Disney as one of the world’s greatest theme parks and create more magical lands for visitors to enjoy.
The development will see an eighth port added to Tokyo Disneysea’s enormous ocean tales and legends theme park. The port is “Inspired by a magical spring”, according to Disney, and will include four new attractions, three restaurants and a retail outlet. Following this development, Disney’s licensing agreement with Oriental Land Company has now been extended to 2079.
The Frozen themed area will feature the kingdom of Arendelle from the Oscar-winning movie and include a boat ride to whisk visitors away on a thrilling journey of enchantment. A new restaurant will sit at the base of a spectacular snowy mountain scene, a replica of the famous landscape where Elsa sings the iconic song, Let it Go.
Fans of Tangled will be thrilled to see Rapunzel’s beautiful tower recreated in her zone, which will include areas for visitors to explore the forest as well as the tower itself. The main attraction will be a visit to the lantern festival from the movie and will include a restaurant based on The Snuggly Duckling in the film’s thug sequence.
The Peter Pan zone will recreate Never Land, featuring mountains, Captain Hook’s pirate ship and Skull Rock. There will be two attractions: a flight simulator that flies visitors over Never Land’s jungles and into a battle with Captain Hook, and Pixie Hollow, Tinkerbell’s home. The restaurant is inspired by the Lost Boy’s hideout.
The hotel will provide sweeping views of the entire port and will be themed towards Disney fantasy and will include a retail store and two restaurants.
The development will encompass 140,000 square metres of space, marking it as Disneysea’s largest expansion since it’s inception.
"Together with the large-scale enhancement of Tokyo Disneyland, scheduled to start operations in 2020, this new project marks a major step in the evolution of Tokyo Disney Resort into a one-of-a-kind themed resort where guests will enjoy even more magical experiences," stated Oriental Land Company. "In the 35 years since the grand opening of Tokyo Disneyland, Japan has undergone rapid growth and Oriental Land has consistently offered new experiences that can be shared by guests of all ages that they can only have at Tokyo Disney Resort.”
The new developments will provide exciting new areas for guests to visit and will continue to allow visitors to lose themselves in a beautiful public space and form a community based around an appreciation for the Disney franchise.
The expansion plans for Tokyo Disneysea is just another in a long line of increasing theme park developments throughout Japan and the greater Asia region, including the recent Universal Studios Osaka’s Harry Potter theme park and the upcoming Studio Ghibli theme park, and will seek to solidify the country as one of the world’s greatest public attraction investors.
Construction is set to begin in 2019 and open in 2022.
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