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
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.
(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.
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.