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.
Polynesia Terrace Restaurant - NOW CLOSED through Mar. 20
Pirates of the Caribbean - Feb. 9 through Apr. 28
It’s A Small World - Mar 1 through Mar 12
Mickey’s PhilharMagic - Apr 8 through Apr. 28
Swiss Family Treehouse - May 9 through May 28
Pooh’s Hunny Hunt - May 19 through June 3
Castle Carousel - June 6 through June 17
Enchanted Tiki Room - June 6 through June 23
Mark Twain Riverboat - June 6 through June 17
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey - June 26 through June 30
Space Mountain - June 26 through July 15
Haunted Mansion - August 22 through Sept. 2
General Resort News - (2/2/16) Tokyo Disneyland has launched their own version of the "Season of the Force" Star Wars themed event at the park this week. Season of the Force will run now through September 7, 2016, and feature the newly updated scenes and special random alternate scenes in the Star Tours ride, as well as an assortment of special food, drinks and merchandise items for sales. Unlike Disneyland however, Tokyo is not getting the Hyperspace Mountain treatment on their Space Mountain.
A reader sent in a couple of fresh pictures showing off the new Stitch Encounter attraction that opened not long ago at Tokyo Disneyland.
(10/26/15) Disney and More has posted a new video showing off the upgraded "Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlight" performance, with new floats and updated LED lighting.
(4/2/15) Oriental Land Company reported that the Tokyo Disney Resorts two theme parks drew a combined total of 31.38 million guests in fiscal 2014, a new all time record high (up .3%) and the third year in a row of enjoying new record attendance levels.
Spring 2016 - Mickey’s Rainbow Luau - Confirmed - (9/3/15) Tokyo Disneyland will kick off a new dinner show on March 21, 2016 in the Polynesian Terrace Restaurant to be called "Mickey's Rainbow Luau". The new show will feature Mickey Mouse and friends "honoring the heritage of milestone celebrations through the cultural lens of Polynesia". It will feature music and dance from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa. Advanced Reservations are required.
The current show, "Mickey & Minnie's Polynesian Paradise" will close permanently on January 4th, 2016. The Polynesia Terrance Restaurant will be closed for renovations from Jan. 6, 2016 to Mar. 20, 2016.
June 2016 - Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel - Confirmed - (9/3/15) According to a press release from Oriental Land Company, it was announced that the nearby Palm & Fountain Terrace Hotel would be redeveloped and transformed into a new unique Disney branded hotel property for the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. The new hotel will be called Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel when it opens in June 2016.
This will be the 4th Disney branded hotel at the resort, which apparently is needed as the existing three hotels (Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta and the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel) already run with occupancy rates over 90% year-round. The designs of the new hotel rooms will "celebrate the magic and imagination" of the Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea parks.
To begin work the Fountain Terrace Hotel building will close on Feb. 27, 2016 (expected to reopen in June 2016) and the Palm Terrace Hotel building will close on June 1st (expected to reopen Fall 2016). Management and operations of the new hotel "will continue to be handled by Brighton Corporation Co., Ltd."
If you were wondering why they chose this particular hotel, which is nearby, but not right next to the Tokyo Disney Resort, you may want to remember that Oriental Land Company, through a subsidiary company (Milial Resorts Hotel Co.), purchased Brighton Corp. for 500 million Yen back in early 2013, so this falls under the OLC umbrella.
2016 - New Westernland Restaurant and Character Meet & Greet -
(2/17/15) Oriental Land Company announced this week that a new restaurant and a new character meet and greet area would open in Westernland, themed to the Junior Woodchucks animated shorts that feature Donald and his nephews. While the character facility will be new, the restaurant will take over the existing Lucky Nugget Cafe, which will be expanded to feature a new two-story dining area and a campfire setting. Look for these to open in Fall to Winter 2016, and the Lucky Nugget will close in Fall 2015.
2017/2018 - New Fantasyland - Confirmed - (4/28/15)
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.