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.
Western River Railroad - NOW CLOSED through Sept. 3
Mark Twain / Tom Sawyer Rafts / Beaver Bros. Canoes - NOW CLOSED through Sept. 3
Splash Mountain - NOW CLOSED through Sept. 3
Gadget’s Go Coaster - NOW CLOSED through July 22
Mickey’s PhilharMagic - June 18 through June 26
Monster’s Inc - July 2 through July 18
Haunted Mansion - Aug. 28 through Sept. 8
Jungle Cruise - Sept. 23 through Oct. 11
Snow White’s Adventures - Oct 15 through Nov. 1
General Resort News - (5/19/19) Yukendoit visited Tokyo Disneyland this week and discovered that the park is still covered with an extensive “easter” theme for some reason, so lots of funny looking easter egg characters. He also gives us a quick look at the construction progress on the Beauty & The Beast and Baymax / Big Hero 6 construction progress.
(4/26/19) A new report going over the performance of the Tokyo Disney Resort mentions that while the resorts profit levels hit an all time high that is expected to continue into 2019, they are also expecting revenue and profit levels to decline in 2020 after the 35th Anniversary celebration event is over.
They also mention and give names to a number of new attractions opening soon, including Soaring: Fantastic Flight on July 23, 2019. Other attractions to open at Tokyo Disneyland in 2020 include: Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, Fantasyland Forest Theater, The Happy Ride with Baymax and Minnie’s Style Studio.
Beyond this will be the major expansion already announced for Tokyo DisneySea to be complete by 2022 and a “Disney Hotel” themed to Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story films to open in 2021.
(8/21/18) The latest video report from Yukendoit takes on an interesting subject for Tokyo Disneyland, detailing a bunch of things you can do for free at Tokyo Disneyland without going into the actual theme parks themselves. Plus you get a good look around what passes for the Japanese version of Downtown Disney. Oh... and they even show you a special place you can go to watch Fantastmic! just outside Tokyo DisneySea for free.
(2/18/18) In an interesting move, it seems that Tokyo Disneyland is trying to address their own interesting problem... over-crowding. Much like the tale we've been hearing about of Disneyland for a few years now, it sounds like annual passholders have begun to frequent the park a little too much... so much so that the parks really don't seem to have a slow-season anymore. The solution in Japan for now is to borrow one from the California resort and begin to add black-out dates to new annual passes purchased starting in March for the most busy holiday periods.
Unlike what we've seen in America however, Tokyo Disney really feels bad about having to add those black-out dates and according to ThemeParkInsider, the new annual passes with black-out dates will actually BE CHEAPER than the current passes. Yep... you read that right... a price cut... from a Disney park. You are not dreaming... and this is on top of the fact that a one-day ticket into a Tokyo Disney park is now about half the price ($69) of what you would pay for a one-day ticket into a Disneyland or Walt Disney World park.
(2/9/18) According to a article posted by Travel and Leisure, there is a chance that the Tokyo Disney Resort may be working on ideas for a third theme park after all. While there isn’t much land left, they claim they could reclaim an existing flat parking lot and create Tokyo DisneySky.
From the sound of things, I’m thinking that this may be another echo of that previous false rumor that came out back in late November.
(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.
Spring 2020 - Beauty & The Beast in Fantasyland, Big Hero 6 in Tomorrowland and More -
(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.