at the Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo, Japan (Abbreviation: TDS)
Disney & Oriental Land Company (OLC)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Raging Spirits - NOW CLOSED through Dec. 26
Scuttle’s Scooters - Dec. 11 through Dec. 22
Aquatopia - Jan. 9 through Jan 20
DisneySea Electric Railway - Jan. 9 through Mar. 29
Indiana Jones Adventure - Jan. 29 through Mar. 9
Mermaid Lagoon Theater - Mar. 6 through Mar. 8
Tower of Terror - May 7 through May 29
Journey to the Center of the Earth - May 7 through July 20
Toy Story Mania - June 4 through June 26
General Park News - (10/14/17) According to the Disney Park's Blog the Cape Cod themed area of TDS's American Waterfront area will be transformed into the world of Duffy and his friends ShellieMay, Gelatoni and StellaLou during the Duffy's Heartwarming Days event that starts on January 11th.
The park will also great some special Pixar themed activities and games during the Pixar Playtime Pals show, and see Lightning McQueen take a daily Victory Lap through the American Waterfront. Chef Remy will perform in front of the Zambini Bros. Ristorante and special Coco-themed menu items will be added to Miguel's El Dorado Cantina.
If Pixar or Duffy isn't your thing and you want something a little more sinister, then drop by the Tower of Terror starting January 5th for the return of the limited-time ride experience called - Tower of Terror: Level 13 "Shadow of Shiriki". As in previous versions, the number of drops the ride is programmed to make is increased from 3 to 7 with the inclusion of random drop-sequence profiles and new special effects, so you never know exactly what is going to happen. As in past years, you can expect this to likely run through sometime in March to help increase visits during what is normally a slower time of year for the park.
(3/23/17) If you are a major Disney theme park fan and a reader of Screamscape, but have yet to travel to any of the international Disney parks, then there probably is one holy grail of Disney parks you are dying to see. Yes... I'm talking about the Tokyo Disney Resort... and even more specifically... Tokyo DisneySea.
This week Thrillography has posted a VERY lengthy photo trip report from Tokyo Disney, starting off with DisneySea and then off to Tokyo Disneyland on the second and forth day's worth of photos. Interesting note on the TDL side of things, it looks like they visited on the last day of operations for the park's Grand Circuit Raceway which has now been retired to make way for the Fantasyland expansion.
(3/21/17) A ton of new construction pictures from Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea have been posted to ThemeparX this week, showing off the latest progress on the Nemo & Friends Searider attraction and Soarin' at TDS and the Fantasyland expansion at TDL.
(11/7/16) From January 13 through March 17 Tokyo DisneySea will reach the climax of their park's big 15th Anniversary celebration and close it out with "Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes - Grand Finale". This will see the "Disney Friends" perform a special version of "Crystal Wishes Journey" wearing new costumes that shine even brighter, add new soap bubbles to float through the sky and more.
The park will also beef up the scares of the Tower of Terror with "Tower of Terror: Level 13 "Shadow of Shiriki"" This new plussed version of the Tower of Terror will entertain guests with new added thrills and special effects for a limited time.
Spring 2017 - Nemo & Friends SeaRider / Turtle Talk Update - (5/19/17) Disney & More has posted links to two separate movies showing off the new Nemo & Friends SeaRider attraction in entirety. What's interesting is that the two videos are completely different after you enter the water, which means that the attraction has at least two different experiences to enjoy... possibly even more.
Anyone ridden it enough times to know for sure how many versions their are?
(5/11/17) Tokyo DisneySea has opened their new Nemo and Friends SeaRider attraction at last. You can watch a fun 360º below that shows off some of the queue and the first half of the ride experience on this unique simulator cabin attraction that not only includes a main screen up front, but a bunch of mini-window like screens along the top sides of the cabin.
(12/28/16) A few new construction pictures from Tokyo DisneySea showing off the early progress being made for the park's new Soarin' attraction as well as the Nemo & Friends SeaRider attraction have been posted to ThemeparX this week. Scroll down a little more and you can see the land clearing for the Fantasyland expansion taking place at Tokyo Disneyland as well.
(9/22/16) According to a press release from OLC the new Finding Nemo / Dory attraction opening in 2017 to replace StormRider will be called "Nemo & Friends SeaRider". Guests will board a submersible that will shrink down to the size of a fish to explore the undersea world.
On a related note, it seems that the Turtle Talk attraction at DisneySea will also be 'renewed' for 2017, adding several new characters from Finding Dory. In addition to talking with Crush you will also see his son Squirt, Destiny the whale shark and Hank the octopus.
(5/29/15) In regards to the new Finding Nemo theme to be applied to the Stormrider replacement simulator ride, many have commented about the “cute” fish themed submarine that guests will be riding inside. What’s more interesting is that Port Discovery has had a similar fish themed mini-submarine themed structure docked at the water’s edge for years now. Click Here to see a picture of it.
(5/20/15) The Oriental Land Company has announced a new attraction will open at Tokyo DisneySea in Spring 2017 that will be themed to the world of Pixar's Finding Nemo and the upcomming Finding Dory (2016) animated films. Guests will board a special submarine that will then shrink itself down to the size of a fish so that they may "expore the vast underwater world from the same point of view as Nemo and Dory." Even better, the production staff of Finding Dory will be involved with the creation of the visuals for this attraction. The unnamed attraction will be placed in the park's Port Discovery section of the park and take the place of the existing StormRider simulator attraction which will close down permanently sometime in May 2016 to allow for construction to begin. The overall investment into the new attraction is estimated to be around 5 billion Yen.
Summer 2017 - Pirates of the Caribbean Show - (9/22/16) OLC has announced that a Pirates of the Caribbean show will take place over the summer at Mediterranean Harbor featuring Jack Sparrow, tons of pirates, splashing water and more, all just in time for the July 1st release of the next Pirates feature film, Dead Men Tell No Tales.
2019 - Soarin’ - Confirmed - (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 DisneySea's Mediterranean Harbor area the park will get a copy of Soarin', bringing the popular Disney attraction to Japan for the first time. From the description, this will be a copy of the soon to open Soarin' Around The World ridefilm, and it is expected to open in 2019 at a cost of about 18 billion Yen.
It is also worth noting that if you look at the concept art of the attraction seats, they will take on an appropriate theme and look to fit in with the rest of Mediterranean Harbor. It is also worth mentioning that there was no mention of the previous plans to build a Frozen themed land on the other side of the park, however the press release does mention that they are still working on new investment plans for 2021 and later at this time, so it may have simply been pushed back. For DisneySea the announcement does also mention "large-scale development plans" for the park as being in the works, including "making use of multiple expansion sites" to rapidly evolve and expand the park experience.
2021 or Later - Frozen / Arendelle - In Development - (7/7/16) In an interview with the President of the Oriental Land Company, he reveals some timelines and important details regarding the future expansion of the Tokyo Disney theme parks. In 2021 or later he reconfirmed that Tokyo DisneySea will be opening a new themed land based on the smash hit film, Frozen. He also mentions that they are looking into expanding into what bits of surrounding land they have available to them to ensure they have enough room to fit in the new expansions, especially for the new Frozen land.
(4/28/15) The Oriental Land Company has released a new piece of artwork showing off the new “Scandinavia” themed Port they are adding to the Tokyo DisneySea theme park. While they only say that the new Scandinavia port will have a portion of the area themed to the smash hit animated film “Frozen”, so far it clearly looked to be entirely themed to it.
It has a clear copy of the Arendelle castle and village (with frost magic in the air overhead) on the left and to the right there is a “mountain” that appears to have a waterfall coming down, along with a couple of cave entrances portals into the mountain itself off the main pathway, which is probably where a “Frozen” themed dark ride or some sort will be built. In the lower right corner of the picture, there is a small circular grove which seems to have a small geyser or something in the middle surrounded by a bunch of round boulders, which I’m guessing may be a fun little show area for the Trolls.
No solid opening date is listed, they only say that it will be after the start of fiscal 2017.
(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. (Click here to see the Fantasyland plans)
At Tokyo DisneySea the park will add an entirely new land, or rather, a new port, into a section of empty land left open for future development located south of the Lost River Delta area. This new 8th Port will feature new attractions, shops and restaurants. While they also promise “multiple major attractions” to be part of this new port, they also say that the overall size and scale of the port will be about the same size as the Arabian Coast port.
While they don’t come right out and say it for sure, it is believed that the 8th port at Tokyo DisneySea might be Arendelle, the kingdom from the hit animated film, Frozen. While not listed in the press release itself, it was mentioned elsewhere that they would be adding a Frozen area and since Arendelle is a “port” kingdom, it would only make sense to put it in Tokyo DisneySea as well. More on this when we find out!