Tokyo Disneyland

Good morning everyone,

We can expect one more day of this summer-like weather and then it'll cool down a bit tomorrow but remain sunny and then it'll cool down even more on Monday with a 70% chance of rain. The rest of Golden Week will be cloudy with highs in the low 20s.

As most of you, I might be the only person in Japan who hasn't been to either Tokyo Disneyland or Universal Studios Japan. I don't that changing anytime soon. With the opening of the Harry Potter section at USJ, it has become even more crowded.

And, not to be outdone, Tokyo Disneyland has some major expansion plans in the works.

That’s right, Disney fans will have something big to look forward to as several new themes for the redevelopment of both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea were announced this week. And not surprisingly, part of the plans include a new area with a Frozen theme (we were wondering when that was coming). So, let’s see what Disney has in store for us.

According to the release from park operator Oriental Land Co., Ltd., redevelopment plans for Tokyo Disneyland include a huge overall revamping of Fantasyland. This will include new areas with Beauty and the Beast as well as Alice in Wonderland themes, and the renovations will make Fantasyland almost double its current area. It seems parts of Tomorrowland will also be renovated in conjunction with the expansion of Fantasyland.

▼ Image of the Beauty and the Beast themed area that will be a part of the renewed Fantasyland


▼ There will also be an Alice in Wonderland themed area added to the new Fantasyland.


For Tokyo DisneySea, the plans are to build a new port with a Scandinavian theme tied in with the mega-hit movie Frozen. When completed, it will become the eighth themed port in Tokyo DisneySea and will include areas where guests will be able to experience the world of Frozen. Can’t you already hear the kids going wild with excitement and singing “Let it Go” (whether that makes you smile or drives you crazy, well, that’s up to you)? The new port will be located next to the Lost River Delta and will be approximately the same size as the current Arabian Coast.

▼ The new port in Tokyo DisneySea will have a Scandinavian theme inspired by Frozen

It will be a while before we can actually see these new areas and attractions, as all of this is scheduled to open after 2017. The redevelopments are part of a plan for Oriental Land to invest roughly 500 billion yen (US$4.2 billion) in its theme park business over the next 10 years. Oriental Land has announced that further details concerning the new Fantasyland and Scandinavian-themed port will be made available later this year.

It looks like the renovations and additions at the two Disney parks will be huge, and we’re sure fans can’t wait to hear more about the new areas. Although we hate to think about how enormous the crowds will be once the redevelopment is complete, especially for the Frozen, the news is huge for Disney fans in general and 'Frozen' fans in particular. For me, on the other hand, just another reason to NOT go to Disneyland...ha ha!

Have a great day!

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