Today, the Oriental Land Co., owners of the Tokyo Disney Resort, announced the resort’s new developments through the year 2020. Included in their plans are several new attractions for both of the resort’s parks.
Let’s start at the resort’s original park, Tokyo Disneyland. This park will be expanding into the current locations of the Grand Circuit Raceway (closing in January 2017) and StarJets (closing in Fall 2017) to bring new rides to both Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
Among the announcements was a Beauty and the Beast area. This new area will feature an attraction within the castle themed to Beauty and the Beast along with a shop and restaurant in the neighboring village.
The attraction within Beast’s castle is going to be a dark ride with a length of about eight minutes. The dark ride will take guests sitting in dish themed cars (which appear to be trackless dark ride cars) through the castle as Belle and other characters from the film sing and dance in what appears to be a re-telling of the film’s story. The new ride is expected to open in Spring 2020 with a cost of 32 Billion Yen ($286,343,360).
Along with the Beauty and the Beast attraction, Fantasyland will receive a new 1500 person theater. The theater is going to be the first major indoor theater at the park. It is set to open in Spring 2020 at a price tag of 17 Billion Yen ($152,130,110).
Along with Fantasyland’s expansion, Tomorrowland will be receiving a new attraction themed to the popular animated film Big Hero 6. The 53 Billion Yen ($53,692,980) ride will be a “whip ride” similar to that of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree at Disney California Adventure, although with the popular character Baymax rather than Tow Mater. The ride is also set to open in 2020.
Along with the new Tomorrowland and Fantasyland attractions, the park’s ToonTown will open a Minnie Mouse greeting themed to Minnie’s studio in the same year.
The final attraction announced for the Tokyo Disney Resort is at the resort’s other park, Tokyo DisneySea:
As Disney gets ready to open the latest versions of their popular Soarin’ attraction at their California, Florida, and Shanghai resorts, they announced another version for Tokyo DisneySea. Although the ride’s name is not official, we do know that the 18 Billion Yen ($161,023,320) attraction will open in 2019 with scenes unique to the new ride. It also seems the ride will feature unique seats rather than the un-themed ones currently on the California and Florida versions of the attraction. Along with this new ride, a Nemo-themed attraction will open at Tokyo DisneySea next Spring, although this was previously announced.
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