The Oriental Land Company, owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Chiba, Tokyo announced entertainment additions, changes and termination of several entertainment opportunities in both its Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks.
Following in the footsteps of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland’s Cinderella Castle will become the focal point of a new night-time projection-mapping show titled ‘Once Upon A Time.’ With an investment of approximately 2 billion yen (US $21.1 million), the fifteen minute show will open mid-2014 and will include special effects such as on-stage pyrotechnics while using music and imagery from many of Disney’s animated classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.
At DisneySea, the Mermaid Lagoon Theater will see its final performance of its ‘Under the Sea’ spectacular on April 6, 2014. After the closure, the theater and the Little Mermaid-themed show will be revamped and reimagined with a new show using upgraded stage and lighting technology, along with display screens installed in the rear of the audience seating area. The new show (no title specified) is expected to open in spring of 2015 and will center on King Triton hosting a musical concert and will feature appearances by Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian and others, presenting a ‘mesmerizing world under the sea — just as in the movie — with lively music, songs and dynamic performances.’
Also announced at Tokyo DisneySea is the closure of the popular ‘Legend of Mythica’ show, which will see its final performance on September 7, 2014.