The Oriental Land Company, the owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced plans for a new character meet and greet facility and restaurant for its Westernland area of the Tokyo Disneyland theme park. Construction is set to begin at the end of 2015 with the closure of the Lucky Nugget Cafe, with a planned opening in late 2016.
Perhaps taking a cue from its stateside sister theme parks as well as answering some previous speculation due to recent land acquisition, Oriental Land Company — the owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort — today announced a ‘2016 medium-term business plan’ which will see new expansions to both theme parks through 2017. While specifics have yet to be unveiled, Tokyo Disney Resort says for Disneyland, it will double the size of the existing Fantasyland, while DisneySea will receive a new themed land (‘port’) about the same size as Arabian Coast, which will be located south of the existing Lost River Delta. OLC says the investment will come at a cost of about 500 billion yen, or about 4.6 billion dollars, with 80% of that going to the new theme park additions and the remaining going to backstage efforts to strengthen the infrastructure. Development is expected to begin in 2017, after the medium-term business plan expires.
Oriental Land Company, Ltd., owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, has announced that on July 9, 2012, it will welcome the 3D attraction ‘Toy Story Mania!’ based on the popular Toy Story franchise from Disney/Pixar to the Tokyo DisneySea theme park.
The 3D attraction, a first for the resort, will be located in a new area of the park, Toyville Trolley Park, themed to an old-fashioned amusement park. Guests will enter the attraction through the ‘wide open mouth’ of Woody whose face will measure more than 26 feet in height. Once inside the attraction, the queue will appear full of ‘oversized’ toys and board games, similar to that of the queue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At this time there is no mention of the troubled Mr. Potato Head interactive audio animatronic found at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort (Disney California Adventure) locations.
Although lower attendance was expected for the Tokyo Disney Resort in its 2009 fiscal year (April 1, 2009 – March 31), especially in comparison to the resort’s 25th Anniversary in 2008, performance was higher than anticipated. So much so, that 2009 saw the second highest attendance in the Resort’s history with 25,818,000 guests visiting Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea combined.
Park officials attribute the high attendance to new attractions such as Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek and Turtle Talk as well as DisneySea’s first Halloween event.
The Resort has seen almost 500 million visitors since its debut in 1983.
It was announced yesterday by the Oriental Land Company (OLC) that Tokyo DisneySea will receive a new attraction in 2011 based on Aladdin. Jasmine’s Flying Carpets will allow guests to manueuver their vehicles up and down to a maximum height of approximately 16 feet as well as tilt the vehicle forward and backwards. Located in the Arabian Coast area, next to Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, each of the 16 vehicles will hold two rows of two guests each.
With a total approximate investment of $22 million dollars, Jasmine’s Flying Carpets is anticipated to open in Summer of 2011. Other attractions anticipated in 2011 at the Resort include Mickey’s Philharmagic and Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall, both in Tokyo Disneyland.
It was announced yesterday by The Walt Disney Company Japan that Disney Japan will acquire Retail Networks Co., the company that owns and operates the country’s Disney Store retail locations, from parent company Oriental Land. Talks of the acquisition began last year and the transition is expected to be finalized as of April 1, 2010, the eighth anniversary of RNC. RNC owns and operates 54 Disney Store locations throughout the country, although it’s expected to close six of them by March.
Financial details for the transaction have not yet been announced. Oriental Land is the parent company for the Disney Parks in Japan.