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.
According to OLC, ‘Toy Story Mania!’ comes to the DisneySea theme park at the staggering cost of nearly $150 million, almost twice as much as what the original attraction is reported to have cost to design and build. It will be FASTPASS enabled and be supported by the ‘Slinky Dog’s Gift Trolley’ merchandise location.
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 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.