‘Stitch Encounter’ to Open at Tokyo Disneyland in July

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'Stitch Encounter' at Tokyo Disney Resort Concept ArtOriental Land Company, owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort, have announced that their newest Tokyo Disneyland attraction, ‘Stitch Encounter’ is scheduled to make its debut on July 17, 2015, which is also the official 60th anniversary of the original Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

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Tokyo Disney Resort Announces Plans to Double Size of Fantasyland, Add New Land to DisneySea

Tokyo Disney Resort ExpansionPerhaps 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.

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Tokyo Disney Resort Announces 2015-2016 Celebrations and Events

'Anna and Elsa's Frozen Fantasy'Tokyo Disneyland Park and Tokyo DisneySea Park today announced their annual schedule for fiscal year 2015 (April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016). The two Parks will continue to offer Guests distinctive, Disney-style experiences over the upcoming year with a variety of new entertainment, special events and programs. Details are provided below, in chronological order:

Disney’s Easter (April 2 – June 23, 2015)
This regular springtime event will also be offered at Tokyo DisneySea for the first time in 2015, so Guests can enjoy Easter at both parks.

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‘King Triton’s Concert’ to Debut at Tokyo DisneySea April 24, 2015

King Triton's ConcertYesterday on Twitter, we brought casting news for the new show based on The Little Mermaid opening in 2015 at Tokyo Disney Resort. Today, the Oriental Land Company formally announced that ‘King Triton’s Concert’ will make its official debut at the Tokyo DisneySea theme park on April 24, 2015.

In the new show, King Triton hosts a musical concert with Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian and other familiar characters from the Disney film, creating a mesmerizing world under the sea with music, songs and dynamic performance, just as in the movie. Ariel will ‘swim’ above the audience to the beautiful music and will even ‘swim’ down and approach Guests in this lively and sensational musical show.

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Tokyo Disney to Acquire Additional Land for Possible Expansion

With the intent of its use to be determined at a later date, the Oriental Land Company (OLC)  announced its plans to acquire approximately 5.8 acres of neighboring land from the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company at an approximate cost of $89 million US. The land is the former site of the Tokyo Bay NK Hall and contains ‘ancillary facilities’ according to the notice. Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company is a major shareholder of OLC and corporate sponsor of the Tokyo Disney Resort.

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‘Once Upon A Time’ to Premiere May 2014 at Tokyo Disneyland

'Once Upon A Time' at Tokyo DisneylandThe Oriental Land Company (OLC), owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced that it will be bringing its night-time entertainment show, ‘Once Upon A Time,’ to the Tokyo Disneyland theme park beginning May 29, 2014.

‘Once Upon A Time’ is a fifteen minute show that uses the same high-resolution projection mapping technique that is currently in use at other Disney theme parks around the world including Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Like its Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Paris counterparts, the show will be projected onto the park’s icon, Cinderella Castle.

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Tokyo Announces ‘Jungle Cruise’ Redo with Full Soundtrack, Nighttime Experience

The Oriental Land Company, owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced big plans for the popular ‘world famous’ Jungle Cruise attraction located in the Adventureland section of its Tokyo Disneyland theme park.

At an investment cost of 1.6 billion Yen (just over US $16 million), the reimagining of the attraction will ‘offer Guests an adventure that is even more thrilling than before’ and promises ‘a startling encounter with one of the animal spirit guardians in the ruins of a lost jungle temple.’

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Tokyo Disney Announces New Castle Projection Show, Reimagined ‘The Little Mermaid’ Show

Mermaid Lagoon Theater Concept ArtThe 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.

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PHOTOS: ‘Happiness Is Here’ Parade from Tokyo Disneyland

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This Monday, April 15, the Tokyo Disney Resort will officially kick off its year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary. One of the exciting new elements joining the line-up is a brand new parade titled ‘Happiness is Here,’ with massive and dynamic floats designed by Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily. Although the parade doesn’t officially start until Monday, Tokyo Disneyland has been offering a soft opening to guests, inviting them to preview things to come.

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‘Star Tours: The Adventures Continue’ at Tokyo Disneyland to Open May 2013

Concept art for 'Star Tours 2: The Adventure Continues'‘May the 7th be with you,’ is probably something you won’t be hearing a lot of next year, but just a few days after The Walt Disney Company announced its intentions to acquire Lucasfilm to produce new Star Wars films, the Tokyo Disney Resort has announced it will hold its grand opening for ‘Star Tours: The Adventures Continue’ on May 7, 2013 — just a few days after ‘Star Wars Day’ on May the 4th.

At a price tag just north of US $87 million, the updated attraction brings the same 3D randomized experience to Tokyo Disneyland as it has already done for both Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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