The Oriental Land Company, owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort, have announced several special upcoming operational additions in order to support the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015).
Oriental Land Company, the owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced plans to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Tokyo DisneySea as well as present its entertainment events for the upcoming year. To mark the 15th anniversary of the grand opening of Tokyo DisneySea Park, the Tokyo Disney Resort will celebrate ‘Tokyo DisneySea 15th Anniversary: The Year of Wishes,’ from April 15, 2016, through March 17, 2017. For this milestone year, a variety of must-see programs will be presented. Kicking off the celebration will be a brand new show ‘Crystal Wishes Journey.’ And the special events for summer, Halloween and Christmas will be highlighted with elements just for the 15th anniversary.
Oriental Land Company, the owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced its plans for the 15th anniversary of Tokyo DisneySea: a year-long celebration titled ‘Tokyo DisneySea 15th Annivesrary: The Year of Wishes.’ The event will kick off on April 15, 2016 and continue through March 17, 2017.During the event, crystals of various colors symbolizing individual wishes will decorate the Park. The crystals will even sparkle on the Disney characters’ costumes and merchandise, creating an atmosphere of hope and dreams throughout the Park.Kicking off the anniversary event will be ‘Crystal Wishes Journey,’ a brand new show to be presented at Mediterranean Harbor only during the special event period. The Disney characters, each with their own wish, will appear in this show that celebrates the start of the Guests’ journeys of adventure, sparkling with hope.Also debuting during the event will be a new version of the popular show ‘Big Band Beat,’ featuring new music, costumes and scenes. This will be the first time that the show has been changed since it opened in July 2006. In addition, a brand new musical show incorporating projection mapping will premiere at the Hangar Stage in Lost River Delta in mid-2016.The Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, where Guests can continue the feeling of adventure, will also be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016. Besides the festive decorations around the hotel interior, the hotel will offer special menus at the restaurants and the lounge starting from April 15, 2016.
Tokyo DisneySea opened its doors on September 4, 2001.
Owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort, Oriental Land Company, today announced they will be opening a new motion simulator attraction set in the world of Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Finding Dory in spring of 2017. The attraction will replace the current StormRider attraction which is set to close in May 2016 to make way for the new attraction. According to Oriental Land Company, Pixar animators from Finding Dory will directly contribute to the ride’s visuals.
The Oriental Land Company, the owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, has announced plans for development in both its Disneyland and DisneySea theme parks focusing on Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and Scandinavia, with a focus on Frozen.
Frozen will be highlighted in a brand new port of Tokyo DisneySea focused on Scandinavia. The port will be approximately the size of the Arabian Coast port and will be located south of the Lost Delta port. Tentative plans for the area, which are expected to be finalized in 2015, call for multiple new attractions, shops, dining and other facilities.
Walt Disney World has begun aggressively casting women for a new entertainment offering to take place at Epcot’s Japan pavilion in its World Showcase. According to the casting notices, Disney is seeking to fulfill roles that celebrate Tokyo’s Harajuku, a neighborhood known for attracting Japanese teens and young adults sporting unique fashions. Harajuku was popularized in the United States several years ago by ‘Tragic Kingdom’ alum Gwen Stefani, who popularized it in a song and accompanying music video and stage tour.
Oriental 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.
Set up in Tomorrowland is the Stitch Monitoring Station. Guests visiting the Stitch Monitoring Station can communicate with Stitch in real time over the theater’s large screen. The entire family will enjoy the fun-filled conversations with the mischievous Stitch.
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.
The Oriental Land Company, owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort have announced that they will be honoring the success of Disney’s Frozen with a special event, titled ‘Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy,’ to be held at the Tokyo Disneyland theme park starting January 13, 2015 and ending on March 20, 2015. According to the press release, ‘guests will find opportunities to experience the beautiful world of Frozen, with family and friends.’
Celebrating at the park during the winter season, guests are promised ‘a lovely world of ice and snow created by Elsa’s magical power.’ The park will feature special menus and approximately 25 specially themed merchandise as well as decorative snow and ice crystal, ‘reminiscent of the film’s atmosphere.’
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.