Oriental Land plans $2.28bn expansion of Tokyo DisneySea

WCN Editorial Team 19 Jun 2018 ASIA BUILDINGS

Oriental Land has finalised an agreement with The Walt Disney Company to develop a new themed port at Tokyo DisneySea, which will include a Disney hotel.

The agreement paves the way for the extension of licences for the Disney theme parks and other key licences between The Walt Disney Company and Oriental Land to 2076. The licences currently run until 2046.

The Tokyo DisneySea expansion will create an eighth themed port, which is inspired by a magical spring leading to a world of Disney fantasy. The themed port, which will consist of three distinct areas, will recreate the worlds of the Disney films Frozen, Tangled and Peter Pan, as well as a deluxe hotel with a luxury wing at Tokyo Disney Resort.

Four new attractions will be developed for the expansion. Operations are expected to begin in fiscal year 2022.

Oriental Land will invest JPY250bn ($2.28bn) in this project, which will be the largest additional investment so far for existing facilities.

The expanded Tokyo Disneyland is scheduled to start operations in 2020.

The guest parking area adjacent to Tokyo Disneyland and TokyoDisneySea will be relocated so that the Tokyo DisneySea property can expand into that space.

The project will add four attractions, three food facilities, one shop and one hotel. The 140,000m² development area will include 100,000m² for the theme park and hotel.

At the new themed port, visitors will discover Anna and Elsa’s kingdom of Arendelle; the forest and tower where Rapunzel lives; and Never Land – the home of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys.

The area themed on the film Frozen is set in Arendelle after the events in the film when Queen Elsa has embraced her magical power to control snow and ice.

A restaurant will be located inside Arendelle Castle at the foot of snow-capped mountains.

Visitors to the area themed on the film Tangled will discover Rapunzel’s tower rising above in a forest. The area will feature an attraction that follows Rapunzel to the lantern festival and a restaurant that has been inspired by the hideout of the humorous band of thugs who appeared in the film.

The Never Land area, themed on the film Peter Pan, will consist of two attractions and a restaurant. It will feature landmarks, including verdant mountains, Captain Hook’s pirate ship and Skull Rock.

One attraction will fly visitors over the jungles of Never Land into a battle with Captain Hook and his crew of pirates, and also join Peter Pan in an adventure to rescue Wendy’s younger brother, John.

Visitors can also board boats and follow the Lost Boys down a river.

A second attraction will take visitors to the oversized world of Pixie Hollow where Tinker Bell and her fairy friends live and work.

The restaurant is inspired by the Lost Boys and their hideout, affording views of Never Land.

Located inside the park, the new Disney hotel, themed on Disney fantasy, will rise above and around the magical springs that serve as the core of the new themed port’s story.

The hotel will offer 475 deluxe-type and luxury-type guest rooms. A merchandise shop will be located on the first floor of the hotel.

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