Tokyo Disneyland has announced that its new expansions, shops, restaurants and attractions will open on September 28 at Tokyo Disney Resort.
This marks the largest expansion in the history of Tokyo Disneyland, with the large-scale development stretching across Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Toontown (via Disney Parks Blog).
Fantasyland will debut the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast attraction, shops and F&B, inspired by Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Beauty and the Beast.
The zone also includes Maurice’s Cottage and a fountain dedicated to Gaston, as well as the Village Shoppes – La Belle Librairie, Little Town Traders and Bonjour Gifts.
Inside the Beast’s castle, the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast ride will see visitors boarding magical cups that dance to the animated film’s soundtrack.
Fantasyland’s Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast
Tomorrowland is set to welcome ‘The Happy Ride with Baymax‘ attraction, based on Disney’s Big Hero 6, which was released in Japan as Baymax.
The Happy Ride with Baymax is the world’s first rotating ride attraction themed to Big Hero 6, and uses the same ride system as Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Alien Swirling Saucers.
‘The Big Pop’, a space-themed popcorn shop, is also heading to Tomorrowland, while Toontown will open a new character greeting experience called Minnie’s Style Studio.
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are owned and operated by Oriental Land Co Ltd (OLC), which previously revised the scheduled opening of Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea.
The Happy Ride with Baymax in Tomorrowland
The expansion is now scheduled to start operations in fiscal year 2023. Originally, Fantasy Springs was set to launch in fiscal year 2022.
Fantasy Springs is the eighth Tokyo DisneySea port, opening in 2022. It will feature three areas inspired by Frozen, Tangled, and Peter Pan.
Earlier this year, OLC released its financial results for Q1 2020, revealing that revenue was down 95 percent, amounting to a loss of ¥114.3 billion ($1.08 billion).
This was, of course, attributed to the temporary closures of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea in response to COVID-19.