Oriental Land Co (OLC) has announced new details about expansions and attractions coming to Tokyo Disneyland Park on April 15, including the Beauty and the Beast area and ride. These are part of the largest expansion since the opening of Tokyo Disneyland.
OLC shared further information about new additions at Fantasyland, Toontown and Tomorrowland, including attractions, theatre entertainment and restaurants.
At Fantasyland, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will come to life with a new themed area, the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast ride, as well as shops and F&B.
Fantasyland will also boast the new Fantasyland Forest Theater, while Tomorrowland welcomes The Happy Ride with Baymax, and Toontown gets Minnie’s Style Studio.
Tomorrowland’s The Happy Ride with Baymax
The new area themed to Beauty and the Beast stretches from the village where Belle lives to the forest where the Beast’s castle lies.
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 attraction will see visitors boarding magical cups that dance to the animated film’s soundtrack.
Guests travel through various scenes to experience the world of the film, with dishes and cutlery dancing to Lumiere’s singing, and a snow-covered garden.
La Taverne de Gaston in Fantasyland
As for food, La Taverne de Gaston is a counter-service restaurant styled after the tavern in Beauty and the Beast, complete with a large portrait of Gaston above the fireplace.
Opening next door to La Taverne de Gaston will be LeFou’s, a small snack shop. In the village, Le Petit Popper is a small popcorn wagon.
Also in Fantasyland, the immersive Fantasyland Forest Theatre is the first indoor theater at Tokyo Disneyland. It will show the musical ‘Mickey’s Magical Music World’.
Tomorrowland’s The Happy Ride with Baymax is the world’s first rotating ride attraction themed to Disney’s Big Hero 6, which was released in Japan as Baymax.
Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast
As per the storyline, the young inventor Hiro Hamada learned from his robotic personal healthcare companion Baymax that to make people healthy, you must first make them happy.
Therefore, the duo developed this musical ride, which features vehicles pulled by Baymax’s nursebot friends and a device on the ceiling scanning and measuring guests happiness while riding.
Opening next door the The Happy Ride with Baymax is The Big Pop, a space-themed shop specialising in popcorn – the first in Tokyo Disney Resort dedicated to the snack.
Hanging from the ceiling will be a large popcorn chandelier representing the Big Bang, with a variety of popcorn buckets on offer.
Over in Toontown, Minnie’s Style Studio will be a greeting facility for guests to meet Minnie Mouse, a world-renowned fashion designer.
Minnie’s Style Studio is where she designs, creates and photographs her new range. Guests can visit Minnie’s office and the workroom before entering a photo studio where Minnie will greet them.