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Robert Niles
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Tokyo Disney Reveals Details of 'Frozen' and Fantasyland Expansions

Published: April 28, 2015 at 9:26 AM

The Tokyo Disney Resort has released new details, including concept art, for the multi-billion-dollar expansion it announced last year.

The expansion will including a new Frozen-themed "Nordic" port of Arendelle in Tokyo DisneySea, located between the existing Lost River Delta and Port Discovery lands.

Arendelle in Tokyo DisneySea
All concept art courtesy Oriental Land Co.

In addition, Oriental Land Company, the owner of the Tokyo Disney Resort, announced that the planned expansion of Fantasyland in Tokyo Disneyland will feature new mini-lands themed to Beauty and the Beast and Alice in Wonderland.

Beauty and the Beast at Tokyo Disneyland

Alice in Wonderland at Tokyo Disneyland

Although Tokyo Disney is promising original attractions and restaurants in these new developments, there are some similarities to existing and upcoming Disney theme park attractions elsewhere. Walt Disney World is currently converting the old "Maelstrom" ride in the Norway pavilion at Epcot into a Frozen-themed ride. The concept art for Tokyo's Nordic port evokes some of the details found in Epcot's Norway pavilion, including the Stave Church that can be seen at the bottom of the image.

If you're looking for additional similarities with existing Disney attractions, Tokyo's "Beauty and the Beast" concept looks like a plussed-version of the entrance to the Be Our Guest restaurant at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, with a direct entrance to the Beast's Castle, rather than leaving that castle as a forced-perspective decoration on the hill above. Tokyo's Alice in Wonderland reminds one of Alice's Curious Labyrinth at Disneyland Paris, as well.

The new developments at Tokyo Disney are slated for a 2017 debut.

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Robert Niles
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Weekly Top 10: The Most Underrated Attractions on Theme Park Insider

Published: April 27, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Devoted theme parks fans are always looking for a fresh experience. So this week, let's honor some of the most underrated attractions in America. And by "underrated," we mean that literally. These attractions have earned high praise from the Theme Park Insider readers who've rated them, but they have received relatively few rating votes overall.

Let's not let great attractions go underrated. You can follow the links below to rate and review these 10 attractions. Then click to our Park Reviews page to start rating all the rides and shows you've visited recently, so that we can build an even better database of reader ratings for top parks around the world.

10. Falcon's Fury
Busch Gardens Tampa

Falcon's Fury

Newer attractions dominate this list, simply because they've not had as much time to attract as much attention as the classics have. But with its thrilling views and unique, face-down drop, Falcon's Fury appears well on its way to becoming one of those theme park classics.

9. Firechaser Express
Dollywood

Firechaser Express

Dollywood's themed family coaster debuted last year to positive reviews from readers.

8. Pets Rule!
SeaWorld San Diego

Pets Rule!

The marine mammals get almost all the attention, but many fans think that this show, featuring rescue dogs and other pets, deserves to be rated among the best at SeaWorld.

7. Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre
Disneyland

Yeah, we get it. If you're over the age of 10, you're probably getting a little sick of Frozen at this point. But Mister Smyth and Mister Jones deliver a charming take on Disney's "hottest" hit that will entertain even the jaded parents in the audience.

6. Calico Mine Ride
Knott's Berry Farm

Knott's refurbishment of its iconic Timber Mountain Log Ride two years ago earned raves. Now, it appears that last year's refurb of the Calico Mine Ride is on its way to earning the same praise.

5. Driving School
Legoland Florida

Driving School

With a sharply targeted audience of families with elementary-ages children, the Legoland parks don't do the huge traffic of Disney, Universal, and other theme park chains. But those who do visit love seeing their children enjoy this fun, yet practical, first experience behind the wheel.

4. Miniland
Legoland California

Miniland

Switching to the other coast, Miniland is the heart of a Legoland park, and California's offers everything from a whimsical look around its home state to an impressive collection of Star Wars scenes.

3. Marvel Cave
Silver Dollar City

Marvel Cave

Our James Rao wrote about this unique theme park experience for us several years back.

2. Zumanjaro Drop of Doom
Six Flags Great Adventure

And don't miss Bobbie Butterfield's review of the world's tallest drop ride.

1. Iron Rattler
Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Iron Rattler

With two new Rocky Mountain Construction I-Box retracks debuting next month (at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags New England), our top spot goes to one of their elder siblings, San Antonio's retrack of its classic Rattler coaster.

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DVC FAQ: What Exactly IS Disney Vacation Club (DVC)?

Published: April 26, 2015 at 9:03 PM

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Tempesto Challenges Daredevils at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Published: April 24, 2015 at 8:35 PM

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SeaWorld Orlando Announces New Coaster for 2016

Published: April 24, 2015 at 7:38 AM

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King Triton's Concert Debuts at Tokyo DisneySea

Published: April 24, 2015 at 5:08 AM

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America's First Launched Wing Coaster, Thunderbird, Debuts at Holiday World

Published: April 23, 2015 at 11:51 AM

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Published: April 21, 2015 at 9:07 PM

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