Published: April 28, 2015 at 9:26 AM
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.
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.
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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