Published: October 29, 2014 at 9:05 PM
Tokyo Disney Resort today announced a US$4.5 billion expansion program for the resort, which will see the construction of a new "port" in Tokyo DisneySea and a doubling of the size of Tokyo Disneyland's Fantasyland.
Concept art for Tokyo's New Fantasyland. Photo courtesy Oriental Land Co. Click for higher resolution.
Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that Oriental Land Co., the company that owns and operates the Tokyo Disney Resort, will include a major Frozen-themed attraction for 2017 as the centerpiece of the project.
Where will the new Frozen attraction be? According to Nikkei, that's undecided, and Oriental Land's press release is not saying, either. The Frozen attraction could take the place of the It's a Small World ride in Tokyo Disneyland, which the Nikkei report says is slated to be moved as part of the New Fantasyland plan. Or, Oriental Land could choose to build Frozen as the new port in Tokyo DisneySea.
We suggested DisneySea as an ideal location for a Frozen-themed attraction last February. The port of Arendelle fits perfectly within the harbor theme of DisneySea, and we noted that underutilized Cape Cod area of the American Waterfront land offers some sight lines that could lend themselves to an Arendelle setting. However, the expansion plan calls for a new port on the empty site to the left of Lost River Delta. (You can get an overview of the park from our Tokyo DisneySea trip report.) Presumably, that could become Arendelle, should Oriental Land decide on devoting an entire land to Frozen.
Which would make sense, as the animated hit already has become one of the top-grossing films in Japanese history. Regardless of where Anna and Elsa end up, this expansion plan, which averages US$500 million in capital investment a year over the next nine years, should promise to further improve a resort that is already home to the world's best theme park, according to Theme Park Insider readers.