Japan’s Disney Parks are about to get a whole lot bigger. In a planned $675 million expansion, Tokyo Disney Resort will add new attractions and rides to its Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks. Though the project will close down parts of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland through 2017, Disney enthusiasts are excited about the upcoming attractions.
Among the new additions to the already impressive park will be a Beauty and the Beast area in Fantasyland with shops, restaurants like Gaston's Tavern, and an enchanted “Be Our Guest”-style ride through the Beast's Castle, while a 1500-seat theater will be constructed for Disney’s signature entertainment and live shows. Disney’s Toontown will get a Minnie Mouse Meet and Greet studio, while Tomorrowland will feature a Big Hero 6 “whip ride,” located next to Space Mountain. Lastly, Soarin' will make its way from Disney’s U.S. theme parks to Tokyo DisneySea’s Mediterranean Harbor.
Though previous talk of the parks’ incoming attractions has included mention of a Frozen-themed Nordic Port of Arendelle at Tokyo DisneySea and an expansion at Tokyo Disneyland’s Alice in Wonderland, neither was mentioned in the company’s latest press release [PDF]. The new attractions are expected to begin opening in 2019.
[h/t Theme Park Insider]