A Brand New Disney Theme Park Is in the Works
According to Kotaku, Tokyo Disney Resort will be adding a third theme park to its Urayasu, Japan complex.
Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea already among the most successful Disney parks worldwide, and the addition of a third gate — with new characters and large-scale attractions — could bring even more tourism to the overseas location.
The newly announced park, which is said to take on a Japan theme, could bring rides and experiences that touch upon the history, art, and unique terrain of the country. With an eye towards tourists and overseas visitors, the early concept draws similarities to the original focus of Disney California Adventure, as well as Epcot’s World Showcase, which highlights the culture and culinary flavors of 10 foreign countries at Walt Disney World, in Florida.
While further details are likely to come next year, construction may not even begin until 2025. Still, there is plenty of change already coming to the resort’s established theme parks.
Tokyo DisneySea, which recently opened Nemo & Friends SeaRider will bring Soarin’ to the park in the next few years, and Tokyo Disneyland will add a new “Big Hero 6”-themed ride to Tomorrowland as well as a “Beauty and the Beast” section to its Fantasyland area. The expansion will host a theatre for stage performances as well as an immersive attraction, which is said to utilize the park’s famed trackless ride system pioneered on its popular Pooh’s Hunny Hunt attraction. The expansions, which were announced last spring, are set to open by 2020.
Tokyo Disney Resort, which operates two parks, four resort hotels, and a shopping complex, is owned and operated by The Oriental Land Company in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company, whose imagineers and staff assist with attraction design and retain creative control. Following Shanghai Disneyland’s recent opening in 2016, it is the only new Disney park on the way.