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Jun 14, 2018

Tokyo DisneySea to be expanded with new attractions

TOKYO - Tokyo Disney Resort operator Oriental Land Co. said Thursday it will expand Tokyo Disney Sea with new attractions in fiscal 2022, with the aim of attracting more foreign tourists.


Oriental Land will invest about 250 billion yen ($2.3 billion) to build the new facilities, which will be the largest expansion since Tokyo Disney Sea opened in 2001.


Tokyo DisneySea to be expanded with new attractions photo

(An overview of new attractions at Tokyo DisneySea)

[Supplied image by Disney]


The expansion will consist of three attractions inspired by Disney hit movies "Frozen," "Tangled" and "Peter Pan."


The expansion plan also includes a hotel, a shop and three food facilities, according to the operator.


Tokyo DisneySea to be expanded with new attractions photo

(Oriental Land Co. announces the planned expansion of Tokyo DisneySea.)


Tokyo Disney Sea and adjacent Tokyo Disneyland, both located in Urayasu just east of Tokyo, had attracted a combined 720 million customers as of the end of March. Tokyo Disneyland was opened in 1983.


"We gathered Disney's creativity. It will be a resort that nobody has experienced before," Toshio Kagami, chairman of Oriental Land, said at a news conference.


The theme park operator has been making efforts to increase visitors from abroad and older people to boost sagging ticket sales amid Japan's falling birthrate and competition from Osaka's Universal Studios Japan and Disney parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong.


Tokyo DisneySea to be expanded with new attractions photo

(The new Frozen-themed attraction)

[Supplied image by Disney]



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