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After months of rumors and speculation, Tokyo Disney Resort has finally announced concrete details of a major new expansion, the largest ever for the second of its two parks, Tokyo DisneySea. The projected $2.3 billion expansion will see DisneySea building out into an adjacent parking lot, much like Disneyland Resort did two decades ago when it first began construction on Disney California Adventure.
DisneySea actually opened in 2001, the same year as California Adventure, and now the sea-themed park — which contains “ports” instead of lands — will be adding an eighth mega-port with three new areas themed to Peter Pan, Tangled, and Frozen. These are all three straight-up Disney movie properties, so it should come as good news to more traditional fans who have questioned the encroachment of newer IPs like Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars on their favorite Disney parks. While the Star Wars hotel coming to Walt Disney World will be the first stateside hotel connected to a Disney park, DisneySea already has one in-park hotel and now it will be adding another as part of this expansion.
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It’s worth noting that the existing theme park development at Tokyo Disney Resort already broke ground on a $680 million expansion last April. Citing unnamed sources, reports of an additional multi-billion dollar expansion first surfaced last November. Early rumblings for the expansion pointed toward a possible third park with a Japanese theme or a sky and space theme joining the resort.
This is the first time, however, that Oriental Land Company (the owner and operator of Tokyo Disney Resort) has made an official announcement. In addition to renewing its license with Disney all the way through 2076, the company issued details through an English press release today for a large-scale expansion “themed to magical springs that lead to a world of Disney...
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