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Tokyo Disneyland unveils new details for massive 2020 expansion

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By grape Japan

Oriental Land Company has revealed new details and concept art regarding the 75 billion yen expansions coming to Tokyo Disneyland's Fantasyland, Toontown and Tomorrowland. New attractions include "Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast", “Mickey’s Magical Music World,” and "The Happy Ride with Baymax", all set to open on April 15, 2020.


What appears to be the main attraction of the revamped Fantasyland is a new area that allows park guests to travel through the world of Beauty and the Beast. This includes a recreation of Belle's village, where guests can pick up their Fastpass from Maurice’s Cottage, visit the Village Shoppes for souvenirs (including one inspired by Belle's beloved bookstore), and grab a bite and drink at La Taverne de Gaston before heading over to the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast ride, housed inside a 30-meter-tall recreation of the Beast's castle.


Once inside, guests board enchanted cups that traverse famous scenes from Beauty and the Beast, including a part where you will sway and dance along with the castle's silverware during a banquet.


La Taverne de Gaston is a hearty pub-styled restaurant dedicated to the five dozen-egg downing burly man himself, decorated with his various trophies and a large portrait of himself. The tavern menu includes a sausage-filled croissant, hunter's pie, French toast sandwich, and a soft drink recreation of Gaston's ale.


Deeper into Fantasyland will be the Fantasyland Forest Theatre, a fairytale setting showhouse that seats up to 1,500 people. In it, Mickey and his friends will put on a musical performance titled "Mickey’s Magical Music World", which the Oriental Land Company has provided a synopsis for:

One day, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy find a giant music box deep in the forest. They turn the music box’s large golden key and doors suddenly open. Accompanied by the songs associated with them, various Disney Characters appear including Snow White, Pinocchio, Woody and his friends from the Disney and Pixar Toy Story film series, and more. Mickey and his Pals are delighted with the surprising development and are excited to hear the next song. But when the last door opens, no one appears and no music is heard. Worried, Mickey and his Pals set off on a journey to find the missing song. Along the way they encounter characters from many Disney films. Lumiere from "Beauty and the Beast" welcomes them with a colorful banquet. King Louie and others from "The Jungle Book" together with Timon from "The Lion King" put on a powerful jungle-style performance. In a lovely world of starry skies and mirrors, the Disney Princesses dance a graceful waltz. And then Ursula from "The Little Mermaid" and Captain Hook from "Peter Pan" appear in a thrilling scene. Will the journey of Mickey and his Pals lead them to the lost song?



Tomorrowland will feature "The Happy Ride with Baymax", billed as the "world’s first rotating ride attraction themed to the Disney film Big Hero 6" (in Japan the film is simply titled "Baymax"). The fast paced ride whirls guests around by a Baymax nursebot and scans their level of happiness.


Another addition is the The Big Pop popcorn shop. While Tokyo Disney Resorts are famous for their variety of specially flavored popcorn found at vendors, The Big Pop is the park's first popcorn dedicated shop, and will offer Cookie & Cream, Caramel & Cheese ,and Strawberry Milk flavored popcorn.



Lastly is "Minnie’s Style Studio", a "greeting facility" where Minnie Mouse will live up to her name as a world renowned fashion designer. Guests will take a tour through her studio where they can see the covers of magazines Minnie has graced, her design concept office, workshop, and finally a photo studio where Minnie will meet with guests showing off her seasonal fashion design which will change each season. Plushes of Minnie (with her seasonal design) will also be available.


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© grape Japan

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The kitsch is powerful in Urayasu.

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