Tokyo Disney Resort’s rumored new park will be sky-themed
TOKYO’S Disney Resort is getting a new addition that could possibly open within the next four years and plans are being finalized as we speak.
Japanese leisure and tourism corporation Oriental Land Company (OLC), the company that owns the resort, is rumored to be making plans for a third park, the first and second being Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea respectively.
Last year, Kyodo News reported that OLC is planning to spend JPY300 billion (US$2.7 billion) on expansion plans. Sources with knowledge of the plans said OLC will be constructing new areas that will expand the existing parks by 30 percent by 2025.
For the uninitiated, Tokyo’s Disneyland and DisneySea are the only Disney parks in the world that are not wholly or partly owned by the Walt Disney Company although Disney still has creative control. DisneySea was the fastest theme park in the world to reach the milestone of 10 million guests, having done so in 307 days after its grand opening.
DisneySea was inspired by ocean tales and legends, and has an aquatic theme – and it is the only one in the world. Word has it that the upcoming DisneySky will be inspired by futuristic travel and aerodynamic flight, and have an outer space theme – likely, also the only one in the world.
“DisneySky would certainly fit that bill. In addition, it would create a continuity among the three Tokyo parks – Land, Sea and Sky – that would be unique to any themed resort in the world,” WDWNT pointed out.
Apparently, OLC will be re-purposing a parking lot area next to the two existing parks for the project while a new multi-story parking lot will be built to accommodate guest parking.
And now, for the golden question: “What will DisneySky feature?”
It is a big guessing game for now, but a quick look at Disney’s portfolio (Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, 21st Century Fox) can probably clue people in on what to expect. Avatar, Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, WALL-E, Thor: Ragnarok, are just a couple of the more popular space-themed ones, to begin with.
On top of an entirely ticket-less entry system using smartphones, DisneySky may also use sensors to track guest movement and attraction usage so as to ease crowds and improve flow (based on crowd congestion learnings at Disneyland and DisneySea). And to ease long-distance walking, moving walkways will be built throughout the park.
OLC has neither denied nor confirmed the news.