What’s New & Subsequent in 2023-2024 for Tokyo Disneyland’s fortieth Anniversary

New lands, rides, eating places, leisure, and extra is coming to Tokyo Disneyland in 2023 and 2024. If you happen to’re debating dates for a Japan journey, right here’s what’s subsequent through the TDL fortieth Anniversary celebration and past–development data, enlargement, opening dates, and extra. (Up to date Might 16, 2023.)

Earlier than we get began, it’s price noting that this put up solely covers new and altering issues at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. In order for you one thing complete, seek the advice of our Tokyo Disneyland Trip Planning Information. That’s 6,000 phrases providing a crash course within the fundamentals of journey prep, together with every thing from getting round to meals to touring technique and cities to go to in Japan past TDR.

The purpose of this put up is to showcase what’s on the horizon, and assist reply the query of whether or not you need to go to Tokyo Disney Resort quickly or wait. Most of you studying this are possible Disney followers primarily based in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, or Europe who’re on the fence about when to take your first journey to Japan. This could assist make the choice simpler…

As a threshold matter, you is perhaps questioning whether or not you even can go to Japan, because the border remained closed to common guests for over a 12 months longer than every other G7 nation. Effectively, the excellent news is that Japan is now open–and we’ve already returned to Tokyo Disney Resort since tourism resumed and nonetheless have many extra on-the-ground updates to share from our journey.

Japan’s reopening ought to issue into while you go to Tokyo Disney Resort. That’s past the scope of this put up, however is roofed within the commentary right here–and is one thing we deal with in our newest When to Go to Tokyo Disneyland in 2023-2024 replace.

With that out of the best way, let’s cowl what’s new and what’s subsequent at Tokyo Disney Resort!

What’s New

Toy Story Lodge – We’ll begin outdoors our tour of what’s new at Tokyo Disney Resort outdoors the parks. Throughout from Bayside Station, nestled between the Hilton Tokyo Bay and Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay is the Toy Story Lodge. Because the title suggests, this brings to life the world of toys and shrinks company right down to turn into “honorary toys” to participate within the enjoyable that Andy has assembled. In essence, this implies a number of larger-than-life play figures across the lodge.

Toy Story Lodge is a average monorail loop resort with 595 visitor rooms–575 normal rooms and 20 superior rooms. The visitor rooms are impressed by Andy’s bed room, and there are a number of different enjoyable toy-themed facilities at Toy Story Lodge. With that mentioned, it’s positively positioned beneath Lodge MiraCosta and Tokyo Disneyland Lodge, each of which stay the gold normal at Tokyo Disney Resort, and worldwide. See our put up about Toy Story Lodge at Tokyo Disney Resort for more information and images.

Tokyo Disneyland Growth – Subsequent up is the Tokyo Disneyland massive scale enlargement challenge, which was the blockbuster addition deliberate forward of the Tokyo Summer season Olympics. Simply as that occasion didn’t occur as deliberate, so too did this enlargement not have an enormous grand opening. As a substitute, it quietly debuted with none fanfare.

The is actually Tokyo’s New Fantasyland…however all Magnificence and the Beast! This space stretches from Belle’s Village to the secluded forest house to Beast’s Fortress. Within the village is La Taverne de Gaston restaurant and Village Shoppes line the road.

Belle’s Village – This trio of retailers consists of La Belle Librairie, Little City Merchants and Bonjour Items. These shops characteristic many particulars from the movie, together with the rolling ladder to achieve books on the excessive cabinets and Belle’s favourite e-book. They’ll carry hand-made toys, candlesticks, dish-ware, books, attire, and different clothes.

La Taverne de Gaston – It is a counter service restaurant, just like Gaston’s Tavern in Magic Kingdom. The menu is totally different, with a bunch of meat-stuffed pastries (better of each worlds!) and a gentle drink model of Gaston’s favourite brew.

LeFou’s & Le Petit Popper – Subsequent door to the taverne is LeFou’s, which is a small snack store window that serves apple-caramel churros, a brand new taste for Tokyo Disneyland. Le Petit Popper can be on this space, and is a wagon in village the place Belle lives that serves up contemporary popcorn.

Enchanted Story of Magnificence and the Beast – Leaving the village behind, company enter the forest and method Beast’s Fortress. Inside is the Enchanted Story of Magnificence and the Beast, the enlargement’s flagship attraction. This trackless darkish journey options magical cups that “dance” in rhythm to the animated movie’s music as they take company by way of scenes depicting the story of Belle and the Beast.

We’ve now had the prospect to do Enchanted Story of Magnificence and the Beast a number of instances (together with every thing else on this ‘new’ record, for that matter) and it’s distinctive. It doesn’t fairly enter the elite tier of sights around the globe, but it surely’s positively within the high 20 for each of us. There are some actually exceptional results, present scenes, and the queue and Beast’s Fortress are completely beautiful. Don’t miss it!

Fantasyland Forest Theatre – Nestled in its personal secluded setting straight out of a fairytale, that is the primary indoor theater at Tokyo Disneyland. (It’s the oblique substitute for Showbase, which is between House Mountain and Star Excursions: the Adventures Proceed.)

Each the outside and inside design of this theater had been impressed by the forest, with half-timbers, tree types, and pillars that includes within the design. The theater is embellished with stunning tapestries, candle-inspired chandeliers, and murals celebrating the forest and the woodland critters from Disney animation.

Mickey’s Magical Music World – I’m undecided why I’ve made this a separate entry, however Mickey’s Magical Music World is the Tokyo Disneyland unique musical manufacturing inside Fantasyland Forest Theatre. The stage present options Mickey Mouse and buddies in a spectacular efficiency of music and dance that makes full use of the theater’s large-scale stage units and results.

The self-esteem right here is that Mickey Mouse and buddies uncover a music field deep within the forest. They flip the music field’s massive golden key and doorways instantly open. That begins (what appears like) a montage musical that includes a slew of various characters and songs from numerous motion pictures, as they seek for a “misplaced track.”

The Comfortable Journey with Baymax – Reverse the Fantasyland additions in Tomorrowland is the Comfortable Journey with Baymax, which is the world’s first rotating journey attraction themed to Large Hero 6 (launched in Japan as Baymax). Hiro Hamada and his robotic private healthcare companion Baymax developed this wild, musical journey that’s certain to make everybody comfortable–which is step one to healthiness.

As Hiro’s favourite up-tempo music performs, company aboard autos pulled by Baymax’s nursebot buddies can take pleasure in being whirled round in surprising methods. A tool on the attraction’s ceiling “scans” the company with lights to measure their happiness whereas on the journey. It is a simple flat journey, however hopefully it’s a surprisingly pleasant one which overachieves (a la Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree).

The Large Pop – Subsequent door to the Comfortable Journey with Baymax in Tomorrowland is The Large Pop, a cosmic-themed store specializing in popcorn. Hanging from the starry ceiling is a large popcorn chandelier representing the “huge bang” that created the universe. Massive home windows enable company each inside and outdoors the store to view the kitchen the place the popcorn is being made and benefit from the aroma.

The Large Pop affords quite a lot of popcorn buckets that may be crammed with a selection of three flavors of popcorn: Cookie & Cream, Caramel & Cheese, and Strawberry Milk.

Minnie’s Fashion Studio – For the primary time at Tokyo Disneyland, company can meet Minnie Mouse in her very personal greeting facility. Minnie’s Fashion Studio is the facet of the enlargement situated in Toontown, and though it’s solely a meet & greet, it’s a plussed model.

As a world-renowned designer, Minnie Mouse will greet company whereas sporting her newest design, which is able to change every season. Decked out with an enormous, polka-dot bow, Minnie’s Fashion Studio is the place she designs, creates and images her new fashions.

Tokyo Disneyland’s fortieth Anniversary – Dubbed the “Dream-Go-Spherical” celebration, Tokyo Disneyland’s fortieth Anniversary occasion is now underway and continues by way of March 31, 2024.

“Dream-Go-Spherical” represents the comfortable moments that numerous company have skilled all through the years at Tokyo Disney Resort, “The place Goals Come True.” Throughout this commemorative 12 months at Tokyo Disney Resort, the desires of company, Solid Members and characters come collectively to have a good time Tokyo Disneyland’s fortieth Anniversary in grand vogue.

Disney Concord in Coloration – Tokyo Disneyland’s fortieth Anniversary new daytime parade incorporates a harmonious world of vibrant colours. This changed Dreaming Up, which debuted for the thirty fifth Anniversary.

Concord in Coloration kicks off with Tinker Bell, adopted by many different characters from fashionable Walt Disney Animation Studios movies resembling Zootopia, Moana, Wreck-It Ralph, Coco, and extra showing on colourful floats stuffed with enjoyable. Within the finale, Mickey Mouse and his buddies seem, inviting company to a world of colours and concord.

Hovering: Improbable Flight – This hang-glider simulator journey affords a grandiose flight over some superb areas across the globe. Hovering Improbable Flight’s journey part is just like Soarin’ in Walt Disney World and DCA, for those who’re conversant in these. The video is an identical, save for the finale.

The massive distinction right here is the build-up to that: Hovering Improbable Flight has an extremely lavish queue and spectacular new pre-show with its personal distinctive storyline that makes a world of distinction and has spectacular results. The video additionally has one scene swapped out, and a brand new finale that ends over Tokyo Disney Resort. It’s price seeing even for those who’ve skilled Soarin’ elsewhere.

Imagine! Sea of Goals – The brand new nighttime spectacular at Tokyo DisneySea is Imagine! Sea of Goals, which is carried out as soon as nightly in Mediterranean Harbor. This 30 minute lengthy present is the everlasting substitute for Fantasmic, and is a ~$70 million addition. Imagine! Sea of Goals affords paid reserved viewing, and is really helpful on busy nights.

Because the title suggests, this nighttime spectacular transforms Mediterranean Harbor into the Sea of Goals—a spot crammed with “wishing stars.” Imagine! Sea of Goals options massive boats gliding dynamically over the water’s floor, vibrant lasers and searchlights illuminating the night time sky and projections on the partitions of Lodge MiraCosta. The nighttime spectacular will characteristic dancers, plus characters resembling Peter Pan, Wendy, Aladdin, Rapunzel, Miguel, Ariel, Moana, Elsa, and others.

What’s Subsequent in 2023-2024

Summer season Celebration – From July 4 by way of September 6, 2023, Tokyo Disney Resort will supply a number of “Get Soaked” experiences for company to beat the summer season warmth. Splash Mountain “get soaked MAX” returns once more this 12 months, as does the “get soaked” model of Aquatopia at Tokyo DisneySea. At each parks, Solid Members will spray company with cool mist in “Get Soaked Time.”

Moreover, an thrilling new leisure program might be introduced alongside the parade route at Tokyo Disneyland. Baymax from Large Hero 6 will provides company a welcome reprieve from the summer season warmth. Toontown may even characteristic new summer-only Get Soaked spots, the place company can calm down and have enjoyable collectively on the get soaked model of the land.

Tokyo DisneySea will current a brand new restricted time leisure program from July 4 by way of September 6, 2023 through which Duffy and all of his six buddies seem collectively on a ship at Mediterranean Harbor. Company also can take pleasure in “Duffy and Buddies’ Summer season Night time Melodies” particular merchandise, and menu gadgets with souvenirs that includes designs depicting Duffy and his buddies having fun with the starry night time sky in addition to decorations displaying all the buddies collectively. That is nonetheless scaled again as in comparison with regular summer season festivities, but it surely’s essentially the most TDR has achieved within the final 4 years. Progress, I assume?

Duffy and Buddies’ Fantastic Friendship – A brand new stage present that includes Duffy and all of his buddies, will premiere on July 4, 2023 throughout Duffy & Buddies Summer season Night time Melodies at Cape Cod Cook dinner-Off in Tokyo DisneySea. This present tells a heartwarming story of Duffy and his buddies displaying what friendship is about by working collectively to organize for a celebration regardless of some obstacles.

“Duffy and Buddies’ Fantastic Friendship” marks the primary look of three of Duffy’s buddies–CookieAnn the curious canine, ‘Olu Mel the music-loving turtle, and the fox LinaBell who enjoys fixing mysteries—in a stage present the place company can benefit from the world of Duffy and his buddies at Tokyo DisneySea.

So the excellent news with is that Cape Cod Cook dinner-Off is lastly getting a present again after “My Buddy Duffy” ended with the closure of the parks. The unhealthy information is that “Duffy and Buddies’ Fantastic Friendship” might be ticketed quite than free, with the Cape Cod Cook dinner-Off First Prize Set plus reserved seating costs starting from round $15 to $30. That will not appear too unhealthy, however the meals at Cape Cod Cook dinner-Off is terrible. On a optimistic be aware, the strains shouldn’t be as lengthy now!

Dinner Reveals Debut & Return – Along with the brand new Duffy stage present, “The Diamond Selection Muster,” a brand new leisure program crammed with a collection of enjoyable and thrilling performances by Mickey Mouse and his buddies, will premiere on September 1, 2023 at The Diamond Horseshoe Restaurant in Tokyo Disneyland. Company can take pleasure in a revue that options a big selection of performances starting from romantic ballads to comedic scenes.

That very same day, “Mickey’s Rainbow Luau” will resume at Polynesian Terrace Restaurant, the place a tropical world awaits and the Disney buddies have a good time the company’ numerous days of milestones.

Fantasy Springs – Over at Tokyo DisneySea, the largest development challenge at any Disney theme park on the earth is at present underway. This blockbuster enlargement will carry huge funds Frozen, Tangled, and Peter Pan sights to the brand new Fantasy Springs port-of-call. Along with the 4 rides, it’ll additionally supply a variety of latest eating places and retail. (See The whole lot You Have to Know About Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea for all the specifics.)

Fantasy Springs will open in Spring 2024, which means it may debut anytime between April 1, 2024 and June 2024 and technically meet its goal. Based mostly on latest development footage, it seems that great progress has been made on this because it prepares to open within the subsequent fiscal 12 months.

Our expectation is that Fantasy Springs will open on or round April 15, 2024. It’s attainable {that a} prolonged gentle opening or paid previews might be held previous to that, probably starting as early as February or March 2024. These are simply guesses at this level, although.

Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Lodge – The latest in-park luxurious lodge at Tokyo Disney Resort will overlook Fantasy Springs and is being touted by OLC because the most interesting lodging, even nicer than Lodge MiraCosta.

The lodge is situated immediately behind Bayside Station, which means it’ll have handy entry (by monorail) to Tokyo Disneyland along with the instant entry to Fantasy Springs. This luxurious lodge is boutique-sized, with beneath 500 rooms, two eating places, and a lounge. All different particulars are presently unknown.

Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Lodge seems very far alongside from the outside, and it could not shock us if this quietly debuts in late 2023. Its views into development of Fantasy Springs name that into query, but it surely may occur given OLC’s want to recoup income and recuperate from the closure and decreased capability interval.

New House Mountain – As soon as the present section of tasks wraps up, Tokyo Disneyland will undertake a New Tomorrowland challenge that revolves round rebuilding House Mountain.

That $437 million challenge has a sufficiently big funds that has led to some hypothesis it’ll use the identical journey system as Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. This received’t begin till 2024 and received’t open till round 2027, so you possibly can probably time your go to to expertise all the above, plus previous House Mountain.

If you happen to’re planning a as soon as in a lifetime journey to Japan, the plain recommendation is to attend till Fantasy Springs is completed earlier than visiting. That’s positively the sensible transfer, particularly in case you are assured you’ll solely ever go to as soon as. Another choice is visiting in November 2023 for fall colours season and Christmas at Tokyo Disney Resort.

Sure, you’d miss Fantasy Springs with this method, which doesn’t appear supreme. Nevertheless, we don’t know anybody who has visited Japan or Tokyo Disney Resort as soon as and referred to as it quits. We took our “as soon as in a lifetime” journey in 2013 and have visited yearly since (besides 2020-2021, for apparent causes) spending a number of months in Japan on a number of events. After you go to and are instantly hooked, you’ll perceive why.

There’s additionally the matter of trade charges. The yen is hovering round its weakest ranges since 1998. The energy of the greenback means higher buying energy when touring overseas, and to Japan particularly. See Low cost Costs at Disney’s Two Finest Parks for the low costs we paid for every thing throughout our latest journey.

Even when that weren’t the case, Tokyo Disney Resort doesn’t nickel and dime. Common tickets are way more inexpensive ($55 to $65 for 1-day tickets), all seasonal leisure is included within the value of regular admission, snacks are cheap, as is most merchandise. The one (very huge) exception to that is Duffy & Buddies–now that stuff is dear. (We joke that Duffy subsidizes the remainder of Tokyo Disney Resort, which will not be that far off!)

All of this might be a breath of contemporary air for Walt Disney World followers who’ve turn into disillusioned with value will increase, leisure eradicated, and all of the nickel & diming. Just a few years in the past, we wrote “Wish to Recapture the Disney Magic? Go to Japan.” That’s much more apt right this moment than it was then.

Since then, Walt Disney World has made much more cuts, whereas TDR retains including. At Tokyo Disney Resort, you’ll take pleasure in a number of parades per day (together with Dreamlights, Disney’s finest night time parade by far), seasonal celebrations are included with admission, and costs are inexpensive and extra truthful.

If you happen to’re a Walt Disney World fan who has turn into disenchanted with the Florida parks, there is no such thing as a higher strategy to recapture that misplaced magic than by visiting Tokyo Disney Resort. Severely. The one draw back is that it’ll perpetually change the best way you view each different theme park.

As is perhaps apparent, we’re TDR diehards. They’re our favourite parks on the earth, and we can’t wait to return. In that regard, you would possibly contemplate us a bit biased.

To that time, we’d love to listen to from those that have beforehand been to Japan within the feedback for the sake of a range of opinions. Please supply your trustworthy evaluation of whether or not Tokyo Disney Resort is price revisiting or is a one and achieved, while you’re planning on going again–if in any respect–and the rest you would possibly need to share!

Most significantly, late 2023 is prone to be a decrease time for tourism. Home pent-up demand is already beginning to exhaust itself in Japan as journey subsidies have ended, and worldwide tourism (except for China) ought to begin to do the identical by Fall 2023.

Furthermore, Fantasy Springs might be massively fashionable when it debuts exacerbating no matter crowds exist all through the remainder of Japan. In brief, you don’t need to delay visiting for years in quest of the “good” time. Belief us, the almost certainly response to your first Japan journey might be, “why didn’t we do that sooner?!” and most positively not “we must always’ve waited longer.” We hear for the previous on a regular basis, however by no means the latter.

Planning a visit to Tokyo Disney Resort? For complete recommendation, the very best place to begin is our Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea Journey Planning Information! For extra specifics, our TDR Lodge Rankings & Evaluations web page covers lodging. Our Restaurant Evaluations element the place to dine & snack. To save cash on tickets or decide which sort to purchase, learn our Ideas for Saving Cash put up. Our What to Pack for Disney put up takes a novel have a look at intelligent gadgets to take. Venturing elsewhere in Japan? Seek the advice of our Final Information to Kyoto, Japan and Metropolis Information to Tokyo, Japan.


Which additions coming to Tokyo Disney Resort within the coming years are you most excited to expertise? Are you delaying your first go to to maximise seeing ‘new stuff’ or transferring it ahead to keep away from the crowds? Any questions we can assist you reply? Listening to your suggestions–even while you disagree with us–is each attention-grabbing to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas beneath within the feedback!

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