PHOTOS, VIDEO: First Look at Vehicle, Audio-Animatronics for Disney’s First-Ever Beauty and the Beast Ride
The Oriental Land Company has released details on the latest expansion in Tokyo Disneyland. This expansion, which is the largest in the park’s history, will overlap the areas of Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Toontown. The estimated budget is 75 billion Japanese yen, which is roughly $664,908,750. With a huge budget for this, what exactly is the expansion bringing to the park?
Fantasyland will be receiving a brand new themed area to Beauty and the Beast. With this themed area will come: a brand new ride, Le Tavern de Gaston (a restaurant), a large-scale indoor theatre, Le Petit Popper (popcorn wagon), and the Village Shoppes. The Village Shoppes is a merchandise area with three different styles- La Belle Libairrie, Little Town Traders, and Bonjour Gifts. We have additional information on the new ride, Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, and the theatre below.
Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast
Tokyo Disneyland invites you to be their guest in this upcoming 8-minute long attraction- Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast. Join Belle, the Beast, and all of their friends as you enter the classic castle from the movie and be swept off on a “romantic musical adventure.”
This dark ride will be a ride through the classic tale, something Disney hasn’t done before in a park. The attraction will also feature Belle and the Beast as full audio-animatronics. Disney is claiming that the ride will feature large-scale animatronics throughout the ride, as well as small-scale animated props. To ensure the animatronics’ motions were as close to the classic movie as possible, the team working on Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast had the ability to work with Walt Disney Animation Studios. This allowed them to bring the actual animations from the movie and program them to the ride and animatronics.
As exciting as the audio-animatronics are, the ride vehicle is equally impressive. These vehicles will utilize the trackless ride system. This will make it feel like the ride vehicle itself is dancing, ice skating, and interacting with the characters and story. Designed to look like a teacup, each vehicle has two rows: one with four seats in the front and six in the back.
Fantasyland Forest Theatre
Also opening in the Fantasyland section of the park will be the first full-scale indoor theatre for the park. With entertainment created specifically for Tokyo Disneyland, guests can expect to see all of their favorite Disney pals. The theming of the theatre has been described as a “storybook theatre environment.”
Tomorrowland will also be getting a new ride, a popcorn shop, and a new merchandise wagon called Stargazer Supplies. We have additional information on the ride, The Happy Ride with Baymax, and the popcorn shop, below.
The Happy Ride with Baymax
Join your favorite fist-bumping personal healthcare assistant on Baymax’s all-new ride! Themed to Big Hero 6 in the Tomorrowland area of the park, this musical “whip ride” will swing guests around and around at random times.
The Big Pop
It’s not truly Disney if there aren’t popcorn buckets. With this new outer space themed shop, The Big Pop, guests can expect just that! With popcorn coming in multiple flavors, guests can also purchase their popcorn with different popcorn buckets.
Minnie’s Style Studio
In Toontown, guests can experience the first Disney Character greeting facility where they can meet Minnie Mouse! “Fashion Designer” Minnie will be dressed in her very own creations and will be greeting and taking pictures with guests.
This new expansion is set to open in Spring of 2020. Is it enough to make a trip over to Tokyo Disneyland? Leave us a comment below and let us know your thoughts!