PHOTO TOUR: ‘Fantasy Springs – A New Chapter Begins’ Reveals Imagineering Models & Never-Before-Seen Concept Art

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PHOTO TOUR: ‘Fantasy Springs – A New Chapter Begins’ Reveals Imagineering Models & Never-Before-Seen Concept Art

The “Fantasy Springs – A New Chapter Begins” exhibit is now open at Ikspiari, a shopping and dining complex at Tokyo Disney Resort. The exhibit is on the second floor of Ikspiari at Trail & Track. It showcases the history of Tokyo DisneySea and a look at the new Fantasy Springs port.

Fantasy Springs – A New Chapter Begins

A spacious lobby with ornate columns and a geometric ceiling design. There are a few people standing, and a row of barriers is set up near a white door at the far end.

“Fantasy Springs – A New Chapter Begins” will be open through September 30. Guests can reserve tickets on the Tokyo Disney Resort site.

A hand holding a small card with intricate designs and text promoting Fantasy Springs and Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure, scheduled from June 6 to September 30, 2023, at Tokyo DisneySea.

Tickets are ¥1,300 for adults, ¥1,000 for junior high and high school students, ¥700 for children, and free for children under 3. Discounts of ¥200 are available for those with park tickets during the exhibition window, “Funderful Disney” memberships, Disney Hotel or dining reservations, or a Disney JCB card.

A woman reads a brochure near a large blue pillar with text "Fantasy Springs: New Chapter Begins" at Tokyo DisneySEA.

A wrap around a column and display windows advertise the exhibit.

A store display with the sign "Fantasy Springs: A New Chapter Begins" at Tokyo DisneySEA. The display features an ornate open book graphic with text in both English and Japanese.

Imagery for the exhibit features the blue and gold Fantasy Springs storybook that has been present in advertising, merchandise, and beyond.

A display featuring colorful posters for Disney attractions, including "Frozen," "Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure," "Peter Pan's Never Land," and "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.

Outside are the four official attraction posters for the land’s rides: Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey, Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival, Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure, and Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies.

A sign with guidelines for guests stands on a wooden floor near a wall. The sign includes icons and text in Japanese, providing instructions such as no smoking, no food, no pets, and other rules.

The exhibit does not allow eating, drinking, smoking, or filming. Flash photography is prohibited outside photo ops and photography in general is prohibited in some areas. Guests are also not allowed to touch the displays.

A wall display featuring the heading "Fantasy Springs: A New Chapter Begins" above an illustration of an open book, creating an enchanting exhibit where text in both Japanese and English details the theme park's new chapter.


On June 6, 2024, a new chapter in the story of Tokyo DisneySea began. Following the seven themed ports that have been present since its Grand Opening in 2001, the Park unveiled its eighth themed port, Fantasy Springs.

In this exhibit, you will have the opportunity to view concept art, sketches, models, as well as other items that were utilized in the creative process of crafting the magical springs that lead to a world of Disney fantasy.

Whether you are planning a visit to Fantasy Springs or have already had the pleasure of exploring it, we hope this exhibit enriches your experience in the park.

Entrance wall with "Tokyo DisneySea" logo and slogan "Where Adventure and Imagination Set Sail" at Tokyo Disney Resort. The wall has a blue wave design on the bottom.

This wall features the Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disney Resort wordmarks with the park’s tagline “Where adventure and imagination set sail.” The exhibit is split with the first half about the creation of Tokyo DisneySea and the second half just about Fantasy Springs.

The Story of How Tokyo DisneySea Was Created

A large, informational sign titled "The Story of How Tokyo DisneySea Was Created" is displayed on a curved wall, featuring text in both Japanese and English. A decorative book graphic is at the bottom.

The exhibit signage is a tan color like aged parchment. It features a golden filigree and a gold image of the Fantasy Springs storybook.

Tokyo DisneySea was born from the myths and legends of the sea. This project spanned 14 years, with individuals from Japan and the United States combining their passion and expertise to bring this dream to life in September 2001. How did this one-of-a-kind Disney Park themed to the sea become the Tokyo DisneySea Park as we know it today? Explore the story of how this Park was created.

A poster displays a quote by Toshio Kagami discussing the paradox of creating a park that nurtures a longing for the sea in land-based Japan. The quote also emphasizes the Japanese people's deep connection to the sea.

Fill the sea, only to create another sea on top of it?

We may get laughed at, but this very paradox could be the catalyst for creating a park that nurtures a longing for the sea. A “Sea” to complement the “Land” — Isn’t this a wondrous notion?

Japan is a country surrounded by the sea. This is a theme that resonates deeply with the Japanese people.

Toshio Kagami, then President of Oriental Land Co., Ltd.
Excerpt from ‘Imagination Beyond the Seas: The Journey of Tokyo Disney Resort’s Creation’ Published by Kodansha, 2003
A display board shows information about the 5th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland, including three illustrated panels and an image of park characters. Text details the announcement of the Second Theme Park Project.

This section includes timelines of the park’s creation and additions, as well as displays for each original port.

Display board with text about the announcement of Tokyo Disneyland's second theme park project in 1988. The board includes an image of executives with a "5 years" sign and "Tokyo Disneyland" labeled.

Announcement of the Second Theme Park Project

As Tokyo Disneyland continued to grow, Masatomo Takahashi (then President of Oriental Land Co., Ltd.) announced plans for a second theme park at a press conference held for the 5th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 1988.

Display board showcasing the planning and initial ideas for Disneyland theme parks, featuring text in Japanese and photos of theme park concepts and a press conference.

Initial Plans Were to Build a Park Themed to Hollywood Studios

Initially under consideration was a theme park similar to the Disney-MGM Studios, which opened in Florida in 1989. Although plans seemed to be progressing smoothly at first, the concept was reconsidered in 1991.

Based on stories told by Disney Imagineers, the above is a rather nice way to phrase what actually happened. According to those on the project, the Oriental Land Company never really wanted an MGM-Studios Park, but it took a long time for them to admit to Disney that they weren’t enamored with their proposal.

Informational display about the concept origins of Tokyo DisneySea, featuring an illustration of the theme park with a maritime theme under the heading “Changing Direction to Create a Park Themed to the Sea.”.

Changing Direction to Create a Park Themed to the Sea

After further consideration, a new theme based on the idea of the “seven seas” emerged in 1992, which would serve as the cornerstone for the present-day Tokyo DisneySea Park.

Also left out of the story is that DisneySea was designed for Long Beach in California, on land adjacent to the Queen Mary, which Disney owned at the time. The S.S. Columbia in Tokyo DisneySea took the place of the real ship in the plans.

An image conceptualizes a futuristic scene with a large, illuminated globe fountain at the center surrounded by people. The background features a vibrant sunset sky. Japanese text lies underneath.
Text describing how extensive dialogue between Japan and the United States influenced the design and features of Tokyo DisneySea, resulting in the creation of the AquaSphere symbol.

Cultural Differences Between Japan and the United States Help Shape the DisneySea AquaSphere

Extensive dialogue transpired during the planning stages, with participants noting the cultural differences between Japan and the United States. At one point during the process of determining the symbol of Tokyo DisneySea, those in Japan and the United States struggled to find a point of agreement. But ultimately, after passionate yet constructive dialogue, both sides were able to draw forth a fitting symbol that portrayed the “water planet” called the AquaSphere.

Famously, the park’s icon was envisioned as a lighthouse, but that was associated with death in Japanese culture. However, a lighthouse was still erected in the park for the Cape Cod section of American Waterfront.

A display featuring two images: one an aerial view of a theme park, the other a panel of people at a press conference. Text in Japanese and English discusses the announcement of Tokyo DisneySea.

Announcement of the Plans to Open Tokyo DisneySea, the Park Themed to the Sea

The outline of the Tokyo DisneySea project was announced to the media on November 26, 1997. The following day, along with the concept illustration of the completed Park (pictured left), the opening of the “Park of the sea” was extensively covered by numerous media outlets. And so, after nearly a decade since the concept was first revealed, the second Park’s vision was finally brought to fruition and introduced to the world.

People in a gallery viewing a wall display with multiple photographs and illustrations. The images showcase various landscapes and structural designs.

This mural features black-and-white photos from the construction of Tokyo DisneySea, set over a larger blue photo.

A curved wall display shows various photographs from the grand opening of a Disney theme park, featuring parade floats, characters, and crowds of visitors.

A second similar mural features full-color images from the park’s Grand Opening. Before this is a screen you are not allowed to photograph which has a slideshow featuring never-before-released concept art for the original park. There are more films scattered throughout the exhibit that will not appear in this post due to the photography rules.

A wall display featuring the "Grand Opening Tokyo DisneySea" text, historical information, a wrapped stanchion, and photographs of the theme park.

Since its Grand Opening on September 4, 2001, Tokyo DisneySea has continued to attract and welcome Guests to a sea of adventure and imagination.

The Timeline of Tokyo DisneySea

A display titled "The Timeline of Tokyo DisneySea" provides historical information about the theme park's milestones, with accompanying images from various years including 2004 and 2005.

The Timeline of Tokyo DisneySea

The 23-year history of Tokyo DisneySea is one of evolution, filled with adventure and imagination. From a variety of special events and new attractions to exciting entertainment programs, which moments have left a lasting impression in your heart? As the years unfold and countless more await, Tokyo DisneySea will continue to journey alongside Guests in new adventures, forging unforgettable memories for years to come.

A curved timeline display showing events from 2004 to 2009 with corresponding images, depicting celebrations, cityscapes, and notable occurrences for each year.

The timeline features a photo, caption, and year for each major event or addition to the park after its initial opening.

A timeline highlighting 2004 with an image of a brightly lit night scene featuring fireworks and colorful fountains, accompanied by text in Japanese and the year "2004!" in larger font.

The first is the “BraviSEAmo!” nighttime water show, which debuted in 2004 and ran until 2010.

Timeline marked "2005" with a photo below showing a roller coaster loop labeled "2005 - Raging Spirits." The roller coaster has passengers experiencing an inverted loop.

Raging Spirits opened on July 21, 2005.

A timeline display showing a parade float with characters and the number 5, marking the 5th anniversary of Tokyo DisneySea in 2006.

Tokyo DisneySea celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2006.

A timeline with images depicting various events from 2000 to 2007 including scenes from theme park attractions and a purple-lit building.

Tower of Terror and The Legend of Mythica daytime show both debuted in 2006 as part of the 5th Anniversary festivities. Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, with the beloved baby tiger Chandu, replaced the original Sindbad ride the following year.

Timeline image from 2009 showing children interacting with an animated turtle on a screen, captioned "2009 - Turtle Talk.

In 2009, Tokyo DisneySea got their own version of Turtle Talk with Crush.

A curved wall display features a timeline from 2011 to 2022 with various themed photos and descriptions, depicting the historical highlights of an organization or event.

The 10th anniversary celebration in 2011 was called “Be Magical!” “Fantasmic!” and Jasmine’s Flying Carpets opened that same year.

Timeline poster featuring an image from 2012 highlighting "Toy Story Mania!" with Woody's giant face at a theme park entrance.

In 2012, Toy Story Mania! came to Tokyo DisneySea.

A timeline from 2016 to 2017 includes an image of a colorful parade float featuring cartoon characters with lanterns. The caption at the top mentions "The Year of Wishes.

2016 was the Year of Wishes for the park’s 15th anniversary.

A timeline showing the "Nemo & Friends SeaRider" attraction, opened in 2017, with an image of the entrance featuring ocean-themed decorations.

In 2017, Nemo & Friends SeaRider opened replacing StormRider in Port Discovery.

A timeline showcasing a landmark with a blue dome. The year "2019" is highlighted above the image with the text "Soaring Fantastic Flight" in English and Japanese.

Before Fantasy Springs, Soaring Fantastic Flight was the most recent ride to open at Tokyo DisneySea in the summer of 2019. You can take a full tour of this attraction below:

A 2021 photo of Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy dressed in blue costumes, on a decorated platform, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Tokyo DisneySea.

Tokyo DisneySea’s 20th anniversary was “Time to Shine!”

Timeline showing the years 2021 and 2022, with a picture of a nighttime fireworks show on water for 2022 and a picture of cartoon characters in front of a castle for 2021.

In 2022, “Believe! Sea of Dreams” premiered. You can watch this full show below:

Scenery of Tokyo DisneySea

A display panel titled "Scenery of Tokyo DisneySea" with descriptive text and decorative border, placed against a light-colored wall.

Scenery of Tokyo DisneySea

One of the great charms of Tokyo DisneySea lies in its picturesque and exotic landscapes. When you take a leisurely stroll through each themed port, you can feel the passage of time throughout the day and experience the changing seasons, evoking a feeling of embarking on an extraordinary journey.

Take a look through the album featuring the beautiful scenery of each themed port. Do any of the images bring back your special memories of the Park?

Display board showcasing images and information about Mediterranean Harbor with a large mountain and bodies of water. Several smaller images highlight various scenic views and activities in the area.

There are large book-shaped displays for each port. The left side of each features a large photo and description of the port. On the right side are more photos, the port’s logo, and information about a select element of the port.

Mediterranean Harbor
A romantic Southern European port town

The gateway to Tokyo DisneySea is a Southern European port town with an old-world charm. Composed of three distinct areas, this port of call invites Guests to a world of adventures and discoveries through its beautiful and scenic fishing village, enchanting neighborhood of romantic waterways and impressive Renaissance fortress.

Information panel titled "Palazzo Canals" describes the attraction in both Japanese and English, highlighting its Venetian-inspired waterways in the Mediterranean Harbor area.

Palazzo Canals

Meaning “Palace Canals” in Italian, Palazzo Canals is a neighborhood located in the southeastern port of Mediterranean Harbor. Wander through its narrow paths, and you will encounter romantic scenery that evokes the waterways of Venice, the Italian city of water.

An informational display about the American Waterfront with images and descriptions of various attractions, including a large ship and theme park scenes, with text in both English and Japanese.

American Waterfront
The nostalgia-filled American harbors of New York and Cape Cod

Here in the turn-of-the-20th century United States, there are two distinct harbor cities. The energy of a big city abounds in New York with its bustling streets and elevated railway, whereas the charming fishing village of Cape Cod is delightfully scenic, cozy and quaint.

Information panel titled "Broadway Music Theatre" with descriptions in both Japanese and English about the theatre's classic and elegant themes inspired by New York's turn-of-the-century entertainment.

Broadway Music Theatre

Broadway Music Theatre is a classic and elegent playhouse embodying the essence of New York at the turn-of-the-20th century. This theatre is constructed using cut stone and adorned with elaborate stone sculptures. The interior decor embraces the art nouveau style, incorporating fashionable motifs from that era, including botanical-inspired designs and arches.

A detailed miniature diorama of a cluttered, rustic indoor setting, featuring wooden floors, furniture, and various objects arranged throughout. It is displayed within a glass case.

Between the large albums are models, like this one for the staging of Donald’s Boat Builders in the American Waterfront. The show was open from 2001 to 2010.

A detailed miniature model of a wooden harbor scene with a red and green tugboat in the center, surrounded by various maritime-themed items and structures.

The stage resembled a boathouse with fishing supplies everywhere. Donald’s boat, the S.S. Daisy, was in the center.

A whimsical, colorful sign reading "Donalds Fishing Tours" is attached to the exterior of a wooden shack, surrounded by nautical-themed decorations, including a barrel and a blue buoy.

The model includes incredible, tiny details like this sign for Donald’s Fishing Tours.

Exhibit featuring displays and photographs about "Port Discovery." The displays include a large text panel, various images of attractions, and a logo. The floor has a design with yellow arrows.

Port Discovery
A futuristic marina located across the horizons of time

Port Discovery is a vision of a wonderful tomorrow: a time where science and nature are in balance. Come enjoy an unpredictable and zany ride on a water vehicle or embark on an adventure to the vast seas aboard a special submersible.

Information display panel at a theme park featuring a plaque about Port Discovery's mission statement and images of its attractions, including an underwater-themed area and a scientist illustration.

Did you know there is a plaque overlooking Aquatopia that bears the mission statement of Port Discovery? Welcoming many guests every day, the dedicated scientists here passionately embrace this mission and commit themselves to exploring the ocean in search of new discoveries.

A display case featuring three architectural models with intricate designs, alongside sketches of the structures on the background wall.

These two models depict the spinning object on Discovery Gifts. A diagram of the structure is at the back of the display case, too.

An informative display board titled "Lost River Delta" featuring photos and descriptions of ancient ruins, including a pyramid and a stone structure, in a museum setting.

Lost River Delta
The ruins of an ancient civilization in the Central American jungles

These are the jungles of 1930s Central America, where the remnants of an ancient civilization beckon explorers and fortune seekers in their quest to unravel the hidden mysteries. Immerse yourself in the excavation sites of the ruins and embark on an adventure through the colonial village.

A display board titled "El Rio Perdido" with images and text describing a scenic village affected by hurricanes. The text includes information in English and Japanese about the area's historic river and natural beauty.

El Rio Perdido

After a series of devastating hurricanes, the course of an unknown river was changed to dramatically reveal its presence. There are three bridges that span the river named “El Rio Perdido,” which is Spanish for “Lost River,” connecting the colonial village in the ancient ruins of the jungle.

Given how little has been published in English about the park over the years, there are sure to be some details or stories in the museum that you did not know.

A detailed diorama featuring Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse and Goofy, scene set at an airfield with an airplane, surrounded by greenery and an "Aviator School" sign in the background.

This 3D paper craft depicts the Hangar Stage in Lost River Delta, complete with figures of Mickey, Goofy, and Donald getting read for Halloween at the park.

Display board with text and images showcasing Arabian Coast, featuring a decorative arch with a chandelier, scenic views, architectural highlights, and cultural elements.

Arabian Coast
The world of The Arabian Nights filled with magic and mystery

An exotic and enchanting world created by Genie and his magic unfolds here. Set sail into unknown seas with Sindbad and partake in the caravan’s grand procession. Arabian Coast offers a plethora of magical experiences for all to enjoy!

A display board featuring various photos of an Arabian-themed setting including architecture, market scenes, and scenic views. Text and the Arabian Coast logo are also present.

Arabian Coast is a world created by the magic of Genie from the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Aladdin. The Sultan, the father of Princess Jasmine, wished for all his subjects to experience the enchanted magic and excitement found in The Arabian Nights. With a flick of his wrist Genie conjured up an exotic and enchanting world featuring splendid tiles and elegant domes with gold ornaments.

A detailed white model depicts a circular architectural design featuring a central fountain, surrounding structures, trees, and walkways.

This all-white model depicts Jasmine’s Flying Carpets.

A brightly lit display board titled "Mermaid Lagoon" showcases images and information about an aquatic-themed amusement park area. The board features colorful underwater scenes and attractions.

Mermaid Lagoon
An undersea kingdom home to Ariel, the little mermaid, and her friends

A colorful and whimsical “under the sea” world can be found at Mermaid Lagoon. Enjoy a variety of fun rides along with shopping and delectable foods in this underwater kingdom home to Ariel and her friends from the Disney Animation film The Little Mermaid.

A person walks past a large blue display screen with a white character illustration in a brightly lit room with wooden flooring.

The backs of the giant books that are visible also feature designs inspired by their respective ports. The Blowfish Balloon Race is represented on Mermaid Lagoon.

An informational display about Mysterious Island, featuring images, text, and maps describing the island's features and attractions.

Mysterious Island
The eccentric genius Captain Nemo’s secret base

Inside the caldera of a smouldering volcano is a hidden scientific base established by an eccentric genius Captain Nemo, where he can prove possible things that others have declared impossible. Journey into the world of mystique and unknown aobard vehicles of Captain Nemo’s design.

A museum display featuring a sign about "The Neptune," a submarine used in the Captain Nemo story. The sign includes text in Japanese and English with an image of the submarine underwater theme.

The Neptune

Suspended from a gantry crane inside the caldera is the Neptune, a small submarine used by Captain Nemo for personal research. Named “Neptune” for the Roman god of the sea, it embodies Captain Nemo’s ambition to discover the mystique of the deep sea.

A gray wall with white abstract art next to a section of a painted blue landscape and brown wooden floor.

A Mount Prometheus symbol is on the back of the book.

Beginning of Fantasy Springs

A decorative sign in Tokyo DisneySea reads, "This is the beginning of a new chapter," inviting guests to immerse themselves in Disney Fantasy Springs.

This is the beginning of a new chapter.

Magical springs that lead to a world of Disney Fantasy — Experience the process of bringing Fantasy Springs to life as you embark on a voyage to explore the source of Disney’s imagination.

Decorative white tree-like cutouts form a visually striking tunnel, illuminated with blue and white lighting. The cutouts create an intricate, forest-inspired design along a winding pathway.

The Fantasy Springs section sees guests entering a storybook through white “paper” cutouts resembling a forest. There are various projection effects on these. There’s then a video introducing the backstory of Fantasy Springs.

Animated mural with the text "Fantasy Springs Tokyo DisneySea," depicting various fantasy scenes including waterfalls, fairies, and lush landscapes.

They then encounter more giant books, these featuring Fantasy Springs covers, with Fantasy Springs stories inside.

An open, large storybook with colorful illustrations of Mickey Mouse, Pocahontas, and Peter Pan. The book is propped against a green backdrop, detailing adventures and lessons from each character.

This book’s pages feature Mickey, Pocahontas, and Peter Pan. These same designs are on Fantasy Springs merchandise.

A display panel features Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Cinderella, and Bambi with brief character descriptions and illustrations in a whimsical, storybook style.

“Tangled,” “Frozen,” and “Peter Pan” are the featured IPs in Fantasy Springs, but the land also includes references to other Disney classics.

A display board featuring illustrations and brief summaries of Disney characters: Mickey, Aurora, and Rapunzel, highlighting their respective stories and attributes.

The second book references “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “Bambi,” and “Brave Little Tailor.”

A dark exhibit displays two stone sculptures: one abstract piece with flowing lines on the left, and a more detailed, human-like figure with a hat on the right.

There are exquisite models of the rock carvings at the main entrance of Fantasy Springs, which depict the characters of “Tangled,” “Frozen,” and “Peter Pan.” Pictured above are the models of Elsa and Anna carvings.

A statue of Peter Pan partially embedded in a rocky terrain with moss and foliage. A decorative sign beside it reads "Peter Pan" with a stylized letter "P" featuring a forest theme.

Here is part of the Peter Pan carving.

A stone sculpture depicts two figures entwined and surrounded by foliage, with a small sign reading "Rapunzel" and an illustration of a tower in the background.

Rapunzel’s carving features her long, flowing hair.

Two brightly lit screens display colorful concept art depicting people exploring a nature-themed park, with one scene in a lush, glowing forest and the other under a rock archway adorned with greenery.

Fantasy Springs concept art is displayed on the walls.

A detailed scale model of a coastal scene with cliffs, trees, and miniature figures, illuminated by multicolored lights.

There’s also a complete model of the port’s entrance, complete with animated lighting.

A miniature landscape model featuring a cave, rocky terrain, trees, and a small water body, illuminated by colorful lights, with tiny figures scattered around.

Rapunzel is on this side of the entrance area, with her hair curving down the rockwork toward a pond.

A detailed miniature landscape featuring rocky cliffs, trees, and small figurines of people on sandy ground, illuminated by colorful lights.

Anna and Elsa are in the center with Olaf.

A detailed miniature diorama on display showcases a cave entrance surrounded by trees and rock formations. Small human figures are positioned near the cave and scattered around the sandy area.

Peter Pan is on the left next to a waterfall.

The Path to the Grand Opening of Fantasy Springs

A plaque titled "The Path to the Grand Opening of Fantasy Springs" with text in Japanese and English, detailing the journey of Tokyo DisneySea's Fantasy Springs. Ornate border designs are present.

The Path to the Grand Opening of Fantasy Springs

Since the announcement of the Tokyo DisneySea large-scale expansion project on June 14, 2018, it took approximately six years for the realization of the eighth themed port.

Day after day, Disney Imagineers, employees of Oriental Land Co., Ltd. and construction workers tirelessly experiemented and learned from their mistakes. It was the unwavering trust and boundless passion of these individuals that ultimately paved the way for the Grand Opening of Fantasy Springs, the magical springs that lead to a world of Disney fantasy.

A large group of workers, many wearing orange safety vests and hard hats, poses for a photo on a construction site with scaffolding and cranes in the background.

Photos in this area show the construction of Fantasy Springs. Above is a group photo of crew members with Captain Hook’s pirate ship behind them.

A collage of photos showing groups of people in various uniforms, outdoors in a park, indoors near machinery, and a large construction site with detailed structures in the background.

This collage includes photos of the Never Land mountains, a Never Land Adventure vehicle, Rapunzel’s Tower, and crew members in various locations.

A collage of several photos showcasing groups of people at various construction and outdoor sites. Some images have handwritten notes and signatures on them.

Some of the photos include signatures from Imagineers who already visited the exhibit.

Collage of construction and inspection activities at a theme park, including workers with safety gear, landscaped areas, and a large group photo taken indoors. Dated 2023.01.18.

Some also have dates, like the photo of crew members with the Native American village tents labeled January 13, 2023. Across from this display is an incredible video with behind-the-scenes footage from the creation of all of the port’s attractions (which again, we sadly can not show you).

A decorative sign reading "Fantasy Springs, Tokyo Disney Sea" surrounded by illustrations of flowers and leaves.

This version of the Fantasy Springs logo is made up of photos of cast and crew.

World-Building in Fantasy Springs

A gold-framed informational sign titled "World-building in Fantasy Springs" details the immersive experience of exploring different fantasy-themed areas within Fantasy Springs.

World-building in Fantasy Springs

Within Fantasy Springs, you will discover three distinct areas that allow you to fully experience a world of Disney fantasy, as well as the sixth Disney hotel in Japan.

Here, you can explore a 1/25 scale model of the expansive area, accompanied by an array of props that enhance the immersive experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to admire the Cast Members’ costumes. Prepare to indulge in a treasure trove of materials that showcase the creative process behind bringing Fantasy Springs to life.

We then cross through a curtain into the largest section of the entire exhibit, filled with giant scale models, concept art, costumes, photo-ops and more.

A spacious indoor exhibition area with various themed displays, colorful posters, and informational panels. A few visitors walk around exploring the exhibits on a polished wooden floor.

There’s also a number of recreations of props you’ll find throughout Fantasy Springs.

A display featuring information panels and decorative greenery with a "Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure" sign and an animated scene from the attraction.

The Peter Pan’s Never Land section is decorated with fake foliage and pirate swords.

Poster of "Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure" depicting characters flying in front of a large moon with the text "Fantasy Springs" at the bottom, displayed in an indoor setting.

There’s a poster for Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure. This attraction follows Peter and the Lost Kids as they rescue Wendy’s brother, John, from the pirates.

A sign reading "Peter Pan's Never Land Adventure Tokyo DisneySea" is mounted on a leafy, decorative structure.

A flat sign for the attraction features seashells and ship’s wheels.

A digital frame displays a colorful Disney artist concept illustration featuring characters in a lively attic scene with magical elements and greenery surrounding the frame.

A TV screen cycles through different concept art for the attraction. The above piece depicts the Lost Kids in their hideout.

A digital screen displays an artist concept of Peter Pan and company flying near Big Ben's clock. The screen is framed by green leaves. .

This piece depicts Wendy and her brothers flying with Tinker Bell past Big Ben. Peter is in front of the clock, pointing.

Two intricately designed ride vehicles are displayed in a glass case with a white lit background. The upper vehicle is boat-shaped while the lower vehicle resembles a grassy woven car.

Models of the ride vehicles, which we first saw at D23 Expo 2022, are in display cases. The pirate ship-inspired vehicle is for Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure while the one resembling a woven basket is for Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies.

A themed photo spot depicting Peter Pan characters flying around a sailing ship is positioned in an exhibition area, featuring vibrant colors and a "Peter Pan's Flight" sign overhead.

There are photo ops for each attraction. The Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure photo op puts you behind clouds, in front of a look down at Never Land with characters flying around you.

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Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies has a similar display including a poster and concept art.

A detailed map illustrated with various colorful landscapes and whimsical characters is displayed on a wooden wall. Surrounding the wall are artificial plants and decor.

There’s a Pixie Hollow map. The same map is in the queue of the attraction.

A framed picture of a fairy house, enclosed by foliage, with an informational sign next to it. The fairy house appears whimsical and is part of a Disney-themed exhibit.

This concept art shows Tinker Bell on screen at the beginning of the ride.

An illustration in a frame displays a winter fairy landscape, showcasing a serene snowy scene with a bridge, a house, and fairies. The setup is adorned with green vines and a wooden background.

Other pieces depict riders in their spinning buggies traversing different scenes.

A decorative sign showing bees and mice with honeycombs in a pastoral scene, featuring a sunflower, a beehive, and honey flowing.

There are also large decorations of different busy bugs working in Pixie Hollow.

A detailed scale model of a theme park exhibit featuring a red ship, rock formations, caves, and miniature human figures positioned throughout.

A large model depicts Peter Pan’s Never Land. This section of Fantasy Springs is the most expansive, with Captain Hook’s ship, Skull Rock, and the Never Land mountains.

A detailed model depicts a fantasy landscape with a pirate ship in the foreground, multiple small human figures, rock formations, greenery, and a rainbow arching over a distant mountain range.

The backdrop behind the model sometimes projects a rainbow. There are tiny people to provide scale.

A detailed scale model displays a vibrant landscape with a red pirate ship, rocky formations, and numerous small human figurines scattered throughout a park-like setting.

Guests can walk on the pirate ship and through Skull Rock.

A diorama featuring a small, elaborately decorated cave-like structure covered with plants and vegetation, surrounded by cut-out human silhouettes standing and observing it.

This is the entrance to Fairy Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies.

Model of a mountain landscape with green moss, plants, and a rainbow in the background under a cloudy sky.

The Never Land mountains have fake clouds floating around them.

A miniature diorama of a rocky landscape with two small tipi structures on a plateau. The scenery includes green, mossy areas and reddish rocks under a cloudy sky background.

The Native American village is visible among the hilltops.

A detailed miniature model depicts a small group of people walking near structures resembling a rustic shelter and a dome, against a backdrop of rocky and vegetated terrain.

Here is the entrance to Lookout Cookout, the quick-service restaurant.

Two mannequins dressed in Peter Pan-themed costumes stand on display in front of a floral backdrop. The costume includes a straw hat, white shirt, teal vest, and brown pants.

Cast Member costumes for each attraction are on display. Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure Cast wear pirate-inspired looks with brown pants, vests, and straw hats.

Two mannequins dressed as Fairy Tinker Bell's Busy Buggies. Both wear hats, shirts with wings, brown pants, and yellow boots. A sign behind them reads "Fairy Tinker Bell's Busy Buggies.

The Tinker Bell’s Busy Buggies Cast Members wear more leaf-like clothing.

Mannequins dressed in fantasy-themed costumes with wings and hats stand in front of a decorated wall under focused lighting in a display area.

They even get wings on the backs of their vests.

A museum exhibit features a colorful display with signs reading 'Cookout,' showcasing miniature food, plants, and festive decorations. Two large patterned columns frame the display.

There’s a display dedicated to Lookout Cookout, too. The TV screen cycles through pictures of food. Read our Lookout Cookout review.

Wall with "FS Tokyo DisneySea" text and floral design on the left, and silhouettes of Disney characters running on the right, all set against dark teal background. Wooden floor below.

The silhouettes of the Lost Boys are on a nearby wall, leading guests through the exhibit.

A themed photo booth with a backdrop from "Rapunzel's Lantern Festival" featuring Rapunzel and Flynn Rider in a boat. Decor includes a banner with small flags and a decorative frame at the bottom.

Next is Rapunzel’s Forest. This section’s attraction is Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival. A photo op shows Flynn and Rapunzel in their gondola in front of the Corona kingdom.

A small, themed display featuring barrels, flowers, a hanging sign that reads "The Snuggly Duckling," and medieval-style props inside a decorated booth with purple walls and star patterns.

This display features The Snuggly Duckling sign and a screen showing different elements of the restaurant. Read our Snuggly Duckling review.

Poster on a rustic wooden wall featuring a muscular man with a hook for a hand, advertising "Hook Hand - 'I've Got a Dream' World Tour" with the tagline "Sounding Sharper Than Ever! Performing in a Kingdom Near You.

The area is decorated with flyers and wanted posters featuring the Snuggly Duckling thugs. This one advertises Hook Hand’s “I’ve Got a Dream” world tour.

A display features wooden crates, rope, decorative lanterns, pumpkins, and a barrel. Banners with purple flags and two "wanted" posters adorn the backdrop.

Another display features lanterns, Corona bunting, and ship supplies stacked on crates. Flynn’s wanted poster is on the wall behind the crates.

Two posters on a wooden wall: one announcing a wanted notice for "Fang" the sock stealer, and another promoting a "Criminal Craft Faire." Purple bunting with sun symbols hangs above.

Another wanted poster is for Fang, who is suspected of sock stealing.

A vintage-style poster advertises "Fang and His Puppet Friends" show aiming at children. The poster is mounted on a wooden surface with text detailing the performance's title and slogan.

Fang advertises his puppet performance on this flyer.

Display of two mannequins dressed in purple vests, white shirts, and brown pants, with hats, at "Rapunzel's Lantern Festival" exhibit.

The Rapunzel’s Forest Cast Members wear purple vests or jackets with brown pants and boots. The tops are decorated with golden accents and sun-shaped buttons.

Close-up of a person wearing a purple jacket with a gold trim and a Tokyo Disney Resort name tag featuring an image of Mickey Mouse.

Parts of the tops feature textured designs.

A miniature model of a themed area on display, featuring small buildings, rocky landscapes, and tiny figures of people. The scene is illuminated with blue and purple hues.

Rapunzel’s Forest is a relatively small area. Rapunzel’s Tower looks down at the pathways leading to the attraction’s entrance and The Snuggly Duckling.

A model of an unusual building with whimsical, curved roofs and large windows under a tree, surrounded by small figurines of people in a brightly lit exhibition space.

The restaurant, as depicted on the model, has a giant tree growing into it.

A diorama displaying a miniature scene with two figures in a rocky landscape: one figure is next to a cave entrance, and the other is walking beside a horse near a stream.

There are tiny figures of Flynn and Maximus on the model. These coincide to real-life animatronics on the ride.

A detailed miniature scene displays a fantasy village with a tower, houses, and tiny figures. The backdrop is illuminated with decorative lights and a wall mural of a boat.

Lighting on the model shifts and lanterns are projected on the back wall.

Miniature diorama depicting a tall, slender stone tower with a purple roof, situated among rocky cliffs. Small human figures are scattered around the base. Banners and a wooden structure are visible in the background.

A singing animatronic of Rapunzel is at the top of her tower.

A tall tower with a blue conical roof, ivy-clad walls, and a small balcony. A figure in yellow stands on the balcony, set against a rocky background.

This is visible both during the ride and from outside the attraction.

A display at Fantasy Springs features a Tangled-themed scene with a mural of Rapunzel and her long hair, a small diorama, and a lighted backdrop. The exhibit is decorated with colorful flowers and greenery, capturing the enchanting atmosphere you'd find at Tokyo Disney Resort.

The displays in this area feature lanterns and colorful artwork reminiscent of Rapunzel’s paintings.

A framed digital display at the Tokyo Disney Resort's Fantasy Springs exhibit shows an artist concept of a busy workshop scene. People are visible in the foreground, and the image is framed by purple columns and decorative banners.

This concept art is of the boathouse queue for Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival.

A digital screen at Fantasy Springs exhibits an artist's concept of a Tangled-themed festival scene, featuring a boat, lanterns, Rapunzel, and various people in medieval attire at Tokyo Disney Resort.

The queue area features lanterns and flags.

A model of a wooden boat with blue seats is displayed inside a glass case on a textured blue surface, reminiscent of an enchanting exhibit at Tokyo Disney Resort's Fantasy Springs.

Guests ride in wide gondolas with blue seats.

A detailed, illustrated fantasy map featuring various terrains, a winding river, and clustered buildings, reminiscent of Fantasy Springs at Tokyo Disney Resort. The map is surrounded by blooming flowers, rocks, and decorative elements.

This map is also a mural at Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival, showing the path guests take to and from the tower.

A display featuring framed images of a castle and a village set between red curtains, with various decorative items arranged on shelves below. Visitors are visible in the background.

Moving onto Arendelle, these displays feature the Golden Crocus — the kingdom’s symbol — and red velvet curtains. There are plates and other props below artwork.

A display featuring a medieval-themed kitchen setup with an assortment of silverware, dishes, and food items. Above the setup is a screen showing images of elaborately decorated cakes.

One side features concept art of the castle while the other side features the Royal Banquet of Arendelle. Read our review of everything the Royal Banquet offers.

Exhibit featuring a wooden carved archway with two figures, baskets, a rope hammock, and various tools displayed on a blue wall and wooden floor background.

A photo op has a wooden archway carved with the trolls and Kristoff.

An intricately carved wooden archway featuring figurines, a central lion head, skis, snowshoes, and a framed map. Various wooden artifacts and rustic items are displayed beneath the arch.

An Arendelle map is framed in the center of the display.

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Arendelle includes the castle on the water, a mountainscape, and Elsa’s Ice Palace in the distance.

A detailed model of a fantasy-themed landscape featuring rocky cliffs, a waterfall, and a backdrop of a snow-covered mountain, with miniature people figures walking on paths below.

The model has icy projections on the wall behind it.

Signboard displaying "Anna and Elsa's Frozen Journey" at Tokyo DisneySea, adorned with character illustrations and floral decorations.

The Frozen Kingdom attraction is Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey, a boat ride telling the story of “Frozen.”

An animated scene depicts a festive celebration with fireworks and ice formations, featuring familiar characters from the Frozen franchise in a cheerful ice palace setting.

Concept art for Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey includes this moment from the end of the ride and film.

An illustration shows a woman in a blue dress standing on a grand staircase inside an ornate room with green wallpaper and a large triangular stained glass window. The screen is labeled "Artist Concept Only.

Another piece depicts Anna and Elsa during the “For the First Time in Forever” number.

A display wall features the Disney movie "Frozen," showing characters Elsa and Anna in front of a castle with a mountainous backdrop. A sign in front reads "Frozen 2 Dreams Enter.

A photo op puts guests in front of a mural of Anna and Elsa with Arendelle Castle.

A detailed model landscape with hills, trees, and miniature figurines, showcased under a beam of light in a display case. The title "Margate Scenescape" is labeled on a plaque below.

This model depicts part of the magical spring near the Fantasy Springs Hotel. The springs feature more rock carvings inspired by other Disney films.

A colorful cave rock formation with various shades of green, yellow, pink, and brown under artificial lighting. Shadow of a person also faintly visible at the bottom left.

Maleficent as a dragon is carved into this rockwork.

A detailed model of a rocky hillside featuring a winding path, lush greenery, and various textures that simulate natural formations and vegetation.

There are also various Disney Princesses.

A model landscape featuring rocky formations, waterfalls, greenery, and a stream with small human figures standing nearby.

Water features are throughout the spring.

A rock formation with a face carved into it is partially obscured by transparent vertical panels. The surrounding area features moss, small trees, and a variety of vegetation.

In real life, the Magic Mirror’s face emerges from this cave.

A lit sculpture of a mermaid sits atop a rocky formation against a dark background.

There are also models of other carvings throughout the exhibit. This piece is a sculpture of Ariel.

A framed sculpture of a woman sitting with her head slightly bowed, covered in green moss, set against a black background.

This mossy piece depicts Cinderella.

A small glass enclosure containing a red object is embedded within a large, intricately carved rock formation displayed against a dark background.

Belle and the Beast are depicted holding the Enchanted Rose at the Fantasy Springs Hotel.

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Signboard with text about Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel, featuring Japanese and English descriptions against a patterned background.

Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel

Situated near the magical springs, Guests can delight in a world of fantasy at this Disneyhotel. Motifs depicting Disney Princesses as well as flora and fauna adorn the interior, allowing Guests to soak up the ambience of Fantasy Springs for an immersive overnight experience. Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel comprises two buildings: the “deluxe type” Fantasy Chateau with 419 guest rooms, and the “luxury type” Grand Chateau with 56 guest rooms that offer the finest accommodation experience at Tokyo Disney Resort.

Exhibit display featuring a screen showing a person speaking, flanked by framed images and a collection of small, ornate gold objects on a white marble-topped pedestal.

Concept art of the hotel adorns the walls, which feature the same wallpaper as the hotel. A TV screen shows clips of the hotel.

A display of various golden figurines atop a white marble surface, arranged on three tiered levels with a "No Touching" sign and informational plaques.

These golden statues are props from Fantasy Springs Gifts, the land’s gift shop on the hotel’s first floor.

A framed storybook illustration titled "One day a Duchess," featuring colorful images of nature and a Duchess, along with a text depicting a fairy tale-like narrative.

This piece describes the dual backstories of Fantasy Springs, centered on a water spirit and a Duchess. The same stories are on display in Fantasy Springs Gifts.

Once upon a time in a land far away, there was a magical spring, where a spirit lived. While the spirit fed beautiful gardens, she was curious and flowed great distances where she encountered enchanted stories. Upon returning home, the spirit used her powers to sculpt stone, branch, and bank into intricate shapes resembling those she met. As she bubbled and sparkled in pools, fountains, and waterfalls, the spirit often sang melodies discovered on her many journeys.

One day a Duchess, who loved travel and adventure, discovered the beauty of the springs. Wandering along the rivers and streams of the springs, the Duchess found herself transported to magical places. The Duchess loved the enchanted springs so much that she built a little summer home nearby. As more of her friends visited, the Duchess built a grand palace to host them all. Even today, should you follow the water flowing from the spring’s source, you would come to fabled kingdoms found in storybook tales.

A round sign with English and Japanese text about a Duchess known for her adventurous spirit. Decorated with small floral illustrations.

Signs of the beloved Duchess who created the palace for her royal friends reveal the Duchess to be an avid explorer, drawn to adventure and embodying the spirit of exploration that led her to discover this one-of-a-kind land.

A detailed model of Tokyo Disneyland's Fantasy Springs Hotel is displayed on a platform with a decorative sign above it, showcasing the hotel's whimsical architectural design.

This model depicts the spring and center of Fantasy Springs Hotel — the grand palace the Duchess built.

A detailed diorama features a whimsical landscape with a large, gnarled tree, rock formations, and a winding path. Figurines of people are scattered around, and blue light highlights part of the scene.

This part of the spring features Sorcerer Mickey moving the water.

A display of mannequins wearing colorful ball gowns in blue, pink, green, and yellow, arranged against a patterned wall inside a well-lit room with a polished wooden floor.

There are four Disney Princess-inspired dresses on display. These were used during the design production for the ball gowns displayed in the hotel’s arcade. At the hotel, the dresses are in elaborate display cases beneath individual dome ceilings. Within the land’s lore, the gowns were worn by beloved princesses who visited and enjoyed their stay at the Springs.

Mannequins displaying three elaborate ball gowns in pink, green, and yellow, are showcased in an elegantly decorated room with framed drawings of the gowns on the wall behind them.

Concept art of each dress hangs alongside the dress. These two are inspired by Belle and Tiana.

Two mannequins display elaborate ballgowns, one blue and one pink, within a decorative frame. Background images depict similar dresses in matching colors.

The other two are inspired by Aurora and Cinderella.

The dresses are followed by a room with an emotional montage set to music for the finale of the exhibit.

Cutouts of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in colorful costumes stand against a "Fantasy Springs" backdrop at Tokyo DisneySea.

The exhibit ends with flat cutouts of Mickey and Minnie in their sparkling Fantasy Springs looks.

Check out our full guide to Fantasy Springs and Tom’s honest review.

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