UPDATE: The opening of the new Beauty and the Beast ride at Tokyo Disneyland and its expansion is confirmed to open September 28, 2020!
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The “New Fantasyland” is a massive expansion with Beauty and the Beast at Tokyo Disneyland that’s been a long time coming. This US$665.7M expansion boasts the highly anticipated “Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast”, a brand new show, a Minnie Mouse greeting facility, a Baymax ride, and more importantly, tons of popcorn flavours.
Originally, this was set to open April 15, 2020, but due to the closure because of the worldwide pandemic (and closed borders), but is now opening on September 28, 2020!
This post is a massive collection of photos, images, videos, and information about this huge expansion. I’ve put everything we know about the new rides, merchandise, food, and everything we could find. Even construction photos since 2017 for those that love seeing how things have changed over the years.
Don’t forget, Tokyo DisneySea has its massive expansion underway too!
Tokyo Disneyland Fantasyland Expansion Details
- Advance Reservations
- Beauty and the Beast
- Happy Ride with Baymax
- Minnie’s Style Studio
- Mickey’s Magical Music World
- The Big Pop
Reservations Required for Attractions & Restaurants
Tokyo Disneyland is limiting the number of guests into attractions and restaurants. For Beauty and the Beast, Baymax, and Minnie’s Style Studio require a reservation through the official Tokyo Disney Resort app. Reservations are also required for the restaurants and shops.
You’ll need to buy a Park ticket in advance (same-day tickets aren’t available for the time being).
Beauty and the Beast at Tokyo Disneyland
The brand new Beauty and the Beast attraction “Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast” is the most anticipated ride coming to Tokyo Disneyland. Since its announcement back in 2015, I’ve been ever so patient for the arrival of this trackless dark-ride.
The expansion at Tokyo Disneyland includes this huge addition of a Beauty and the Beast area that replaced the former Autotopia.
Opening in Fantasyland will be a new area themed to the Disney film Beauty and the Beast. It will feature Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, a major attraction within Beauty and the Beast Castle, which towers about 30 meters above the surroundings. Guests will board ride vehicles that dance in rhythm to the animated film’s well-known music and follow Belle on a romantic musical adventure. With Village Shoppes and La Taverne de Gaston, Guests will feel like they have entered the world of the film as they enjoy the ambience of Belle’s village.
The area is gorgeous and Tokyo Disneyland has gone all out with this expansion.
Is Beauty and the Beast a FastPass attraction?
Yes, it is. However, Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea aren’t using FastPass right any of its attractions for the time being. It’s not clear when we’ll see FastPass again. Get the official Tokyo Disney Resort app to make your time easier in the Parks too.
Beauty and the Beast Construction at Tokyo Disneyland
Since the announcement back in 2015, I’ve been keeping photos of the progress of the construction. If you’re curious about how things have changed, you’re in luck! Construction didn’t kick off until 2017.
- Farewell to StarJets
- February 2017
- March 2017
- Fall 2017 Part 1
- Fall 2017 Part 2
- Spring 2018
- May 2018
- Summer 2018
- Fall 2018 (video)
- May 2019
- Fall 2019
- Winter 2019
Beauty and the Beast Merchandise at Tokyo Disneyland
The Village Shoppes offer over 100 different types of merchandise through its different stores.
- “La Belle Librairie” based on Belle’s favourite bookstore and even has the rolling ladder from the film’s opening number!
- “Little Town Traders” is decorated with hand-made toys, candlesticks and dish-ware.
- “Bonjour Gifts” is a tailor and hat-maker’s shop with dresses and tools as its decor.
There’s not much known yet about the specifics for the merchandise except for the images below. Don’t worry, once it all opens, we’ll have tons of photos and video for you!
Beauty and the Beast Food & Snacks
Move over Green Alien Mochi, you have a new contender in town. The Beauty and the Beast mochi are here to potentially dethrone our beloved green aliens. This new area has a new counter-service restaurant named “La Taverne de Gaston”, a snack stand called “Le Fou’s”, and a new popcorn wagon with the cute name “Le Petit Popper.”
Happy Ride with Baymax
“The Happy Ride with Baymax” is the first Big Hero 6 attraction at Tokyo Disneyland in Tomorrowland. It’ll be the same ride system as other attractions at Walt Disney World (Alien Swirling Saucers), Disney California Adventure (Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree), and Shanghai Disneyland (Woody’s Roundup).
Happy Ride with Baymax Snacks
Who knew that Baymax would make for some of the most creative and delicious looking food?
Minnie’s Style Studio
Until now, Minnie Mouse hasn’t had a dedicated meet and greet facility at Tokyo Disneyland. While Mickey has his house in Toontown, Minnie only had greetings at a few locations in the Park. That all changes when “Minnie’s Style Studio” opens in Toontown!
Minnie’s Style Studio Merchandise & Food
Once Minnie’s Style Studio opens there are cute merchandise and food for you to try!
Mickey’s Magical Music World
An opening date for Mickey’s Magical Music World is unknown at the time. The original opening date was April 15, 2020, but was pushed due to the closure of Tokyo Disney Resort for COVID-19. It’s NOT opening September 28, 2020, with the rest of the area.
Mickey’s Magical Music World is a new broadway-style show inside the brand new Fantasyland Forest Theatre in Fantasyland. Mickey’s Magical Music World will see Mickey and friends embark on a musical adventure through classic Disney movies.
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?
Guests of all ages will enjoy this dynamic entertainment offering with many of their favourite Disney Characters, unforgettable music, and spectacular scenes featuring a blend of stage.
Mickey’s Magical Music World is 25 minutes long and happens 5-9 times per day.
Confirmed characters include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Snow White, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Woody, Jessie, Lumiere, Belle, Alice, Mary Poppins, Baloo, King Louie, Timon, Cinderella, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and more!
Mickey’s Magical Music World Merchandise
Tokyo Disney Resort is releasing 15 special merchandise items to celebrate the opening of Mickey’s Magical Music World. The range includes adorable plush and plush badges of Mickey and friends in their new costumes.
Mickey’s Magical Music World Images and information from the Tokyo Disney Resort media release.
The Big Pop
An opening date for The Big Pop is unknown at the time. The original opening date was April 15, 2020, but was pushed due to the closure of Tokyo Disney Resort for COVID-19.
Tokyo Disney Resort takes its popcorn seriously, with new flavours and popcorn buckets on rotation every few months it seems. It comes as no surprise that a brand new shop is opening in Tomorrowland.
The Big Pop is beside the Happy Ride with Baymax and offers a variety of popcorn flavours and even a Baymax popcorn bucket!
There’s a ton coming to Tokyo Disneyland in the, hopefully, near future. What are you looking forward to the most?
Let me know in the comments!
Much of the information and images are from the official Tokyo Disney Resort website.
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