Tokyo Disneyland Construction Update Fall 2017

A few weeks ago I had a post with photos of the construction of the Fantasyland expansion at Tokyo Disneyland. Since then, StarJets has closed and work is progressing fast. The construction does affect guest flow through Tomorrowland. I’ll tell you what this means for you. Let’s take a look at the construction at Tokyo Disneyland in Fantasyland, Toontown, and for “it’s a small world”.

Watch the video below to get an idea of what I am talking about throughout the article. Feel free to use these photos with credit to TDR Explorer.

Tomorrowland Congestion & Tips

The Fantasyland Expansion extends into Tomorrowland and now with StarJets closed there is much less space, which causes traffic congestion. StarJets is now surrounded by a wall. On most days, this isn’t an issue but during a parade, this becomes a bit of a pain point.

The wall extends from Tomorrowland Hall (Show Lottery and Star Tours FastPass building) to StarJets and into Toontown. Which leaves little room between Tomorrowland Terrace and the wall. During a parade, this area becomes quite congested so I suggest avoiding it.

Guests are not allowed to sit or stand against the wall during a parade, which is good news if you want photos of characters. This means you get more chances to get better photos of them facing you (since they won’t face the wall). You’re able to do the same thing in Toontown (it’s always been like this) as the characters only have one way to face.

Edit: A fellow Explorer pointed this out — the washrooms across from the construction walls are currently closed. So you’re best using the washrooms by Monsters Inc. or head towards Pooh’s Hunny Hunt.

Fantasyland Construction Progress

Fantasyland Expansion Model High Res

Model of Fantasyland. The top right is Space Mountain and the bottom right is the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. The area to the left is where Grand Circuit Raceway and StarJets used to be.

More cranes are now in the expansion area for Fantasyland. If you ride the monorail, have a park view from an official hotel (Hilton Tokyo Bay), or ride Gadget’s Go Coaster (Toontown), you’ll have a clear view of the work from behind. Within the park, you’ll see the cranes.


The walkway to Toontown is now much more narrow due to the walls that went up around StarJets. Before, it was a wide open space with nothing there (the original sign was removed earlier this year). There are no issues here with congestion or guest flow.

Toontown Sign Tokyo Disneyland 2017

it’s a small world

“it’s a small world” reopens on April 15, 2018, to coincide with the Tokyo Disney Resort “Happiest Celebration!” 35th Anniversary. and kicks off the year-long celebration. The scrim now has the facade of “it’s a small world” on them, which makes it not look as much of an eyesore anymore. There’s now signage on the colourful wall around the attraction.

The colourful walls are popular for taking selfies and is perfect for me to take photos of myself in my new Pizza Sweatshirt! Walk by this area and you’ll see tons of teenagers taking at least 101 selfies.

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Here’s a quick summary:

  • Avoid walking from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland during a parade
  • If you want photos of characters in a parade then watch the show opposite of StarJets
  • Get a view of the construction of Fantasyland from the Monorail, an Official Hotel with a Park View, or ride Gadget’s Go Coaster (Toontown)

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