Let it grow: Tokyo DisneySea theme park adds 'Frozen' attraction and hotel expansion in massive upgrade

2018-06-20 08:35
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Frozen's Olaf Snowman.

Tokyo DisneySea theme park is adding "Frozen" to its offerings. (Photo: iStock)

The Tokyo DisneySea theme park is getting a $2.3 billion (about R31.44 billion @R13.67/$) overhaul and adding a section based on the wildly popular movie "Frozen" to its offerings, its operator says.

Oriental Land, which runs the ocean-themed park as well as the adjacent Tokyo Disneyland and hotels, said the 250-billion-yen (about R31.44 billion) undertaking will be the most expensive expansion plan in the site's 35-year history.

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The project will add attractions replicating the Kingdom of Arendelle from "Frozen", a tower inhabited by Rapunzel in the movie "Tangled", and a Neverland for Peter Pan and his friends, along with a new 475-room hotel.

Tokyo Disneyland, which has attracted huge crowds since it opened in 1983, is already going through a major upgrade to add new attractions.

More than 30 million people visit the combined Disney Resort every year, with numbers expected to increase as Japan works to boost tourism with a goal of 40 million foreign visitors by 2020 when it hosts the Olympic Games.

Check out what the extension aims to look like:

Tokyo DisneySea adds Frozen attraction in massive

Toshio Kagami, chairman and CEO of Oriental Land, which operates Tokyo DisneySea theme park, speaks during a press conference in Urayasu on 14 June 2018. The Tokyo DisneySea theme park is getting a $2.3 billion (about R31.44 billion @R13.67/$) overhaul and adding a section based on the wildly popular movie "Frozen" to its offerings. (Photo: Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP)