CLOSE
YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

Disney Adds Five New Attractions to Its Tokyo Theme Parks

YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s Disney Parks are about to get a whole lot bigger. In a planned $675 million expansion, Tokyo Disney Resort will add new attractions and rides to its Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks. Though the project will close down parts of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland through 2017, Disney enthusiasts are excited about the upcoming attractions.

Among the new additions to the already impressive park will be a Beauty and the Beast area in Fantasyland with shops, restaurants like Gaston's Tavern, and an enchanted “Be Our Guest”-style ride through the Beast's Castle, while a 1500-seat theater will be constructed for Disney’s signature entertainment and live shows. Disney’s Toontown will get a Minnie Mouse Meet and Greet studio, while Tomorrowland will feature a Big Hero 6whip ride,” located next to Space Mountain. Lastly, Soarin' will make its way from Disney’s U.S. theme parks to Tokyo DisneySea’s Mediterranean Harbor.

Though previous talk of the parks’ incoming attractions has included mention of a Frozen-themed Nordic Port of Arendelle at Tokyo DisneySea and an expansion at Tokyo Disneyland’s Alice in Wonderland, neither was mentioned in the company’s latest press release [PDF]. The new attractions are expected to begin opening in 2019.

[h/t Theme Park Insider]

arrow
Pop Culture
Rare Disney Artifacts From Early Imagineer Rolly Crump Head to Auction

If you’ve ever marveled at the fantastical facades of Disney’s "It’s a Small World" attraction, you can partly thank Imagineer Rolly Crump. Throughout the 1960s, the animator and designer helped bring to life some of Walt Disney Parks’s most iconic attractions, including the "Enchanted Tiki Room," "Haunted Mansion," and "Adventureland Bazaar."

Later this month, some of his original pieces will go under the hammer at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California. The most valuable of the 400-plus lots is Crump’s original model for a clock in "It’s a Small World," which could sell for up to $80,000, according to the auction house. The design was mocked up from fellow Disney artist Mary Blair’s original sketch, and the end result is now a permanent fixture of the boat ride attraction.

A few other items up for grabs are a Polynesian-style shield that Crump sculpted for the "Enchanted Tiki Room," an original devil prop from "Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride," an original "Haunted Mansion" poster, and a costumed character head from "Babes in Toyland." A ticket for the grand opening of Disneyland in 1955 is expected to sell for as much as $5000—although unfortunately it won't grant the buyer entry to the park these days.

In addition to pieces created for Disney, the collection also includes Crump’s original artwork, some of which dates back to his high school years. One such illustration of a colorful character wielding a sword and smoking a pipe was entered into a radio contest in 1947 by Crump’s mother, unbeknownst to her son. He didn’t win, but his consolation prize came five years later when he was hired to work at Walt Disney Studios at age 22.

The “Life and Career of Disney Legend Rolly Crump” auction is scheduled for April 28, 2018.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
arrow
fun
LEGOLAND Japan Breaks Record With Cherry Blossom Tree Made From 880,000 LEGO Bricks
iStock
iStock

A 14-foot-tall sakura tree has sprung up in LEGOLAND Japan just in time for cherry blossom season. As SoraNews 24 reports, the 7348-pound structure is made entirely of LEGO bricks, earning it the Guinness World Record for largest LEGO cherry blossom tree.

The tree's unveiling marked the one-year anniversary of the opening of LEGOLAND Japan. To construct it, a team of expert builders at the LEGO factory in the Czech Republic spent 6700 hours assembling 881,470 plastic blocks around metal support pipes. The final components were then shipped to Nagoya, Japan where they were put together and displayed at the park. Every visible part of the tree is made of LEGO—even the lanterns, which light up at night to illuminate the pink canopy.

The cherry blossom is an icon of springtime in Japan that's recognizable around the world. Each year, the nation celebrates the season with festivals and sakura-flavored treats like Pepsi and frappuccinos. This latest homage to Japan's national tree may be the most ambitious yet.

Like the living sakura trees that explode into vibrant color around Japan this time of year, the LEGO cherry blossoms won't be around for long—LEGOLAND guests have until May 6 to catch a peek of the tree.

[h/t SoraNews24]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios