Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tokyo Disneyland Resort Announces New Shows for 2014 and 2015

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The Tokyo Disneyland Resort has announced two new large-scale entertainment additions for the years of 2014 and 2015.  Known for not being afraid to spend the big bucks to have the best there is, we can count on these shows being spectacular.

The first is "Once Upon A Time" at Tokyo Disneyland, which will "richly use projection mapping technology" to create a nighttime show on the park's Cinderella Castle.  The park points out that this is the first time that digital mapping will be used in the Tokyo parks, so visitors will be treated to something entirely new to the resort when it opens.

The photo above is a press image of Disney Dreams, which shows curently at Disneyland Paris.  Once Upon A Time will be similar to the show, using the aforementioned mapping projections along with special effects and pyrotechnics.  The Disney Dreams show looks incredible, so I have high expectations for the Tokyo version!

The new production has a budget of 2 billion yen (over $10 million) and has an expected opening of Spring or Summer 2014.

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In 2015 there will be a new show at Tokyo DisneySea in the Mermaid Lagoon Theater.  The theatre currently shows a Little Mermaid production, but will undergo renovations including an upgraded stage and lightning for the new version.  Still having a Little Mermaid theme, the show will also see new display screens installed behind the audience seating area, creating a more immersive experience.

The show will see King Triton hosting a musical concert (seen above in the concept art - click here for a cleaner version) also with popular characters from the film such as Ariel, Flounder and Sebastian.

The current Under the Sea production will close on April 6, 2014 in order for the new show to open in the Spring of 2015.

The resort is known for adding multiple attractions at a time, so there could easily still be more addition announced for upcoming years as well.