Perhaps taking a cue from its stateside sister theme parks as well as answering some previous speculation due to recent land acquisition, Oriental Land Company — the owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort — today announced a '2016 medium-term business plan' which will see new expansions to both theme parks through 2017. While specifics have yet to be unveiled, Tokyo Disney Resort says for Disneyland, it will double the size of the existing Fantasyland, while DisneySea will receive a new themed land ('port') about the same size as Arabian Coast, which will be located south of the existing Lost River Delta. OLC says the investment will come at a cost of about 500 billion yen, or about 4.6 billion dollars, with 80% of that going to the new theme park additions and the remaining going to backstage efforts to strengthen the infrastructure. Development is expected to begin in 2017, after the medium-term business plan expires.
In the shorter term, Oriental Land Company says it will be introducing a 'moveable stage' in DisneySea's Mediterranean Harbor to 'increase visibility of shows and the areas from which shows can be viewed' with a construction start date of March 1, 2015. The theme park operator says it is also considering a new dining experiencing at Tokyo Disneyland which will allow parade viewing while dining.
More details regarding the expansion will be released as its development progresses.