If there’s one thing that’s been clear since operations (for the most part) have returned to normal at Disney parks around the world, it’s that Guests everywhere have been missing out on their Disney magic.
With crowds and attendance on the rise in most locations, many visitors have noticed the crowded and sometimes overwhelming nature of a Disney park, and it looks like a theme park will be looking to lower its attendance limit over the coming years.
Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan was the first Disney-themed amusement park opened outside the United States. Following the success of Walt Disney’s first theme park, Disneyland Resort AKA The Happiest Place On Earth, and Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Central Florida, The Oriental Land Company, through a licensing effort by The Walt Disney Company , opened Tokyo Disneyland.
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Later, Tokyo Disneyland would be joined by a second gate, Tokyo DisneySea, and the Ikspiari shopping complex to become the Tokyo Disney Resort. To meet the needs of its visitors and maximize the guest experience, the resort has several official hotels, including the Disney Ambassador Hotel, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel, and the all-new Tokyo Disney Resort Toy Story Hotel. Neighboring hotels include Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel, Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort, and Hilton Tokyo Bay.
All of this to say that the guest experience at Tokyo Disney Resort is of paramount importance to The Oriental Land Company, and by association Disney Parks.
The Oriental Land Company shared its goals for the next eight years in a recent statement. In two documents, one for the medium term and the other for the longer term, the company behind Tokyo Disney Resort details many plans towards the Disney Resort.
In the group plan 2024, they detail how they aim to build on and grow the guest experience at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. They said:
The OLC Group will aim to provide a comfortable environment at the park by bringing the daily attendance limit below the level before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, 2 the Group will take flexible measures to respond to the diversification of Customers’ needs and will deploy decisive new measures to help Customers find new experience value, thus reinforcing the value they derive from the experience. .
While capacity has been drastically reduced at most Disney parks, with places like Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort using theme park reservation systems and Park Hopper to combat crowds, it looks like Tokyo Disney Resort will continue to keep attendance limits lower than even before. pandemic levels.
Regarding attendance, The Oriental Land Company details its goal of maintaining lower attendance:
Reducing the maximum number of attendances per day from the pre-pandemic level will allow the OLC group to better control the use of necessary resources on an ongoing basis and establish an operational structure capable of dealing with environmental changes.
Tokyo Disney Resort will also seek to match its current attendance levels:
…will also seek to minimize the difference in attendance levels throughout the year, i.e. between weekdays, public holidays, peak and low season, and increase overall annual attendance . Fiscal 2024 attendance is expected to reach approximately 26 million.
Through the opening of Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs and the “remodeling of existing facilities”, the parks’ appeal is expected to attract a “higher level” of visitors and keep the park environment always comfortable whenever visitors visit. .
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With regard to longer-term objectives, the company plan 2030 is anchored by the need to bring more “happiness” to Tokyo Disney Resort and its wider districts.
Guests visiting Tokyo Disney Resort can experience attractions at both Disney Parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. The former takes on a classic Magic Kingdom vibe with a towering Cinderella castle and rides like Adventureland’s Pirates of the Caribbean, Westernland’s Big Thunder Mountain, or Critter Country’s Splash Mountain. At DisneySea, visitors can experience places like the Mediterranean Harbor and the American Waterfront.
Tokyo Disney Resort recently announced the major renovation of Tomorrowland and the complete reconstruction of the beloved Space Mountain attraction.
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