Disney Dreams

The Tokyo Disney Resort has revealed that it will open a new projection show and a musical based on The Little Mermaid over the next two years.

At Tokyo Disneyland, a new nighttime extravaganza dubbed Once Upon a Dream will be based around the park's iconic Cinderella Castle. It is expected to borrow elements from the popular Disney Dreams show at Disneyland Paris, using projection mapping technology to display footage from classic Disney movies including Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland on the castle itself.

The plans for the 15-minute show appear to be lacking the spectacular water effects of Disney Dreams, but it will still cost some 2 billion yen ($20.5 million) to install. Once Upon a Dream is due to debut in spring or summer 2014.

Neighbouring Tokyo DisneySea will close down the existing Under the Sea musical in the Mermaid Lagoon Theater on April 6, 2014. It will then install an upgraded stage and lighting technology, along with new display screens. A new musical based on the same set of characters will then debut in spring 2015.

The new attractions are the latest in a series of major investments by the Tokyo Disney Resort's owner, the Oriental Land Company. This has seen major attractions such as Toy Story Mania and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue added over the last few years.

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Mmmm, all the more reason to come back to Tokyo Disney Resort, LOL! I saw the Little Mermaid Show a few years back, and the only criticism I had of it at the time, was I wish there was more (time) of it to see! Very short time for such a big production. But it was fun and colorful and worth seeing at least once, in a visit. So go see it before it ch-ch-changes in 2015!

Correction: Spring of 2014 it goes away, not to come back till the following Spring, 2015.

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