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Tokyo Disneyland announces new attractions

The Oriental Land Co has opened a new dark ride at Tokyo Disneyland, as well as announcing plans for a number of new attractions through until 2012 at both the Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea parks in Japan.

Now open within the Tomorrowland section of Tokyo Disneyland, Monsters Inc Ride & Go Seek (pictured) is based around the popular Monsters Inc films and accompanied by a new retail outlet.

The ride’s storyline involves the monsters giving tours of the Monsters Inc factory, as Mike, Sulley and his colleagues entertain the Boo with a game of flashlight tag. Guests can join in the fun on this interactive ride as they look out for monsters hiding in lockers, under helmets and other unlikely places. They will also witness several familiar scenes from the film. At the end, passengers will be seen off by Roz the monster who, depending on her mood, might make some witty exchanges as they depart.

The ride takes approximately four minutes. Up to three persons may ride in each car, and there are two flashlights per car. According to Oriental Land Co the cost of the attraction and adjacent Monster Inc Company Store is more than US$100 million.

As previously announced, Turtle Talk will open this October at Tokyo DisneySea, located inside SS Columbia in the park’s American Waterfront area and featuring Crush the turtle from the Finding Nemo film. Using the latest Disney technology, this interactive attraction lets young guests talk in real-time with the popular character and has already been a hit at several other Disney parks.

Opening in 2011 inside Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland Park will be a new walk-through type attraction dedicated to Cinderella. The title for the $20 million attraction is still undecided, but guests will experience the world of Cinderella through dioramas and paintings inside the castle, and enter a recreation of the grand ballroom where Cinderella danced with Prince Charming.

At Tokyo DisneySea another new attraction will open on the American Waterfront when Toy Story Mania! (below) arrives in 2012. This interactive dark ride/game transports guests through the world of Woody, Jessie and other toys from the films. Wearing 3D glasses, passengers take aim at virtual targets in a series of fun and exciting games featuring 3D images. The original version of the attraction has been a massive hit since it debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando last summer.

Also previously announced, Mickey’s PhilharMagic is tentatively set to open in 2011 at Tokyo Disneyland’s Fantasyland. This 3D theatre-style attraction with 4D effects features Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and a host of popular Disney films.

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