November 30, 2017 / 2:49 AM / 16 days ago

Tokyo Disney Resort operator shares jumps after expansion plan report

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares of Oriental Land Co Ltd 4661.T jumped on Thursday after local media reported plans to spend more than 300 billion yen ($2.7 billion) on a major expansion of its Tokyo Disney Resort theme park featuring an attraction based on hit film “Frozen”.

FILE PHOTO: A visitor reacts as she hugs Disney character Mickey Mouse at Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, east of Tokyo April 15, 2011. REUTERS/Issei Kato

The investment would be the amusement park operator’s biggest since spending about 340 billion yen to open Tokyo DisneySea in 2001, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Oriental Land is the Japanese operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, which started with the opening of Tokyo Disneyland in 1983 in Urayasu on the outskirts of Tokyo.

The amusement park, featuring attractions such as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Splash Mountain,” draws in about 30 million visitors annually.

The company has started talks with U.S. entertainment firm Walt Disney Co DIS.N on the expansion plan, the Nikkei reported, without citing sources.

Oriental Land plans to expand the resort’s 100 hectare site by about 30 percent and open new attractions around 2023, the newspaper said. The expansion plan is designed to alleviate the amusement park’s chronic congestion, it said.

The company will also consider adding an attraction to the expansion based on the Disney animated film “Frozen”, the Nikkei said.

In a statement, Oriental Land said it has been planning a major development from its financial year beginning April 2021 and later but that nothing specific has been decided.

Shares of Oriental Land rose 3 percent in morning trade, outperforming a 0.2 percent decline in the broader TOPIX .TOPX.

Reporting by Taiga Uranaka

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