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Tokyo Disney eyes biggest expansion in nearly 20 years

New attractions meant to lure overseas tourists, ease congestion

Crowding has become a problem at the popular Tokyo Disney Resort.

TOKYO -- Tokyo Disney Resort operator Oriental Land plans a major expansion for the theme park, looking to spend over 300 billion yen ($2.68 billion) to build new attractions and ease congestion amid fierce competition in the industry.

Oriental Land has begun discussing the plans with U.S.-based Walt Disney. The park's area would grow roughly 30%, and new facilities, expected to open around 2023, would be geared to attract both domestic and international tourists. The expansion would be the resort's priciest project since the 2001 addition of the Tokyo DisneySea section, which cost about 340 billion yen.

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