Oriental Land Company Announces New Disney Cruise Line Ship Coming to Japan

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Does anyone fancy a trip to Japan?  Only a few weeks after opening the Disney Toyoko Springs expansion Fantasy Springs, OLC (Oriental Land Company) announced a new Disney Cruise Line ship coming to the Japanese market.

MEYER WERFT (who built the Disney Wish and is currently building the two sister ships Disney Treasure and Disney Destiny) has been commissioned by OLC to build a Wish-Class cruise ship to be delivered by 2028. OLC is expected to commence operation of the ship by early 2029. The new ship will be a sister ship to the popular Disney Wish, and it will feature many guest-favorite venues and experiences from that ship with select modifications specially designed with Japanese guests in mind. It is expected to be approximately 140,000 gross tons and powered by liquefied natural gas, with about 1,250 staterooms.

“I am very happy to sign this contract today and win OLC as a new customer from Japan. This order contributes to the long term development of shipbuilding in Papenburg”, says Bernard Meyer.

MEYER WERFT Bernard Meyer and Oriental Land Company Kenji Yoshida

“With this new order, we look forward to continuing our relationship with Disney and working with Oriental Land Company, which also has a long-standing relationship with Disney, as a new customer. This is a strong signal for shipbuilding in Papenburg and shows that companies from all over the world rely on the quality of MEYER WERFT,” says Bernd Eikens, CEO of the MEYER Group.

“We have long-term relationships with both Meyer Werft and the Oriental Land Company. We are delighted to be working with both of them to create a Disney cruise experience for the Japanese market,” said Thomas Mazloum, president, Disney Signature Experiences.

The Oriental Land Company has a long relationship with Disney, opening Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. Tokyo DisneySea, the first ever ocean-themed Disney theme park, was established in 2001. It operates Tokyo Disney Resort, which includes hotels, a monorail, and a retail dining-entertainment complex. In June 2024, Fantasy Springs was opened as Tokyo DisneySea’s eighth themed port to raving reviews from fans worldwide.

Personally, I cannot wait to see what an OLC Disney Cruise Line ship will look like, as the Tokyo Disney parks are incredibly themed and immersive.  Now, if you need me, I’ll be mentally planning out several trips to Japan.

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