Photo/IllutrationMickey Mouse waves from a float during the “Dreaming Up” parade to mark the 35th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, on April 10. (Ryuhei Tsutsui)

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Tokyo Disney Resort operator Oriental Land Co. will proceed with plans to expand its popular theme park, CEO Toshio Kagami confirmed as the company marked Tokyo Disneyland’s 35th anniversary on April 15.

“We are looking into how to expand our park,” said Kagami, giving the first official word on the expansion plans, reported last November, which aim to increase visitor numbers and reduce congestion.

Details of the expansion and when it will happen have not yet been determined. The resort comprises Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, both located in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture.

A project to turn the existing ground-level parking lot into a multistory car park tower is scheduled to be completed in fiscal 2019. The development will free up land and open the way for new features to be added.

The expansion project is expected to start after the parking revamp is complete.

Tokyo Disney Resort drew 30.1 million visitors in fiscal 2017, marking the fifth year in a row in which more than 30 million people have passed through its gates. The theme park’s success means the need to reduce congestion has become more pressing.

More attractions to be completed over the next few years include one tentatively named “ Soarin’,” which will open at Tokyo DisneySea in 2019, and a "Beauty and the Beast"-themed facility to be added at Tokyo Disneyland in 2020.