A few weeks ago, a rare storm blanketed Tokyo Disneyland with heaps of snow that transformed the park into a breathtaking winter wonderland.
You wouldn’t think that Disneyland could get any more magical than it already is. But seeing the park take on a wintery atmosphere made it extra special for visitors that day, with its epic white-tipped castle, falling snowflakes and huddled families all around.
Despite the storm, Tokyo Disneyland drew in tons of visitors who marvelled at the icy scene. Statues, buildings and greenery throughout the park were coated with snow, and special areas like the park’s Frozen exhibit were given a new meaning. Even though the sun wasn’t out, many visitors said the park was still worth visiting.
Disneyland Paris also gets snow from time to time, and it’s just as spectacular:
With all the positive reception being given to these snowy Disneylands, it begs the question — Why doesn’t Disney build a theme park in Canada?
To open a Disney theme park in a country where winter takes up a majority of the year would be a gamble, but it would still be a good one. The snow-covered Disneylands in Tokyo and Paris proved that not all people are deterred by the cold and snow.
Besides, for Canadians and most Americans who live in the upper states (which, by the way, would be the likely target demographics for a Canadian Disneyland), cold and snow are so commonplace that most of them would probably still head out in the winter if they had the chance.
Mike Bastoli, a writer for The Disney Blog, also said that just because there’s snow, doesn’t mean the park wouldn’t profit. He thinks Toronto would be an ideal location for a Canadian Disneyland, despite the city’s cold winters:
“Unlike Wonderland, which only operates [from] May to October, Disney’s Toronto park would be a year-round destination,” he writes. “The combination of climate change (Toronto winters have sadly been getting warmer and less winter-like with each passing year), and a good number of indoor attractions, would make it possible.”
Bastoli also adds that it would be a prime opportunity for Disney to capitalize on one of their greatest success stories to date — Frozen. Think glass statues, winter-themed decor, cozy shops and Elsa’s giant ice castle. It would be a dream come true.