Today, we are heading to DisneySea!
Tokyo DisneySea is a fantasy theme park in Tokyo Disney Resort that is unique to Japan. It is inspired by the myths and legends of the sea.
The park’s two symbols are the DisneySea AquaSphere – a water fountain with a large model of the earth in the entrance plaza, and the gigantic volcano, Mount Prometheus, located in the center of the park. The volcano and Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland, the other park in the resort, are exactly the same height.
“Welcome one and all to a world where Imagination and Adventure set sail. Tokyo DisneySea is dedicated to the spirit of exploration that lives in each of us. Here we chart a course for Adventure, Romance, Discovery and Fun and journey to exotic and fanciful Ports of Call. May Tokyo DisneySea inspire the hearts and minds of all of us who share the water planet, Earth.”
—Michael D. Eisner, September 4, 2001
There are seven uniquely themed areas or “ports of call”. The entrance to the park is Mediterranean Harbor, which opens up to six more nautically themed ports: American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, and Mysterious Island.
Mediterranean Harbor is the entrance “port-of-call” and themed as an Italian port city, complete with
Venetian gondolas that guests can board and ride. Littered throughout the port are various shops and restaurants.
Mediterranean Harbor’s layout differs from the entry “lands” of other Disney parks as it is a large “V” shape rather than a main street that leads to a hub (as found in Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. or Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Hollywood Boulevard”). On the right, the path leads to Mysterious Island, while on to the left, the path leads to the American Waterfront.
Built into the architecture in this port is the Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta. The hotel itself serves as a full-scale reproduction of the various buildings of Portofino and Venice’s ports. The design choice of combining a real hotel within the themed park areas helps to further the illusion that (as either a park or hotel guest) you are in the actual city; since the hotel is a functioning building. The hotel guests that may peek out from the hotel’s rooms, balconies, and terraces serve in adding an almost surreal level of kinetic authenticity in passing for an authentic Italian villa for park visitors, while the hotel guest enjoys the harborside views and novelty of location. Additionally, the Hotel MiraCosta also serves as the border of the park.
Mediterranean Harbor also features attractions such as the Fortress Explorations which is a meticulously themed, large-scale interactive play area for guests that features exploration themed activities and attractions including The Legend of Mythica, a twenty-five minute show and Fantasmic!
“Be Magical!” an amazing nighttime spectacular also situated on the harbor that uses special barges, fountains, pyro effects, Disney Characters and fireworks can be viewed here too.
Mysterious Island is a “port-of-call” within Mount Prometheus, the giant volcano that is the Park’s centerpiece and most prominent feature.
It relies heavily on the storytelling of Jules Verne and, specifically, the mythology of the volcano fortress mentioned several times in the books called “Vulcania”.
The Mount Prometheus ride employs technology similar to Epcot’s test track. The smallest “port of call”, it nevertheless holds two of the more popular attractions: “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, a thrill ride, and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, a dark ride.
While appearing to be a volcano on the water, Mysterious Island is not an island at all. It is instead built into the side of Mount Prometheus, which is part of the show building of the two attractions.
The architecture in this port is of Victorian style, as the Jules Verne novels featured here all take place in this era.
Mermaid Lagoon is home to the characters of The Little Mermaid. The facade is made to look like the Palace of King Triton and features fanciful seashell-inspired architecture.
This “port of call” is unique in that it is mostly indoors and recreates the feeling of being underwater. Most of the rides in this area are geared towards younger children.
Attractions in this “port of call” include Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster; Scuttle’s Scooters; Jumpin’ Jellyfish; Blowfish Balloon Race; The Whirlpool; all of which are meticulously themed children’s rides.
Also in this area are Ariel’s Playground which is a children’s playground and extensive walk-through attraction that recreates the various settings in the movie; and the Mermaid Lagoon Theater which is home to ‘Under the Sea’.
The musical show featuring live actors, large-scale puppetry and audio-animatronics that recreate the story of The Little Mermaid.
Lucky children can also get to take photographs with Ariel at Ariel’s Greeting Grotto!
Under the Sea!~ ♪
This “port of call”, like Mermaid Lagoon, is themed after a popular Disney animated film, this time Aladdin. It recreates an exotic Arabian harbor combined with an “enchanted world from 1001 Arabian Nights”.
There are three attractions in the land: Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, an indoor boat ride whose art direction seems to be a variation on “it’s a small world”, but actually (because of newly developed audio animatronics which, despite their miniature scale, have a full range of movement just like Pirates of the Caribbean’s life-size figures) ends up even surpassing the technical accomplishment of the classic Pirates of the Caribbean;
Caravan Carousel, a double-decker carousel that can hold over 190 passengers;
And the Magic Lamp Theater, which houses a combined live-action/animatronic based magic show with a 3D movie featuring the Genie.
A large eatery serving Middle-Eastern, Indian, and Japanese style curry, is at the center.
Lost River Delta
Located at the back of the park, the dominant structure in this “port of call” is a huge, ruined Central American Aztec pyramid which houses the E.M.V. attraction Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull.
Also located in the Lost River Delta is the DisneySea Steamer Line which transports guests back to Mediterranean Harbor.
‘Mystic Rhythms’ a live theatrical show that takes place in an abandoned hangar that has been reclaimed by the jungle.
And Raging Spirits, a looping roller coaster situated in the ruins of an ancient ceremonial site.
This “port of call” is hailed as “the marina of the future”. It is sometimes referred to as “Tomorrowland” of Tokyo DisneySea.
Home to the fictional ‘Center for Weather Control’, Port Discovery is home to three attractions:
Stormrider, which is a large-scale simulator ride;
Aquatopia, a boat ride that uses LPS tracking (‘trackless’ technology also used in Tokyo Disneyland’s Pooh’s hunny hunt) to move and spin through a lagoon amid waterfalls and whirlpools;
And the DisneySea Electric Railway, an overhead electric ‘trolley’ that transports riders to and from the American Waterfront.
This “port of call” represents the northeastern seaboard of the United States in the early 20th century. It features two themed areas, an “Old Cape Cod” section, and a “New York Harbor” section with an elaborate backstory.
This land is dominated by the large passenger ship, SS Columbia, which is usually the site for various shows and events. A restaurant is also located within the ship.
Guests have the option of riding the area’s “Big City Vehicles” which roam the streets of this area. It also features the “DisneySea Electric Railway” which takes passengers from The American Waterfront to nearby Port Discovery.
This port is the site for many of the park’s live entertainment, among them are the shows staged at the Broadway-themed theater which currently plays the show “Big Band Beat”, which features 1940’s style swing jazz performed by a 12-piece band, as well as 20 singers/dancers.
The port’s most popular attraction is the Japanese version of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, an elaborately themed free-fall E-ticket ride with a unique storyline which is markedly different from other incarnations of the same ride.
Turtle Talk is being placed in this land too.