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Konnichiwa! A look at Disney in Japan
Special: A look inside the new Tokyo DisneySea park!
TOUR AREAS: HOTEL MIRACOSTA | MEDITERRANEAN HARBOR | EXPLORER'S LANDING - FORTRESS EXPLORATIONS I | EXPLORER'S LANDING - FORTRESS EXPLORATIONS II | MERMAID'S LAGOON | ARABIAN COAST | LOST RIVER DELTA | PORT DISCOVERY I | PORT DISCOVERY II | AMERICAN WATERFRONT I | AMERICAN WATERFRONT II | CAPE COD | MYSTERIOUS ISLAND | VISTAS | OCEANO RESTAURANT

THIS SECTION: ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR



Welcome to Aladdin's home town, Agrabah!

While Disney has been building and opening the California Adventure park in Anaheim, the Oriental Land Company has been working on a new Disney park clear on the other side of the world, in Japan.

Like it's new California cousin, Tokyo DisneySea park resides next door to the existing Disneyland park. The similarity ends there however, because Tokyo DisneySea is not like any park in California, or even the world. The Oriental Land Company has broken the mold with a theme park full of detailing so incredible it can easily be compared to -- if not surpass -- some of the most expensive and richly themed hotels in Las Vegas, such as the Venetian and Bellagio.

MousePlanet is extremely pleased to offer you the following photos, taken by Todd Meigan*, over a recent weekend during a soft opening of the park. Todd is a regular contributor to our MousePad discussion boards, and is our very own Tokyo insider. We hope Todd's photos will give you an idea of the sheer wonderment and amazement of the new park.


Part Six: More Mermaid's Lagoon / Arabian Coast

Text by Al Lutz

Ok, so I promised yesterday that you'd see the Lost Delta today - but instead thanks to some new shots we just got emailed to us from photographer Todd in Tokyo, we'll change course a bit. (Yes, we are assembling this huge tour nightly chapter by chapter for you!)

So first we'll finish off the Mermaid's Lagoon tour with some final shots we got, and then we'll hop across the canal to the Arabian Coast (which would make more sense anyway if we were actually touring the park together).

Another view from inside the Mermaid's Lagoon shows us the Blowfish in the top shot, and the Whirlpool (yes, DisneySea's version of the teacups) below.

Again note that every surface is themed, and below you can see a close-up of a Whirlpool vehicle.

Exiting the Mermaid's Lagoon (and heading towards the Arabian Coast area) we see the back side of the Lagoon entry - which is just as detailed as the front.

Again, the close-up taken from the shot above, shows just how much care went into this facade - again you can see all the water that pours through everything, giving it a bit of life.

Stepping around we spot the Flying Fish coaster - which looks like a Gadget Go-Coaster type ride, more geared to the little ones. Again, this kind of Fantasyland / Toontown type of area was ignored when the new California Adventure park was slapped together - the Tokyo folks didn't forget the family aspect of their audience. (Todd also noted how they picked the nearby trees to look like seaweed!)

That completes our walk out of the Mermaid's Lagoon area! Now let's look across the way, shall we?

CONTINUED


*"Todd Meigan" is our insider's pen name. Todd is a cast member currently working at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Want to send some comments to Todd? E-mail him at todd_meigan@hotmail.com

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