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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

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Now that folks, is a ruin! The Indiana Jones ride building / complex

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 Seven: Lost River Delta / California Adventure comparison

Text by Al Lutz

We've been to the richly detailed Arabian Coast, but there's something a little further on that's popping up on the nearby horizon (and it isn't a power pole or a convention center!)

(First, a quick note about the photos you will be looking at - this set of shots were taken just at dusk, and were originally very dark. I've done some work on them to lighten them up so you can see the details - but that may mean that some of the colors could be a bit off from what the actual location may look like. You may also see an occasional rainbow "halo" effect around some objects, like at the tip of the temple in the shot below.)

The vista above is taken a little past the Delta area - looking back at it. Note the rich landscaping (I'm willing to bet it was all brought in) and the seaplane parked in front of the area. Doesn't this kind of detail make you think Indy has just arrived? (All of the DisneySea lands have something just like this on the shores of the lagoons / canals nearby - it really adds life to the areas.)

In the photo below, we are on the shore right in front of the seaplane - and are looking back at the dining location for the area "The El Dorado Cantina."

A detail from the above shot below shows you how complete the theming is for this location, you'd swear this place had been there for years.

Turning around from where you are standing - you see the "Temple of the Crystal Skull." The tower is huge (at least compared to the Disneyland version for this same ride, which had to be scaled to fit Adventureland) but the size is also somewhat of an optical illusion. Just like the Matterhorn - the scale has been made smaller the higher up it goes, to give an illusion of even greater height. 

The reddish lighting only adds to the mystery - and even the detail of having the steps sag in the middle a bit gives the building a look of heft. Next are two details from the above shot - showing just how much design has gone into it.

Lighting comes from the statue heads on each side (below) - and note that even the steps up look worn from a lot of use.

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*"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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