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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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It's what Tomorrowland should have been at Disneyland

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 Eight: Port Discovery I

Text by Al Lutz

Before I start today's tour, I just want to give a thank you to fellow MousePlaneteer Lani Teshima - she was kind enough to help in obtaining the photos for this series, and she organized them for me before sending them on for the processing and layout. Thanks to her work with our photographer Todd, (who we all thank yet again) we have this wonderful photo tour to share with you.

We've gawked at the Mediterranean Harbor and Fortress Explorations, we've hung out with Mermaids in their Lagoon, and both Aladdin (on the Arabian Coast) and Indy (in the Lost River Delta) got visited. That leaves three areas of the DisneySea park we haven't been to yet, Mysterious Island, American Waterfront / Cape Cod, and Port Discovery.

Looking at our guide map - it turns out that right next door to the Lost River Delta is Port Discovery. So let's make the jaunt over in that direction. As you can see in our introductory photo (above) they have taken a whole different approach here than in the other areas, sort of a retro Tomorrowland look. The shot is taken from the Disney Steamer Line off shore, looking into the area.

(Again, a quick note about the photos you will be looking at - a few of these shots were taken 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.)

The following three photos are blow-ups of the shot above - the first shows Stormchaser (a new attraction, apparently it uses both buildings)...

...in the middle of the photo below you can see a red Aquatopia vehicle, think Motor Boats with a water obstacle course, and you have an idea of what this is...

...and finally to the right is a shot of the Aquatopia tower and loading area. Kind of a Fritz Lang Metropolis look isn't it?

Below is the Stormrider attraction at dusk...

...the shot above (thanks to its high resolution) allows us to get close-ups of some of the areas within it...

...even the lighting fixtures are varied, some looking like globes, others reflecting off a suspended panel, even others looking like futuristic palm trees. Note the cool radar and other radio type antennas at the top of the buildings. Even the aluminum banners are out of this world.

Below is a close-up of the adjacent building...

... and then we take a closer look at the entry ramp area below - that's Tokyo Bay out there from what I understand.

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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