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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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Yeah! The very cool sounding Aquatopia.

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 Nine: Port Discovery II

Text by Al Lutz

Last time we took a look at Stormrider - now let's see what else is in Port Discovery. (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 DisneySea Electric Railway has two stops, one here in Port Discovery, the other at the American Waterfront. Note how the styling fits in well - it looks modern yet retro enough for this area - and it fits right into the retro detail of the American Waterfront area too. That's thoughtful design.

In the close-up shot you can see the detailing in the cars and Mount Prometheus in the background.  As I understand it (and my memory may be faulty here) there is some odd rule in Japan that any railway built that has more than two stops has to be run or regulated by the government - so Disney in both the Tokyo Disneyland park and here in DisneySea had to limit the stations to two.

All right already - I know you guys have been itching to get a closer look at the Aquatopia. (Heck, even the name seems cool.) Below is the loading area...

A zoom into the shot above shows us the ride vehicles - looking further into the background you can see a waterfall. Again, every nook, every cranny, has something to look at. You can also make out a cast member in the right of the shot below - note the costuming.

Another close up in another part of the photo shows the rest of the loading area - and the distinctive seashell inspired roof treatments.

Now we get to see this thing in action, from the other side.

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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