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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



No plywood folks, that's all real steel - even the smokestacks belch steam!

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 Ten: American Waterfront I

Text by Al Lutz

After leaving what can be considered DisneySea's Tomorrowland (Port Discovery) let's visit what could be thought of as their Main Street - the American Waterfront. The biggest icon they have here is a huge ocean liner - the S. S. Columbia

What is so amazing about this is the large scale and fanatical detailing they have put into it... below are two close-ups from the above shot - showing that not only is the ship itself detailed, but the area also where it sits.

Barges above, and below a skiff... (along with detailed harbor buildings)

...even a tugboat help create the illusion you are in a busy harbor. And keep in mind all the smoke stacks work!

The entry to the ship is flanked by...

...a fruit stand to the left (no outdoor vending carts here folks, real buildings!)...

(A quick look at the entry to the ship below)

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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