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,
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
*"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 firstname.lastname@example.org