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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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This probably can be considered the centerpiece of this dazzling new park

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 Thirteen: Mysterious Island

Text by Al Lutz

Remember the Charlie Brown Halloween TV special? They had a wonderful running gag in it, that took place when all the kids got together after each place they went trick or treating at. Each child would look in his bag after they hit each house and tell the others what they were given, "I got a chocolate bar!" one would exclaim, "I got a candy apple" the other would brag, "I got some candy corn!" another would shriek. Then each and every time at the end of the listing of all the wonderful treats everyone had received, Charlie Brown would dejectedly announce his prize, "I got a rock."

Now you probably have some kind of inkling of how I feel as each night I assemble these photo essays for you. While I see that Tokyo DisneySea got a New York waterfront, complete with a steel cruise liner, I remember we got an off the shelf cheap carnival in California Adventure. When I see Tokyo got a Fantasyland type of kids area with Mermaid's Lagoon, I remember we have two recycled movies from Florida. When I marvel at the photos on this page of the Jules Verne inspired 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth attractions located inside a volcano no less, I think of our bread baking and tortilla making.

It's no wonder why many of you can not get through the reservations lines for this new park any time of the day or night when you call, while California Adventure has to give away tickets to get people to come.

But enough of my grousing (and from the scads of email I get I know you all feel the same way). Let's take a Disney Steamer into the inside lagoon of Mysterious Island shall we?

As we arrive (pretend that boat above is coming in, not leaving ;) ) - we make a quick trip up to a view point above and see the following map - obviously put together by Captain Nemo himself - giving us the lay of the land...

As we look up from the map - we see what has to be the showpiece in this already dazzling new park - Mysterious Island...

The shot above is the view to the left of you - the shot below is the view to the right of you...

The scale of this thing is amazing isn't it?

Captain Nemo tells us what we are looking at...

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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