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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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Inside the Fortress Explorations we find the Chamber of the Planets

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 Four: Explorer's Landing / Fortress Explorations - II

Text by Al Lutz

Let's continue wandering around inside the Fortress Explorations - obviously a place where a great deal of care and thought went into its design. Below are the remote control toy boats / galleons.

As you can see below, it's quite detailed - I'm sure these are coin operated as are their stateside counterparts.

The next room has an optical illusion for you to enjoy - as you walk up you'll see a large somewhat distorted painting - of course the obvious thing to do here is peer at it via the provided lens below...

Suddenly you are immersed in the photo - with a sense of being able to look up, down and all around you to see what is the adjacent Mt. Prometheus erupting.

In the detail below you see just how much work was involved in this painting. Shaky day it looks like for the folks in town.

Mind you, all this is inside the one Fortress! Next we wander into the Chamber of Planets. The belt driven solar system model is a simple tech tour de force.

Again, look at the extensive woodwork and exhaustive detailing.

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*"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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