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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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The entry facade to the Mermaid's Lagoon

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 Five: Mermaid's Lagoon

Text by Al Lutz

We've been to a Mediterranean port, and we've explored a richly detailed Explorer's fortress, full of amazing and wonderful things for kids (and yes, adults) to do. So far that's only two of the seven areas this park has.

So what's next? How about a visit with our friend Ariel. You remember her - sings a lot, lost the tail, and gained a prince? ;) Her hangout at Tokyo DisneySea puts her father's lone carousel over at California Adventure to utter shame, see for yourself...

From across the waterway we saw her kingdom (in the introductory graphic above) - now here are some details from that shot. The hills you see below help disguise the fact the entire lagoon is housed inside a building - which allows year round use of this area in Tokyo's more New York like weather.

In a way, the elaborate detailing you see here has a way of making this almost like a castle - appropriate since this area of the park is pretty much the equivalent of Fantasyland (an area and its attraction mix that was ignored in the new California Adventure park). The paint treatments are really beautiful - there are no power lines, convention halls or hotels to mar the view.

Approaching the Lagoon you can see the detail work is everywhere, from the bridge to the side of the canal that winds around the entryway.

Looking into the above shot, we can show you the sea shell theme up close...

...and also give you a better look at how water flows all through the facade - over the doorways and down back into the adjacent canal. Again, look at the paint treatments and relief work - as fanciful as it looks, there is a base in the reality of the seashore.

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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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