Last time, I talked about Tokyo Disneyland, the first Magical Place in Tokyo. I also briefly mentioned the second magical place before but now I’ll explain it in more detail. I am talking about the Tokyo DisneySea, where adventure and imagination set sail. Opened in 2001, Tokyo DisneySea has become one of the world’s most-visited theme parks and one of the most popular Disney Parks in the world. One of the park’s symbols is the DisneySea AquaSphere, a water fountain with a large model of the earth, which is located at the entrance plaza and the gigantic volcano, Mount Prometheus, located in the center of the park. The volcano and Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland, the other park in the resort, are exactly the same height as the two in Tokyo DisneySea.
Like Tokyo Disneyland, there are also seven theme areas in Tokyo DisneySea. After going through the front gates of Disney Sea Plaza, where people can see the Disney Sea Aquasphere, you find yourself in a part of the park called the Mediterranean Harbor, the starting point of your Disney Sea adventure.
The Mediterranean Harbor opens up to the six other nautically themed areas, these are American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, and Mysterious Island. Mediterranean Harbor is an Italian themed area littered with live entertainment, such as The Legend of Mythica and BraviSEAmo!, and Venetian gondolas that people can actually ride. Here and there in the area are also various shops and restaurants.Â There is also a fully functioning hotel within this area, Tokyo Disney Sea Hotel Mira Costa, making it seem that guests of the hotel are actually part of Mediterranean Harbor. Mediterranean Harbor opens up to two other themed areas, Mysterious Island to the right and American Waterfront to the left.
Mysterious Island is located within Mount Prometheus, the park’s main centerpiece and most prominent feature. In here the musings of Jules Verne, the father of modern science fiction, come to life. Visit Captain Nemo’s secret base where you’ll become members of his crew for two thrilling adventures, namely the rides Journey to The Center of The Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. These rides are two of the most popular rides in the park. You’ll plunge to the bottom of the sea, encountering shipwrecks and mysterious creatures. And you’ll journey to the depths the earth where the only escape route lies through an active volcano.
It’s the turn of the century at American Waterfront, the 20th century that is. This is the place where you’ll experience both a New York enlivened by new immigrants and the heartwarming New England fishing village of Cape Cod. An elevated rail system, a classic American playhouse, restaurants and shops characterize busy and bustling New York. Cape Cod offers a slower pace and the opportunity to stroll leisurely along its quaint and quiet streets. American Waterfront’s most prominent feature is probably the SS Columbia, a large passenger ship. SS Columbia often serves as the site for many shows held in the area. The area’s most popular attraction is the Japanese version of The Tower of Terror, which is very different than other Tower of Terror versions.
Mermaid Lagoon is home to the characters of the Little Mermaid. This under-the-sea playground features the world of Ariel, from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Here children can frolic and play amongst Ariel and her companions in their wonderful and fantastic world filled with surprises and fun-filled attractions, including a dazzling live entertainment show. This area recreates the feeling of being underwater and is geared towards a younger audience, with rides such asÂ Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster, Scuttle’s Scooters and Jumpin’ Jellyfish. There is also a place called Ariel’s Playground where visitors can see various recreated settings of the movie.
Port Discovery takes you beyond the horizons of time to a marina of the future, where the brilliant researchers at the Center for Weather Control study the Earth’s weather systems. Right now the scientists of Port Discovery are holding a wonderful festival to celebrate the completion of their latest invention and allow visitors to try out some of the fantastic modes of “modern” transportation they have developed. This is often called the Tomorrowland of Disney Sea. Port Discovery plays home to several rides. These are StormRider, a large-scale simulator ride; Aquatopia, a boat ride that takes the visitors moving and spinning through a lagoon amid waterfalls and whirlpools at high speeds, and the DisneySea Electric Railway, an overhead electric trolley that transports you to and from the American Waterfront.
Arabian Coast recreates the exotic and enchanted world from 1001 Arabian Nights. Sail with Sindbad the Sailor as he sets out on his seven voyages to uncover the mysteries of the unknown seas in Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, an indoor boat ride that somewhat resembles the It’s a Small World ride. Join the caravan abroad a double-deck carousel of exotic beasts, along with about 190 other passengers, in Caravan Carousel and enjoy a live magic show in Magic Lamp Theater, featuring the whimsical talents of the Genie from the Disney animated classic Aladdin. Like Mermaid Lagoon this area borrows heavily from another Disney film, namely Aladdin.
The last area of the park is the Lost River Delta. This area takes you back to the ruins of a mysterious pyramid rising above the Central American jungle on the shores of El Rio Perdido, the “Lost River,” during the 1930s. Here the adventurous will find themselves inextricably drawn to explore the ancient temple’s hidden depths, while in an abandoned hangar across the water the rainforest plays out its own amazing story. The large ruins of the Aztec pyramid in this area houses the Indiana Jones Adventure ride. This area also has the Raging Spirits, a roller coaster with a 360 loop and The Disney Sea Steamer, which transports visitors back to Mediterranean Harbor.
So visit the other half of the Tokyo Disney Resort. Go from a romantic Italian Harbor to the wild jungles of Central America, from the exotic lands of Arabia to the turn of the 20th century. Go from the mouth of a live volcano to the bottom of the sea. Enjoy the adventure, romance and mystery of this magical place in Tokyo.