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Tokyo DisneySea (東京ディズニーシー?) is a 176-acre (71.22 ha) theme park at theTokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just outside Tokyo.[1] It opened on September 4, 2001, at a cost of 335 billion yen.[2] Owned by The Oriental Land Company, which licenses Disney characters and themes from The Walt Disney Company, Tokyo DisneySea attracted an estimated 14 million visitors in 2013, making it the fourth-most-visited theme park in the world.[3] Tokyo DisneySea was the second theme park to open at the Tokyo Disney Resort and the ninth park of the eleven worldwide Disney theme parks to open. Tokyo DisneySea was the fastest theme park in the world to reach the milestone of 10 million guests, having done so in 307 days after its grand opening.[4] The previous record-holder was Universal Studios Japan 338 days after its opening.

Dedication[]

Welcome one and all to a world where Imagination and Adventure set sail. Tokyo DisneySea is dedicated to the spirit of exploration that lives in each of us. Here we chart a course for Adventure, Romance, Discovery and Fun and journey to exotic and fanciful Ports of Call. May Tokyo DisneySea inspire the hearts and minds of all of us who share the water planet, Earth.

Concept[]

Tokyo DisneySea has an overall nautical exploration theme to it. The idea for the park can be traced to a proposal to build a second theme park in Southern California called "Port Disney" in Long Beach, California, with the RMS Queen Mary as the main attraction .[5] However the idea was scrapped after the company endured financial trouble with the Euro Disney project. Later the idea was passed on to the Oriental Land Company to expand their resort. Unlike Tokyo Disneyland, the overall intention was to create a more adult-themed park, including faster, scarier rides and shows designed more for an older audience. By the time Tokyo DisneySea opened in 2001, its concepts and designs had been in development at Walt Disney Imagineering for well over 20 years.

Layout[]

There are seven uniquely themed areas or "ports of call". The entrance to the park is Mediterranean Harbor, which opens up to six more nautically themed ports: American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, 

Mediterranean Harbor[]

Mediterranean Harbor is the entrance "port-of-call" and themed as an Italian port city, complete with Venetian Gondolas that guests can board and ride.[1] Littered throughout the port are various shops and restaurants. Mediterranean Harbor's layout differs from the entry "lands" of other Disney parks as it is a large "V" shape rather than a main street that leads to a hub (as found in Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A. or Disney's Hollywood Studios' Hollywood Boulevard"). If followed to the right, the path leads to Mysterious Island, while if followed to the left, the path leads to the American Waterfront. Built into the architecture in this port is the Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta. The hotel itself serves as a full-scale reproduction of the various buildings of Portofino and Venice's ports. The design choice of combining a real hotel within the themed park areas helps to further the illusion that (as either a park or hotel guest) you are in the actual city; since the hotel is a functioning building (rather than a 'set facade' -- the general standard in theme park designs) the hotel guests that may peek out from the hotel's rooms, balconies, and terraces serve in adding an almost surreal level of kinetic authenticity in passing for an authentic Italian villa for park visitors, while the hotel guest enjoys the harborside views and novelty of location. Additionally, the Hotel MiraCosta also serves as the southern berm (or border) of the park. Mediterranean Harbor also features attractions such as the Fortress Explorations which is a meticulously themed, large-scale interactive play area for guests that features exploration themed activities and attractions, The Legend of Mythica, a twenty-five-minute show located on the harbor, and Fantasmic!, premiered on April 28, 2011, as part of the parks 10th anniversary celebration, "Be Magical!" a nighttime spectacular also situated on the harbor that uses special barges, fountains, pyro effects, Disney Characters and fireworks.

Current attractions[]

  • Fortress Explorations
  • DisneySea Transit Steamer Line
  • Venetian Gondolas

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Current entertainment[]

  • A Table is Waiting
  • Big Band Beat
  • Fantasmic! (April 28, 2011 – Present)

Current restaurants[]

  • Cafe Portofino
  • Zambini Brothers' Ristorante
  • Mamma Biscotti's Bakery
  • Ristorante di Canaletto
  • Gondolier Snacks
  • Magellan's
  • Magellan's Lounge (located within Magellan's)
  • Refrescos


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Current shops[]

  • Valentina's Sweets
  • Emporio
  • Galleria Disney
  • Fotografica
  • Il Postino Stationery
  • Nicolo's Workshop
  • Figaro's Clothiers
  • Merchant of Venice Confections
  • Venetian Carnival Market
  • Romeo's Watches & Jewelry
  • Juliet's Collections & Treasures
  • Miramare
  • Piccolo Mercato
  • Splendido
  • Rimembranze

Past entertainment[]

  • DisneySea Symphony (September 4, 2001 – April 22, 2004)
  • BraviSEAmo! (July 17, 2004 – November 13, 2010)
  • Legend of Mythica
  • Mystic Rhythms

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Mysterious Island[]

Mysterious Island is a "port-of-call" within Mount Prometheus, the giant volcano that is the park's centerpiece and most prominent feature. It relies heavily on the storytelling of Jules Verne and, specifically, the mythology of the volcano fortress mentioned several times in the books called "Vulcania". The Mount Prometheus ride employs technology similar to Epcot's Test Track.[1] The smallest "port of call", it nevertheless holds two of the more popular attractions: "Journey to the Center of the Earth", a thrill ride, and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", a dark ride. While appearing to be a volcano on the water, Mysterious Island is not an island at all; it is built into the side of Mount Prometheus, which is part of the show building of the two attractions. The architecture in this port is of Victorian style, as the Jules Verne novels featured here all take place in this era.

Current attractions[]

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Current restaurants[]

  • Vulcania Restaurant
  • Nautilus Galley
  • Refreshment Station

Current shops[]

  • Nautilus Gifts

Mermaid Lagoon[]

Mermaid Lagoon is home to the characters of The Little Mermaid. The facade is made to look like the Palace of King Triton and features fanciful seashell-inspired architecture. This "port of call" is unique in that it is mostly indoors and recreates the feeling of being underwater. Most of the rides in this area are geared towards younger children. Attractions in this "port of call" include Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster; Scuttle's Scooters; Jumpin' Jellyfish; Blowfish Balloon Race; The Whirlpool; all of which are meticulously themed children's rides. Also in this area are Ariel's Playground which is a children's playground and extensive walk-through attraction that recreates the various settings in the movie; and the Mermaid Lagoon Theater which is home to 'Under the Sea', a musical show featuring live actors, large-scale puppetry and Audio-Animatronics that recreate the story of The Little Mermaid. Visitors can also take photographs with Ariel at Ariel's Greeting Grotto.

Current attractions[]

  • Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster
  • Scuttle's Scooters
  • Mermaid Lagoon Theater
  • Jumpin' Jellyfish
  • Blowfish Balloon Race
  • The Whirlpool
  • Ariel's Greeting Grotto

Current restaurants[]

  • Grotto Goodies
  • Sebastian's Calypso Kitchen

Current shops[]

  • Grotto Photos & Gifts
  • Sea Turtle Souvenirs
  • Mermaid Memories
  • The Sleepy Whale Shoppe
  • Mermaid Treasures
  • Kiss de Girl Fashions

Past attractions[]

  • The Undersea Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Arabian Coast[]

This "port of call", like Mermaid Lagoon, is themed after a popular Disney animated film, this time Aladdin. It recreates an exotic Arabian harbor combined with an "enchanted world from 1001 Arabian Nights". There are three attractions in the land: Sindbad's Storybook Voyage, an indoor boat ride whose art direction seems to be (at first glance) a variation on "it's a small world" (complete with its own theme song, composed by Alan Menken), but actually (because of newly developed audio animatronics which, despite their miniature scale, have a full range of movement just like Pirates of the Caribbean's life-size figures) ends up even surpassing the technical accomplishment of the classicPirates of the Caribbean; Caravan Carousel, a double-decker carousel that can hold over 190 passengers; and the Magic Lamp Theater, which houses a combined live-action/animatronic based magic show with a 3D movie featuring the Genie. A large eatery serving Middle-Eastern, Indian, and Japanese style curry, is at the center.

Current attractions[]

  • The Magic Lamp Theater
  • Caravan Carousel
  • Sinbad's Storybook Voyage
  • Jasmine's Flying Carpets

Current restaurants[]

  • Casbah Food Court
  • Flying Carpet Curry
  • Royal Tandoori
  • Sultan's Oasis
  • Open Sesame

Current shops[]

  • Agrabah Marketplace
  • Abu's Bazaar

Past attractions[]

  • Sinbad's Seven Voyages

Past shops[]

  • Abu's Sweets

Lost River Delta[]

Located at the back of the park, the dominant structure in this "port of call" is the ruins of an ancient Aztec pyramid which houses the dark ride Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull. Also located in the Lost River Delta is the DisneySea Steamer Line which transports guests back to Mediterranean Harbor, 'Mystic Rhythms', a live theatrical show that takes place in an abandoned hangar that has been reclaimed by the jungle, and Raging Spirits, a looping roller coaster situated in the ruins of an ancient ceremonial site.

Current attractions[]

  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull
  • Raging Spirits
  • DisneySea Transit Steamer Line

Current entertainment[]

  • Hangar Stage

Current restaurants[]

  • Yucatán Base Camp Grill
  • Lost River Cookhouse
  • Miguel's El Dorado Cantina
  • Expedition Eats
  • Tropic Al's

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Current shops[]

  • Lost River Outfitters
  • Expedition Photo Archives
  • Peddlers' Outpost
  • Lookout Traders

Past entertainment[]

  • The Jungle Book Adventure Audio-Animatronics Show

Port Discovery[]

This "port of call" is hailed as "the marina of the future". It is sometimes called the "Tomorrowland" of Tokyo DisneySea and is somewhat of a cross between the never-built Discovery Bay concept for Disneyland and Discoveryland in Disneyland Park (Paris). Home to the fictional 'Center for Weather Control', Port Discovery is home to three attractions: StormRider, a large-scale simulator ride;Aquatopia, a boat ride that uses LPS tracking (the 'trackless' technology also used in Tokyo Disneyland's Pooh's Hunny Hunt) to move and spin through a lagoon amid waterfalls and whirlpools, and the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge[6] DisneySea Electric Railway, an overhead electric trolley that transports riders to and from the American Waterfront.

Current attractions[]

  • StormRider
  • Aquatopia
  • DisneySea Electric Railway

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Future attractions & entertainment[]

  • Muppet Mobile Lab
  • the Muppet whatnot workshop

Current restaurants[]

  • Horizon Bay Restaurant
  • Seaside Snacks
  • Breezeway Bites

American Waterfront[]

This "port of call" represents the northeastern seaboard of the United States in the early 20th century. It features two themed areas, an "Old Cape Cod" section, and a "New York Harbor" section with an elaborate backstory. This land is dominated by the large passenger ship, SS Columbia, which is usually the site for various shows and events. A restaurant is also located within the ship. Guests have the option of riding the area's "Big City Vehicles" which roam the streets of this area. It also features the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge[6] DisneySea Electric Railway, which takes passengers from The American Waterfront to nearby Port Discovery. This port is the site for many of the park's live entertainment, among them are the shows staged at the Broadway-themed theater which currently plays the show "Big Band Beat", which features 1940's style swing jazz performed by a 12-piece band, as well as 20 singers/dancers.[1] The port's most popular attraction is a Japanese version of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, an elaborately themed free-fall E-ticket ride with a unique storyline which is markedly different from other incarnations of the same ride.[1] Recently, a new version of Turtle Talk has been placed in this land.

Toy Story Mania is a new interactive 4-D theme park attraction located at the American Waterfront in a new area called Toyville Trolley Park.[7] It is one of the most technologically advanced attractions developed by Walt Disney Imagineering and inspired by Disney Pixar's Toy Story Animation. The attraction was opened on July 9, 2012.[8] Guests are asked to wear 3-D glasses during their ride of the spinning vehicles that travel through virtual environments based on classic carnival games set up. There are shooters on the vehicles to let guests to shoot targets in those 3-D games like "egg toss" and "balloon pop".[7]

Current attractions[]

  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Tower of Terror
  • Big City Vehicles
  • DisneySea Electric Railway
  • Turtle Talk
  • DisneySea Transit Steamer Line
  • Broadway Music Theatre
  • Dockside Stage

Current restaurants[]

  • S.S. Columbia Dining Room
  • The Teddy Roosevelt Lounge
  • Restaurant Sakura
  • Sailing Day Buffet
  • New York Deli
  • Cape Cod Cook-Off
  • Liberty Landing Diner
  • Barnacle Bill's
  • Papadakis Fresh Fruit
  • High Tide Treats
  • Delancay Catering

Current shops[]

  • McDuck's Department Store
  • Steamboat Mickey's
  • Newsie's Novelties
  • Aunt Peg's Village Store
  • Tower of Terror Memorabilia
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