I'm not familiar with the stateside Duffy's, but he was definitely a bigger deal in Japan!
In which we FOLLOW THE COMPASS OF OUR HEARTS!
After Stormrider, it was time to use our Fastpasses for Journey (again). We just kept getting Fastpass after Fastpass, most of which for Journey to the Center of the Earth. We must have gone on the ride a dozen times. Crowds were surprisingly not an issue, especially the first two days. Even when it got a bit more busy, if we were strategic with our Fastpasses, we were still able to get a lot done.
We were at Tokyo Disney parks from July 18-21.
This picture was taken in that little inlet before the tunnel to Mysterious Island from Port Discovery. I loved how insanely detailed even the lamps were. ;D
One of the many highly themed tunnels funneling into Mysterious Island. Each one was done slightly different. They didn't just copy and paste the same designs over again if you know what I mean...
And back to Mysterious Island. It was definitely the hub of the park. It was especially convenient because we traveled through it often and could keep riding/getting Fastpasses for Journey.
It was impossible to get through this area without getting pretty wet! Check out those sexy lamps. I think we went on Journey for our third time after this picture was taken. It didn't disappoint, obviously!
I was a bit disappointed there wasn't something actually in the Nautalis, but I guess there wasn't much room. I wish they put that elaborate Nautalis restaurant designed for Disneyland's Discovery Bay here! Would have been perfect.
They liked there plasma here. I loved the design of this. I wish they sold little snow globes that looked like this. And inside it would be a little model of DisneySea. And when you shook it, Prometheus would explode and lava would go everywhere. That would be an excellent gift worth of a park of this caliber.
I'd like to know what drugs the people who think that Carsland has the greatest rockwork ever are on! When you walked through this passageway to Mermaid Lagoon in the other way it was the most incredible site ever.
We emerged in the hidden corner of the park which (somehow it always got away from me since it's not as prominent as any of the other lands) which included Mermaid Lagoon and Arabian Coast.
The castle of DisneySea. It makes me think of cinnamon rolls. Or a penis if you're a conspiracy theorist!
We hit up the incredibly themed Scuttle's Scooters since it had no wait. Oh, and it appeared to have a bigger budget than the Little Mermaid ride at DCA. And the line was longer. I swear, the line could have held an hour wait without breaking a sweat! They were prepared.
What a lovely queue.
Now you'd think this ride would be pretty boring but that's just nonsense! About halfway through the ride, your car spins around to face backwards. I never realized that happened. Of course, the ride was even more fun thanks to the enthusiastic Japanese guests and cast members. They were all smiling and waving and it made the ride have a very fun atmosphere.
The centerpiece was splendidly detailed.
We then entered Triton's Kingdom through the magnificent King Triton's Castle. All he got at DCA was a generic carousel. ;)
Before descending to the ride area, you had a nice overlook of the ride area from a balcony. You then went down a long ramp to the left before spilling out into the main section. I'll cover the flat rides and the rest of this area in more detailed later...
For now, we just had to catch the showing of the Little Mermaid show!
There was no photography in the theatre, but I really enjoyed the show, and apparently so did everyone else! The story was a severely abridged version of the story that included all the key songs and didn't leave you questioning reality at the end. The Little Mermaid ride should take note. The puppets in the show were especially good. The Ursela puppet was the standout! It was really spectacular.
Hey, I recognize these guys.... One man's gift shop decor is another man's ride decoration!
There was a really cool play area that was difficult to get many pictures of. It was quite fun to explore.
Emerging from Triton's Kingdom from the back exit...
One more.... beautiful, isn't it? There's so many layers to it.
It was time for the first roller coaster of the trip: Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster (I think). There was about a 10 minute wait. Very reasonable. I swear, this ride had better theming than anything at DCA when it opened. I think the ride has as much rock work as any E-Ticket, yet this was a kiddie coaster.
They were prepared for a 90 minute wait! This was about a fifth of the entire queue space.
Thanks to two train operation the line moved pretty quick.
I enjoyed it! The theming helped elevate this simple kiddie coaster to an experience. The queue line alone was pretty fun, it went through some little grottos with nice waterfalls.
It was then off to our next land...
It's time now to return to our tour as we cross over to Arabian Coast. In a few moments we will journey onto one of the most fantastic rides ever created: Sinbad's Storybook Voyage. To prepare you for the awesomeness that is Sinbad, I suggest you start listening to the greatest ride soundtrack ever created (probably): COMPASS OF YOUR HEART. Listen to it. On full volume. It's spectacular.
Disney SEA Sinbad's Storybook Voyage- complete ride music - YouTube
Immediately after crossing the bridge from Mermaid Lagoon the pungent smell of Curry welcomes you to Arabian Coast. This archway leeds to a small room with a fountain. You then proceeded down two stairs or a ramp to the main sunken courtyard.
The first area of Arabian Coast is this palace type square. It's very spacious and has amazing details. Seriously, it's so ornate! Look at all the patterns on the planters and on the buildings! All of Arabian Coast has a very epic feel to it. It's like the awesome, but tiny, Morocco pavilion at EPCOT done on full scale.
A closer up view of the central fountain and some of the jaw dropping detail. I never expected it, but Arabian Coast may just be my favorite land. Although it could be the Compass of your Heart music I'm listening to brainwashing me!
The first attraction we his was The Magic Lamp Theater. Which, now that I think of it, is a rather odd name for an attraction. There was hardly a wait, we only had to wait for the doors to open. Additionally, somehow a cast member figured out we weren't Japanese and brought us a translating device. It was pretty helpful and I was able to understand most of the story. Although at some points I just focused on the show and not reading the translations so some parts are a bit fuzzy.
We didn't actually wait in any line, just in this holding area courtyard before the doors opened.
Another picture of nothing in particular. The show wasn't themed to Aladdin, by the way, it only focused on the Genie and two new characters. It was very refreshing to have a show that didn't just rehash old characters and old plots
This was not just a 3D show, although you got 3D glasses. First, you went into the preshow room, were a fluid snake A-A introduces the story of a young apprentice to a great but cruel (I think) wizard who happens across the magic lamp. The magician employs the Genie to help with his magic show (illusions), but is soon overshadowed by the Genie. After the preshow, you go into the main room were basically the magician tries to prove he is the greatest sorcerer in the world or something. Then somehow the Genie saves the apprentice and goes into a version of "Friend like Me" with new lyrics. Oh, and you got wet somehow. The main show incorporated live action and 3D rather nicely. The Genie was really the only 3D element so it was really more than just a simple 3D show.
Just next door was Caravan Carousel (which takes the cake for best carousel name ever!). There was only a five minute wait, so we had to hit it up. I hope you've figured out that the infamous Tokyo Disney lines did NOT make an appearance today!
I don't want to shlock this thread up with a picture of DCA, but feel free to compare this with King Triton's Carousel ;).
The line, or lack thereof. But they were prepared for a long wait! Whenever I look at these pictures again, I always notice more and more details. Like those ultra cool lamps, and the cloths hanging from the ceiling.
DinseySea deserves the superlatives it gets, including BEST CAROUSEL EVER. Seriously, what's not to love? Genies, griffins, and camels instead of hourses? Check! Double Decker? Check! Amazing name? Check! Super detailed ride structure? CHECK!
It was tricky because of the lighting, but I managed to get some pictures from above of the nameless courtyard. Can I recommend it be called Sultan's Courtyard? It'd make describing things much easier. It looks like it could go on forever. Such amazing sight lines.
That arch marks the entrance to the Magic Lamp Theatre. A bit of a line has formed since we were last there. It must be a ten minute wait now! Add another 30 minutes and then it'll start looking more like the DisneySea lines I've read about. ;)
Sorry about the ultra harsh lighting from the harsh arabian sun, I did my best to edit it. That domed building is the little foyer I talked about earlier with the staircase leading down to the newly dubbed Sultan's Courtyard.
Disney SEA Sinbad's Storybook Voyage- complete ride music - YouTube
Life is an adventure
Even though we have no map
Let's go seek out treasures
Believe in the COMPASS OF YOUR HEART!
Of course, the next ride in our coverage of Arabian Coast is Sinbad's Storybook Voyage, perhaps the coolest Disney ride created in the last two decades for a couple reasons:
1. It's not based on existing Disney IP.
2. It doesn't rely on thrills. It uses the old fashioned boat in trough used in It's A Small World.
3. It has the most kick *** original score ever!
These are some of the reasons why I feel this ride can stand right up there with Pooh's Hunny Hunt and Journey to the Center of the Earth as one of the best rides at Tokyo Disney.
For some bizarre reason, the Japanese locals don't agree with me. The ride never had more than a ten minute wait, although throughout the our first day it never passed five. This is probably due to reasons 1 and 2 I listed above.
Usually I don't take pictures on rides, but I had too for Sinbad. Plus it wasn't to difficult to get a decent picture because of its slow moving nature and relatively agreeable lighting conditions. I still urge you to check out an onride video to get a better idea. There are some pretty good ones.
The ride follows Sinbad's adventures. I'll explain it more in detail lately. I didn't really get it the first time. The whole ride was very styalized to feel like an Arabic storybook, if there even is such a thing. But it still felt grounded to reality unlike it's a small world. Even the description that it's a combination of Pirates of the Caribbean and it's a small world isn't exactly accurate. It's very unique.
In which Sinbad uses a magic feather to free a friendly Ogre...
...Who then proceeds to harmonize with Sinbad. Is that a lyre?
This was a huge animatronic. It was one of the most impressive in the ride. The whole ride was an A-A extravaganza. There was a never ending flow of eye candy.
Sinbad's ship collected more and more treasures in every scene. Yay! Interaction!
Next scene! I promise I'll explain it all when we get to day four. :o
I see you SHANDU! The entire Monkey Island scene smelled like bananas.
My brother just told me this vignette was not part of the original ride, it was added during the great refurbishment known also for bringing us the Compass of your Heart song and shaving Sinbad.
The whale scene was the most impressive part of the ride. The whale was enormous. It was very dark, so you're just going to have to go Japan to get the full experience.
The final scene in the ride had the villagers celebrating Sinbad's arrival. I really liked this little part of it, especially the fireworks in the sky. Also, you can see all of Sinbad's treasures. Plus there's a ridiculous amount of animatronics. This part too was difficult to photograph. Go to Japan! ;)
The exit from Sinbad took you to this balcony, and then down one of two staircases back to ground level. You got a pretty awesome view...
The final ride in our sweep was the controversial Jasmine's Flying Carpets. Once again, wait time: 5 minutes.
Somehow the line for this simple spinner moved twice as fast as I expected. Loading was incredibly organized and they had tons of cast members to speed up the loading process. It didn't hurt that the ride naturally had killer capacity, holding four people per carpet.
The ride provided some awesome views of this corner of the park. Plus, the tilting mechanism actually worked!
Finally, a harp played, and all the cars rose to the top in unison, signaling the end of our flight. It somehow felt all very dignified with the Princess Jasmine theming.
A last view of Arabian Coast. Don't worry, I'll cover the alleys in great detail later on. By the way, I'm pretty sure DisneySea has over 200 boats altogether. They spared no expense! In Sinbad alone there were at least 25, not counting the ride vehicles.
Thanks for reading. :)