Hey everyone at Mice Chat!
The following is our photo trip report from our visit to Tokyo Disneyland Resort in October of 2007. We've got a LOT of photos so I'll do this TR in installments.
The first installment will be from Tokyo DisneySea with a focus on Tower of Terror.
I'm sure you guys have heard a lot of thoughts on this version of the ride so I won't go into too much detail (and don't worry, I'll get to the photos soon enough!) but my feelings on the ride were kind of mixed.
I *loved* the story and the pre-show behind it. I think I liked it more than the Twilight Zone storyline. Now, I'm not sure if that's because I really DO like it better, or because I've been watching the Twilight Zone pre-show for the past 15 years and this was "fresh." All I know is that the story was awesome and the effects were amazing!
As for the ride itself, well...it's basically DCA's Tower (you all know this!) and I'm not a big fan of DCA's Tower. It's a fun ride, sure, and had Florida's never been built it probably would be fine, but there just seems like something is "missing" from it.
I will say though that the Hightower/Skiriki storyline I think lends itself better to the onride show scenes than the California version, but I still can't help thinking that it's just not as cool as the 5th dimension sequence of the Florida version.
The drop sequence is also weaker, at least IMO, than the DCA version. The drops themselves were good, but the airtime and speed of the vehicle was nowhere near as intense. In fact, the frist time the car moved after the show scenes I thought we were going to another show scene. It moved that slowly!
But overall, it's a GREAT ride. And even though the drop sequence isn't as intense, I far prefer it to the DCA version, however Florida is still my favorite.
Anyway, I've blabbed on enough...onto a few photos...and I'll include a link to a video we shot showing off how the Shiriki effect was done!
So we got to Tokyo DisneySea about an hour before opening and look at how many people are already there!
(BTW, does anyone else think this photo looks like a model, or am I just insane?)
"Will the coaster enthusaists who are OBVIOUSLY not Japanese please stand up?"
If there is one thing to know about Tokyo Disney is "they love popcorn!" The English guides do not have the information about all their crazy popcorn flavors! Make sure you get a Japanese guide to find out and really interesting stuff!
Ahh, there it is...the best "looking" Tower of Terror yet!
Holy crap! Does that look like a lot of people getting FastPass?
That's nothing compared to THIS line! No, that's not the standby line, that's still the line for FastPass! It goes on for what seems like a mile!!! Oddly enough, it only took like 10 minutes to get through. The Japanese are so awesome.
"Caramel?" That's a pretty 'normal' popcorn flavor...we'll get to the really cool ones later....
"Thanks to the FastPass system we can now do the American thing and stuff our faces with food!"
(Hi Joey...nice fork!)
We may be in Japan, but OMG, the Chinese food here was freaking amazing!!!
"Sea Salt Ice Cream anyone out of...um....what is this? Uhh....Ariel's SHELL?!?! WTF part of Ariel am I eating?!?! It's creamy...it's salty! OMG!!! OMG!!! EEEWWWWW!!!!!"
The proper use of Ariel's shell!
"I totally just got the Ariel credit!"
Ahhh...Aquatopia. So stupid. So pointless. So TOTALLY AWESOME!!!
Two thumbs up for pointlessly awesome Aquatopia!
And it gets bonus points for looking completely awesome at night!
Speaking about things that look awesome at night, is it time for our Tower of Terror ride yet?
The attention to detail gets us all hot and bothered.
The lobby of the hotel looks pretty cool.
Ooh, it's almost a 3D effect on the stained glass!
This is the "Shiriki" room where you see the cool effect in the video below happen! There he is on the right just looking all innocent and all.
Just a couple hours into the day and FastPass was nearly sold out. Standby at least wasn't too bad!
Instead of the boiler room you are in the museum. This part of the queue was really freaking cool!
Oh, BTW, did we mention the elevator's broke?
More museum looking stuff.
OMG! HIDDEN SHIRIKI'S!!!!
Yeah, did we mention how awesome it looked at night?
And we leave you with another photo of awesome "looking" Tower. I wish the ride was as good as Florida's but it's really not. It's basically California Adventure's version with a MUCH better story and theming, and a slightly weaker drop sequence.
Watch the video below and check out the cool Shiriki effect. And we'll have more Tokyo Disney Resort photos soon!
Video link - "How the Shiriki Effect Works"
Hope you guys all liked the photos!