to Japan, Land of the Rising Sun is never complete without
a visit to their Disney Theme Parks. In fact, the Japanese
are so obsessed with anything Disney that they have
two of them, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, the
one and only Disney theme park with a sea theme in the
world at present respectively.
And henceforth in this article, we shall bring you on
an exciting tour of DisneySea.
A Little History Lesson
Unlike the rest of the Disney theme parks, DisneySea
(and Tokyo Disneyland) is not owned by the House of
Mouse. Not a single cent, dime or share to be exact.
You will be surprise it’s owned by The Oriental
Land Company (OLC) instead, a major Japanese corporation
that specializes in tourism and leisure. To engage the
Mouse Imagineers to create, design and built the parks,
huge amount of dollars including licensing the various
Disney characters on merchandises and stuff are paid
by OLC to the Walt Disney Company annually.
the plan for DisneySea was originally meant for a second
Disney theme park to be built in California. But the
idea was deemed to be too costly by then CEO Michael
Eisner thus the blueprints went to OLC who coincidentally
approached Disney for another theme park to be built
beside Tokyo Disneyland at that time. The final cost
was rumoured to be US$4 billion dollars when the park
was completed and opened to public for the first time
on 4 September 2001.
Be Awed At First Sight
ready to be greeted by a gigantic globe once you stepped
through the turnstiles into DisneySea for the first
time. It's recommended to embark on your tour at 10
am (opening time) to maximise your hours. The desire
to take a few photos here is strong but I would advise
you to do that before you exit (anyway you need to exit
the same way as well), this way you have more time to
explore the park and also the crowd is lesser by night
fall. Proceed straight to Mediterranean Harbor where
the main merchandise shop, “Emporio”, “The
Disney Gallery” and many restaurants reside. But
hold your horses, do not rush straight to the plush
Mickey and Stitch. Take a deep breath and admire the
spectacular scenery of the park. You will see an artificial
man-made ocean where the daily shows and parades are
held and also the iconic volcano of Mysterious Island.
an anti-clockwise direction from Mediterranean Harbor,
you should reach ‘Mysterious Island’. Before
that on your left, get your camera ready and shoot some
authentic details of ‘Fortress Explorations’,
I had an impression that the Imagineers want us to believe
that the great inventor, Leonardo da Vinci once lived
here. One room contains a large solar model that is
controlled by pulleys, plenty of stairways for the kids
to get lost and a huge flying equipment to test out
your leg muscles. And a docked ship for you to snap
more photos. Strike a Captain Jack Sparrow
pose if you want. Not a fortress to miss in my opinion.
attractions include the child-friendly ride, “20,
000 Leagues Under The Sea” where you embark on
a journey in Captain Nemo’s personal submarine
(not that Nemo from that Pixar animation). Adults might
prefer something more stimulating, “Journey to
the center of the Earth” is a good choice. A more
thrilling and darker ride on drilling vehicles, on a
whole less scary than other coaster rides. Fast pass
is available for both. However, the queue move pretty
fast so it’s optional to activate the passes.
Remember to take some pictures of the beautiful rocky
landscapes and volcano before you leave.
in the form of “Underwater Kingdom” and
obviously inspired by The Little Mermaid movie. This
section is strictly for the young ones but that doesn’t
mean you can’t have fun. This is Disney mind you.
Rides such as “Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster”,
“Ariel’s Greeting Grotto” and “Jumpin’
Jellyfish” will delight the kids. If the queue
gets a bit longer, why not stop for a break at “Sebastian’s
Calypso Kitchen” and have a burger in the shape
of a clam! Anyway it should be noon by the time you
reached Mermaid Lagoon. A standard meal (example a burger/pizza
with a drink) costs around SGD$10. To fully utilize
your money, get as much stirrers in the form of Mickey’s
shape for your friends for free although I wouldn’t
recommend you do that.
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