Tokyo DisneySea is a Disney amusement park themed around sea exploration that is adjacent to Tokyo Disneyland and has the 4th highest theme park attendance in the world. In celebration of the opening of the upcoming Shanghai Disneyland here’s a look at some of the attractions at Tokyo DisneySea.
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Journey to the Center of the Earth is a Test Track ride based on Jules Verne’s novel of the same name. The ride takes place within Mount Prometheus at Mysterious Island. Guests board steam-powered mine cars that travel through tunnels into the heart of the Earth. The ride begins through a cavern of colorful glowing crystals before entering a giant Mushroom Forest, which is inhabited by strange insect amphibian-like creatures. An earthquake causes a cave-in of the tunnel ahead, forcing the car off its planned route and down a side branch filled with giant egg sacs. The car emerges on the shore of a Subterranean Sea and is nearly struck by lightning from electrified gas clouds. The finale of the ride comes when guests are forced into the fiery heart of an active volcano, where the guests come face-to-face with a giant lava monster, before escaping back to the surface on the wave of an eruption. The lava monster is one of the best parts of the ride.
Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage
Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage is a ride like Pirates of the Caribbean mixed with It’s a Small World. The ride can be found at the Arabian Coast section of the park. Sinbad goes on a journey with his pet and traveling companion Chandu the Tiger, Together they sail through storming weather, fighting bandits, discovering treasure, perform with a genie and encounter a whale. And the song “Compass of the Heart” written by Alan Menken is just an unexpected treasure among Disney songs.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is dark ride based off the Novel by Jules Vernes and the 1954 film of the same name. The attraction has a narration and is quite unique in many ways to the other submarine-type attractions in other Disney parks. The ride vehicles are suspended from an overhead track and do not actually travel underwater. The double pane glass dome windows contain the water and the bubbles to create the illusion of the submarines diving deep underwater.
Raging Spirits is an outdoor roller coaster found in the Lost River Delta area of the park. The attraction takes guests on a thrilling, high-speed ride through the ruins of an ancient ceremonial site, visually based off the Disney animated film The Emperor’s New Groove and its depictions of Incan buildings in the mountainous regions of the Andes. The ride’s architecture looks visually stunning overall and slightly reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie.