Tokyo DisneySea – A second Time around

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20 Dec 2010
We're Back at DisneySea!

We're Back at DisneySea!

Since we had a 4-day pass, our 3rd and 4th day visits to the Disney Park can be spent park-hopping.  This means we can go to DisneySea in the morning and Disneyland in the afternoon if we wanted. Unlike the first 2 days, you are only allowed in the park that you specified when buying the pass. However, we decided to just spend the whole day in DisneySea.

Looking at the DisneySea Map

Looking at the DisneySea Map

Checking today’s weather online and looking out the window of our apartment, we knew this was going to be a damp and cold day. And it was! By the time we got to DisneySea, it was drizzling and passing the people lined up to get lottery tickets for “Christmas Wishes” (sadly, we missed this show) at Biglietteria,  it started to rain. I went ahead to get a FP for Tower of Terror but saw that there was only a 30 minute wait time so we just waited. Besides, we didn’t want to go back to the American Waterfront Area as aside from Tower of Terror, there was nothing to do here except watch Big Band Beat which we already watched.  I didn’t even get the chance to take photos inside the tower nor the outside. Photo below is actually from the other day that we went there.

The Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror

The Tower of Terror is one of Disney’s most thrilling and exciting attractions. It would surely make my older sister cry after riding it…he he he. It is also has one of the most elaborate theme in the park as well as a backstory that actually makes the ride fit the attraction. The story is presented in bits and pieces of “artifacts” in the hotel as you chug along the line. For those who want a more detailed premise…

Harrison Hightower III was a wealthy and notorious explorer and collector. On New Year’s Eve 1899, he was to hold a press conference in his luxurious Hotel Hightower to announce his acquisition of a strange statue named Shiriki Utundu, recovered on an expedition to a remote region of Africa. Something went terribly wrong however: As Mr. Hightower was taking his statue to the hotel’s penthouse apartment, the elevator inexplicably came crashing down to the ground! The statue was the only thing found in the elevator; Mr. Hightower mysteriously disappeared without a trace. (It was after this “accident” that people began calling the hotel the “Tower of Terror.”) The hotel remained closed for over 100 years, but was recently opened by the New York City Preservation Society to allow people to tour the hotel and view Mr. Hightower’s collection of treasures.

Once you’re taken to Mr. Hightowers office, the story is revealed further with some help from Shiriki Utundu himself. Xiane did try to scare herself with Shiriki and was further convinced when she saw two green eye-like lights in one of the artifacts at the warehouse area, which I told her I didn’t see…he he he. When you reach the big elevator, you are sited and strapped and taken up to a floor to relive the events of what happened the night Mr. Hightower disappeared. Then you get to relive it! I won’t go into much details but this one of our favorite rides along with Big Thunder Mountain, Indiana Jones, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Space Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, and Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage. Tower of Terror would probably be between Space Mountain and the Haunted Mansion just because it was scarier than the other rides. But if you like drops in rides, you’ll probably have it on the top of your list. We’ve been able to ride an almost similar attraction in Hong Kong and Malaysia but not knowing when and if you’re going to go up and drop makes it different and more thrilling. Of course, the whole theme and story behind the attraction contributes to the whole feel of the ride.

Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull

The rain became a drizzle by the time we finished and we took the Electric Railway from American Waterfront to Port Discovery. It was faster that way as we wanted to get a FP for Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull at Lost River Delta so we can ride it again. Since it was raining, the FP was just a mere two hours away and while waiting, Mavis was able to grab some hotdogs, which we really liked. From where we were seated, we can see a cast member inviting people to watch the Mystic Rhythm so we hurried eating and got in time for the show.

Mystic Rhythms

Mystic Rhythms

For me, it was ok. I’m sure the cast exerted a lot of effort and the set itself was wonderful. But having been able to watch Siam Niramit in Bangkok, I wasn’t really that impressed. I might be comparing apples to oranges but I’m sure, if you have a kid with you, they’ll love it. Oh, and the smoke effect was cool.

StormRider

StormRider

We found ourselves going to Port Discovery as we were looking to get some Strawberry Popcorn but ended lining for StormRider as the wait time was only 10 minutes! We didn’t know what the attraction really was but that 10 minute standby time was impossible to turn away from.

Mission Briefing for StormRider

Mission Briefing for StormRider

That was a cool ride!

That was a cool ride!

This has got to be one of the best 4D rides we’ve tried. I’ve read other reviews about Stormrider afterwards that weren’t that good but for us, it was an exciting ride that deserves a place in our ever growing favorite rides/attractions.

zero waiting time for Aquatopia! Must be the rain?

zero waiting time for Aquatopia! Must be the rain?

Aquatopia is another story. No lines so we decided to jump in and try it. The drizzling already stopped by the time we lined up for StormRider and was holding very well. The ride itself was boring. There was nothing to do, nor see once you sit and go around the artificial pond/lake.

Aquatopia

Aquatopia

2nd part to come!!!

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