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  • Vulcania Idea?

    This sounds really weird, but I found a unique, strange way to improve the Vulcania restaurant in Mysterious Island. I mean, Mysterious Island has Journey to the Center of the Earth, the park's best attraction, so why not make the restaurant also cool like that? Told you it was going to be weird, but I had this idea... I don't know why I thought of it, and I'm aware there probably isn't enough space...

    I've never been to TDS, so I'm not sure how big the Vulcania restaurant is.

    Ok, Vulcania could be split into two: Subterranean and Oceanic. Similar to Rainforest Cafe in Disneyland and Disney World (don't think it's in Tokyo), except not so cheesy and actually really awesome. So, you make reservations at either Subterranean or Oceanic. The waiter leads you to your table... to get to Subterranean, you take the tunnel leading further underground, walking past glowing crystals. To get to Oceanic, you take the tunnel with aquariums and fish all around.

    Subterranean, of course, is themed to Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Oceanic is themed to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Ok, so let's say you got reservations at Oceanic, since it isn't as awesome as Subterranean, IMO. Once you're there at the main dining area, it looks as if you're inside the Nautilus or a shipwreck, with aquariums all around with live marine fish! Outside, it looks like you're looking at Atlantis. This idea was once proposed for Disneyland Paris, but never made it. (I don't have the link right now -- sorry)

    Now if you decided to get reservations at Subterranean, you are led through this tunnel (not super long or anything, just a tunnel to hide the surprises of the main dining room). There are crystal formations coming up, and finally the main dining room is awesome!! There's a gigantic mushroom that almost reaches the ceiling, and is the centerpiece. Little glowing bugs (like the Pirates of the Caribbean effects) and electric gases light up the place. There are subterranean creatures (like on the attraction) and since the CMs in Tokyo are so nice, they let you pet some of the creatures.

    They hold a gigantic insect or cooing mushroom (animatronic, of course), and you can stroke its surface, which has to be specialized to feel real. THAT alone would make dining at Subterranean totally worth it. And imagine the waterfalls and glowing crystal chambers scattered around to make the illusion that the room goes on forever and ever, when nobody realizes the space is actually tight, because illusion makes it look huge!

    Weird idea, I know, but it came to me suddenly, and I thought I'd share it with you. I realize there might not be enough space, but... if not in Vulcania, is there any other place they could put something so awesome like this? Too bad Mysterious Island is so small!
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    Nice detailed post, great idea. Wasn't something similar drawn up for the original DisneySea in Long Beach? Anyway, I don't believe there is enough room to accomodate all you have described there, but it would surely be cool!

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      I always wished that Nemo's Grand Salon would be built in a Disney park somewhere. The concept was very interesting. Guests would seemingly be dining in the Nautilus, and there would be large windows around the restaurant to show that you are underwater (don't know how they would accomplish this). It would have been a very amazing table service restaurant indeed. I wonder why it never got built?


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        ^ it was because of budget restrictions, right? That's what I heard. And that's also why Discovery Mountain wasn't built in all its full glory... and it looked awesome!! Journey to the Center of the Earth shooting straight up like the Tower of Terror, the Nautilus cruising along right before your eyes, and the roller coaster occassionally overlooking this beautiful Jules Verne paradise, before launching from the earth to the moon.
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        # of Times I've Been on Tower of Terror (DCA): 68

        # of Times I've Been on Finding Nemo Subs:
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        Sea Farer - 1

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          Originally posted by FinalAdventure View Post
          ^ it was because of budget restrictions, right? That's what I heard. And that's also why Discovery Mountain wasn't built in all its full glory... and it looked awesome!! Journey to the Center of the Earth shooting straight up like the Tower of Terror, the Nautilus cruising along right before your eyes, and the roller coaster occassionally overlooking this beautiful Jules Verne paradise, before launching from the earth to the moon.
          In the case of Disneyland or DIsneyland Paris, I suppose it was budget restricitons. But Tokyo DisneySea had a basically unlimited budget, so there must have been another reason for it not getting built in Mysterious Island.
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            I rather enjoyed Vulcania. I ate there 3 times during my 4 days at the resort!
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              Originally posted by Bad Wolf View Post
              I rather enjoyed Vulcania. I ate there 3 times during my 4 days at the resort!
              I enjoyed Vulcania too. It was elaborately themed to a geothermal station and wonderfully detailed.
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                I was walking around the 20,000 leagues exibit in Paris a few days a go and came across a piece of Vulcania artwork which looked exactly like an early concept for Mysterious Island.
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