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  • My First visit to TDS

    Hi All,

    Recently I had the chance to visit Tokyo Disney Sea. I was in Japan in September for the Tokyo Game Show, and I knew I had to hit up TDS. I didnt want to go to TDL, because well it seemed to much like the ones back in the states, so I decided on TDS.

    I got to the park nice and early, paid my ticket, got a english map and set off. For some reason, and I think I did this without even realizing it, but I went left from the park entrance. I am a big fan of going left to right when I visit WDW or DL, and it was funny when I realized what I was doing.

    All in All the park is gorgeous, the views or breathtaking, especially from when you first enter the park in the Medeterrian seaport, and you have Mt. Promethus in the background.

    All the lands were themed perfectly, and I enjoyed the American Waterfront, because I always like to see how the japanese emulate American culture.

    I would have to say that my favorite area was the Lost River Delta. I mean there were only 2 rides there, Indiana Jones, and Raging Spirits, but just the atmosphere was great. A Close 2nd goes to Mysterious Island.

    My only gripe with the entire park is with Raging Spirits... Before I went to TDS, I surfed this board for tips on how to hit the park, and I saw the new ride, and I love coasters, so I had to go on it. I made my way over to the ride, and I am about to go to the single rider line, because it was 60min wait for the standby line. Anyway, a really polite cast member, who spoke broken english was trying to tell me that I might not fit on the ride because of the OTS restraints... I was a little annoyed, because I have dropped 50lbs, and I can fit on coasters with worse restraints than this one. Anyway, back to the story... the cast member knew I didnt completely understand what he was saying so he called for an english speaking cast member. This other gentleman, comes over to me, tells me that he is going to personally escort me to the front of the line, once there they are going to have me get into the train, and test the restraints to see if I fit. Well I get on the ride, and no problem, I fit like a glove, we get the greeen light, and off I go. What was once excitement for this ride, quickly turned to torture. This ride is so agonizingly bumpy and rough that I couldnt even enjoy it... My head was hitting the restraints, my neck was snapping, it was just no where near enjoyeable. The only good thing I can say is that the nice english speaking cast member waited until I returned to the station to see how I liked it... I thought that was very nice.

    Anyway, after that I went over to the Arabian Coast and wandered around until around 5pm when I needed to leave. I was so exhasuted from walking around that I had to go...

    All in all I loved TDS, it is a great park, and I give disney credit for imagining something so different.

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    Congratulations! Wonderfull isn't it? Well my gripe with Raging Spirits was that I went two days after it opening. I waited for 20 minutes just to get fastpasses in a long snaking line. When it became time for the fastpasses, the ride broke down. It was back 4 hours later and I finally got to ride the ride only to be dissappointed with how short and bland it was. But my goodness isn't it a gorgeous ride though? Everything in the park looks amazing. Hope you enjoyed!

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    • #3
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      You keft at 5PM??? Oh NO! The parks is charming at night. Plus you skipped TDL?? With it's many shows and wonderful halloween event?? Oh NO!!! You gotta go back!

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        If only Disney started to get back in the habit of giveing Imagineering Epcot\TDS sized budgets for their parks.

        (Then again Roy Disney initialy felt they spent to much on Epcot...)

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          Cast members that do things like this really makes the disney experience so much more magical. I hope you had a really great time.

          Originally posted by drnilescrane
          If only Disney started to get back in the habit of giveing Imagineering Epcot\TDS sized budgets for their parks.

          (Then again Roy Disney initialy felt they spent to much on Epcot...)
          I know that TDS had a budget of 3 point something billion but what was the budget of Epcot?

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          • #6
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            US $1 Billion in 1981 dollars. (Compared to the fact they Spent the same collective amount the 2001 DLR expansion including Downtown Disney, Grand Californian and DCA. DCA got the short end of the stick, with about $300 Mill Going to the Park as Al reported in the DIG so many years ago.)

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              when i found out that DTD and the Grand Californian got more money then DCA i was shocked!

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                Originally posted by scoobygang7144
                when i found out that DTD and the Grand Californian got more money then DCA i was shocked!
                That's why Downtown Disney (Pressler really is great when it comes to retail) and the Grand Californian are some of the most popular parts of the resort. I remember Al reporting when DTD opened it was doing a roaring trade and extremely popular with the locals - is this still the case?

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                  Originally posted by drnilescrane
                  That's why Downtown Disney (Pressler really is great when it comes to retail) and the Grand Californian are some of the most popular parts of the resort. I remember Al reporting when DTD opened it was doing a roaring trade and extremely popular with the locals - is this still the case?
                  It really does show where the most money was spent. If only TDS money and quality went to DCA.

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                    Re: My First visit to TDS

                    Originally posted by TDLFAN
                    You keft at 5PM??? Oh NO! The parks is charming at night. Plus you skipped TDL?? With it's many shows and wonderful halloween event?? Oh NO!!! You gotta go back!
                    I had to leave... I was meeting my friend back in Shibuya for drinks, and I had to go back to the hotel and shower up and get ready.

                    I skipped TDL, because to me its the same park as DL or WDW. You have Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Runaway train... All rides I am familiar with. I picked TDS because it was something I had never seen in another park, and the rides were new to me, except for Indiana Jones, as that is pretty much the same as DL... I really wish that they build that sucker in Florida.

                    Oh and ToT looks massive. WHen I eventually go back to japan, I am so going on that.

                    On a side note, I think that any ride that has a audio track where its part of the story (ie. 20 leagues under the sea, Indy Jones, ect) they should give a foreign language guest an earpeice that will allow you to hear the tracks in your native language.

                    I think that would be a great idea.

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                      Re: My First visit to TDS

                      I know that TDS had a budget of 3 point something billion but what was the budget of Epcot?
                      Epcot cost an estimated $1.4 billion, and using a converter I found online, that would be equivilent to somewhere between 2.55 & 3.01 billion 2001 dollars.

                      -Michael
                      “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” - Walt Disney

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                        ^^^That EPCOT Center number is a little high. I believe the cost in 1982 was a billion with more then added immediately for Horizons and Morocco pavillions.

                        Either way, it was obvious that major $$$ was spent back then (I wish I had a time machine for you, Mike, really.) Just like with DCA (which I do enjoy) it shows that $$$ wasn't spent and was cut in one aspect after another. There's a reason why locals love DD and the GC, but dislike DCA ... quality is certainly a large part of that equation.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Parisi
                          I had to leave... I was meeting my friend back in Shibuya for drinks, and I had to go back to the hotel and shower up and get ready.

                          I skipped TDL, because to me its the same park as DL or WDW. You have Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Runaway train... All rides I am familiar with. I picked TDS because it was something I had never seen in another park, and the rides were new to me, except for Indiana Jones, as that is pretty much the same as DL... I really wish that they build that sucker in Florida.

                          Oh and ToT looks massive. WHen I eventually go back to japan, I am so going on that.

                          On a side note, I think that any ride that has a audio track where its part of the story (ie. 20 leagues under the sea, Indy Jones, ect) they should give a foreign language guest an earpeice that will allow you to hear the tracks in your native language.

                          I think that would be a great idea.
                          TDL is definitely a different park, but still, if you only have time for one and you've seen other Disneyland style parks, TDS is easily the better choice so you made the right choice. It's really too bad that you couldn't stay at the park later. You get more for your money, you get too see the absolutely spectacular nightime show BraviSEAmo, and after BraviSEAmo, wait times are minimal on all rides.

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                          • #14
                            Re: My First visit to TDS

                            For anyone planning to vist TDR ona 3day/2night visit, the official site suggests this itinerary:
                            http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/t...wto/02_01.html

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                            • #15
                              Re: My First visit to TDS

                              Originally posted by drnilescrane
                              (Then again Roy Disney initialy felt they spent to much on Epcot...)
                              Which one? Cos Roy O. died eleven years before it opened
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