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Postby pagemaster_b » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:28 am

BarryH wrote:I sure wish I had some reading material in that line.



I did. My shorts have cargo pockets that allow me to stuff a paperback in it. I real life saver when I'm stuck in a line like that!
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Postby robbalvey » Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:24 am

The next few updates will cover the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. This place is so awesome that it's impossible to do it all in one update, so there will be several parts.

This part is DisneySea and mostly Tower of Terror since it was new since our last visit.

Now, I will say that Tokyo DisneySea's Tower is IMO, not the "best." The drop sequence is far weaker than California or Florida's and while there is some airtime, it is nowhere near as forcefull as the other two. And like the California version, the lack of the 5th dimension really does make it feel like it's "missing something."

Where the DisneySea version is freaking AMAZING is in it's theming and pre-shows.

It's just incredible. Some of the best story and effects I've ever seen for an attraction.

Those of you familar with the California and Florida versions know that the storyline is that you're in a maintenance service elevator that takes you to "The Twilight Zone." Since there is no Twilight Zone TV show in Japan, they needed a new story.

This story revolves around an exporer named "Hightower" and his evil little idol called "Shiriki Utundu." While not getting too much into the story, let's just say that when Hightower stumbled upon this would-be inanimate idol he got more than he bargined for, including his demise. And in the Hightower Hotel, the location of his museum and other works of his exploration, thanks to Shiriki, YOU ARE NEXT TO GO!

We've included a video on how one of the most amazing effects of the show is done, so if you don't want t know the spoilers, don't click on the video!!!
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So we got to Tokyo DisneySea about an hour before opening and look at how many people are already there!
(BTW, does anyone else think this photo looks like a model, or am I just insane?)
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"Will the coaster enthusaists who are OBVIOUSLY not Japanese please stand up?"
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If there is one thing to know about Tokyo Disney is "they love popcorn!" The English guides do not have the information about all their crazy popcorn flavors! Make sure you get a Japanese guide to find out and really interesting stuff!
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Ahh, there it is...the best "looking" Tower of Terror yet!
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Holy crap! Does that look like a lot of people getting FastPass?
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That's nothing compared to THIS line! No, that's not the standby line, that's still the line for FastPass! It goes on for what seems like a mile!!! Oddly enough, it only took like 10 minutes to get through. The Japanese are so awesome.
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"Caramel?" That's a pretty 'normal' popcorn flavor...we'll get to the really cool ones later....
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"Thanks to the FastPass system we can now do the American thing and stuff our faces with food!"
(Hi Joey...nice fork!)
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We may be in Japan, but OMG, the Chinese food here was freaking amazing!!!
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"Sea Salt Ice Cream anyone out of...um....what is this? Uhh....Ariel's SHELL?!?! WTF part of Ariel am I eating?!?! It's creamy...it's salty! OMG!!! OMG!!! EEEWWWWW!!!!!"
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"The proper use of Ariel's shell! (later tonight this is all I will be wearing!"
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"I totally just got the Ariel credit!"
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Ahhh...Aquatopia. So stupid. So pointless. So TOTALLY AWESOME!!!
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Two thumbs up for pointlessly awesome Aquatopia!
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And it gets bonus points for looking completely awesome at night!
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Speaking about things that look awesome at night, is it time for our Tower of Terror ride yet?
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The attention to detail even gets Jahan all hot and bothered.
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More sexyness.
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The lobby of the hotel looks pretty cool.
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Put on your 3D glasses as the Kodak and the Walt Disney Company proudly present....
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This is the "Shiriki" room where you see the cool effect in the video happen! There he is on the right just looking all innocent and all. Mean little f**cker!!!
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Just a couple hours into the day and FastPass was nearly sold out. Standby at least wasn't too bad!
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Instead of the boiler room you are in the museum. This part of the queue was really freaking cool!
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Oh, BTW, did we mention the elevator's broke?
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More museum looking stuff.
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OMG! HIDDEN SHIRIKI'S!!!!
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Yeah, did we mention how awesome it looked at night?
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And we leave you with another photo of awesome "looking" Tower. I wish the ride was as good as Florida's but it's really not. It's basically California Adventure's version with a MUCH better story and theming, and a slightly weaker drop sequence.

Watch the video and check out the cool Shiriki effect. And we'll have more Tokyo Disney Resort photos soon!
Many thanks to Dan & Joey for their photos for this update!

Tokyo DisneySea's Tower of Terror has a lot of really awesome effects! One of them is the "Dissapearing Shiriki" trick. Watch the video to see how it's done!

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Postby RCFreak » Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:12 am

*fap fap fap* :lover:

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Postby Melonballer » Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:23 am

Finally, Tokyo Disney. I have been waiting for this. Thanks for posting it. I agree that the first pic does look like a model. Very weird. I look forward to the rest.
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Postby pagemaster_b » Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:26 am

"You must respect Shiriki Utundu no matter who you are!" :devil:



I never thought I would actually miss being at a park, but I so miss being at Disney Sea! :cry:


Words (and pictures) can't express how AWESOME this place is.
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Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:29 am

<sigh>

Wanna go back.

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Postby Jew » Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:04 am

Let me just say that the video doesn't even do that effect justice. It's just that cool.

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Postby arrowfanman » Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:08 am

The attention to detail even gets Jahan all hot and bothered.






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Postby zaneymon » Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:26 am

I love the Japanese People's reaction to the dissapering Shiriki.

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Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:45 am

I loved the Japanese people's reaction to the tower ride itself.

Considering this was their first (for the most of them I figured, riding this one) experience in a ToT, I thought they were having a blast and enjoying the fun of being "scared" by Disney, lol.

It was great fun ride, every time I was on it.
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