Chapter 11 And, Thus, the Circle Is Complete: Back to Tokyo DisneySea
Those of you following this trip report--for which you have my thanks for your 1) your enjoyment and 2) your patience--may be feeling an odd sensation at the moment. Perhaps your extremities are tingling, your breath is short, and your heart is racing . . . well, that means you're either having a heart attack or falling in love, neither of which have much to do with this report. Yes, I bear absolutely no liability for what you may be experiencing along those lines.
No, I was referring to a feeling of deja vu--that is, the feeling you've been somewhere before. And, in this case, you have. We are where this whole thing started, at the greatest theme park in the world, Tokyo DisneySea.
What else can I say about DisneySea here that will neither try your patience nor repeat what many others have said? DisneySea is a park meant to inspire awe--especially in park enthusiasts who understand the we do not live by coaster credits alone. It is park to be savored, looked at, explored, and enjoyed multiple times.
So, what are we waiting for?
Hmm--my feelings of deju vu didn't include rain. But it hardly washed out the day, although Fantasmic was cancelled that night.
Would it be a Disney park without Mickey and Minnie working the crowd?
I'd like to check the Hotel Mira Costa out some day. Maybe it I start by selling what's left of my hair, or perhaps a kidney.
If this sight doesn't blow you away, you're already dead. Sorry to break it to you.
Dry rocks are happy rocks.
Anyone up for a little breakfast popcorn? Black pepper is great, and it works well on scrambled eggs, too.
The park is just one photo op after another . . .
. . . but this is my favorite part: The Mysterious Island of Captain Nemo (or "Vulcania").
Still feeling a bit damp? Nemo has an answer for that.
Here's the dynamo, but where's the virgin? (Ha! That was for all the Henry Adams fans out there. Oh, come on, there must be a few. Remember? His famous essay, "The Dynamo and Virgin," which was inspired by his visit to the Chicago World's Fair . . . OK, I hear the crickets chirping now.)
Well, who needs a freakin' essay when you got steamed gyoza? That Nemo sure knew how to live.
Of course, the fried version with a frozen Kirin isn't too shabby, either. Now this is a breakfast of champions.
"Caw! Caw! Someone toss me a gyoza! Caw, caw!"
This is, indeed, a park of contrasts . . .
. . . yet somehow, everything fits together perfectly.
Well, I left my rod and reel back at the Hilton, anyway.
We took Jon here after our dinner at the Sapporo Bier Garten. It really seemed to do him some good.
One can never get enough of the Tower of Terror.
Hey, Mr. Hightower--how'd that work out for you?
Not too well, it would seem.
Although it isn't as great a ride as the other ToTs, this is the best-themed version.
It's very important to keep track of this stuff. You wouldn't want to over-bribe someone.
Yes, this is much cooler than the boiler rooms of the other towers.
Even the gift shop has interesting theming; it used to be the hotel's "indoor pool."
As you can tell from the murals, Mr. Hightower had a rather high opinion of himself.
They didn't miss a trick here.
This is the Japanese sign for "no," although it might make some of you former theme-park employees want to cross over something. More to come.
Ugh, I am so mad at you right now Chuck. I'm hungry, it's too late to eat anything, and you post a freakin picture of the Gyoza which is probably my favorite food (and place to eat it) on Earth!! GRRR!!!!
You know, I wish I had some gyoza too, right now. Oh well . . .
I missed out on gondolas again this time--but I am going to check out that castle.
But first, let's stop to read the inspiring words of some underling on Michael Eisner's staff.
There's all sorts of cool stuff in the Explorers Society castle, such as these remote-control ships. It's the Tom Sawyer's Island of TDS, only without pirates. Although, if you think about it, it would make more sense for DisneySea, rather than Tom Sawyer's Island, to have pirates.
I did not take a flash picture of this sign.
See that little ship? It sits on a periscope.
A bunch of mirrors in the scope reflect images onto this pad in the room. Cool, eh?
Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?
There's a nifty interactive planetarium, too.
Oh, looks like they have some sort of plan for controlling the volcano . . .
. . . which obviously didn't work! Oh, crap!
Dave, Jon, and a cannon--nothing good will come of this.
Boom! Just took out room 412 of the Mira Costa! This is not good!
Maybe we can hide from the authorities by fleeing to the center of the Earth . . .
. . . or by just stowing away on the Nautilus.
Crap! King Triton is on to us!
Under the sea, no one can hear you scream. Because if you screamed, you'd drown.
What? Ride this again?
Well, if we must . . . ;)
Dinner at the Italian restaurant in Mediterranean Harbor was pretty good--especially the tiramisu cake.
Sigh! Soon we must leave.
How about another lap around the park.
I love how the Hotel Hightower dominates the skyline--but I think ol' Harrison was probably compensating for some personal shortcoming when he built it.
Captain Nemo is probably smoking one of his seaweed cigars and playing Bach on his pipe organ.
Sigh! I miss Mysterious Island.
Let's take one more look at Lost River Delta . . .
. . . and one more ride on Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull.
Yeah, the ride just craps all over the movie.
Yep--just can't get enough of this skyline.
Good night, Shiriki! Have fun torturing Mr. Hightower in Hell.
Good night, Toyville.
And a very good night to you, Mt. Prometheus. Thanks for not blowing us all up.
Well, I have a plane to catch. Goodbye, Tokyo DisneySea! And thanks for reading, everybody!
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