Tokyo DisneySea – Fortress Explorations

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

Fortress Explorations is an exquisitely-themed interactive play area at Mediterranean Harbor, Tokyo DisneySea. Discover what lies within its chambers in this photo tour.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / SEA Flag

At the base of Mount Prometheus lies Explorer’s Landing, a place for members of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers to meet. This (fictional) society comprises scientists, inventors, artists, explorers and engineers – many iconic names such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Ferdinand Magellan, Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus and so on. Even Lord Henry Mystic and Harrison Hightower III are members of this illustrious association.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Outside the Fortress

The fortress is designed to resemble a mid-15th century citadel, built and occupied during the golden age of discovery. There are chambers and halls across several levels, connected in different ways, making the journey around the Fortress an adventure in itself.

Tokyo DisneySea - Fortress Explorations Entrance

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

You can pick up maps from this sign as you enter the Fortress.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Pendulum

In one of the first rooms you’ll see the Pendulum.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

This is a working Foucault Pendulum, which was designed to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

The Pendulum would slowly knock pins down in different directions.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

Beside the Pendulum – the Illusion Room, with five intricately painted walls. When viewed individually, they appear very distorted.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

However, through the looking glass… the murals form a seamless scene, showing Mount Prometheus erupting in an ancient city and setting off mayhem around it. The artwork also appears to be three-dimensional.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

Explorers’ Hall showcases some of the early, or founding members of the Society. These are elaborate murals, showcasing the accomplishments and discoveries of its founding members, are also embellished with gold leaf.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / SEA pledge

The motto and pledge of the Society, with shiny gold elements in its artwork.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Archway

Next stop: Navigation Center

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Navigation Centre

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Navigation Room

This is a place where you can control a miniature ship (separate payment required) and sail around the seas.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Leonardo's Challenge Scanner

There are numerous metal plates around Fortress Explorations. These are used to scan maps for the Leonardo Challenge activity, which unfortunately for tourists, is entirely in Japanese. It involves walking around the Fortress and solving puzzles using the map.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / The Harbor beyond

For the rest of us, we can just enjoy the sights from the upper level of the Fortress facing the Harbor.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Towers and Turrets

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Roof detail

The design and construction here is beyond exquisite. So much detail from all angles. From afar we can see Harrison Hightower’s Hotel.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / SEA Crest

Details, details, details.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

There’s also an alchemy lab in the Fortress.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Alchemy

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Flying Machine sign

And Leonardo’s Flying Machine.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Chamber of Planets sign

But the most majestic room would be the Chamber of Planets.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Chamber of Planets walls

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Chamber of Planets / Planetarium

This orrery has an elaborate model of the Solar System.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Chamber of Planets / Jupiter detail

Explorers may use the cranks to make the planets revolve around the sun…

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Chamber of Planets / Starry Night

… while gazing at the starry ceiling showcasing constellations.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Chamber of Planets / Lamp Detail

Details, once again.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations

It’s really nice to see how the park’s elements blend together.. From Mount Prometheus to Porto Paradiso across the waters. It’s seamless and gradual.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Gazing at Mount Prometheus

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Courtyard

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / View of Porto Paradiso

After walking around the Fortress, you might want to stop by Refrescos for a snack and drink.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Refrescos

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Fountain

The highlight here would be the fountain.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Fountain detail

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Grand Gateway

Spectacular view of the Fortress Gateway. You’ll see this if you’re walking from the other way (from Mysterious Island).

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Gateway Crest

The crest is another stunning piece of work.

Tokyo DisneySea - Mediterranean Harbor / Fortress Explorations / Above Magellan's

And that concludes our tour around Fortress Explorations. In this photo you can see Leonardo’s Flying Machine. Below it – the entrance to Magellan’s. This is a restaurant named after Ferdinand Magellan and it is as exquisitely themed as the rest of Fortress Explorations. In the next Photo Tour update, we’ll step inside Magellan’s.


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Lost River Delta & Raging Spirits | Sindbad's Storybook Voyage
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Mysterious Island | Journey to the Center of the Earth
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2 Responses to Tokyo DisneySea – Fortress Explorations

  1. SWW August 16, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Great tour. Love the fortress. Never tire at looking at great photos of this park.

    Do you recall if the Mona Lisa display window (with various in-progress attempts at the famouse smile) is still intact in one of the Med Harbor shops (Juliet’s?). I know the ceiling mural was ‘Disneyfied’ in one of them and I fear the above-described display is gone now also.

    • Dejiki August 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

      Unfortunately I have missed out on that display window, but I must say that almost all the store windows, especially those in the main walkway under the Mediterranean Harbor archway have been “Disneyfied”. In fact there is one window that is converted into an interactive “Happiness balloons” window. While it is a cool setup, it totally breaks the theming.

      You are right to fear about the Juliet store. The store and Romeo’s have closed and rethemed some years back. What stands there now is a (combined) Donald & Daisy themed store. At the ceiling mural, Juliet has been changed into Daisy (like so: http://dlove.jp/villa-donaldo-home-shop.html). Given that there are some elaborate murals incorporating Donald Duck & Friends around the store, it is likely that the Mona Lisa window has been either completely removed or re-themed the same way. And now the shop sells ordinary homeware and sundries such as flip-flops, sunblock, towels, etc – all either with Disney characters or Mickey Mouse patterns on them.

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