Tokyo DisneySea – Port Discovery

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - StormRider

Heralded as the marina of the future, Port Discovery is a futuristic port at Tokyo DisneySea.

Unlike the other exotic destinations at Tokyo DisneySea, Port Discovery has a very metallic look – bright gold and teal panels dress the port, creating an imaginative future that is flourishing with technological innovations and explorations.

(Cover photo: The Center for Weather Control / StormRider building)

The smallest themed area in Tokyo DisneySea is home to three attractions – Aquatopia, StormRider and DisneySea Electric Railway.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery

Walking from Mediterranean Harbor – peaceful transit through a deeply forested path.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery

Welcome to Port Discovery. First sights after walking under the railway.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery

This gigantic Wind Machine is one of the most eye-catching structures in the park. It spins rather dramatically, some parts moving independently from the rest.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery

StormRider is a motion simulator ride about using weather-shifting technologies to diffuse a storm. Guests enter the Center for Weather Control for a briefing about a great storm. The StormRiders are able to diffuse the storm using a missile called FUSE.

After a dramatic pre-show by a cast member, guests are led into two different StormRiders.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - StormRider

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - StormRider

The ride was pretty neat as it integrates some “4D” effects that weren’t actually annoying and helped with the experience. There are some surprising touches, including a “drizzling” scene and “cabin changes” which I won’t spoil here. I felt that they were much better than implementing 3D glasses (and having all the goofy effects).

Motion-wise, it felt rather realistic when the ride simulated turbulence (reminded me very well of the flight to Japan). The projection technology is a bit dated though – there is some amount of flickering and unevenly lit sections. This is what happens after you go on Star Tours: The Adventure Continues.

What I really like about the design of this attraction is how the ride buildings do not show that two different motion simulator cabins were built. The building facades are asymmetrical (or totally different) when viewed from outside.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery

View of Port Discovery from the StormRider queue area. The building here is Aquatopia

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery

Mount Prometheus, blending gently with the vegetation.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery

Mr. Incredible. I’ve always wondered which characters would appear in Port Discovery (apart from the standard Mickey & Friends – they’re almost in every area of the park with matching outfits).

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery

If you walk towards Lost River Delta from Port Discovery, this rugged stall – Skywatcher Souvenirs – makes the transition somewhat easier.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery

Another look at Mount Prometheus again at a different time of the day.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - Aquatopia

Aquatopia is the another attraction here. It’s a trackless water ride. Two guests can board a “hovercraft” and have a peaceful (or not) journey on water. During summer season, Aquatopia has a “wet” experience – brave riders are at mercy of waterfalls, water jets and other surprises.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - Aquatopia

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - Aquatopia

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - Aquatopia

It’s definitely more fun to watch, though. In fact most guests around the area are watching Aquatopia (because the wait time is surprisingly very long – even longer than StormRider!)

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery

Water (from Tokyo Bay) leaking through the gates. I’ve always found this little detail, added by the park designers, to be very clever. On a clear day you will be able to look at the sea beyond the gates and everything just looks… correct.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery

DisneySea Electric Railway is a transport ride which we’ve already seen at American Waterfront. While both stations share the same train, the stations are entirely different.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - DisneySea Electrical Railway

Heavy use of fancy lights and all here.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - DisneySea Electrical Railway

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - DisneySea Electrical Railway

A glimpse of how Port Discovery looks like at night. I’d have to return and photograph the entire area (with a small tripod, perhaps).

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - DisneySea Electrical Railway

Back again on another rainy afternoon. While there’s nothing much to do within the station, the waiting area and platform offers a very nice overview of Port Discovery.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - DisneySea Electrical Railway

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - DisneySea Electrical Railway

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - DisneySea Electrical Railway

While waiting for the next train, admire the over-the-top, art deco futurist design of the station. It’s just a simple transport ride but this station looks a lot better than the best rides at some other parks.

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - DisneySea Electrical Railway

Tokyo DisneySea - Port Discovery - DisneySea Electrical Railway

The rail leads back in time to American Waterfront, with the looming Hotel Hightower.


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3 Responses to Tokyo DisneySea – Port Discovery

  1. Novan October 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Hi there Nicholas, I’m from Indonesia and quite a fan of your blog 😀 i wanna ask something about your gear. What lenses do you wear for every shot? it is very sharp and I like it. Thanks

    • Dejiki October 6, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

      Hi Novan,

      For the Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland series, only one lens is used: Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA

  2. Wee-Sen October 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    A tip for Aquatopia:

    There are 2 separate queues for it: one on the left and one on the right. Both queues will experience roughly similar water obstacles including whirlpools and fountains. However, only one side will enable you to experience the cave, a small grotto with a waterfall cascading down. This can only be experienced when you queue on the RIGHT queue.

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